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Deepen concentration and focus - 
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Covering your eyes is a common movement at the end of many yoga practices and has been used by yogis for centuries to deepen relaxation and focus, but science is increasingly showing that this simple process has far reaching benefits for your mind and your entire body.

Gentle pressure over the eyes triggers a process known as the oculocardicac reflex, helping to stimulate deep relaxation throughout the body. First observed in 1908, and also known as the Aschner reflex or trigeminovagal reflex (TVR), this process acts on the the longest nerve of the body, the vagus nerve.

 

Through a gentle weight on the eye, this nerve can reduce heart rate and promote feelings of calm, rebalancing the parasympathetic nervous system, otherwise known as the 'rest and digest' response. Recent research shows that this long nerve - stretching from the eye down the spine - provides a vital connection between the brain, chest, heart,  belly, diaphragm, lungs, throat, inner ear, and facial muscles.

 Slow Moon eye pillows provide the perfect tool to tap into this ancient process, also blocking out any light to aid a deep focus by reducing distraction. 

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We have chosen to fill our eye pillow with UK grown wheat and linseed. The natural movement of the grains allows the bags to settle against the contours of the eyes which ultimately deepens relaxation. The cellular structure of the grains are known to be great for insulation as the water molecules within the grain heat up. They are particularly good at evenly distributing both heat and cold. Again this aids relaxation and focus, but also provides great natural pain relief and comfort. 

 

For soothing aches and pains around the body, applying heat to an area improves circulation and blood flow in that area. This relaxes and soothe the muscles, aids flexibility and the repairing of damaged tissue. Applying cold to the eyes can help reduce puffiness and soothe tired eyes. And applying cold to an injury on the body reduces blood flow to that area, this slows the rate of inflammation and reduces the risk of swelling and tissue damage. It can also numb an injured area, acting as a local anaesthetic.