Or so you may think!
Being able to relax is a skill that you can develop - with a bit of practise.
The first stage of relaxation is gaining an awareness of where in your body you hold onto stress and tension.
Common signs of tension are:
scrunching up your shoulders
Holding your breath
compressing your abdomen and
gritting your teeth
A classic example of tension is driving in heavy traffic. Imagine being stuck in Bristol traffic and now see if your body has taken on that posture. Shoulders up around the ears and chin jutting forward! Ouch!
I know...... some folks get tense at the thought of relaxing, so instead of focusing on forcing relaxation - focus on removing tension.
The easiest way to do this is by progressive relaxation. Relaxing body parts and softening your muscles slowly from your head down to your toes.
Tension eats up your energy & prevents it from flowing smoothly and naturally around your body. Creating stiffness instead of flexibility.
If you have always thought about relaxation as something you can't do - give it another look - have a go. Strip away the tension, soften your muscles and breathe more easily - it has huge benefits to your health.
I am a great fan of post exercise relaxation... love a few minutes after Pilates.