17. Relaxation Techniques and Breathing 2010

17. Relaxation Techniques and Breathing 2010 - Effective...

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Effective Relaxation Techniques
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Purpose of Relaxation Techniques Return to homeostasis Reverse effects of stress response Engage parasympathetic nervous system Alleviate symptoms of stress
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Effective Relaxation Techniques Engages one or more of the five senses: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
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Mind-Body Connection Relaxation techniques reduce physiological symptoms of stress (heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate, muscle tension) Since mind and body are not separate, physiological relaxation also benefits mental and emotional states
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Notes There are hundreds of ways to relax Sleep is not the same thing as relaxation because high BP and muscle tension can occur during dreams If you do fall asleep during a relaxation technique, try to stay focused (on your breath, etc.) as you fall asleep, and to return to that focus immediately as you start to wake up
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Diaphragmatic Breathing One of easiest, most basic, and most effective relaxation methods Controlled, deep breathing
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This note was uploaded on 09/08/2010 for the course KIN 69 at San Jose State.

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