Relaxation

Relaxation therapy is a type of therapy that helps in reducing muscle tension & stress, lowers blood pressure, and controls pain. It may involve tensing and relaxing muscles throughout the body. When an individual feel stress, the body responds by releasing hormones that increases the blood pressure and raise the heart rate. This is called the stress response. Relaxation techniques can help your body relax and lower your blood pressure and heart rate. This is called a relaxation response.

Relaxation has plenty of ways to benefit you, for example:

  • Lowering your anxiety, heart rate, blood pressure and breathing rate.
  • Reducing muscle tension and chronic pain.
  • Improving concentration and mood.
  • Reducing fatigue.
  • Reducing anger and frustration.
  • Boosting confidence to handle problems.

Relaxation therapy require the use of the 5 senses; vision, hearing, touch, taste and smell and involves imagining and experiencing different sensations.

Here is an example of a Relaxation Therapy

Deep Breathing:

Sit with your legs uncrossed, good posture, and place your hands on your thighs. Close your eyes. Inhale deeply through your nose into your abdomen for a long count of five seconds (your chest should move only a little). Hold for a long count of two seconds, then breathe out slowly through your mouth for a long count of five. Repeat for 10 to 15 cycles. Stop briefly if you feel light-headed.

Meditation:

Meditation is a mind exercise that helps to relax your body and free your mind from worries. You sit quietly in a comfortable position, close your eyes, and relax your muscles. Your thoughts are relaxed while your body stays alert. It can be done in a group or alone.

Be less stressed and more relaxed, come in for a session if this is what you think you need.

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