What's the importance of relaxation?

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What’s the importance of relaxation ? 


Stress can affect our physical , mental & emotional wellbeing . 


Physical symptoms such as headaches , tension in the neck & shoulders, dizziness, fatigue and poor sleep can all be a result of stress overload.

Mental - mental state will be affected as it elevates levels of cortisol (a hormone that affects the brain’s function), this will result in worrying, poor concentration, uncontrollable thoughts etc

Emotional symptoms can present us irritability, feeling of overwhelmed , anxiety, low self-esteem, depression. 


A person in a high state of stress can cause aggressive or defensive behaviour. 




Relaxation slows our heart rate, reduces our blood pressure, relieves tension, helps us to have a calmer and clear mind, improves digestion, reduces muscle tension & chronic pain. 

Relaxation reduces wear and tear on the mind & body. 



Relaxation techniques:


  • You have to intentionally find time for yourself
  • Have an other carer to help you with, either a family member or you pay someone
  • Start your day feeling refreshed ( drink 250 ml still water immediately after you wake up, this way you are going to help your organs to wake up and start the day)
  • Remember to drink still water throughout the day ( 2 litres )
  • Go for a walk ( 30 mins or more) and be mindful of your surroundings , keep focus on the plants, the trees, birds, sunshine, rain, clouds
  • Take slow, deep breaths always inhale thru your nose and exhale thru your mouth
  • Throughout the day take 5 mins break for yourself   
  • Pray
  • Sing hymns or the songs you like
  • Soak in a warm bath - use essential oils
  • Listen to soothing music
  • Write
  • Do physical exercise, pilates, jogging, walking 
  • Use essential oils in diffusers, or on your skin, or to intake (although to intake I will only recommend the döTERRA ones, will explain below )
  • For massage, use 20 ml carrier oil ( coconut oil, almond oil (allergies attention), soybean with wheatgerm oil (celiac disease attention), jojoba oil, grapeseed oil) with 8 drops essential oil

Essential oils to use for :


  • Physical and Mental fatigue, burn out - mandarin, melissa, lemon, lemon verbena
  • When you feel down – bergamot, yuzu, neroli, lemon verbena 
  • Feeling under the weather - lemon, myrrh, tea tree ravensara, monarda, lime 
  • Before going to sleep – lavender, chamomile, yarrow, marjoram, valerian
  • When you are worked up or overwhelmed – ylang ylang, nutmeg, vetiver, geranium, mandarin, neroli, rose, sandalwood
  • Scalp – tea tree, nerolina
  • Support during menstruation and menopause – clary sage, rose, neroli, chasteberry





Self shoulder massage


  • With your three fingers from your both hands, start massaging under the skull in both sides, by the occipitals area, 
  • use slow, circular movements, move down by the spine, (do not put pressure on the spine ) massaging the erector spinae muscle, 
  • if you have a painful spot you can put some pressure for 5 seconds and release, repeat 2/3 times,  it will  help to reduce the pain, eases the muscle tension , 
  • Then with one hand you can massage on side of the neck, the sternocleidomastoid muscle, see  photo below 




  • Then you do the same in the other side of the neck 
  • Then you massage in circular movements the bones on the chest area and the clavicle
  • Then with one hand, with your three fingers,  you start massaging one shoulder, under the scapula as far and deep as you can go 

  • Then you start massaging  your shoulder and your arm , deltoid and humerus muscle
  • Then you can pay some attention to the joints on your shoulder, press 5 seconds and release , it will be a bit painful however it helps to relieve pain  
  • Then you do the same to the other shoulder


It should take you 10/15 mins to do both sides. 




The information in this article is never intended to replace medical advice. 


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