Techniques for Relaxation
The human body needs to relax. It is very important to include in our workouts some time to relax and get rid of the usual stress. Before doing this we need to know relaxation techniques involved in refocusing your attention on something calming and increasing awareness of your body. You may try any relaxation technique but it is important is to do it regularly.
Here are three types of relaxation techniques:
Autogenic means something that comes from within you. In this technique we repeat suggestions in our mind to relax and reduce muscle tension. To reduce stress with this technique we use both body awareness and visual imagery. We imagine a peaceful place and then focus on relaxing our arms and legs one by one, inhaling and exhaling slowly.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation
In this technique we need to tense and relax every muscle group of our body. There are two ways of doing this: start tensing and relaxing our toe muscles and progressively work our way up to the neck or from the neck to the toes. Every muscle should be tense for five seconds and then relaxed for 30 seconds. This timing is available for every group muscles.
In this relaxation technique we form mental images. This technique is different from the autogenic relaxation because it involves all our senses. Not only we imagine a beautiful and peaceful place but we use our senses to imagine a sound, a smell, feel heat and cold, etc. For example imagine you are on a mountain…. Feel the fresh and a cold air, the smell of the grass and the chirping birds. Imagining this is the best way to relax both your body and your mind.
These relaxation techniques are skills and need practice for results. Be patient and don’t add these techniques as another stress factor if it didn’t work for the first time. Any skill takes time to learn. If one technique didn’t work try another. Remember Practice & Patience!
Don’t forget that being fit means daily exercise, good diet and time for relaxing your body.
By Manuella Myburgh