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Remembering how to relax

Posted on September 6, 2015 by Sheryl Rapée-Adams

By MarcellusWallace (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By MarcellusWallace (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Evidence points to numerous benefits of relaxation. Reaching a state of calm and then doing it again (and again) is associated with:

So why don’t we relax more?

Telling a stressed-out person to relax is about as helpful as telling an insomniac to get more sleep. Nearly everyone wants to relax (and sleep well).

A bodywork client may feel desperate to relax. But that desperation can be a barrier to relaxation. The client might be worried about not being able to relax. The client might feel concerned about the effects of ongoing stress on health and family. The client might have gotten into a habit of reacting to stress with fear (yielding more stress).

But the ability to feel calm and centered exists in our nervous system, in an area called the parasympathetic nervous system.  Bodywork such as massage therapy, craniosacral therapy, and foot reflexology stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system. This helps the body and mind settle down, find calm, and relax deeply.

Chris and I are dedicated to helping each client find effective paths to relaxation. The way to relaxation varies from client to client. It can even vary for the same client from visit to visit.

Chris’s and my years of professional training and decades of experience as professional touch therapists have taught us to foster relaxation for each client in a variety of ways.

It’s all up to you and your nervous system. What allows you to let go and relax?

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