The Float Tank Experience – What You Need To Understand and No One Tells You

In digging all I found all over the internet were people who loved the experience. I was perplexed.  I had been looking forward to this for years. I finally went and felt very let down.

Going in I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect other than that I would love it. I meditate regularly and deeply and have for years. I arrived, and the salon is lovely. Very zen and relaxing. Beautifully done dressing area and individual private float pod rooms. I did as instructed, went into my room, locked the door, and proceeded to take a shower with soap and shampoo to ready myself to float.

Upon getting in the pod I think my skin must have been kind of dry because I felt a salt sting like the ocean. The water was a nice warm temperature and easy to recline into. During my first float, I spent time trying to maneuverer a comfortable position and couldn’t seem to find one. I tried the neck float rest, then removed it. I splashed water in my eye (that hurts quite a bit), once I got into the float, I couldn’t shut my usually silent brain off.

Laying there in silence it seemed an eternity. As I had no markers for time I kept kind of almost anxiously waiting for the music to come back on to signal exit. I felt tingles in my muscles and twinges where I am healing from an injury.

By the time I was just about finally relaxed and beginning to possibly get into it, time was up. I got out, showered, and proceeded to the relaxation area and oxygen bar which was lovely.

We did sign up for another float because my husband had a very good experience. So we still had 2 more on file to use.

The next day I woke up and felt terrible. As if someone had beat me up in my sleep. My everything was sore. As I awoke I also found that I was very overly emotional for no reason and just felt bad.

I didn’t understand what had happened.

I spoke with my Naturopathic Physician who explained that this reaction is actually normal. What was happening was a detoxification healing crisis along with a drop in my cortisol (stress hormone) level. It would pass and was actually for my best and highest good even if it sucked at the moment.

In understanding this: I bravely (or stupidly depending on who you ask) went back again to float yesterday. This time? It was more familiar. I moisturized well all week so there was no itching. My earplugs were in place this time before the shower so they fit well, and I used the Vaseline given on my lips and right at the corner of my eyes.

I also had them put on some meditation music rather than silence for the time. I laid back and chose the most comfortable position I had found and this time surprisingly I relaxed in only a few minutes and had a wonderful meditative experience. I felt as if I was being suspended and fully supported in warm jello. It was amazing!

The zapping feeling in my muscles while in mediation encased my damaged areas. I believe that was healing I was experiencing. I stayed in for most of the time, getting out 15 minutes early when I started feeling stiff. (I didn’t want to push it or experience what I had before).

This time I felt some zaps and painful zings in the middle of the night deep inside my bones. It felt like pain leaving my body, even if I had to experience it as it left this one last time. What exactly was detoxifying, I could not tell you.

We will be going back again. I am very glad I pushed through and asked for answers to understand what had happened to me.

I fully believe this is good for my health and eventually floats will be totally pain-free as will I.


I hope this helps someone should you experience something similar, because I could not find anything online anything like my float.

Learn more or try it www.TrueREST.com

Do You Fill Your Days with Noise?

There is no doubt that we live in a fast-paced loud world. Radio, television, computer and cell phone generated videos, music services streamed right to our smartphones, crowds, kids playing, dogs barking, horns honking – do you ever just sit in silence?

If the answer is “no”, you may need to rethink your routine.

Noise is on a basic level – distraction.

The question becomes, what are we all distracting ourselves from?

Why do we feel the need to fill our days with all of this programming and entertainment? Can we no longer just simply “be”?

The act of deliberately sitting in silence and allowing yourself to simply be allows your mind and body to relax and more importantly actually tune in and hear your own inner thoughts. When this becomes a super relaxed state it can delve into meditation.

Meditation and even simply sitting in silence allows you to connect with your higher self. It allows the body, mind, and spirit to refocus. We all need this on a daily basis as it boosts not only your mood but your health and the overall state of being.

Use today as your test day. Just make note of how much noise you are really around, including random chatter. Tomorrow, now that you are aware, take some time to yourself and just allow yourself to sit, breathe and be if only for a few moments. Then compare the two days – at the end of each day checking in with yourself asking “How do I feel?”

