The 30-sec­ond re­lax­ation trick that could change your life

Jour­nal­ist Sharon Par­sons ex­plains how a sim­ple ex­er­cise helps her to find deep re­lax­ation

Friday - - Health -

In­ten­tional Rest­ing is a re­lax­ation method de­vel­oped by a man called Dan Howard, who be­lieves we’ve ‘for­got­ten’ how to rest. The idea is that by fo­cus­ing on a part of your body – your shoul­ders for in­stance – and say­ing to your­self, ‘I’m rest­ing for my shoul­ders now...’ you can find a pocket of deep rest in a stress­ful day, whether you’re at home, stuck in traf­fic or in a shop queue.

I was re­ally scep­ti­cal when I first tried it a cou­ple of years ago, but af­ter I’d prac­tised for a few weeks – ly­ing on my bed for 20 min­utes or so – I found to my amaze­ment that it re­ally worked. Now, within 30 sec­onds of con­cen­trat­ing on a part of my body, I feel gen­uinely rested and re­laxed.

Clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist Dr Sal­iha Afridi says, “This method makes a lot of sense. When we tell one part of our body to stop and rest, we are in­ten­tion­ally al­low­ing it to sur­ren­der its du­ties for that mo­ment, and mind­fully car­ing for that part of the body. I’d take this a step fur­ther and vi­su­alise send­ing ‘love’ and ‘light’ to the body part you’re rest­ing. It will en­er­gise the whole be­ing.”

For more info see www. in­ten­tion­al­rest­

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