THE POSITION OF COMFORT
is a horizontal resting position of the body providing relief from the downward pull of gravity on your spine. It involves a straight back with your knees bent. A support for your neck and knees makes this position more comfortable. You can also use a chair for support of your legs. When doing so, keep knees close to edge of chair and be sure chair is not too high so as to interfere with blood circulation.
If this position hurts, or is uncomfortable, turn onto your side in the fetal position, keeping your back straight and knees bent. Use any time to relax and reduce pain. (Pregnant woman should use the side lying position) Also, cover up with a blanket because your body temperature will lower during RT.
Relaxation Therapy on your Audio CD consists of three stages: First, you will do a simple breathing exercise, followed by simple muscle relaxation exercises and then a simple meditation exercise. Don’t try to relax. Just let yourself go into the rhythms, the sounds, and Dr. Ray’s soothing voice.
SOFT STOMACH BREATHING
is a method of deep breathing where you expand your stomach while inhaling - filling your lungs to the fullest. Inhale through your nose to the count of four and exhale through your mouth to the count of eight. Expand your stomach as you inhale, because this allows for greater air intake.
RELAXATION THERAPY (RT) is a simple procedure through which your body arrives at a tension free, natural state of balance called homeostasis – and this is accomplished through deep relaxation.
RT is beneficial for relieving muscle tensions and spasms, back and neck ache, headaches and more, because it relaxes your entire system, mentally, physically and emotionally.
As your body relaxes, blood flows more freely, bringing oxygen to muscle tissues. This is important because oxygen is the life force of muscle tissue. Oxygen also attacks lactic acid, one of the elements in the body contributing to pain.
RT is an excellent natural alternative to muscle relaxants, sleeping pills, pain killing medications and more.
The more you do RT, the better you get at it and you will find yourself developing Relaxation Skills you can use- at any time during your day - to reduce stress and tension.
Remember, it is physically impossible
to be relaxed and tense at the same time