Technology is wonderful, friends, family, life in general, but it also can wear down your internal battery. Taking time to yourself is not only important, it’s vital and many of us get so wrapped up in daily living that we sometimes overlook the most important person in our lives – ourselves.

The Benefits of Integrative Wellness

Our physical health does not exist in a bubble. The mind, body, spirit connection is the trifecta of overall wellbeing and optimal health.

In modern day life we are so scheduled and so rushed all of the time with appointments, social engagements, work, school, family, friends, we barely have time to sleep let alone consider self-care as anything more than a luxury.

This is problematic thinking.

Somehow taking the time to take care of ourselves has been labeled as selfish. The truth of the matter is that if you do not take care of yourself and put yourself first, at least once in a while, you will eventually get worn down. At that point, you are no good to not only yourself but to anyone else either. In that worn out mode, you can become depressed, too exhausted to cope with daily life, or even physically ill. In any of these scenarios, it becomes even more difficult to continue the level of support you give to others.

Taking the time to care for yourself on a deep spiritual, emotional, and physical is necessary for your continued health, quality of life and longevity. It has been proven time and time again through neuroscientific studies that the brain is ever changing and can rewire itself back to optimal function when given the chance to relax, unwind, be at peace and actually heal.

In light of this, Monarch Wellness has chosen to offer several neuro-friendly integrative services to help you develop an ongoing state of tranquil mindfulness.

Some of our modalities which incorporate the whole brain and neurological system include:

  • Sand Tray Therapy (the right creative brain is engaged during the building phase, and the left brain is integrated through storytelling as the builder translates the tray into verbal language to make sense of it)
  • Play Therapy (integrates both the creative (right) and thinking (left) parts of the brain)
  • Restorative Sound (the vibrations move through and around the body in a circular motion, creating a dance of right and left brain integration, and balancing out the complete nervous system)
  • Yoga and Laughter Yoga (by definition, yoga means union in that it unites mind-body-soul, person-larger purpose, and unlimited other interpretations of union through the integration of movement and inner reflection)

 

While it may feel selfish at first to take the time out of your busy week to attend self-growth related classes, you will soon come to realize that by doing so what you are offering those around you is incredibly valuable – a new more energized refreshed happier version of you.

To learn more please visit www.monarchwellness.net. You are also invited to attend our upcoming Open House. https://www.facebook.com/events/270025216773156/

Saturday, April 29th from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Monarch Wellness 843 Myrtle Terrace Naples, FL 34103.

CLASS SAMPLINGS

3:30-3:50 pm SALIMA-Children’s Yoga

4-4:20 pm DEVI-Gentle Yoga

4:30-4:50pm PEGGY-Integrative Relaxation

5-5:30 pm WILLIAM-Restorative Sound (Crystal & Tibetan Bowls)

RSVP here: http://monarchwellness.net/open-hours-anniversary-rsvp/

or Call 239-231-3208!

Originally Posted: http://monarchwellness.net/2017/04/the-benefits-of-integrative-wellness-3/

 

The #1 thing you can do for your health

With so many fads and trends that come and go in the health and wellness industry, one time-tested proven fact holds true. Stress can make you physically ill. According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 75% of all health problems brought to doctors is Emotional Stress-Related


We all have stress. Stress (a certain level of pressure) can be healthy and motivational. It can propel us towards being deadline oriented, organized and successful. But when stressors are too numerous and come at you from too many directions at once you can start to feel overwhelmed. That sense of being overwhelmed can lead to feeling less than capable of handling your own life or career. That, in turn, can lead to higher levels or stress and even into depression with accompanying issues like insomnia, improper diet, and lack of self-care.

Operating at these constantly high level isn’t normal despite the picture today’s society presents and it isn’t healthy. Constant pressure can lead to anxiety and fatigue as your body is tricked into feeling as if you are in an ongoing “fight or flight” scenario. This wears on your hormones, your endocrine system and can lead to adrenal issues.

The mind, body, spirit connection is the trifecta of health. To attain truly wonderful vibrant health, you must work on all three.

