WELLNESS | Whole Body Tension Tamers
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Stress relief manifests itself in many forms, be it sitting on the couch or sleeping in. Unfortunately not all relaxation methods like these are actually beneficial to your health. With these whole-body stress-busters, find a relaxation technique that works for you. Instead of unwinding in front of the television this evening, which does little to reduce stress, look to these introductory relaxation techniques for an alternative path to whole-body health. Your body is a temple! Learn how to treat it accordingly.
Relaxation can be as simple as remembering to breathe.
Relaxation Technique | Conscious Breathing Relaxation
Use your conscious intention to just start relaxing your body in coordination with your breath. Very deliberately, as your breath comes in, relax. As your breath goes out, let go and relax more. This will help you begin to associate the act of breathing with relaxing your body. Put your attention on your face, neck and shoulders, a place where many hold tension. Is the inhale or exhale making you tenser, or more relaxed? Just notice what is really going on as you breathe and forget why.
Once you discover the level of tension that is working in you right now, every time you inhale and exhale, deliberately relax those places in your body that involuntarily tense without you deliberately telling them to do so. Just bringing some conscious attention to places that are commonly tensed as you breathe will help gently relax them. You will find that if you let your breath be steady and soft, the tension will more easily release. If you tense your muscles, your breath gets choppy—having a start-and-stop, start-and-stop, start-and-stop quality. You will probably notice that when there is a sense of tension in your breathing, your muscles cannot relax. They will either maintain their level of tension or get even tenser. Try to breathe as softly, steadily and calmly as you can. With each breath, see if can let your tension go a little more—if you can. If not, it’s okay. In time, you will.
From The Chi Revolution: Harnessing the Healing Power of Your Life Force by Bruce Frantzis