Relaxation Therapy



To induce muscle relaxation . Since anxiety produces muscular tension which in turn reinforces anxiety, any relaxation would decrease anxiety and muscle tension
Methods of relaxation therapy
l.    Deep breathing exercise
2.   Yoga or meditation
3.   Progressive muscle relaxation
4.   Hypnosis
5.   Massage
6.   Physical exercise
Deep breathing exercise
·         Sit, stand or lie in comfortable position
·         Place one hand in abdomen and the other on chest
·         Inhale slowly and deeply through nose, abdomen should be expanding and chest should be moving slightly
·         Hold breath for few seconds before exhaling
·         Exhale slowly through mouth purse your lips in whistling manner  
·         Feel the abdomen deflate as lungs are emptied of air
·         Continue inhale exhale cycle, focus on the sound and feeling of breathing as we become more and more relaxed
·         Purpose of yoga is to integrate body, mind, spirit
·         Yoga has found helpful in relieving stress, improving physical and psychological wellness
·         Breathing is major component of yoga. it is believed that diaphragmatic breathing increases oxygen supply to brain and body tissues
·         Yoga consist of yogic postures, breath control, purification and detoxification of body
·         It control blood flow and strengthen immune system Meditation
·         It is a kind of self-discipline that helps one achieve inner peace and harmony by focusing on one thing at a time
·         Medical meditation (combination of meditation and yoga) balances and regenerates spiritual and physical energies, thus forging a healing alliance in which spirit nurtures body and mind
Jacobson's progressive muscular relaxation
Patient first tenses and then relaxes major muscle group of the body in a systematic order usually beginning at the top of the body and then progressing downward
·         Hypnosis, also referred to as hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion, is a trance-like state in which you have heightened focus and concentration
·         Hypnosis is usually done with the help of a therapist using verbal repetition and mental images
·         Under hypnosis, client usually feel calm and relaxed, and are more open to suggestions.
·         Hypnosis can be used to help the client gain control over undesired behaviors or to help to cope better with anxiety or pain
·         It's important to know that although one is more open to suggestion during hypnosis, they don't lose control over their behavior 
Benefits of Relaxation techniques
Learning how to relax body can help in many other ways than just reducing stress.
·         Lowering blood pressure
·         Slowing your heart rate
·         Slowing your breathing rate
·         Reducing the need for oxygen
·         Increasing blood flow throughout the body
·         Reducing muscle tension
Practicing and using these relaxation techniques can help the way the body physically responds to stress
·         Decreasing physical pain, lower back and headaches
·         Decreases emotional anger and frustration
·         More energy
·         Better concentration
·         Handling problems well
·         More efficiently participating in activities of daily living



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