Relaxation Therapy Questions and Answers
You can do RT as often as you like, especially in the morning and evening when cortisol levels tend to be elevated.
You have undoubtedly heard the advertisements, “Relax and go to sleep”. If you want to rid yourself of sleeping pills and sleepless nights, RT will be of considerable benefit to you.
No, your body has its own regulatory system. You will not relax too much. You will wake up when you are ready
No, but biofeedback also offers a training process through which you will learn to relax. You may also use biofeedback as another therapeutic tool. One of the distinct advantages of RT is the FREE MP3 file you can use any time in the comfort of your home.
No, but they both lead to self-regulation of the Autonomic Nervous System through deep breathing, with focus on your bodily state.
Yes, anything that helps you relax and feel good about yourself is useful.
Most people respond well during their first RT session. Almost everyone will relax fully in two or three sessions. You will steadily improve as you practice and develop your Relaxation Skills.
No, just listen to RT and have a pleasant, effortless experience. Let yourself go, and you will relax regardless of whether you are concentrating on the words and procedures of RT. RT is a process of letting go. Enjoy the process of letting yourself go into a Rhythmic Flow experience.
No, you can and will progress with each repetitive RT session. Allow your own experience to be your guide Learn to trust yourself.
No! RT emphasizes your control over yourself. When you allow yourself to let go and relax, you will.
Remember, you are a more rewarding person to others when you are relaxed and free of discomfort. You have a right to a restful time alone.
Yes, it may seem strange to you, but you do need to take time out from your busy schedule to do RT. Self-regulation requires a measure of self-discipline.
Each RT session lasts about 20 to 30 minutes. You may continue in a deep state of quiet after RT stops. This will be determined by how much your body needs additional rest and relaxation.
NO, you soon learn how to relax on your own. This is one of the primary reasons for doing RT on a regular basis. Once you learn “how” to relax, you will apply your RT skills frequently in everyday, challenging situations.
Yes, RT is a process that helps you help yourself. Daily Relaxation is essential to your overall care for yourself. If you are more tense or anxious than usual, you may do RT two or three times a day. Let your needs for relaxation be your guide. Don’t wait until you are overly stressed.
Headphones offer three benefits, but these benefits are not considered essential to RT:
- They allow you to do RT so others will not hear RT, which is particularly important when you are sleeping with someone who desires a sound free environment;
- Headphones screen out extraneous noises that can disrupt the relaxation process;
- Headphones provide you (the main listener) with more “real life” nature sounds and a more complete relaxation response.
No, Tension Management involves integration of “Stressor Identification Skills” with “Relaxation Skills”. You want to learn how to effectively resolve ongoing stress and tension. The most important aspect of “Tension Management” is doing what it takes to implement solutions regarding your particular concerns.