The body’s natural relaxation response is a powerful antidote to stress. Relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, visualization and guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, massage therapy, and yoga can help you activate this relaxation response. When practiced regularly, these activities lead to a reduction in everyday stress, anxiety, and depression levels and an increase in feelings of joy and serenity. Relaxation techniques also serve a protective quality by teaching you how to stay calm and collected throughout your daily life as well as in difficult situations.
Learning the basics of these relaxation techniques is easy and enjoyable. There is no single relaxation technique that is best. You will speak one-to-one with a therapist, who will help you choose a technique that is best for you by considering your specific needs, preferences, and lifestyle. The therapist will aid your learning the skills necessary for adequately carrying out relaxation techniques that will benefit you for the rest of your life.