Chronic pain can leave you wanting to try just about anything to help ease it. For many this means taking pain relief medications that have serious and sometimes harmful side effects. Thankfully, there are other more holistic ways to ease chronic pain. One of those effective methods is restorative yoga.
What is restorative yoga?
Restorative yoga is a practice that stretches the body to relieve tension while inhaling and exhaling with deep breaths. It is a form of yoga that does not cause pain or discomfort, but instead deep relaxation. When the body reaches a deep relaxing state of being, the body’s natural healing responses turn on and begin working to relieve the chronic pains.
As you are practicing this form of yoga it is essential that you imagine your body’s natural healing energy flowing through it freely starting from the crown of your head all the way down to the soles of your feet. Allow yourself to feel all the sensations that occur with each yoga pose and deep breath you take. Do not rush while you are practicing. Remember, you are trying to bring forth natural pain relief to the body, which is better than any pain medication you could ever take.
Can props be useful during restorative yoga?
Yes, props are extremely useful during restorative yoga because they help you achieve the positions necessary for turning on the body’s natural healing responds comfortably. Some of the most useful props that can help you get into restorative poses are pillows, beach towels, bolsters, long thin blankets, yoga balls, and jump ropes. Keep in mind you want just the right support going in and out of poses; you do not want to injure yourself and cause more discomfort in the body.
How does this alternative healing method relieve chronic pain?
Restorative yoga relieves chronic pain from the body by relieving physical and mental stress. Practicing restorative yoga reverses the way the brain responses to stress by helping it adapt to it in a positive way. If you use this healing method daily, it can restore the body back to health and help prevent chronic pain from occurring again in the future.
Before practicing any kind of alternative healing method to restore the body’s health, it is wise to consult with a doctor first to make sure it is safe for you. Remember, you want to relieve your current condition. You do not want to worsen it. With that said, live well and be happy.