Qualification: Diploma in Professional Relaxation Therapy, School of Natural Health Sciences
Relaxation Therapy does exactly what it says on the tin. In this busy world, it can be hard to find the time to stop and relax. But when you’ve even forgotten how to relax, where do you start?
“There have been many terrible events in my life – some of which actually happened!”: Mark Twain. Are the things you are tense about actually happening, or are they fears or worries – phantoms of your imagination?
Visualise your thoughts as being written on the outside of an unblown-up balloon, scrunched up in the middle of your head. You could even hear them chattering away, all talking at once and cutting across each other like voices in a public place.
Close your eyes, and take a deep breath, watching the air being drawn into the balloon and blowing it up. Leave it partly inflated as you breathe out, and on the next in-breath, blow it up some more. Keep doing this until the balloon, with its noisy thoughts, is so big it doesn’t fit inside your head any more, and all the thoughts that were clamouring for your attention now have lots of space around them and are held away from your head by the surface of the balloon. Notice that as they move out of your head, the sound of their voices becomes muffled, as if they were in the next room.
When the balloon is blown up as far as you feel it needs to be, simply relax and let the quiet voices wash over you without paying any of them much attention. When you are ready, come back to normal reality and leave the balloon in place. You will find that the thoughts that most require your attention are the ones that return first, and the others will stand in line behind them for a while.
You can also use this visualisation with your feelings, if they threaten to get of hand, seeing the balloon around your heart and the outside covered in scribblings that relate to the feelings that are clamouring for your attention.
If your problem is muscular tension, you can do the same visualisation with your muscles, seeing the air you are breathing in blowing into the taut ‘balloons’ that are your muscles. In cases of extreme need, you can do two or all three of the above.
The above exercise should leave you feeling calm, relaxed, and much better able to face your issues. If you feel in need of further help with relaxation, please call me and we can discuss your next steps.