Relaxation should be…well…relaxing

IMG_0080Relax…
No, REALLY…
Relax…
It’s more difficult to relax your body than you might think.
Try this: ask someone to relax and watch what their body does.
Many people will immediately slouch and drop their shoulders forward, or kick one hip out to the side and let that knee kind of buckle, some may go “boneless” and practically implode.
None of this is relaxing for your body!!

Let’s try some truly relaxing body changes:
For most people, dropping their shoulders downward (not forward) is a great first step to relaxing the body. Don’t know how, but boy those shoulders hike up on so many of us when we’re stressed. We get into a “Huh?” shape which is really appropriate because we aren’t aware of doing it, nor are we aware of how much it can cause physical and even emotional distress.
So, relax those shoulders by imagining that they’re light as feathers and let them float up; then they become heavy as lead and drop down. Feel that deep exhalation? Follow that with the same up/down but on the up I want you to inhale and exhale on the down.

Now let’s drop the chin down a bit for those of you who work on computer screens or drive or use glasses which require you to focus through the bottom of the lenses by craning your head back and your chin up. That’s it, drop that chin down…make a double chin…Feel that pull at the back of your neck? That’s a good thing.

For those of you who spend your time staring down into a keyboard or phone or tablet or book, let’s work the neck muscles a bit differently.
Allow your right ear to drop down to your right shoulder. Let your left shoulder be heavy, heavy, heavy. Now, keeping your ear near your shoulder, angle your chin up and to the left and look out of the corner of your left eye. Do the same for the other side reversing all the rights and lefts.

How does that feel now?

Let me know if you’d like to work on the lower body by posting in the comments below.

Welcome to the weekend and…relax…

About zolfw

I am an avid trail runner and fitness enthusiast, an accomplished cook, a lover of cinema and literature (although I read everything from graphic novels to professional psychology tomes, neither extreme being literature in the strict sense) . I am a retired Health and Wellness Coach. I am a husband, father, grandfather, and uncle.
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