The How: It may sound overly simplified:

Cut Stress – We do know that it is easier said than done, but taking small steps to cut down on, if not eliminate altogether things, situations, people and places that stress you out is well worth the effort. The only constant in life is change.

– If you do not enjoy your job – work on finding a different one.

– If you have toxic people in your life, work on spending less time focusing on them, and cut them out entirely if possible.

– If bills are piling up – work on a budget and paying off debt.

– Don’t love where you live? – work on a plan to move.


Whatever it is that is stressing you out, there is always some kind of a solution or way to modify. Monarch wellness offers classes, therapeutic services focused on resolving emotional concerns, as well as preventative stress management for optimal health and well-being.


 

We would like to cordially invite you, our readers, to attend our OPEN HOUSE here at Monarch Wellness. It will be held on Saturday, April 29th from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm at

Monarch Wellness 843 Myrtle Terrace Naples, FL 34103.

It will include a CLASS SAMPLING:

3:30-3:50 pm SALIMA-Children’s Yoga

4-4:20 pm DEVI-Gentle Yoga

4:30-4:50pm PEGGY-Integrative Relaxation

5-5:30 pm WILLIAM-Restorative Sound (Crystal & Tibetan Bowls)

RSVP here: http://monarchwellness.net/open-hours-anniversary-rsvp/ or Call 239-231-3208!

Additionally, we offer:

Peaceful Mind, Healthy Body Class.

STARTS: June 3rd and is held for 8 consecutive Saturdays from 9 am – 10:30 am, STARTING JUNE 3rd. COST: $400 for the full 8-week session. (Clients participating in Monarch Therapy $360)
This is an 8-week group focused on whole body wellness with healthy lifestyle choices.

Topics and group discussions include:
-Reducing Stress
-Nutrition Options
-Incorporating Exercise into Daily Life

Call to Register by MAY 26th:
239-231-3208

Originally Posted: http://monarchwellness.net/2017/04/the-1-thing-you-can-do-for-your-health/

Your Self Awareness Guide

  1. The Whys?

Ask yourself why you are making the decision you are… what is your motivation? Often we make snap decisions without really understanding the basis behind them. Take the time to understand what drives you and your choices.

 

  1. STOP

When faced with a choice or decision, it often feels like the response should be immediate. Look before you leap is a wise old adage. Before reacting, just stop. Pause. Wait… simmer a bit. This helps you to remain at cause rather than ending up at the mercy of effect.

 

  1. Explain

Practice articulating how you feel without placing blame on others. When you remain responsible for your choices and actions, you retain the power.

 

  1. Deny

Mastering self-control is vital. Say “No” to yourself sometimes. Work on refusing temptations which do not benefit you, and especially any that could cause harm.

 

  1. Play Lawyer

Or Devil’s Advocate – flip the script and see things from an opposing view. Sometimes this can help open your perspective or even strengthen the view already held.

 

  1. Take Responsibility

Hold yourself accountable for your actions, flaws, mistakes and consequences of actions. Breaking agreements, even with yourself can be damaging to the psyche.

 

  1. Enough with the negative self-talk!

Just stop it. Drop the critical commentary. Celebrate your wins and forgive yourself any perceived failures. Most failures are simply lessons – we learn and next time are better prepared.

 

  1. Find a Mentor

Feedback is vital. Find someone whose opinion you respect and let them help guide you.

 

  1. What is your body saying?

Are you aware of your body? Do you notice your own stance, posture, gate and hand gestures? What are the conveying to others? Simple things like standing up straight, meeting someone’s gaze or not crossing your arms gives you an aura of confidence and assurance. In turn, you tend to feel more that way as well.

 

  1. Know ThySelf

What are your strong points, skills, gifts and talents? What are your weaker areas? Play to your strengths and minimize the weaknesses or if you are so inclined, work on them to become stronger.

 

  1. Evaluate

Take an honest look at yourself on every level. Spiritual, emotional, mental, physical. Keep track of your progress as this is sure to change over time.

 

  1. Meditation

It can be a challenge to focus and quiet your mind, just start with something simple like 10 minutes a day. If thoughts come to your mind, brush them away and refocus. Tip: Guided meditation is easier for beginners than silence.

