Relaxation techniques (or relaxation training) 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 anxiety, stress, or tension. Relaxation techniques are often employed as one element of a wider stress management techniques and can decrease muscle tension, lower blood pressure, slow the heart rate, slow breathing, and induce certain brain wave frequencies. These are just some of the health benefits involving relaxation.
Relaxation and Practical TheorySince the 1960s, research shows a strong connection between chronic stress and physical, emotional, and mental health. Meditation was among the first relaxation techniques shown to have measurable effects on stress levels. In the 1970s, self-help books teaching relaxation techniques began to appear on bestsellers lists. And in 1975, The Relaxation Response by Harvard Medical School professor Herbert Benson, MD and Miriam Z. Klipper was credited with popularizing meditation in the United States.
Research released in the 1980s indicated even stronger ties between stress and health and showed the tremendous benefits from a wide range of relaxation techniques than had been previously known and studied. This research received national media attention, including a New York Times article in 1986.
Conventional medical philosophy adopted the concept and its early twenty-first century practitioners recommended using relaxation techniques to improve patient outcomes in many situations. Relaxation techniques are now a mainstay of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
Common problems treated by relaxation techniques:
- Anger management
- Anxiety attacks
- Cardiac health
- General well-being
- High blood pressure
- Immune system support
- Pain management
- Stress management
Relaxation TechniquesVarious relaxation techniques can be used to improve their state of mind and to reduce stress. Some methods can be performed alone, while others require the help of trained practitioner; some involve movement, while some focus on being still and quiet.Certain relaxation techniques known as "formal and passive relaxation exercises" are generally performed while sitting or lying quietly, with minimal movement and involve silencing onself from the world. An example often displayed by Christ when leaving the crowds for quiet times of isolation.
Today there's a wide variety of techniques, books, and self help methods to take advantage of. Some of today's most common relaxation techniques are:
- Relaxation Audio (which include relaxation CDs, relaxation downloads, and relaxation MP3 audio programs)
- Hypnosis Relaxation
- Relaxation Meditation
- Stress Relaxation
- Muscle Relaxation
- Relaxation Spas
- Relaxation Therapy
- Guided Relaxation
- Relaxation Exercises
- Autogenic training
- Relaxation Breathing
Movement-based relaxation methods incorporate low impact exercise such as walking, gardening, yoga, Tai chi, Qigong, and more. Some forms of bodywork (alternative medicine) are helpful in promoting a state of increased relaxation. Examples include massage, acupuncture, the Feldenkrais method, Reflexology and self-regulation.
Some relaxation methods can also be used during other activities, for example, Autosuggestion and Prayer. At least one study has suggested that listening to certain types of music, can increase feelings associated with relaxation, such as peacefulness and a sense of ease. Some find humor to be helpful.
Christian Relaxation"Be still and know I am God" Ps 46:10. At Christ Audio we believe in the word of God. If the word of God calls us to be still so we can know God we believe it. Medical science proves that the word of God is right. "Stillness of mind, or "meditative peace" is enough to let God's healing powers to overcome the negative effects of stress.
Stillness, or meditative peace begins in the mind as theta frequencies. We believe that it is the theta frequencies that allow more of God's radiant power to flow through the body and the reason why the word of God states that we must be still in order know God.