I treat clients in NYC. For the most part, people are stressed, over-caffeinated and exhausted. They work long hours, aren't sleeping properly and are constantly on the go. This leaves little room for self care and what I hear most from my clients is, "I'm exhausted."
The first thing I ask is- "How many hours of sleep do you get each night?" The second question is, "How many hours do you work each week?" Then finally, "What do you do for self-care or fun?"
The last question affords a few blank stares and confused faces. It's the LAST thing people think about, if they even think about it at all. We don't allow ourselves to take the much needed down time to re-charge and reboot. We push, push, push and wonder why six months later we have barely enough energy to get out of bed.
Adrenals play a huge role in all of this. The adrenals are endocrine glands that sit on top of your kidneys (there are two of them, one for each kidney.) They are responsible for the production of certain hormones that respond to stress. They become stimulated when the sympathetic nervous system is activated, (that's our flight-or-flight response.) The adrenals are connected to the root chakra. The root chakra sits at the base of the spine at the coccyx and is connected to the survival instinct as well as fears related to survival.
As I deal with the energetic side of things, I balance the adrenals on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of body. This is where I'll usually find deep fears. There's a lot of fear going around these days. Fear of not being enough, fear of not making ends meet financially, fear not finding a partner, fear of not becoming pregnant/becoming pregnant, fear of losing your job, fear of being stuck in a job, fear of what's happening in the environment, other peoples fear, etc! The list goes on and on. Our body can become stuck in a pattern, like a record on a record player that has skipped and is playing the same blurb of a song over and over again.
What I help to do is calm down any agitation that is occurring and replace the word FEAR with COURAGE. By calming down the adrenals and/or bringing in prana or vital energy into the body, I am able to assist in relaxing the client and bringing a sense of peace and security to them. Since I am in the practice of self-empowerment through individuals health, I always insist they begin doing something each week for themselves, of their own choosing. I encourage time spent outdoors in nature, possibly even barefoot on the ground. I learned the other day that lightning strikes the ground approximately 432,000 times a day! That's enough to take your shoes off and feel the vital earth energy pulsating from the ground into your body. If being outdoors barefoot is not an option, I suggest either meditation, go out dancing, cooking a delicious and nutritious meal for yourself, a moment of solitude, a soothing bath, whatever floats your boat. As long as you are having fun and taking time to breathe deep and get in touch with yourself.
My hope is that you take the time today, even if for a few minutes to give those adrenals a rest and tap into the magnificent creature you are and treat yo'self! Your body is already applauding you at the sheer idea of it!