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Ancient Medicine for Modern Problems

Ancient Medicine for Modern Problems

Like most everyone else, you are probably feeling inundated. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Comcast, Hulu, Netflix, the radio in the car to work, text messages, the kids on Zoom in the living room while you’re trying to make sense of what’s going on in the world. It’s a complicated time, and our nervous systems are always on GO.

Anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States annually, that’s 18.1% of the population - and we are talking chronic anxiety here. Many of us suffer from sleeplessness. Few seek medical treatment, preferring instead to self-medicate, often in ways that further stress mind, body and spirit.

In fairness, each of us is just trying to cope, but you need peace. You need to meditate. You need to relax.

For this, The Corner Suite is pleased to welcome Kaitlyn Johnson of Peacefully Rooted into our midst. Katilyn’s practice combines massage, meditation, sound and vibrational therapy, and Qigong. Here at The Corner Suite, she will be offering 60- and 90-minute massage, Thai massage, and sound healing sessions with Tibetan “singing” bowls.

Fight or flight (or maybe just “not”)

Our bodies have evolved in superior ways that allow us to respond quickly to life-threatening situations. Something crazy happens, and we react, often before we know to do so, as a sequence of hormonal and physiological responses trigger what is known as the “fight or flight” response.

Unfortunately, these days that same response is triggered by traffic jams, stress at work, stress at home, and an ever more strident and inundating media culture.

Read more about fight or flight here.

The important thing to know here is that the sympathetic nervous system manages our stress response, releasing adrenaline first and then cortisol, which drive and sustain an increase in heart rate, blood pressure, and our rate of breathing. It is the parasympathetic nervous system that calms all that down, and THAT is what we most need to promote and encourage. 

“We hear all the time about fight or flight,” Kaitlyn says. “We should be talking more about ‘rest and digest.’ When we support the parasympathetic nervous system, that is when healing can occur.”

Massage, sound healing, and tibetan singing bowls

Kaitlyn Johnson will tell you that in times like these, is important to protect your own energy. “One wants to feel grounded, as opposed to constantly depleted.” In addition to massage, she practices the ancient art of sound healing with Tibetan “singing” bowls.

It would be foolish to dismiss holistic healing as a fad.

Tibetan singing bowls have been used in healing practice for thousands of years, and vibrational, or sound healing, is a scientifically recognized means of relaxing our parasympathetic nervous systems in order to deepen healing. The various frequencies help communicate with the inner ear, telling us to calm down and soothing the physiological mechanisms that have us full tilt all the time.

So who is Kaitlyn Johnston?

“I have trained with the very best practitioners in a range of modalities,” she says. “Once I became more open to the Universe, I felt a real need to teach and to heal others and to share what I have learned.”

How did she get to Savannah?

“Serendipity, I suppose.

“My goal with Peacefully Rooted is to guide my clients to a place where they can achieve that same peace, allowing restoration from within.”

Come see her today, only at The Corner Suite.