Relaxation training helps you become aware of the relationship
between breath and the ease of being.
Intuitive intelligence is always present and floats to the surface of awareness when it is not being crowded out by chronic mental and physical tension. With relaxation training you learn to use breath, color, light, and sound techniques to create more flexibility in your relationships with people and situations and watch as natural flow increases. Using relaxation training techniques in life situations such as relationships, change, health and career helps you become aware of and trust how life flows and manifests from an inner knowing.
Our physiology and emotions work together to produce the many personal experiences we have every day. These include thoughts, feelings and memories, and obvious behaviors. Our mental and physical processes are so closely linked, there’s probably no way to really separate them. This is also true for the experience of tension, and for the comfortable resolution of tension, relaxation. For our purposes, we will define stress as the set of physical and emotional changes that occur when we feel threatened.
In an effort to try to simplify the nervous system so that we can study it, scientists have divided it up into several parts or systems. The central nervous system (CNS) is made up of two main parts: the brain and spinal cord. The CNS is the master control system of the body. It has the job of moving the body and overseeing all of its functions. With relaxation training it can assist in managing all of the communication between the body and the brain. The rest of the nervous system, the nerves that run from the brain and spinal cord into the rest of the body, is called the peripheral nervous system (PNS). These are the nerves that provide information to our brains about what’s happening in our muscles, joints, skin, and internal organs. The PNS carries sensory information from the body to the brain. This includes information about touch, hot and cold, pain, pressure, and so forth. The peripheral nerves also send signals from the brain to our muscles and internal organs. These messages tell the body when it’s time to move or make other changes that will keep us safe, comfortable, and healthy with relaxation training a similar experience can be achieved. Normal day-to-day living relies on the ability of the CNS and PNS to work closely together which can be facilitated with relaxation training. Together, they accomplish a wide variety of integrated tasks. They perform a very specific and critical set of functions. Most of these processes involve maintaining the body’s internal balance.
Relaxation training may also assist in balancing automatic daily functions of the body, such as temperature regulation and using and storing energy and nutrients that must be regulated. These systems also alert us to dangers or discomforts so we can respond in ways that keep us safe. Remember that the primary function of this system is to alert us to any possible threats and to prepare us for action. When the alarm sounds, heart rate, respirations, and blood pressure all increase. With relaxation training we can decrease this alarm somewhat. Most of us don’t think much about how our emotions are under physiological control too. In the CNS, a large part of the brain has developed as the emotional center. This is called the limbic system. Its job is to create the emotional reactions we have to life events. Then it sends information about our feelings to other brain centers. In our bodies, and especially in our internal organs, numerous physiological changes take place in response to signals from the limbic system. All of these interactions help us interpret our emotions accurately particularly with the use of relaxation training. For stress and tension, these changes can occur in the body. For example, there may be an increase in heart rate and blood pressure. You may feel tightness in the chest along with faster and shallower breathing. You may experience a queasy or uncomfortable sensation in your gut or stomach. Muscles tighten up throughout the body. When these changes occur in response to an event that we find threatening, we label our feelings as stress, tension, or worry. By applying relaxation training these symptoms will start to go away.
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