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Relaxation  

Relaxation is loosening of tension. As a result of the relaxation you feel better, because the relaxation improves your contact with your inner self. 
What is relaxation? Relaxation is fundamentally all about release from physical and emotional tension. 
State of mind of well-being, which we achieve as a result of the relaxation is a balance between stimulation, mobilization, and relaxation and tranquility (see:
types of relaxation). 


Relaxation and Nervous System ( the Parasympathetic Nervous System)  

Excessive tension of our muscles produce electrical resistance and electrical conductivity that negatively affect our body. As a result, the nervous system works less efficiently. Relaxation leads to a balance between stimulation and calming, through which it leads to an optimal state of tension. 
Therefore, one can say that relaxation is a balance of the Peripheral and Central nervous systems. 

As far as the Peripheral Nervous System goes, relaxation leads to a balance between Orthosympathetic and Parasympathetic nervous systems. 
Typically, most people have overly active Orthosympathetic (adrenalin) Nervous System. This means that we are overly stimulated and stressed, and we lack the experience of harmony and happiness over extended periods of time. 
Relaxation adjusts our tensions and meets the deficit - it is pushing for Parasympathetic System, which is responsible for leisure, regeneration and reconstruction of vital forces. 

This is why relaxation leads to a state of equilibrium, it gives Siudo to our well being and happiness. 


Relaxation and the development of creativity  

It also is said a lot about the fact that the relaxation develops our creativity by introducing the Alpha state. As we well know from the scientific research on the brain, our brain can generate (or pass through itself) the following waves: Gamma, Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta. 
Beta waves are the most typical for the average person in the state of regular activity. 
However, the entrancement into relaxation state - increases the amount of Alpha waves produced. We will continue to feel aware and intellectually and mentally active, but we have less stress level, less sense of threat. 
That is why we have more energy for our development; when less our energy goes to the defense emotions – the remaining energy is added to the potential of our mind an gives us significantly greater potential. 
Relaxation does not create resistance, does not tension muscles and so we do not have a strong negative emotions. Therefore, thanks to the relaxation we can be mentally active at a slightly more subtle level. 

Relax promotes a balance between the right and left brain hemisphere. Typically, most people have more active the left-brain hemisphere, while the right hemisphere is active insufficiently. The hemispheres are balanced by the relaxation, because that state of mind typically triggers a strong sense of security. In addition, relaxation increases imagination and our ability to visualize things by creating mind pictures. 
Since the left hemisphere is more verbal and logical, and the right brain hemisphere is more intuitive and able to imagine things - relaxation balances both hemispheres by increasing our ability to visualize. 
The both effects of relaxation: the increased presence of Alpha Waves, and balanced brain hemispheres - both of these effects increase our creativity. 

Superlearning effect and the development of creativity, which the relaxation gives, uses a variety of ways to work with potential of human mind, as Silva Mind Control, NLP, Biofeebdback. 


Relaxation techniques

There are many relaxation techniques. Some work more with flesh and muscle, the others with the breath, targeting, (or controlling) the mind. 
A separate group of techniques is Biofeedback - using an external monitoring equipment (measuring brain waves, to measure skin resistance, heartbeat rate or rhythm of breath). 

Without a doubt the most well-known relaxation techniques are: 
Jacobson’s Method and Schultz’s Autogenic Training. 



Relaxation technique: the Jacobson Method

This method uses the impact of the state of muscle tension on our state of mind. Muscle tension has an important relationship with our emotions, because emotions are demonstrated by the biological especially by the electricity through the muscles and the composition of hormones produced by endocrine. 
Jacobson Technique relaxation method involves learning about the status of your muscle tension. 
Relaxation training is performed by repeated tensioning and loosening muscles, while we keep awareness of breathing. 
Breath is not something special here. Just relax when you breathe freely and deliberately - does not stop when you breathe or tensioning or during loosening muscles. 
Each batch of muscle should be tensioned for about 10 seconds and then let loose for about 15 seconds. 
This relaxation leads to self-awareness of muscle condition - initially only during exercises, but after some time - also in our everyday life. 



Relaxation technique: Schultz’s Autogenic Training

Schultz, like Edmund Jacobson, was a doctor and psychiatrist. Referring to Siudo techniques of Yoga he has created a method extremely helpful in combating the excess stress, nervous tensions and emotional problems. 
While the Jacobson Method works directly with the body (muscles) and indirectly with the feelings and well-being of the state of mind, Schultz’s Autogenic Training works directly with our mind. 

This relaxation technique is aimed at controlling your own stream of thought. The person working with this method repeats actively for some time various monotonous suggestions on loosening the body, and on the temperature and weight of various parts of the body. 
The phenomenon of influencing the various somatic processes in our body by mental processes is well known in experimental Yoga (specifically in Raja Yoga). In Autogenic Training Schultz used it as a very effective technique for relaxation. 


 

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