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Our bodies are really all we have in life. We want to take care of them in the best way possible. The kinder we are to them, the kinder they are back. Plus, once the system starts to break down, it seems like it is a cascading event. One thing goes, then others follow suit.
This series is a great example of how to take care of your body and why -- delving into one particular aspect of how stress can effect the body.
There are several ways in which you can take this course; I picked DVD. I loved how easy it was on DVD to navigate the various lectures this course had to offer. Each class was 30 minutes and has its own chapter, so it is easy to pick and choose what you want to watch. The 30 minute lectures are also perfectly timed -- just the right amount of knowledge compressed into a time-frame that can be squeezed between various chores that you might have to do.
One of the highlights for me was the lecture on Stress and Pain. It did a wonderful job explaining the way pathways of pain are created in your body. The interesting thing too, is that we always think of stress as a mental aspect. However, stress for your body can be physical: the stress of a burn, the stress of an injury, or the stress of cancer. These create pain pathways, and, for some, can be really hard to break.
Stress is so fascinating. Mental stress really can cause physical pain. The whole dynamic is so important in realizing how our bodies work and how to reduce the stress in our lives.
That's why I think this course is so fantastic. We should all learn how mental and physical stress effect our bodies, and, ultimately, our health.
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