Category: Relaxation Techniques

Inside or Outside? Where to Put Your Focus

We need an inside/outside strategy in our back pocket, ready to employ whenever our stress level is too high, or potentially headed that way. An inside strategy would involve turning inward to a large, small or moderate degree, and then doing something there.  It could be…

Quieting Inner Chatter and Dimming Inner Visions – Which Muscles to Relax

Edmund Jacobson gave us Progressive Relaxation to calm our minds through quieting our muscles. In his life-long process of refining Progressive Relaxation he found a profound, rapid, and easy way for getting control of two disturbing activities that we all have: inner chatter and troubling inner visions.…

Muscle Man, Edmund Jacobson

Edmund Jacobson devoted his life to muscles. This journey started when he was in a fire at the age of 10. He made it through the fire unscathed but he was marked deeply by it anyway. He observed previously calm adults switch into full emergency mode…

Easy Starts: How to Jump Into Meditation

I’m frequently asked what are the best books for starting meditation. I have settled on a short list of resources. Two of them are listed here: The Calm Technique: Meditation Without Magic or Mysticism – Australian Paul Wilson came out with this book some time ago…

The Smile Powerhouse

Photos of smiling nuns taken when they came into religious service when they were in their early 20s, reveal which will live the longest. The right type of smile, wrong type of smile, it makes a difference. While conducting research on the physiology of facial expressions…

Go Wide Focus – An instant stress reduction technique

This is an instant stress reduction technique in that it can be brought out, anywhere, anytime and–if practiced–will bring stress levels down very quickly. Stress comes down, but not to zero but to a level where you will have more wiggle room. There are two secrets…

The No Excuses Massage

Regular, full-body, massage has built-in barriers that keep many people from getting the benefits of touch. First, the cost. Second the nudity (even when it is strategically covered by towels). Thirdly, the time commitment. Small obstacles for some but major obstacles for many, many people. According…

Secret Stress Control Method #1

Shhh….no one needs to know that you are reducing your stress. Quietly, whenever things are in chaos, you can at least take off the edge of stress with this technique. No one will suspect what’s up. Deep breathe a few times It is as simple as…

Get On The Fly

The biggest thing that stops people from trying relaxation techniques is: “Hey, I don’t have 30 minutes to meditate.”  So let’s break that down: the only way to relax is through meditation, most people assume. But that assumption is false. On-the-fly relaxation techniques are numerous, and…