This simple yet effective relaxation technique will help to transform any excess stress or tension in your body through using your mind and body to work with it.
Rapid Relaxation Technique
Either sit or lay down in a comfortable position. Take 3 slow deep breaths into your body and then close your eyes and imagine that you can feel or see your breath moving all the way into your feet. Now tighten your feet and legs by stretching or squeezing them, while continuing to breathe. Hold for 1 minute then relax.
Bring your awareness to your buttocks. Imagine seeing or feeling your breath going all the way down to your buttocks. Now tighten the muscles in your buttocks through tensing them, hold for 1 minute and then relax.
Now focus on your lower back and stomach area. Imagine that your breath is being drawn into your lower back and stomach. Tighten or squeeze the muscles in this area for 1 minute and then relax.
Continue the same process for your chest and upper back area (1 minute), shoulders (1 minute), arms (1 minute) and your face. Then allow your entire body to relax and breathe naturally and deeply for a few moments before you get back up and get on with your day.
Do this process at least twice a day, every day for maximum physical, emotionally and all-round benefits.