Relaxation is an art that many people have forgotten how to do. The ability to “let go” of everyday life, to relax and reflect and think about things does not seem to fit into today’s lifestyle.
The pressure to perform, competitiveness, worries or being too self-demanding, there are innumerable factors which constantly causes internal or external stress and tension. The consequences range from all kinds of psychosomatic symptoms to serious health problems. Typical signals are bad temper, uneasiness, exhaustion and stiff muscles.
Relaxation techniques enable the body and the soul to rejuvenate.
The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook), Martha Davis, Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman , Matthew McKay
Some of the most effective and proven relaxation techniques include:
Autogenic training involves relaxation through concentration. The exercises focus on creating a sensation of heaviness and warmth throughout the body as well as regulating breathing. The purpose of these exercises is to increase the awareness of the body’s own processes.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation according to Jacobson.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation is based on the fact that stress, fear or pain automatically tenses the muscles. The stress, fear or pain can be relieved by consciously relaxing the muscles.
The Relaxation Response,
Miriam Z. Klipper, Herbert Benson