Most people commonly recognise the 5 significant senses of Sight, Hearing, Taste, Smell and Touch. Although it’s a simplified view of how the body functions it’s a useful framework to set the significant ways we experience the world around us.
By helping to unwind each feeling systematically and then by linking the encounter between every sense we can attain a state of complete relaxation. Each sense individually can lead to stress reduction but when all senses are soothed at exactly the exact same time the effects are so much deeper.
It’s ideal to practice this in a relaxed posture such as lying or sitting and never attempt this when your attention is required elsewhere (like driving or looking after children). I’d recommend setting an alarm so that you don’t need to look at the clock and may even drift off to sleep in case you so wish.
Relaxation By Sight
The dominant sense for most of people is sight. So relax that sense for maximum effect. Our eyes build up pressure and strain every day. You may give them a break by shutting them and putting a simple cold compress on them (some people like to use cucumber slices) or cotton wool moistened with a small number of cold water.
Relaxation By Hearing
Listening to particular sounds has a strong effect on our physiology and minds. Most of us have a song which, when they hear it, makes them feel like tapping their feet or dance or tunes which make them happy or feel reflective.
Humans have a strong affinity to sound. Music (as rhythmic drumming) is considered to have preceded even cave painting as a kind of expression.
Finding effective relaxation music, preferably at an suitable rhythm to meet your resting heart rate – for many this can be approximated to 60 beats per minute is a superb way to unwind. Combine this with spoken word therapies like comfort hypnosis or guided visualization and you’ve got an extremely powerful way of unwinding.
Relaxation By Taste
Some folks find comfort food a excellent way of quitting but often the foods we crave are actually high in fat or additives and can leave us feeling uneasy.
Among the simplest ways to unwind and refresh is to cleanse our palate (refresh our sense of taste) that can easily be done by means of a mild (milk free) extract of your favorite tea, rather decaffeinated like Kamille or Rooibus, in a warm but not hot temperature.
Relaxation By Smell
Fresh lavender can be quite relaxing. By putting it near a pillow when unwinding you can further improve your deep relaxation.
Relaxation By Touch
Head massage can help relieve tension around the muscles in the neck and jaw. Start at the back of the head and massage in slow circles upward from the surface of the neck. Repeat several times with broader slow sweeping circles changing the strain from moderate to very light.
With the ends of the first three fingers on each hand apply a very light pressure on the point at which your jaw matches your skull, just under and below your cheekbones. With a very light pressure roll your fingers back and forth along the combine and then gradually down towards your chin using a sweeping movement.
The Final And Most Important Stage
Many people may forget to recognise the advantage of the relaxation procedure. It’s not just enough to relax as soon as you will need to create time in your journal to regularly give up your tension and adopt that luxurious feeling of deep relaxation. Getting a great deep relaxation CD can be a excellent way to create the time and exclude distractions. It’s so simple to schedule time for unwinding. Put it in your journal, starting perhaps only a couple of times per week for 10 or 15 minutes, working towards a daily relaxation session as you become more proficient.