Many people think that relaxation means sitting in front of the television, or going on holiday, but in actual fact, it can be taken by doing your favourite sport. You can relax when you are swimming, cycling, walking, doing yoga, aerobics, playing golf, and so on. The best way to look after your body is to find ways to help you relax.
A relaxation technique is any method, process, procedure, or activity that helps a person to relax; to attain a state of increased calmness; or otherwise reduce levels of pain, anxiety, stress or anger. Wikipedia
Normal stress is a challenge which strengthens the body’s own defences. However, abnormal stress and too much of it can overtax us physically as well as mentally.
The NHS site says “Having a massage is no better at beating stress than home relaxation techniques, like breathing deeply and listening to soothing music,” reports The Daily Telegraph. This news is based on a trial on the effectiveness of therapeutic massage in treating generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), compared to thermotherapy (a heat-based treatment) or relaxation room therapy.After 12 weeks, anxiety scores improved in all three groups.
If you are getting a sudden searing pain in your back, then try ‘The Jacobson Technique’, also called Progressive Muscle Relaxation, which has been around for 100 years. The Jacobson technique is commonly used for pain management for all kinds of conditions. Jacobson’s relaxation technique was developed by Dr. Edmund Jacobson over half a century ago. Jacobson formulated over 200 exercises and techniques which, taken together, relax the entire body by releasing muscular tension that accumulates as a person experiences a stressful situation.
Jacobson, and those who have followed in his footsteps claim that this technique will cure not only tight muscles and cramps, but also reduces the intensity of pain, and will relieve stress and anxiety. Today, the 200 exercises developed by Jacobson have been reduced to between 15 and 20. In order to receive maximum benefit, it is recommended to practice this technique every day for at least 20 minutes, at the same time every day, in a quiet, comfortable place.
Jacobson founded the International Stress Management Association, which continues his work to this day. The International Stress Management Association (ISMA) produces publications and offers training in Jacobson’s relaxation therapy.
According to the NHS Guy’s and St. Thomas Hospital where the definition of the Jacobson Technique is, a technique that uses muscle contraction and relaxation to make you feel calmer.