Relaxation training is routinely offered to treatment clients at FIT for Active Living. Relaxation can be an important tool in effective pain management. When the mind and body are relaxed and at peace, our perception of pain diminishes. There are many types of relaxation. The most basic form of relaxation involves proper belly breathing. There are also relaxation exercises which focus on relieving muscle tension, and using our mind to alter our sensation of pain. In addition, a very popular method of relaxation is visualization, which involves conjuring pleasant images in as much detail as possible. Beyond its use in pain management, relaxation can be a very effective tool in stress management. Here are 11 relaxation exercises of different types and lengths. A number of these exercises are routinely taught and practiced at FIT for Active Living. All are available free for download.

Basic Deep BreathingDownload
Progressive Muscle RelaxationDownload
Relaxation by RecallDownload
Relaxation by Altering Pain SensationsDownload
Relaxation through SuggestionDownload
Visualization - SailingDownload
Visualization - Waterfall and BeachDownload
Visualization - ForestDownload
Visualization - WarmthDownload
Visualization - Your Own Special PlaceDownload
Sunlight MeditationDownload