Why do we need to relax?
The most basic answer is that you will feel much better once you learn to relax well. Learning to relax can only be beneficial.
In everyday life, people seem to have forgotten how to live without unnecessary discomfort.
Everyday stresses and anxieties cause muscles to tense up, the mind becomes unfocused and pleasurable pursuits are harder to achieve
On this page I will be giving advice and tips on relaxation, so that you can continue the benefits of a relaxing massage by learning to relax at home and at work.
Learning how to relax
Planned relaxation calms anxiety and helps your body and mind recover from everyday rush and stress. Music, a long soak in the bath, or a walk in the park do the trick for some people, but for others it’s not so easy. If you feel you need help with learning to relax, try a relaxation or meditation class. Your GP and local library will have information about these.
Choose a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted.
Before you start, do a few gentle stretching exercises to relieve muscular tension.
Make yourself comfortable, either sitting or lying down.
Start to breathe slowly and deeply, in a calm and effortless way.
Gently tense, then relax, each part of your body, starting with your feet and working your way up to your face and head.
As you focus on each area, think of warmth, heaviness and relaxation.
Push any distracting thoughts to the back of your mind; imagine them floating away.
Don’t try to relax; simply let go of the tension in your muscles and allow them to become relaxed.
Let your mind go empty. Some people find it helpful to visualise a calm, beautiful place such as a garden or meadow.
Stay like this for about 20 minutes, then take some deep breaths and open your eyes, stay sitting or lying for a few moments before you get up.