Relaxation is a state of rest, which is somewhat deeper than the usual rest state between one activity and another. It involves a disassociation with the next immediate activity as well as the outcomes of the immediately preceding activities. It may last a split second, as in sport, or longer and determines how well we recover from stress before we engage with the next event in our lives.
Like other natural phenomena, relaxation is defined by 2 parameters, its depth and duration. Modern science measures relaxation using bio-signals occurring in the human body such as EEG, EMG, galvanic skin resistance, and heart rate variability. These can be evaluated as data or by using imaging techniques. Dynamic relaxation is the ability to be relaxed in movement.
Dynamic relaxation is a methodology that allows you to remain relaxed and alert while performing everyday tasks and meeting the physical and mental demands of daily life. It is not only applicable to recovery from illness, disability, and chronic disorders but also to maximize potential. While helping to reduce build-up of chronic stress and frequent and unintended elevation of heart rate and blood pressure due to stress triggers, it re-creates the ability in adults and elderly to learn as we did as babies, thus bringing the ability to leverage neuroplasticity directly within our conscious ability, in a manner far more specific and detailed as compared to merely repeating an exercise a hundred times.
Dynamic relaxation employs limb movements to train the brain and brain activity to train the non-functional limbs AT THE SAME TIME, thus accelerating progress and benefits with fewer exercise repetitions.
Many of us can relax during sleep, rest, or focused relaxation activity. However, the real benefits of relaxation, for healthy and disabled people alike, are evident when we use it during everyday activities. For example, how do we respond to demanding physical and mental tasks and work pressure or health demands every day? Do we tense up or do we stay supple and relaxed? Do we go breathless and tight around the neck or do we remain cheerful and bouncing full of energy? Do we go into a shell when faced with risk or do we strike out across unknown waters with eyes open?
Quality of life and achieving our maximum potential are seldom about finding moments to relax and more about being relaxed and alert in life’s most demanding moments.
The common perception is that relaxation occurs in the brain. However, study of bio-signals tells us that one part of our system, eg, the brain, may relax, but another part, eg, muscle, may tense up. Thus, relaxation in one part may influence another adversely or supportively. Real relaxation occurs when bio-signals synchronize, eg, brain and muscle signals are shown to relax together.
It is well known that some people use meditation to relax, while others use physical exercise. Both essentially allow greater oxygenation in the system; the different preferences being dictated somewhat with whether an individual senses the tension as resident in the body or in the mind. An ideal method is a judicious combination of both or an eclectic mix of techniques including external intervention, eg, touch therapy such as massage and reflexology.