4 stress-relieving exercises to calm down, naturally

April 12, 2015 11:00 AM

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When chronic fatigue syndrome left her constantly worn out— even after three grande Americanos a day— Lara Ann Riggio turned to energy-based exercises and finally found relief. Now, she works as a healing practitioner herself, helping individuals overcome chronic issues such as back pain, neuromuscular tension, joint discomfort, chronic headaches, insomnia, and anxiety.

Riggio, 40, uses a combination of Western exercise science and muscular-therapy techniques, as well as energy-based exercises, to help the body relax from a sympathetic nervous system response, the “fight, flight or freeze” reaction to stressors.

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