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Seniors and Relaxation

Relaxation training is an effective way for people of all ages to unwind, improve their mood, increase concentration, boost creativity, and enhance self-esteem and confidence. Many people also use relaxation techniques, such as meditation, prayer, visualization, rhythmic breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, massage, and gentle exercise to achieve a heightened state of calmness and overall well-being. Because these exercises can be completed almost anywhere and require only a mental and physical connection, relaxation methods are an excellent way for seniors to become more in tune with their bodies, minds, and spirits.
Here are a few tips for practicing relaxation:

  • Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes.
  • Stand, sit, or lie down in a quiet, peaceful place.
  • Use aroma therapy and essential oils to help set the mood.
  • Breathe mindfully. Take notice of the way air enters and leaves your body.
  • Be present. Witness and contemplate each moment as it passes.
  • Sample a variety of relaxation techniques and see which method works
    best for you.
  • Make relaxation a part of your daily routine. Practice often to achieve
    the best results.

A Message from Dr. Marco
Dr. Noah Marco, Chief Medical Officer
While relaxation techniques are most commonly known for their ability to decrease stress and anxiety, these methods also result in a variety of physical benefits. People who regularly practice relaxation enjoy an enhanced immune system, lowered blood pressure and heart rate, as well as reduced muscle tension and fatigue. Relaxation training is particularly beneficial to seniors. Aging adults tend to feel empowered after learning they are able to take control of their bodies and minds in this special way.

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