THE SILENCE BATH. AAAHHHHH. Take Me Away.
In the US, we really don’t have an issue with work ethic. In fact, in most of my years as a personal trainer I’ve rarely met the truly lazy individual that sits on the couch all day long. Most of us are actually quite harried with family responsibilities, keeping long work schedules, and piling on more more more. What I so often saw my clients beating themselves up over was overeating (usually due to difficulties with handling stress, anxiety, and fatigue) and not making time for exercise.
After nearly 30 years of fitness experience, I’m come to what I’m sure will be a controversial conclusion about health.
Exercise and food are both somewhat important elements, but they are waaaaaaaayyyy down the list in terms of actual impact on health next to the need for deep, restorative rest and keeping stress levels within healthy ranges.
Prolonged, chronic, unrelenting stress will kill you long before that cupcake will. (See “Go Ahead, Eat The Cupcake”) <LINK TO CUPCAKE ARTICLE>
So where can we begin? Good news. It’s not on a stairmaster. The most healing solution is LESS, not MORE.
Behold Ladies and Gentlemen: The Silence Bath.
Take one often and regularly as needed. Here’s the recipe I use:
1. I downloaded an App on my Iphone called “Interval Timer”. Looks like this one.
2. Set it up for 10 minutes. (*obviously any ol’ timer will do, but this one is a winner.)
Boom. You’re done. Now, take the bath by:
3. Sitting in a comfortable chair or zafu cushion, turning EVERYTHING off (except your timer of course), closing your eyes, and simply paying attention to your breath. Don’t do anything now but simply allow your body to come down. This is also where you can apply my super-handy “SINK TEST” to see if you are ridiculously too tired all of the time…in which case your prescription is more silence bathing.
It’s just for 10 Minutes. Is that so hard? For many of you, probably, because you’re neurotic little stress-balls, but here’s why you should make this amazing time a regular thing for yourself:
The body heals when it’s able to reach deeper states like those seen in Theta stages of sleep. Our brains have 5 basic frequencies, that is, Gamma, Beta, Alpha, Theta, and Delta and we usually use them one at a time. However, one frequency tends to be dominant, depending on the situation. In the phase of deep meditation, sleep, or hypnosis, the dominant wave is the Theta one and researchers point to this frequency as having the ability to lower stress and anxiety, lead to deep relaxation, enhance the mental clarity and creativity, minimize ache, and increase euphoria. With regular and deeper meditation practices, the brain can enter this wave within minutes. Sort of exciting to think of all that healing potential isn’t it? I’ll give you a minute to process all of that.
I believe that this may be where and how your body can heal most significantly. Not from another Diet Plan. Not on another steppy-step thing at the gym.
But right here, sitting on your behind or lying on that fabulous cushion.