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|Chiropractic Care and Meditation
When you begin a meditation practice, it's very possible that your focus and concentration will be affected by various bodily aches and pains. After all, when is the last time you attempted to sit quietly for five minutes at a time? Many of us unconsciously hold tension in large muscle groups such as those surrounding the neck and shoulders. We may feel pain in these areas once we've eliminated our usual distractions and are attempting to sit quietly.
Chiropractic care can help address these aches and pains, regardless of location. By addressing the likely source of these problems, that is, mechanical stresses and strains in the spinal column, regular chiropractic care enables large muscle groups to relax and do the job they were designed to do. Regular chiropractic care helps muscle tightness and muscle tension to resolve, removing an uncomfortable source of distraction from your valuable meditation time and helping make your meditation practice fruitful and enjoyable.
What is a recommended length for meditation sessions? There are no rules. The key is to begin, and then to continue. Starting with a five-minute session, twice a day, is a very good beginning. If you wish, you could build up to two 30-minute sessions per day. Again, your meditation practice is not a contest. What works for you will work for you.
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