The Relaxation/Meditation Group helps participants deeply relax as they take part in a 45-minute guided relaxation/meditation using a variety of techniques. We focus on abdominal breathing to help participants release tension and relax. Additional techniques principally used include:
- Meditation- focuses on being in the here-and-now, being mindful of the present. Refraining from allowing the past and/or future to create stress/unrest. Also includes silently repeating a mantra (a peaceful word, phrase or sound) while focusing on our breathing.Guided Imagery / Visualization of a Peaceful Scene- imagining a peaceful, calm and relaxing scene to bring tranquility to body and mind; visualizing a relaxing image/feeling.
- Progressive Muscle Relaxation- involves tensing and releasing muscle groups to reach a greater state of (muscular) relaxation. (May involve releasing existing tension without first tensing.)
- Guided Imagery / Visualization of a Peaceful Scene- imagining a peaceful, calm and relaxing scene to bring tranquility to body and mind; visualizing a relaxing image/feeling.
- Autogenic Training- focusing on bodily areas and imagining these areas becoming warm and heavy.
Individuals may come weekly and/or occasionally as their time permits; however, greater benefit generally occurs with regular practice and weekly participation.
Adapted from: Bourne, E. (2005). The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook (4th Ed.).