“It is not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it…” Hans Selye
The Oxford Dictionary defines stress as ‘a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances’. In modern life, stress is all around us in many forms, both good and bad. Good forms of stress (Eustress) such as exercise can help propel us through our days and weeks, but negative stress can drain our energy and drastically affect how well we concentrate and perform, not to mention how we sleep.
The need to overcome and manage stress in the UK is clear…
According to a 2018 study by Forth, over a third (37%) of British residents feel stressed for at least one full day per week. They concluded that those who don’t feel stressed at all are very much in the minority, with 85% of their study group regularly experiencing a clearly recognisable level of worry. The most common sources of stress involved concerns about money, work and health, and 54% of those suffering with stress worried about the impact it was having on their health.
Stress Management and the iMRS System
When considering the role of PEMF therapy in stress management, close consideration needs to be given to the role of the autonomic nervous system, which is responsible for the balance of alertness and energy, with rest and repair within the body. In the UK, we are generally not short on stimulation for our nervous systems, with our collective coffee consumption increasing by 25 million cups a day over the past 10 years. Where we certainly need help is with our ability to slow down, relax and sleep. Because the iMRS system utilises low frequency and intensity PEMF therapy, it is ideally suited to provide us with appropriate energy and alertness when we need it, but crucially it can also help to promote relaxation and prepare us for the good quality sleep we desperately need.
Now is probably a good time to emphasise a very important point regarding low level PEMF therapy and stress management; that the many health benefits including muscular relaxation, improved sleep and improved balance of the autonomic nervous system to name a few, occur because cells in the body communicate within a very low and narrow frequency range, and then significantly amplify the signal they receive. (Research suggesting this is as much as 7 million times!). So, when comparing low level PEMF therapy devices, which are designed for long term preventative use, with higher frequency and intensity systems which effectively override communication processes within the body, low level PEMF therapy is preferable for effectively managing stress levels over a sustained period of time and helping to ensure we maintain an appropriate balance between stimulation and a rest and repair state.
How to effectively use the iMRS system to manage your stress
It is not possible to ‘feel’ the PEMF signal delivered by the iMRS system, as the signal level is below the threshold of sensory detection by the skin, but with practice it is perfectly possible to feel the effects that low level PEMF therapy is having on your body. For example, the warmth felt in tense muscles and the gentle tingling in areas of dysfunction when exposed to low level PEMF, through to a change in your breathing pattern and reduction in muscular tension as your body relaxes. Body awareness is also especially important when incorporating PEMF therapy into a stress reduction technique. Relaxation is a skill, it doesn’t just happen, and it requires a shift from thinking to feeling…
Introducing the EMPpad Stress Reduction Technique
A powerful combination of low level PEMF therapy using the iMRS system with advanced body awareness and relaxation skills…
The best iMRS settings for stress reduction:
Before we cover the best iMRS settings to use, we must first give special mention to the iMORE optional accessory. The iMORE is an EMPpad favourite and can be used to effectively put the iMRS into autopilot mode, setting the PEMF intensity based on your current level of stress by measuring your heart rate variability (HRV) score, the gold standard stress measure for the body, and then appropriately adjusting the intensity as your stress levels and HRV score improves.
If you have the iMORE accessory, we suggest you use it to partner your stress management iMRS sessions. If you would like to add this accessory please contact us and we will be very happy to help.
EMPpad recommended iMRS settings for managing stress:
Session 1: ‘Morning’ frequency, (10 – 25 intensity), 8 minutes.
Session 2: ‘Evening’ frequency, (sensitive – 10 intensity), 24 minutes.
Session 3: ‘Night’ frequency, (10 – 25 intensity), 16 minutes.
The important thing to note here is the inclusion of the evening frequency session, which operates within the theta brainwave range of 3-8Hz. As we have mentioned before, increasing interest is being paid to the theta frequency range due to its ability to help trigger a deep relaxation state within the body, alongside many other benefits, and it should be included in an effective stress management plan using the iMRS system. If you are manually setting the intensity level, the “sensitive” intensity setting (90,000-270,000 Picotesla) can be effectively combined with this as research has demonstrated that PEMF therapy using Picotesla magnetic fields can enhance parasympathetic nervous system stimulation, and help to promote a rest and repair state leading to body-wide stress reduction benefits.
This simple process can help you to improve body awareness and can assist in the process of managing stress. This is a ‘feeling’ not thinking technique so don’t try to make sense of what you feel, just observe it. Begin by lying on the BodyMat and bending your knees so that your feet are in contact with the mat. Then, starting with your feet, become aware of the contact of your feet on the mat and any sensations that you notice such as the pressure on your skin, the position of your foot and ankle and any sense of tension in the muscles. Now follow this process slowing up your body until you reach the top of your head. This process can then be repeated as required.
Next notice your breathing pattern. Start by placing your hands together on your abdomen. Don’t try to change your breathing pattern at first just notice how you are breathing and where you are breathing from. After a few moments, gently start to prolong each out breath and continue to observe your breathing. When you are ready, start to notice the contact of your hands on your abdomen and encourage breathing from here, continuing with a longer out breath than in. Repeat this process as required during your iMRS session.
Once you have focused on your breathing, now bring your attention to your muscles. If you are drawn to any areas of tension, start by further tensing these muscles and holding this for 10 seconds. Next, immediately release all the tension and then notice the difference. Repeat this process as required, moving to any areas of muscular tension that you notice.
To complete the stress reduction technique, observe any area of your body that you are drawn to, perhaps because this area is easiest to feel, or because it just feels ‘normal’. Often the feet or thigh region are a good starting point for this part of the technique. Now keep your focus on this part of your body, focusing on ‘feeling’, not thinking, as you conclude your iMRS session. The more you repeat this process, the more effective it becomes.
This EMPpad blog will help you to successfully manage your stress levels when using the iMRS system. Further enhance this effect by following our five stage EMPpad stress reduction technique. To learn more about what we do and how we can help you please visit www.emppad.com.