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Step 5: Relaxation techniques using the five senses and cues from the body
Living holistically as a union of mind, body and spirit.
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The word, « relaxation » was first used in 1930, 5 years after the death of Dr. Vittoz.  He didn’t speak of “relaxation,” but of “rest.” 
The VITTOZ organization has developed relaxation techniques using the five senses and cues from the body which employ the principles of the Vittoz method.  They offer a synthesis, providing experiences of alternating receptive and emissive thought patterns.  The goal of these exercises is not specifically “rest,” but rather of being present to what repose feels like, with its accompanying lack of tension.  Noticing cues from ones own body in an immobile state leads to muscular and respiratory relaxation, and to a calmer mental state.
The goals of Vittozien relaxation exercises are:

  1. To reduce excessive tightness in the muscles, which in turn has an effect on the Neuro-vegetative System, bringing it back into balance by profiting from the natural antagonism between the physiological characteristics of relaxation and those of the states of stress and anxiety. 
  2. To bring the person to a conscious place of awareness of how his or her body really is, at that moment in time (tired? tense? weary? painful?)  Awareness of how we are brings us in contact with ourselves and our surroundings, the situation as it really is.  We then might ask ourselves important questions, like, “How am I living?” and “Why am I living this way?” 

Relaxation encourages us to communicate intimately with ourselves without self-judgment, permitting us access to a tranquil, inner space. 

Contrast the experience of being entirely alone and empty versus the experience of relaxation:  The former may lead to depression, co-dependency or addiction to certain substances to “get away from it all,” or to “fill the void.”   The latter experience of relaxation is a positive form of narcissism which encourages and actually develops our capacity to be alone, fully present to oneself and to the world!

 
   
 
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