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Imagery and relaxation, have you ever been in a place where you have felt completely at peace? Where you can forget about all of your problems? Where you can breathe in deeply and enjoy a beautiful view or maybe a beautiful company? Think about it for a minute? Have you? It is very likely that you have. However, many times it’s very difficult to be in a place like this every time we want to, although it is very healthy to keep our mind in the mental state that this place can evoke. So, that’s when imagery and relaxation techniques come handy. In fact, these techniques do more than just bring our mental state to relaxation, they can actually help us relieve pain, speed healing and help the body suppress hundreds of ailments, including depression, allergies and asthma. In addition, letting go of our problems, worries and concerns for a little while and recharging energy are two other good reasons for practicing this. Relaxation is being completely at ease, mentally and physically Imagery is any words that create a picture in our head; it is the biological connection between the mind and the body. Whatever spontaneous thought or image we get throughout the day is going to affect the way we feel emotionally as well as physically. For example, whenever you imagine your favorite meal, the way it smells, the way it looks, how good it tastes, chances are, you’ve going to salivate. Unfortunately, many of the images in our heads do more harm than good. We are so used to worry or think of the negative possibilities of the situations that we end up tensing our body and depressing the immune system. Obviously, the idea is to use this same power of imagery and relaxation for our own benefit. Intention, quieting, cleansing and recharging are the components of healing the state of mind through imagery and relaxation. The intention is key to succeed. We need to want to relax, believe that it can help and be willing to turn our senses away from the outside world and into the inner world. We also need to do it in a quite place so we can focus better and easier. As we go through the process, it is important to imagine our body getting cleansed and recharged. By now you know the reasons, components and benefits of relaxation-imagery techniques. In the next paragraph, you will find a sample of a techniques you can practice, add to it or adapt to your own needs. It is important to focus on your breathing. Inhaling deeply through your nose and exhaling through your mouth is fundamental to be able to relax. Make sure you are in a comfortable room with a comfortable chair or couch, loose clothing and low light. SAMPLE OF RELAXATION-IMAGERY TECHNQUE: Begin by closing your eyes….and releasing the air in your lungs. Take in a full, deep breath through your nose, allowing your lungs to fill up completely, letting the air go all the way in… and then sighing it out through your open mouth. Get as comfortable as you can…do a body scan through feet, legs, hips, abdomen and torso and releases all of the tension… breath in deeply, through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Do a scan through your arms, hands, chest, shoulders, face and head, release the tension and relax. Remember to breath in deeply, through your nose and as you exhale feel more and more relaxed. Do this as many times as you need to, to become completely relaxed. Focus on your thoughts…identify your mood and imagine a beautiful place. Look at the details, the colors, the smell, the texture…admire this place…enjoy it. Breathe in deeply and exhale through your mouth…with every breath, inhale positive energy and as you exhale spread this positive energy throughout your body. Let this beautiful place be the source of positive healing energy.. spread this healing energy through your entire body. Give yourself permission to be relaxed… to enjoy this place. Stay there until you have filled your body with positive, healing energy. Remember to breath deeply through your nose and exhale through your mouth. When you are ready, come back to the present, take a deep breath open your eyes. DON’T FORGET TO: PUT THIS INTO PRACTICE, THE MORE YOU DO IT, THE EASIER IT WILL BECOME AND THE RESULTS WILL ALSO GET BETTER. THE MOST EFFECTIVE IMAGES ARE THE ONES THAT HAVE SOME MEANING TO YOU. WHEN BATTLING TUMORS, PEOPLE MIGHT IMAGINE THAT THEIR HEALTHY CELLS ARE STRONG, HEALTHY SOLDIERS GETTING RID OF ALL THE CANCEROUS CELLS. BE PATIENT AND CONSISTENT.

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