Relaxation techniques are used for the treatment of various physical as well as psychological problems, as deep muscle relaxation are often associated with a slower heart rate, lower blood pressure and slower and more breathing. Asthma, headaches, hypertension, acute and chronic pain, postpartum stress, postoperative stress and the side effects of chemotherapy for cancer, are some of the physical problems that can be greatly enhanced through deep-muscle relaxation. Psychological problems that will definitely benefit from relaxation are anxiety disorders, depression, sleeping problems, nightmares, post-traumatic stress disorder and temper tantrums.
Progressive relaxation and body scanning are techniques that could be used by anybody interested in enhancing their overall well being. Medical practitioners and therapist, to help patients teach themselves deep muscle relaxation at home, can also use it.
This relaxation technique CD is now available for R150 postage included.
Alternatively the CD can be purchase directly from Christel Maritz’ office in Somerset West for R100. To order please send an email to Christel Maritz.
A workout to reduce tension
Emotional Improvement | Being mentally and emotionally healthy does not preclude the experiences of life which we cannot control. As humans we are going to face emotions and events that are a part of life. According to Smith and Segal, “People who are emotionally and mentally healthy have the tools for coping with difficult situations and maintaining a positive outlook in which they also remain focused, flexible, and creative in bad times as well as good”(2011). In addition unemployment has been shown to have a negative impact on an individual’s emotional well-being, self-esteem and more broadly their mental health. Increasing unemployment has been show to have a significant impact on mental health, predominantly depressive disorders. This is an important consideration when reviewing the triggers for mental health disorders in any population survey. In order to improve your emotional mental health, the root of the issue has to be resolved.
“Prevention emphasizes the avoidance of risk factors; promotion aims to enhance an individual’s ability to achieve a positive sense of self-esteem, mastery, well-being, and social inclusion” (Power, 2010).