Muscle Relaxation Techniques For Relief From Anxiety and Stress


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The use of progressive muscle relaxation techniques (or pranayama yoga in layman terms) has benefited people with certain physical conditions and illnesses. For instance, muscle relaxation techniques have been beneficial for people with physical disabilities and cardiac patients. There is a wealth of anecdotal evidence to suggest that the relaxing of muscles can improve the health of a patient who has cancer or neuromuscular conditions such as MS. However, there are still many skeptics out there, especially when it comes to the claims that these relaxing techniques can cure the illnesses mentioned above.

What Happens When You’re Practicing This Relaxation Technique?

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In effect, then, by practicing and using muscle relaxation techniques regularly, you are allowing this Chi energy (and it is Chi) to be able to direct its energies better and flow throughout your body. This allows the patient to relieve pain and stress more naturally and healthily. More importantly, however, it opens up all of your internal understanding of the natural benefits of exercise and healthy living, leading to a better and healthier you. It’s for everyone’s benefit.

You don’t have to do anything special or difficult to make this happen. A simple muscle relaxation technique, breathing from your stomach at a steady, even rate for about 10 seconds, will already begin to do wonders. Your muscles will become more relaxed, your breath will become more even, which allows the Chi energy to flow much more freely throughout your body. Try it. It’s easy, it’s effective, and it’s free.

Concentrate On Your Deep Breathing

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Another excellent muscle relaxation technique to help you get more relaxed is to concentrate on letting go. While you concentrate on letting go, breathe deeply and slowly through your nose and out your mouth. While you are doing this, feel every single muscle in your body being stretched and relaxed, even the muscles of your face, neck, and legs! You might be saying to yourself that you’ve never really been aware of how much you’re breathing, but this is a great way to start getting more conscious of how your breathing affects your body and the way it feels. Very similar to the idea of focusing on something only when you’re fully awake.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

One of the best relaxation techniques available is called progressive muscle relaxation. This technique teaches you to identify certain tension points and then work them one at a time. So, instead of trying to tense up your shoulder, for example, you move your shoulders back and forth until they’re relaxed. The more you practice this, the more developed and conditioned your muscle muscles will become to it.

Anxiety and stress can often get the best of us. So, whenever you notice that you’re beginning to tense up – take a deep breath and mentally calm yourself down. And don’t forget to use your relaxation techniques. You can work on deep breathing when you’re sitting, standing, walking, or doing whatever it is that sets off your anxiety. Just work on these two areas, and you’ll find yourself feeling better in no time!

Final Thoughts

Another excellent stress relief exercise is progressive muscle relaxation. As you can imagine, with this technique, you are flexing and stretching your muscles. This is done in slow circular movements. And remember to breathe in and out while you’re doing it. By developing both of these techniques, you will find that they can give you tremendous amounts of relief from the anxiety that can sometimes overwhelm us.

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