Daily Challenge Friday Feb. 03, 2012
Tense and relax each group of muscles, from your toes up to your head.
How to do it
Lie or sit down in a comfortable spot. Spend 5 seconds holding and then relaxing different muscle groups, one at a time, starting with your feet. Clench and release your toes, then work your way up as you tighten the muscles in your legs, stomach, back, and arms. Finish with the muscles of your face and neck. Breathe slowly and deeply, and concentrate on the feelings that come from fully relaxing the muscle groups.
Why it matters
Tensing and relaxing your muscles helps you understand what complete relaxation feels like. This can make you more aware of when you might need to relax muscles when they tighten in response to stress. As you relax your body, your mind also relaxes.
The masseter, the jaw muscle used to chew food, is the strongest muscle in the body.
I do this almost everyday!
Oh, that felt great. I've added jumping on a "rebounder". The lack of gravity at the top of the bounce and the double gravity at the bottom of the bounce are supposed to positively impact all the cells in your body including the lymph system, the brain, heart, veins, etc. giving them a gentle tensing and relaxation.
Kelly Howell Brain Sync Series goes through great meditations for muscle relaxation, look it up on line. You'll find yourself really liking it.
I just did a quick standing version of this. It was still nice.
deep breathing exercise; and thinking about each body part with each breath
Kind of did this during my Qi quong class.
VERY EARNESTLY WITH "DO-THE-@#$%-THING" DILIGENCE %~/ THIS JUST MAYBE MY FIRST CHALLENGE NOTATED ON "MY-MUST-DO-SO-AS-TO-INCORPORATE-POSITIVE-HEALTH-INTO-MY-DAILY-LIFE" CHALLENGE %~) .......................... WAIT !!? WHAT ??!
I need to schedule a message.
relaxing.. mjees :)
I do this three times a week when i have a cool down for my zumba class lots of stretches and rolling up one vertebre at a time and neck rolls which are so great slowly of course!
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