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Anxiety/Panic Attack Control with meditation
This meditation is free. No sales pitch, no commitment, no previous experience required. Background: I am a physical therapist by training and an artist by calling. I'm using my studio after hours to supplement our superior physical therapy service with a way to take care of the emotional aspect of healing and stress control. I've been trying to tailor my guiding cues to the audience present or the effect desired. I am not a guru. I don't believe there are "secrets" to meditation or to having direct access to your own spirituality. In my guided sessions, I try to address something(s) that is relevant to the crowd present. I would like to de-mystify meditation as an experience and to make it "available" to everyone 24/7 free of charge. Issues often addressed in my meditations: mental and physical stress relief, pain control thru visualization or other means, anxiety/panic attack control, performance enhancement (such as work, sports or academic), confidence building, substance abuse, etc. No topic is off-limits. So, depending on the desire of the crowd, we may deviate from the specified topic a little. We'll spend the first 15-20 min or so talking about why and how to meditate - for the next 15 or so minutes we'll stretch and do some basic breathing exercises. For the next 40-60 minutes we'll meditate. Bring a blanket if you tend to get cold. Bring a mat if like to be horizontal during meditation. Otherwise, just bring yourself and possibly a friend. This session is for beginners and advanced practitioners alike. No special knowledge required. Please be on time as it is difficult to stay focused when people are coming in and settling down. Thank you. Donations are not required but are welcome.

Pacific Coast Sports Medicine

11710 Wilshire Blvd. · Los Angeles, CA

What we're about

...if everyone meditated for 5-15 minutes a day, the world would likely have no wars. More and more science is coming out to support meditation for the purposes of "rewiring" your brain. This simply means that the pathways your brain uses to perform a specific task are reinforced by performing that very specific task. So, negative behaviors will result in reinforcement of negative pathways, just like positive ones will reinforce the positive pathways. Most of us, whether we are aware of it or not, experience a low grade constant stress of living in a more competitive environment of today's reality. The sources of stress could be coming from your job, family, commute, traffic in general, pressure to perform, pressure to make more money, etc. In the days of the cave men, the stresses were more immediate, such as finding food, safety and possibly opportunities for procreation. Those stresses, just like stresses of today's world have a very specific effect on one's physiology. It makes our bodies release a stress hormone called cortisol, which participates in regulating blood sugar, inflammation levels, metabolic distribution, etc. - things that are useful in combating the immediate effects of stress. Our bodies also release epinephrine/adrenaline in order to ready our bodies for fight/flight response - it increases heart rate, reduces the autonomic function (food digestion, blood cell formation, immunity..), and generally enhances one's ability to confront or flee a dangerous/stressful situation. Unlike in the cave men's world, we have many more stressors that are likely to raise your anxiety level without actually posing a risk of death. As a result, we carry all this stress (the neurotransmitter effect of it) with us without ever returning to the base normative levels of the stress neurotransmitters and hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. In turn, this means that we wear our physical bodies out before their time. This is how mental stress eventually translates into physical stress on the body. Our bodies are wonderful organisms full of systems that create checks and balances on our wear and tear. But they do have limits to their abilities, especially in times of low grade constant stress nagging at them.
My belief is that we can change our bodies through balancing our neurotransmitters and hormones involved in stress response. This can be achieved through meditation and increasing self-awareness. My goal is to teach people to deal with stressful situations as well as create a daily routine for making meditation a part of one's life. If you started or ended your day with meditation, it would be equivalent to wiping the computer memory clean after every use, as if pressing a "reset" button.
Every session starts with a discussion/brief lecture on how or why meditation helps, followed by a brief breathwork/stretching routine, followed by guided meditation. The entire session should last 75-90 minutes. I hope you join us.

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