Mind/body relaxation techniques used at Marino Acupuncture & Wellness Center include guided imagery / visualization, meditation, progressive relaxation, and paced breathing have been shown to reduce stress, balance the immune response, manage acute and chronic pain, promote sleep and reduce fear and anxiety.
- Guided imagery / visualization is a form of relaxation that helps create harmony between the mind and body. It is a way of focusing your imagination to create calm, peaceful images in your mind, thereby providing a “mental escape.” It is widely used to create tangible changes in a patient’s overall health by actively creating images of well-being. It can help the patient reduce the effects of certain medical and emotional conditions. Patients also learn how to create their own images and/or use previously created tapes.
- Meditation is a practice of refined techniques of mental focusing, designed to change the habitual conditioning of the mind. It feels like separation from the body and seems like the moment right before you fall asleep, except you are completely awake.
- Progressive relaxation is a great technique for reducing overall body tension. As you practice tensing and relaxing all the muscle groups in your body, you can rapidly relax your whole body. As you reduce the tension you carry in your body, your whole being will feel less stress and you will enjoy increased physical and emotional health.
- Breath therapy is a natural healing method that uses high vibrational energy to reduce stored emotions and past trauma that may contribute to disease. This type of therapy allows the patient to re-introduce breathing as a way to heal and restore the body, mind and spirit and activate healing agents in our body and soul. Calm, soothing music with or without nature sounds may be used with any of these techniques.
Overall, the techniques can increase a sense of calmness peace of mind and positive energy, and almost anyone can use these techniques.
Mind / Body relaxation provides a powerful psychological strategy that enhances a person’s coping skills. It involves all the senses, as well as one’s whole body and emotions. It can stimulate changes in bodily functions such as heart rate, blood pressure and respiratory patterns. It can help you tab inner strengths to find hope, courage and other qualities that can help you cope with a variety of conditions.
- Increase control
- Decrease depression
- Decrease stress and anxiety
- Decrease pain
- Decrease side effects
- Enhance sleep
- Enhance quality of life
- Increase relaxation Decrease nausea
- Decrease blood pressure
- Enhance healing
- Improve immune system
- Decrease respiratory difficulties
- Decrease hospital length of stay
- Enhance self-confidence
As a result of our busy lifestyles, chronic health conditions, and work related stress, patients to feel out of control, scared or overwhelmed, and seek ways to regain control over their lives.
Currently, more and more physicians are recommending relaxation techniques as a way to prevent, slow or at least control pain of chronic disease like heart conditions, AIDS, cancer, and infertility. It I also being used to restore balance in the face of such psychiatric disturbances as depression, hyperactivity and attention deficit disorder (ADD). Relaxation can bring about the state of mind and body most conducive to healing – deep relaxation and positive focus.
More than 200 research studies in the past 30 years have explored the role of mind-body techniques in helping people prepare for surgical and medical procedures and in helping them recover more rapidly. These studies show that mind / body relaxation techniques can dramatically counteract a loss of control, fear, panic, anxiety, helplessness and uncertainty. It can help people overcome stress, anger, pain, depression, insomnia and other problems often associated with illness and medical/surgical procedures.
Relaxation techniques in general has also been found to decrease side effects and complications of medical procedures, reduce recovery time, increase self-confidence and self-control, strengthen the immune system and enhance the ability to heal. In addition, some of these techniques help patients undergoing chemotherapy, dialysis, in-vitro fertilization and other treatment procedures.
Once a patient is able to relax, be centered and focused we can incorporate additional techniques (that involve different levels of awareness and consciousness) to release negative emotions and beliefs that may cause toxic patterns in the body.