The human body ultimately thrives on many different things. Food, of course, and water, physical exercise, and the most favorite, sleep.
But the human body also thrives on various other forms of nourishment. Relaxation is one of the most popular. Relaxation is a form of massage that by passes the physical and focuses on the inner workings of the mind to heal and nurture the physical body as well as the spirit.
Millions of books talk about the natural link between body, mind, and spirit. They all are interconnected to each other and when one is somewhat off kilter then the others are as well. Relaxation is one form of individual therapy that helps heal many aspects of the all three.
Let’s review some of the different types of relaxation methods you can use.
Floatation Therapy is very popular with young and old. It’s easy to do and the benefits are by far pleasing. Using weightlessness with small bursts of external stimuli have produced great results and the technique has been in use since the 1950’s.
This method is mostly performed in an inclosed tank with music, soft lighting, specially conditioned water and temperature but you can use this method at home in your own personal swimming pool if you make sure you are not disturbed and incorporate soothing music along with a full body floatation device and non-restricting garments. If your in a private setting you may opt to do this with no garments at all.
Relaxation therapy is an excellent tool in the treatment for many physical, emotional, and spiritual conditions. Some of those conditions that may benefit from this type of therapy are:
Stress, both mental and physical.
Physical issues such as vomiting and nausea, pain, related to arthritis, bone degeneration and surgeries.
Blood pressure related issues such as high or low blood pressure.
Panic attacks, anxiety, depression, and during treatment for alcohol and drug addictions.
Relaxation techniques can be used during spiritual healing and meditation. During this phase of relaxation you will be able to accomplish several of the above mentioned conditions as well as relaxing the entire body. During relaxation you can slow your breathing, lower your blood pressure, ease physical pain, and heal the spiritual aspects of your mind all at the same time.
Relaxation is excellent for people of all ages, and especially children and the elderly. For children the relaxation therapy techniques may be able to help with hyper activity, anxiety, stress, and many other behavioral issues. Followed with rest, a healthy diet, and positive encouragement relaxation therapy can promote fast healing in many areas of the body, mind, and spirit.
Another popular form of relaxation therapy is Yoga. Placing the focus on breathing, meditation, and posturing this form of relaxation can help to promote an over all well being. Based on spiritual practices Yoga is a wonderful stress reducer. Yoga has been proven to aid in relief during weight loss, depression, some forms of cancer, strengthening of muscles and core areas of the body, as well as helping to promote to healthy diet and sleeping habits.
Music used as a form of relaxation therapy has been known to produce endorphins that help reduce stress and aid in faster healing from physical injuries, mental health disorders, sleep disorders, and is widely used in spiritual practices.
Classical music, new age music, and native American music are all part of the vast array of music used for infants as well as adults in treatment. Ancient cultures as far back as Greeks used music therapy not only for healing the body but the spirit. Accompanied by chanting, music therapy can reduce the heart rate, thereby lower your blood pressure and can also lower the body temperature which aids in healing the body from viruses, pain, and mental illness.
Remember, as with any new health and fitness program, whether it be physical exercise, diet, or meditation and/or relaxation therapy treatment, always speak with your family doctor prior to beginning the program.