There are many relaxation techniques that can be easily learned to help patients cope with stressful situations, chronic pain, or anxiety. Relaxation is an important way to help decrease the impact of daily stressors on the mind and body, and allow the whole person to experience improved health. Relaxation techniques can be used to slow your heart rate, lower blood pressure, reduce the need for oxygen, increase the flow of blood to muscles and organs, and reduce muscle tension. Health benefits of relaxation include fewer physical symptoms such as headaches and back pain, more controlled temperament, increased energy, improved concentration, greater ability to cope with stressful situations, improved problem solving capabilities, and more energy to undertake daily activities.
Many types of relaxation techniques target physical and psychological relaxation. These include muscle relaxation, visualization, yoga, Tai chi, music, exercise, meditation, hypnosis, massage, and deep breathing.