Deep Relaxation Techniques

Your body is a natural healing machine and deep relaxation techniques will allow you to heal physically and, amazingly, emotionally as well. Introduce deep relaxation techniques as a regular part of your ways to relieve stress, and it will help you to release your natural creativity - perhaps to creatively resolve your day-to-day problems, to get to sleep or back to sleep at night for a refreshing start to every day. Use deep relaxation techniques to promote good health.

First, breathing is one of the easiest and most beneficial of the deep relaxation techniques because more oxygen gets to the brain. Use Breath-of-Fire when feeling tired to quickly increase oxygen intake to the body: this is good to refresh you naturally. Longer, slower, deeper breathing is useful for when you need to unwind at the end of the day. Also use a progressive, or fractional, relaxation regime as well to fully loosen you. Focus on different parts of the body and tense and release twice for each. Tense as you breathe in, and release as you breathe out - taking twice as long out as in. Count 4 and 8 respectively, or choose your own pace.

Power napping: train yourself first at home, and then use during the day. This is one of the deep relaxation techniques used by powerful people. To start, tell yourself a few times, for how long you want to chill out, anything from one minute upwards. Focus your eyes upward and soften to peripheral vision as you breathe in, slow deep breaths, and close them as you breathe out and relax deeply. In time you will be unwilling to open your eyes again by the third breath. Then release all that you are doing and all that goes on around you for that time. With practice you will be able to refresh yourself completely. This can be helpful with the pain techniques below.

Loosen your muscles in your daily activities, and soften your focus of attention, yet bring it to this moment. This is excellent practice.

Self-acceptance: It may seem odd to include information on self-acceptance among the deep relaxation techniques, but this is a healthy self-respect and balanced value of yourself. Understand that you need a break sometimes and give yourself permission to take it. Train yourself and your children that self care isn't the same as selfishness. The most loving thing you can do is care for yourself, as no one else knows exactly what you need.

Deal with PAIN using deep relaxation techniques - breathe in accepting the pain, and breathe out relaxing into it as you turn your thinking deliberately to something else. Mentally make space around the area, as tension always increases pain.

Gratitude and appreciation: Grasp life in full! Be thankful three times over for the 'bad' experiences in life as well as the 'good' ones. Say it even if you don't mean it - miracles will follow! One of the most unusual of the deep relaxation techniques. Be grateful for everything and add-in appreciation.

Hypnosis CDs: this is the most favoured of the deep relaxation techniques. The breathing exercises above could take you into a state of hypnosis, but the use of hypnosis CDs can help you since someone talks you through it. There are CDs available from many suppliers (for instance, audible.co.uk) to help with creative activities, improve sport, fears and anxieties, for self-healing - there are many applications, and it's all natural.

The more deep relaxation techniques you can introduce into your life, the healthier and happier you can be.

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