This is another extremely simple method that initiates the relaxation response. Begin by taking slow deep breaths. Repeat these messages to yourself:
"My hands and arms are heavy and warm" (5 times).
"My feet and legs are heavy and warm" (5 times).
"My abdomen is warm and comfortable" (5 times).
"My breathing is deep and even" (10 times).
"My heartbeat is calm and regular" (10 times).
"My forehead is cool" (5 times).
"When I open my eyes, I will remain relaxed and refreshed" (3 times).
Health maintenance: 2 to 3 sessions per day.
Health enhancement: 6 to 10 sessions per day.
Disease intervention: Start slowly and build up to 10 to 15 sessions per day. Until you are well you have time to do this.
Getting started: 2 to 3 sessions per day.
Ann's NOTE: Thanks to HealthWorld Online. Roger Jahnke, O.M.D. is the author of The Healer Within: The Four Essential Self-Care Methods for Creating Optimal Health, Harper-Collins.
Discussion of relaxation techniques
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