Relaxation

Here you will find Relaxation meditations, techniques and articles, to help you relax both body and mind.

Popular Relaxation Categories are listed first – with the full collection of Relaxation posts listed below.

Here you will find tools to assist you deal with Stress and Anxiety.

  • Listen to free guided meditations
  • Calm your body, mind and spirit
  • Work towards optimal health

A relaxation technique is any method, process, procedure, or activity that helps a person to relax.

And the goal of relaxation is to attain a state of increased calmness and reduce levels of anxiety, stress or tension.
Easy.

A great way to relax is to listen to a guided Relaxation Meditation.

  • Free Relaxation Meditation
  • Deep Sleep Meditation
  • Take a 5 minute vacation
  • Relaxation Binaural Beats
  • Relaxation and De-Stress Package

Individual Posts that will assist you with Relaxation

 

Power of Saying NoI’m not sure when you will be reading this, but I’m writing it not long after the start of a new calendar year. No this isn’t a post about the importance of setting New Year resolutions – I’ve never really gone for that.

I like to think that I have the ability to make important decisions for my well-being at any time of the year!

The reason this has come up for me now is that I went camping over New Years and really got back to basics. As I strolled knee deep in the crystal clear waters of Station Creek, with is golden sandy bottom and a gentle ocean tide making it perfect to lay back and float down, I re-realized how much I enjoy getting away from it all.

The computer, work, deadlines, expectations, commitments, the phone, the TV … all of it. It’s not that any of those things are bad by themselves, but for me, when they are a constant pressure for too long I get blinded from my life’s true joys.

So the solution would appear to be easy – Take more holidays and find my happy place.

But there is one major hurdle. I’m too busy.

Depression Anxiety MeditationAnxiety and depression are very common conditions in our modern society.

Living with these conditions doesn’t make you any lessor human being. In fact it often means you have greater empathy and an open heart.

I have had bouts of panic attacks and depression for many years. The content of this album is very close to my heart, something I was inspired to create, not only for myself but to help others. 

Visualization and meditation have really helped me; the trick is remembering to use these tools during a crisis.

Meditation for HealthThe secret health benefits of Meditation are the subtle effects that happen quietly in the background without your conscious awareness.

The first term I will introduce is Homeostasis. (Just read it slowly and that is how it is meant to sound)

Homeostasis is when the different systems of the body work together to regulate the optimal conditions for you internal function.

And to put that more simply… it’s the body striving for ‘balance’.

Relaxation MeditationIn the fast paced world we live in, taking time out to unwind and relax is becoming more important and necessary.

Job and family demands can build up and become overwhelming… Not to mention the constant bills, car payments and rent or your mortgage.

What is the solution?

Well there are many, but a very simple one is to practice relaxation meditation.

With meditation – you begin to feel an inner peace and stillness. It allows you to slow your down your mind and hush the constant mental chatter.

Ultimately, you learn to take control of our thoughts and emotions – and the little bumps in the road of life become much smoother.

Physical Effects of StressEver Carried the Weight of the World on Your Shoulders?

One of the main reasons I became so passionate about Guided Meditation, is because I was getting amazing results in my massage treatments.

Now the immediate link may not be apparent, but think of sayings like… “Carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders”.

People who are overcome by burden, responsibility, pressure and stress, literally hunch over as their muscles become tighter. Their shoulders become rigid and their brow furrowed. Their life is hard work!

Sleep MeditationsDid you know it takes the average person just 7 minutes to fall asleep?
7 MINUTES! Wouldn’t that be wonderful?

But if it takes you a lot longer than that, and you wish you could nod-off easily, and you crave nothing more than a good night’s sleep to restore your sanity … you have probably already tried the obvious suggestions;

  • Avoid caffeine late in the day
  • Ensure regular exercise is part of your week
  • Get into a regular bedtime routine
  • Drink a warm cup of milk before bed

But what if you’ve tried them all and they haven’t worked?

Meditation Technique for StressWho is not stressed-out in today’s world?

People who are practicing a relaxation technique, that’s who.

There are many choices, but my personal favorite is Meditation.

I hope you are still with me, since so many just have to hear the word Meditation, and they run for the hills.

They run because sometimes … the thing we need the most is the very thing that we resist.

Can you learn to Meditate right here and now? Well, of course you can.

Top 10 Meditation Retreats

Life has turned into a rat race; everyone is running after one thing or another. Now it’s time to run after peace – and the best way to attain peace is through a meditation retreat.

Far away from the hustle bustle of life, a meditation retreat is usually nestled amidst the splendor of nature. These retreats offer complete peace of mind and relaxation.

Mentioned below are top 10 meditation retreats we have found.

