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Relaxation Exercise #1 - Legs across chair
Begin by getting a chair. Now lie on your back on the floor, and place your
legs across the seat in a sideways position. Make sure the chair is right up
against the bend in your knees. This relaxation exercise provides stress relief
to your lower back. It also allows your whole body to let go of tension and
begin to relax. Slow down your breathing too. Breathe slowly in and out
through your nose. If you really want to go deep with this relaxation exercise,
try covering your eyes with a moist warm towel. Stay in this position for
several minutes. Try ten to fifteen minutes to enjoy the full benefits.

                                       Legs across chair

Relaxation Exercise #2 - Bottom against wall
Next, put the chair aside and move your buttocks up to the base of a wall and
extend your legs straight up the wall. Make sure your bottom is as close to
the base of the wall as possible, and that the small of your back is flat against
the floor. You can place your arms straight out on either side, or just keep
them by your sides. Again, keep your breathing slow, or do some breathing
exercises. This position really gets your blood flowing and helps the body
release stress.

                                             Bottom against wall

Relaxation Exercise #3 - Knees into the chest
Now bend your knees and bring them close to your chest. Hold your legs to
your chest with your hands if you can. That really helps stretch the lower
back. If holding your knees close to your chest is not relaxing to you, just
keep your knees in a bent position as close to your chest as possible. Close
your eyes, breathe in through your nose and breathe out through your
mouth. Slow breathing is important here to help keep your body from tensing

                                       Knees in chest

Relaxation Exercise #4 - Blanket against back
Now here's the last of the relaxation exercises and it’s the best. Slowly move
away from the wall. Don't jump up quickly. Instead, roll over on your side, and
use your hands to push yourself up into a sitting position. Now take a blanket,
towel or cloth and roll it into the shape of a log. Place it on the floor and lie
back on the cloth so that it's horizontally straight across your shoulder
blades. This is a great shoulder relaxation exercise. It stretches out your
shoulder blades and opens up your chest. This feels great after hunching
over a computer all day, and really helps to release the stress knots in your
shoulders, and other tensions that can form in your neck and back regions.

                                       Blanket against back

There you have it. Simple, easy, and effective relaxation exercises to help
relieve stress.  Remember, when you're done, don't get up quickly. Roll over
on your side, and use your hands and arms to push yourself up into a sitting
position, and then continue to get up slowly. Do any or all of the relaxation
exercises separately, or in the order demonstrated.  

The key to finding true relaxation is balance. If you are use to a hectic
lifestyle you may feel that relaxing might make you lose your edge. You may
also be addicted to the affects of adrenaline, and find it problematic to relax.
But remember your body cannot remain on high alert all the time. It will
eventually lead to burn out, and encourage physical ailments.

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Relaxation Exercises
Relaxation exercises rank high among the most effective ways to relieve
stress. The relaxation exercises below can work wonders on the stress knots
in your shoulders and neck regions, and may even be effective against
certain stress headaches. These exercises are also great, because they are
not strenuous. Each position is very easy to perform, can induce relaxation,
relieve tension, and may also provide instant stress relief.
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