Posted by Administrator on 1/31/2012
Exploring The Possibilities With Mind-Body Exercises
Mind-body exercises are designed to incorporate the physical
and emotional aspects of human existence. When the body and the mind cooperate,
one can positively influence the other. This includes exercising with
visualization technique. Here are some positive aspects of exercising the
physical and the mental, as a unit.
Visualization can sometimes be a very powerful technique. In
many cases, your brain can tell little difference between something that is
real and something that is vividly imagined. For example, visualizing your legs
relaxing can send thought impulses to the legs, and they may begin to relax. It
also can help to increase the amount of relaxation, and enhance the experience
The Connection Between the Physical and Mental
When you think about something, it can affect you in a
physical way. For example, if you are faced with danger, you may experience
fear. Fear may trigger the fight or flight syndrome, and you may feel your
heart beating in your chest, or in your ears. Although the two may seem
separate at times, the body and mind often function together as a unit.
Benefits of Mind-Body Exercises
When you employ methods to exercise the mental and the
physical, it can afford many advantages. One important advantage is reducing or
eliminating anxiety. Anxiety can play a very big part in many kinds of illness,
and can prevent you from thinking clearly.
Many times, people can get relief from pain with the right
kind of mental and physical exercise. This is especially important with tension
headaches. Stress and tension can tighten muscles in the shoulders and the
neck. These muscles can affect nerves in the neck that affect the head. When
you exercise to relieve tension, it can help to reduce the pain from headaches.
Insomnia is a very common problem among people these days.
At some point in life, nearly everyone suffers through periods of little or no
sleep. If it is due to a stressful life event, little may help. However,
insomnia can become a chronic problem, and blending mental and physical
exercise can play an important role in a good night's sleep.
Mental and physical exercising can be very good for the
human immune response. This not only can help to fight off disease, but it also
can help to prevent many kinds of illness. The better the immune system works,
the healthier you can become.
Many people claim that mind-body exercises can help to speed
the recovery process. This can work with illness, as well as recovery from
surgical procedures. The connection between the physical and mental has yet to
be fully explored by medical science. There may be much more to it, than most
Relaxation techniques can have many important benefits. In
some methods, breathing is incorporated with visualization. Here is an example.
Sit calmly and take the time to be aware of your breathing.
Notice everything that is occurring. Place one hand on the chest and the other
on the stomach. Breathe in and see the stomach as an inflating balloon. Exhale
and let the balloon deflate. Make sure that you breathe slowly and
deliberately. In time, this can be very relaxing.
Exercise in Awareness
After you are relaxed, sit and notice your body. Notice
which areas are relaxed, and which areas are tense. If you feel the neck tense,
send it a message to relax, and so on. Gently stretch the neck by leaning it to
the right shoulder, and rotate it around back to the right shoulder. Slowly lift
the shoulders, and roll them back and around a few times. This can help you to
find tense areas that you may be unaware of.
Relaxing the Mind
Just as the body needs relaxing, so does the mind. Close
your eyes and breathe in a normal fashion. Say the word, "peace" as
you exhale. Keep the breathing steady, slow, and deliberate. If you find your
thoughts wondering, simply bring them back to what you are doing by focusing on
your breath. It may help a great deal to have some soft music playing. Usually
voiceless music is the best, as it can be less distracting, and help you to
stay focused. This form of exercising can be very relaxing and rejuvenating.
Mind-body exercises are used to link the physical with the
mental. They can have many important health benefits, as the physical and
mental share many common responses and connections. When you visualize physical
activity, it can enhance the effect that it has on your thoughts, and on your
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