Compiled by Ragdale’s Health and Fitness consultant – Dean
Choose a quiet
place where you will not be interrupted. Play very
quiet, slow instrumental music. Sit or lie in a comfortable
position, making sure that you are warm and that you feel
well-supported, including your head. Regular practice of
this simple exercise can have a huge influence on your
minute or two, concentrate on slow abdominal breathing.
Breathe in deeply, watching your abdomen rise. Hold the
breath in your lungs for a few seconds then let it fall out
in a rush. Close your eyes. Now, as you take each breath in
see it as a stream of sparklingly clean air entering and
penetrating your whole body. As you hold the breath for a
couple of seconds, see your tension as a lump of grey
material at the centre of your body, then as you exhale, see
a thick layer being stripped off from the lump and expelled
with each breath. Let the lump get smaller and smaller until
at about the tenth breath the last of it is breathed out.
Then breathe normally and forget about it.
Now, feel the
heaviness of your own body. Imagine the bed or chair is
actually pressing upwards under you, rather than your weight
pressing down. Move your attention first to the place where
the back of your head is supported and feel the pressure,
then to the place that supports your feet. Keep all of your
attention in those two spots and feel that the rest of your
body is suspended between them like a hammock.
your attention to your breathing and after five or six deep,
slow abdominal breaths, open your eyes and allow yourself to
return to your usual surroundings. Think about how it feels
to be relaxed, let yourself yawn a bit then get up slowly
and have a drink of water before getting back to your
Don’t forget Ragdale’s fitness timetable includes a number of
unique relaxation classes. Why not try Chinese Wand, Dragon Fan
or Tai Chi Sword on your next visit.
Special offer for
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