 

For more tips, ideas, classes, one on one sessions, events and seminars please visit www.monarchwellness.net

Originally Posted: http://monarchwellness.net/2017/04/your-self-awareness-guide/

Don’t Allow Fear to Stop You

“What you fear the most will come to you.” This proverb is found originally in the Bible (Jeremiah 42) and has been rehashed over and over throughout the years by sages, Wisemen, authors, and motivational speakers.

Fear and worry are driving factors in many people’s lives. Both are a misuse of the imagination. Imagination and thoughts are power.

The truth of the matter isn’t that just what you fear the most will come to you… It’s that whatever you focus on – good or bad will have a tendency to manifest in your life. The beauty is that once you understand this you realize that you are in control. You get to decide what you will experience in this life.

Fear is a feeling. It’s a visceral reaction we have to a possibility of an outcome that we do not want. Realizing that that outcome has not happened yet and may not ever need to occur and even better yet, that you hold the key to overcoming the possibility entirely. It has been said that the acronym FEAR stands for is False Evidence Appearing Real. This could not be truer.

How do you get past a fear?

  • Switch Focus – occupying your mind and time with other more positive things can help. Do your best to keep your mind off of outcomes you do not wish to happen.
  • Face your fears – If you have a fear of something tactile – heights, fire, needles, etc. desensitization can also be helpful. Fear is not logical. Fear is often irrational. Repeated exposure gets your mind and body used to the stimulus often causing the fear to lessen over time. Refusing to face fear keeps it alive. The common tactic of burying your head in the sand does not work and only serves to delay.
  • Be easy on yourself – changing old ingrained habits take time and practice. If you find yourself in old patterns of fear based thought, do your best to take some deep breaths and refocus.
  • Focused meditation – practicing meditation can help you to clear old patterns subconsciously.

Monarch Wellness offers sessions and classes that can help you get past the fear and on to living a more full and happy life. Visit www.monarchwellness.net to learn more or sign up.

Originally posted: http://monarchwellness.net/2017/02/dont-allow-fear-to-stop-you/

How to Cope with Stress

It has been said that happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.

 

Stress is unavoidable in daily life, but we do have a choice of how we handle and react to stressors. Having a plan before life goes haywire can help us stay on course. Here are a few tips to help you keep your cool.

  1. Stay at cause rather than being at effect. You have no control over issues that arise, what you do have control over is how you react. No matter how chaotic of a situation you are in, take a deep breath and step back for 30 seconds’ minimum. There is no rule that says you have to jump the second someone else’s emergency demands it. Allow some of the initial adrenaline to subside before making any snap decisions or choices as to how to proceed.
  1. Take Time for Yourself. Many of us rush around in a blur. We take care of our spouses, our kids, our job requirements, and we put ourselves and our needs dead last. This leaves us feeling frazzled, exhausted and worn out. It can leave you with nothing left to give. Realize that you are the most important person in your life. Take the time to be nice to yourself.
  1. Deep breathing relaxes the body and the mind. Pause during your day, take 5-10 deep breaths. Breathe in for a count of 5. Hold the air in for a count of 5. Exhale for one more count of 5. Repeat 5 to 10 times. Repeat daily or as often as needed.
  1. Say No. People who are comfortable saying “No” to requests they really do not wish to do fall far higher on the happiness scale. We all like to help others, but when chronic people pleasing causes you to feel stressed out, it can affect your health both mentally and physically. Saying no to some requests is really saying yes to yourself.
  1. Pamper Yourself. Get a massage, take a hot bath, meditate, go for a walk, take a self-growth or improvement class, whatever makes you feel good, we highly suggest doing that at regular intervals. All of these activities raise your mood and lower your stress.
  1. Hug and or Kiss someone you care about. Hugging and kissing release oxytocin, the love hormone.

For more information on relaxation modalities, therapies and classes call us at 239-231-3208. Our central Naples location is 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples, Florida 34103. www.monarchwellness.net

Originally Posted: http://monarchwellness.net/2017/01/5-methods-of-coping-with-stress/