Complementary Health Approaches
Frequently Asked Questions
7. How are relaxation techniques used?
Relaxation techniques are designed to produce the body's natural relaxation response, characterized by slower breathing, lower blood pressure, and a feeling of calm and well-being. Some people use relaxation techniques to release tension and to counteract the ill effects of stress.
Techniques include breathing exercises, guided imagery, biofeedback, and progressive muscle relaxation. Meditation and practices that include meditation with movement, such as yoga and tai chi, can also promote relaxation. Relaxation techniques have been studied for anxiety, depression, insomnia, and other conditions.