Relaxation techniques can be used as a an introduction to a broader understanding and study of a program to manage stress.
The techniques can bring down muscle tension, blood pressure and decrease heart and breathing rates, as well as other health benefits. A relaxation technique can be described as any suitable activity that can bring about relaxation so that a state of serenity and peace is achieved or at least lower the levels of worry, stress or tension.
Research has shown a correlation between chronic stress and the state of our physical and emotional well-being. Meditation was one of the first relaxation techniques found to have a measurable effect on stress reduction. There have been many self-help books published on the subject.
Relaxation techniques are also a mainstay of complementary and alternative medicine with the emphasis on relieving and minimising stress through techniques like mediattion.Today people use relaxation techniques for the following reasons, among others:
• Anger management
• Anxiety attacks
• Cardiac health
• General well-being
• High blood pressure
• Immune system support
• Pain management
• Stress management
Some relaxation techniques known as "formal and passive relaxation exercises" are generally done sitting down or in the prone position in silence, keeping movement to as little as necessary.
• Autogenic training
• Deep breathing
• Progressive Muscle Relaxation