Every day we are called to a constant commitment, certainly physical, but perhaps even more mental. High standards of stress derived from work, family, organization, put a strain on our psycho-physical state, and often our immune system suffers. This state of strong stimulation is somatized by our organism, and when does it happen?
When impulses or unconscious psychic conflicts turn into organic and functional disorders. Tensions, pains, energies, feelings, imagination and intellect, our mind needs special care and attention, which we often neglect.
How can we take care of ourselves?
There are real relaxation techniques, designed to lighten the mind, they are voluntary actions designed to regulate and manage states of anxiety and stress and aim to relieve the individual of tension and restore a psychophysiological balance. Born in the East, relaxation techniques have also made room for us, since the idea that the body is a complex system made up of the interaction between mind and body has finally been accepted. Among the main relaxation techniques used today we find Jacobson’s Progressive Muscle Relaxation.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation was developed at the beginning of the last century by Edmund Jacobson. This method is based on the idea that thought and emotional state affect the level of muscle response, highlighting a relationship between muscle, thought and emotions.
This method is particularly useful for those suffering from sleep disorders, as it induces intense muscle rest, but it is also recommended to help combat daily stress and to regulate anger and aggression, and provides that the subject, in the first place, you develop the ability to detect the state of muscle tension.
To achieve this goal, the therapist teaches the subject to perceive the difference between tension and relaxation, through repeated voluntary and prolonged contraction exercises of the various areas of the body, until he is able to feel even minimal muscle contractions. Once the subject is in control, he will then be able to relax the muscles not interested in the movement he is carrying out and will be able to apply only the amount of muscle tension necessary in each activity.
The essence of the technique consists in putting some parts of the body under tension according to predefined times and then relaxing them. Foot, calf, thigh, hand and forearm, glutes, abs, pecs, neck and shoulder. Then the small muscles of the face such as the mouth, eyes and forehead.
It is easy to learn and can be actively performed without outside help.
The added value? Both physical tension and mental stress can be relieved. It can be done in an upright position or lying down and therefore wherever you are. Also perfect as a cool-down after training.
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