South Central WI Archive
  • Northeast Wisconsin
  • January 2010
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Stress: the real silent killer — A novel way to manage stress for a happy and healthy life

Stress is normal! We all have stress. I think it’s part of the human experience. Stress is the body’s reaction to any change, or disruption that requires an adjustment or response. The body reacts to these disruptions with physical, mental and emotional responses.

It’s important to take seriously the negative impact stress can have. Everyday stress becomes so common that it becomes our new “normal.” As our stress level increases, so does our perception of what “normal” stress feels like.

Stress has been linked to all the leading causes of death, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, accidents and suicide. Almost 90 percent of all visits to primary health care providers are due to stress-related problems.

Stress can be physical and emotional. I think it’s fascinating that the body is very literal. Heart strings (tendons) inside the human heart can cause chronic pain after deep emotional trauma. Activated cells in the tendons are themselves responsible for producing biochemical substances that can cause pain, and the tendons may even break due to a surge of stress hormones. Thus a broken heart can be very real due to emotional trauma.

Many things can cause a person to feel that their heart has been broken. Most commonly, we think of a romantic breakup, which indeed makes the list of the top five stressful situations. But there are other things that cause the sense of loss that leads to emotional trauma.

The top five are:

Death of a loved one



Major illness

Job lossSometimes, these things happen one at a time, with space to heal in between. Sometimes, you get a whole cluster of trouble dumped on you. Sometimes something is so painful, it’s difficult to recover.

It’s not uncommon to feel stress over happy events. Events such as the birth of a child, getting married, or a new job can lead to stress. Even though these are joyous occasions, they are stressful. Why? They disrupt our lifestyle.

Are you sensing any sort of pattern here with regard to stress? Each of these stressors all have one thing in common — they disrupt our lives. We don’t like to have our lives disrupted and when it happens, even if it is a good disruption, it causes stress. A bad disruption can cause emotionally traumatic stress.

We cannot go through life in a protective bubble. We are going to experience stressful situations throughout our lives. It all comes down to how well we can manage stress and find what works for us.

The Amethyst BioMat is thermo-electrotherapy and it uses far infrared and negative ions to help manage, relieve and even eliminate stress. The first thing clients notice is the soothing, relaxing feeling of warmth. This is a different warmth than you feel from a heating pad, your car seat heaters, or even your fireplace. This feels more like the blissful warmth of the sun on a warm, sunny day! The amethyst crystals allow the healing rays of the far infrared to penetrate 6-8 inches into your body, literally warming you from the inside out!

Besides relaxing physically, you will likely find yourself transported to new heights of tranquility and relaxation. The BioMat has a direct effect on your brainwaves and on your hormones, creating a deeply relaxing, meditative, and some even say hypnotic, state of mind.

Did you know that research studies prove that stress hormones, including cortisol, are reduced by 78 percent with the BioMat? This allows for the deepest, most restorative sleep, and the most amazing relaxation and meditative experience you’ve likely ever had!

In addition to relaxation, the BioMat relieves pain and inflammation. Pain is often the outcome of runaway stress. By increasing circulation, metabolism, and oxygenation, muscles loosen and joint pain is relieved. Tension headaches and fibromyalgia-like symptoms are minimized or eliminated as well.

What’s great is that you have the option of how you would like to use the BioMat. You can enjoy the tranquil and soothing environment of experiencing your sessions at a healing center like Luminous Lotus Healing. Or, if you prefer to take control of your health and happiness, BioMat is available for purchase. You can relax onto it wherever and whenever you like! Whether it’s at work or at home, in your favorite chair, or in your bed, you’ll wonder how you went so long without one!

In conjunction with a healthy lifestyle, BioMat therapy is an extremely effective way of managing stress. The next time you find yourself stressed out, consider the BioMat to unwind, rest and relax.

References: “Andrew Weil, MD.”

Sonya Sullins

Sonya Sullins, MBA, CRHP, is the owner of Luminous Lotus Healing. Luminous Lotus Healing offers natural and alternative methods to heal - in mind, body and spirit. Healing therapies include Far Infrared Therapy with Amethyst BioMat, Bio Electrotherapy with Wellness Pro, Reconnective Healing, Access Consciousness BARS, and Divine Guidance Business Coaching. Experience healing treatments on the BioMat and with the Wellness Pro, and you can also purchase for home use. Gift certificates available online. Check back regularly as she offers classes and holds events. Visit, call 608-620-5171 or email [email protected] for more information.

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