Free Relaxation MeditationIn these times of busy-ness and stress, taking dedicated time out to relax is more important than ever before.

The word ‘dedicated’ is the key. It has to be a mindful exercise – where you purposefully relax. Sitting down (without visual or aural stimulation) for a cup of tea is one good way, reading an all-consuming book is another. Sitting in peace (meditation) is perfect…

Unfortunately, mindlessly watching TV or aimlessly browsing the internet is not so good. It doesn’t get you to a ‘relaxed state’ where your body has a chance to balance.

So I have created this page to give you a menu of Free Relaxation Meditations to use in your relaxation toolbox. Browse the titles below and click through to experience a free guided meditation to take you on a healing journey.

By simply closing your eyes, and following along with the words, you will be transported to a sanctuary and give your body and mind a break from the pressures and stress of daily life.

Relaxation TechniqueTreating clients with massage therapy is my day job. To keep it interesting, I include energy work, intuition, and where suitable… guidance.

I am not a trained counselor, so I must keep in check what I suggest, but it was only the other day I realized I do give out quite a bit of advice that falls into the category of commonsense.

I guess it was a natural progression as I always give my injured clients ‘homework’. I suggest specific stretches for those with localized dysfunction. There are good stretches that can be done safely to help, or other things that can trigger spasm or pain. I know the difference and people take my advice on board.

I also use other keys to better health, such as for my salesman with bad posture. Every time he hears his cell phone ring (which is very often) he tightens his abs, rolls back his pelvis and pulls in his chin. For a week he had to ‘try’, but now it is now an automated trigger that is making him a better person.

But a lot of the clients I see carry stress and burden with them continuously.

Calming MeditationThe fast pace of life has made people increasingly susceptible to stress – as a result of the continuous pulls and pressures of a hectic lifestyle.

Chasing money and materialistic possessions has an adverse impact on the mental well-being of a person. To add to the existing stress, technology and gadgets have made information available at all times at all places thus adding to stress instead of being a facilitator.

To reduce this stress and tensions, one should start doing meditation. It relaxes the body, mind and spirit.

So, let’s start from the basics.

meditation during PregnancyMany pregnant women are using the ancient technique of Meditation to achieve a more peaceful state of being during their pregnancy.

These women are facing one of the most hormonal, physically, and mentally challenging times of their lives, and engaging in daily meditation can ease the burdens that carrying a new life can bring. 7 ways in which meditation can help pregnant women are listed below.

Deep MeditationVirtually everyone I speak with who is interested in meditation wants to enjoy deeper meditations… and they want to enjoy them consistently.

Understanding how to do this, though, is very rare.

When you understand and practice what you are going to learn in this article, you will experience consistent, deep, enjoyable meditations every time.

You will begin to feel more of the power from your meditation in your daily life.

Anxiety Depression MeditationThis post deals with the Energy Dynamics of Anxiety and Depression – and the Power You Have to Change It.

There is a saying, “If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” Lao Tzu.

I feel there is a lot of truth in this statement.

Energy flows where attention goes.

We have the choice where we place our attention, in the past, present or future. The power to change our lives is in the present; it is indeed a “present”, as it is a gift we give to ourselves.

I have experienced both anxiety and depression throughout my adult life.

I have come to realize how our thinking and the quality of our thoughts play a big role in influencing these states of being.

If you are thinking and feeling negative thoughts and emotions, it can create anxiety which can also lead you to feel depressed.

Best MeditationIf you are interested in the best meditation for beginners, then you probably want to know ‘How to Meditate’.

But I first need to tell you that there are many different ways to meditate.

But don’t worry, it’s all very simple and will be clear by the end of this page.

I will give brief explanations about the different meditation techniques, with free meditations you can try, and links to more specific information.

Benefits of Power NapThis month has been all about goodness for me. It started as an experiment in mindfulness, but it also evolved into having some quality time apart from caffeine also.

I wasn’t a big coffee drinker, but that little lull an hour or so after lunch was killing me. Without a coffee shot I was getting the nods, losing concentration, motor skills and direction.

I tried to combat it with a burst of exercise, but I kept forgetting what I was trying to do, falling over and wandering aimlessly in a daze.

I would seem to come good again at about 3pm in the afternoon – but having just suffered 2 hours of apparent jet-lag, my afternoon was always rushed.

I take pride in my work ethic … so could I do it?

Could I try to have a sleep in the middle of the day?

Relaxation MeditationThese guided meditation downloads are designed to assist you to relax, unwind and de-stress.

They are great for beginners to meditation, or anyone simply needing to take some time out from their busy schedule.

One of the meditations focuses on teaching you to slow your thoughts and control your mind, while the others assist you with working with the breath to consciously relax your muscles and body.