Stretch & Relax

Don´t forget to leave time to relax and rejuvenate. This is just as important for children as it is for adults. Allowing time at the end of the class will help create a healthy balance of body, mind and spirit.

Titlebaum (1988) defines the three aims of relaxation as:

  • A preventative measure — to protect body organs from unnecessary wear.
  • A treatment — to help alleviate stress in conditions such as hypertension, tension headache, and immune deficiency. Relaxation techniques may help to make the body’s innate healing mechanisms more available.
  • A coping skill — to calm the mind and allow thinking to become more clear and effective.

General Aspects of Relaxation Training

  • A quiet, warm setting free from disturbance
  • A feeling of safety, confidentiality
  • Body positioning – for deep relaxation, lying is preferred to sitting
  • Communicating a description of the method and the benefits of the process to be used
  • Calm frame of mind
  • Tone of voice for delivery that is quiet and calm
  • Beautiful tranquil music
  • Integrating breathing techniques such as deep abdominal breathing and other “Mind Body” breathing techniques from Qi Gong or Yoga
  • Exploring additional relaxation techniques such Progressive Relaxation and Passive Neuromuscular Relaxation.
  • Fantasy Trips and positive affirmation techniques
  • The use of silence