A relaxing therapy/relaxation technique (also known as relaxation training) is any method, process, procedure, or activity that helps a person to relax; to attain a state of increased calmness; or otherwise reduce levels of pain, anxiety, stress or anger. Techniques such as Meditation, Yoga, and Tai-Chi among others promote relaxation.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Relaxation techniques are considered very safe. Various techniques are used by individuals to improve their state of relaxation. Some of the methods are performed alone; some require the help of another person (often a trained professional); some involve movement, some focus on stillness; while other methods involve different elements.
Relaxation techniques are often employed as one element of a wider stress management program and can decrease muscle tension, low blood pressure, slow heart, breath rates, asthma, anxiety, depression, headache, among other health benefits.
Relaxation techniques are generally considered safe for healthy people. However, occasionally, people report negative experiences such as increased anxiety, intrusive thoughts, or fear of losing control. There have been rare reports that certain relaxation techniques might cause or worsen symptoms in people with epilepsy or certain psychiatric conditions, or with a history of abuse or trauma. People with heart disease should talk to their health care provider before doing progressive muscle relaxation.