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Relaxation therapies - introduction

Relaxation techniques for anxiety are special methods, processes, procedures and activities that can help a person to relax. The relaxation is helpful to reduce the levels of stress, anxiety and anger. Relaxation can also release muscular tension, lower the blood pressure and slow the breathing and heart rates. Chronic stress has significant consequences on physical and emotional health, and different relaxation techniques are shown to have a measurable effect on stress reduction. Among the reasons for using relaxation techniques the most common are: anger management, management of anxiety attacks, cardiac health, depression, for general wellbeing, headaches, high blood pressure, immune system support, insomnia, pain management and stress management.
 
Acupressure
 
Acupressure is the alternative medicine technique derived from acupuncture. This technique involves the application of the pressure to various points on the body. Acupressure practitioners believe that life energy, also known as qi, flows through the body, channeled via 14 primary Meridians. To strengthen the flow of vital energy, acupressure is applied on the Meridians to remove the blockages along the channels.
 
Reflexology
 
Reflexology involves a physical act of applying pressure to the feet and hands with thumb, finger and hand techniques. According to the theory of reflexology, the whole image of the body is reflected on the feet and hands. By stimulating particular areas on these reflexes, but without the use of tools, crèmes or lotions, reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation and helps promote the natural function of the organs.
 
Yoga
 
Yoga is a traditional physical and mental discipline, first practiced in India. Modern yoga practice is typically associated with Hatha Yoga and its postures as a form of exercise and meditation. Yoga is focused on purification of the physical body and cleansing of the mind. Numerous health benefits associated with yoga include building up the strength, improving the posture, developing flexibility and mental balance.
 
Massage
 
Massage is stimulation of the muscles and the connective tissue that typically promotes relaxation and well-being. Massage is usually applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearm, and feet. Sometimes, massage therapists use aromatic oils that have different properties and serve different purposes. Medically proven benefits of massage include pain relief and reduced anxiety and depression. Massage can also lower the blood pressure, ease the heart rate, and reduce the symptoms of anxiety. This relaxation technique can increase the flow of lymph and improve sleep. 
 
Aromatherapy
 
Aromatherapy is another form of alternative medicine that uses essential oils from plants for the purpose of improving person’s mind state, cognitive function and health. Aromatherapy can reduce anxiety, improve short-term memory, induce relaxation and promote good sleep.
 

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