Relaxation is the emotional state having low tension, in which there is an absence of sources such as anger, anxiety or fear.
The backward cortex of the brain sends signals to the frontal cortex to encourage a feeling of wellbeing and can be achieved through meditation and progressive muscle relaxation.
Relaxation helps improve coping with stress. Stress is the leading cause of mental health problems but also physical problems. When we are stressed, the sympathetic nervous system is activated because we are in a fight-or-flight response mode; over time, this could have negative effects on the body.
Therapy can be carried out on one person or several people in a small group session and involves sat in a comfortable position and focusing on breath work and guided meditation.
With Sharon Mortimer
The benefits of relaxation
Practicing relaxation techniques can have many benefits, including:
- Slowing heart rate
- Lowering blood pressure
- Slowing your breathing rate
- Improving digestion
- Maintaining normal blood sugar levels
- Reducing activity of stress hormones
- Increasing blood flow to major muscles
- Reducing muscle tension and chronic pain
- Improving concentration and mood
- Improving sleep quality
- Lowering fatigue
- Reducing anger and frustration
- Boosting confidence to handle problems
To get the most benefit, use relaxation techniques along with other positive coping methods, such as thinking positively, finding humour, problem-solving, managing time, exercising, getting enough sleep, and reaching out to supportive family and friends.
- Deep breathing and breath control
- Yoga (mostly seated and non-strenuous)
- Muscle relaxation
- Music and sounds
Sessions are 50 minutes.
Online or at Rooms@1900, 19 Rushton Street, Calverley, Leeds LS28 5NJ, United Kingdom. The rooms I use are peaceful and tranquil and promote a feeling of calm and wellbeing and based in Calverley, with plenty of roadside parking available.
Weekends also available
£25 for one to one session (group session price, confirmed on booking)
Cash, bank transfer, debit or credit card accepted per session.