Is the 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 anxiety, stress or anger. Relaxation techniques are often employed as one element of a wider stress management program and can
decrease muscle tension, lower the blood pressure and slow heart and breath rates, among other health benefits.
People respond to stress in different ways, namely, by becoming overwhelmed, depressed or both. Yoga, QiGong, Taiji, and other techniques that include deep breathing
tend to calm people who are overwhelmed by stress, while rhythmic exercise improves the mental and physical health of those who are depressed. People who encounter
both symptoms simultaneously, feeling depressed in some ways and overexcited in others, may do best by walking or performing yoga techniques that are focused on
Research has indicated that removing stress helps to increase a person's health. Meditation was among the first relaxation techniques shown to have a measurable effect on
stress reduction. Meditating for ten minutes per day can significantly reduce stress and anxiety.
People use relaxation techniques for the following reasons, among others: Anxiety attacks, Cardiac health, Depression, Headache, High blood pressure, Insomnia, Stress
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.
Certain relaxation techniques known as "formal and passive relaxation exercises" are generally performed while sitting or lying quietly, with minimal movement and involve "a
degree of withdrawal".
Movement-based relaxation methods incorporate exercise such as walking, gardening, yoga, T'ai chi, Qigong, and more. Some forms of bodywork are helpful in promoting a
state of increased relaxation. Examples include massage, acupuncture, the Feldenkrais Method, reflexology and self-regulation. Some relaxation methods can also be used
during other activities, for example, autosuggestion and prayer. At least one study has suggested that listening to certain types of music, particularly New Age music and
classical music, can increase feelings associated with relaxation, such as peacefulness and a sense of ease.