What is relaxation?


Relaxation is a state of being free from tension and anxiety.

There are many ways to think about how we relax as individuals. Many people use everyday pursuits such as reading a book, listening to music, singing, spending time with friends or persuing other hobbies as forms of relaxation. 

However there are also specific relaxation techniques:

  • To relax tense or anxious breathing - diaphragmatic breathing.
  • To relax tense muscles - tension focussed –massage, yoga, progressive muscle relaxation.
  • To relax a tense or anxious mind - mindfulness, guided imagery (visualisation). 

Sometimes a combination of these is key to finding the relaxation which will suit your patient/client.