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How to Make Personalized Relaxation Scripts
Learn how to create personal, customized relaxation scripts. The main elements that compose a relaxation script are the induction, body (relaxation technique), and conclusion.
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A relaxation script has three main components:
create a personalized relaxation script, combine an induction,
body, and conclusion with the specifics you are looking for. This combination will allow you to make your own effective custom relaxation
What is Induction?
Induction is the beginning of the relaxation process. It is a way of
allowing the subject to become comfortable and starting to induce the
relaxation response. Breathing begins to slow, the heart rate starts to
decrease, muscles start to relax. It is important to start a relaxation
exercise with some form of induction, even if it is simply finding a
comfortable position and starting to breathe deeply, because the subject
will then be more easily able to focus on relaxation. Common types of
- focusing on breathing
- counting down
- imagining descending a staircase
- relaxing muscles
- focusing on how the body feels
What is the Body of a Relaxation Script?
The body of the script is the actual relaxation exercise. During the relaxation exercise, the relaxation response is experienced fully. Common types of relaxation include:
- progressive muscle relaxation
- and other techniques
What is the Conclusion?
The conclusion is the end of the relaxation exercise, and allows the
subject to either re-awaken or go to sleep (depending on the desired
outcome of the relaxation exercise). It is important to conclude
relaxation exercises effectively so normal activities can be resumed
safely. Common conclusions are:
- counting back up
- a quick stretch
- returning awareness to the present
- going up a stairway
- counting down to sleep
Creating Personalized Relaxation Scripts
Quick relaxation techniques often have very brief induction and
conclusion phases, because the objective is to rapidly reduce stress
symptoms rather than to achieve deep relaxation. When relaxing deeply,
however, it is important to include a full induction and full conclusion
to ensure optimal success (though these components do not necessarily
need to be very lengthy). With some types of relaxation, the induction
blends with the body of the relaxation script (for example, with
progressive muscle relaxation), while in other types of relaxation (such
as visualization) the induction and the body of the relaxation exercise
are more distinct.
To create your own customized relaxation
scripts, you can choose any induction, body, and conclusion. You can
also adapt existing relaxation scripts by replacing parts of the script
with different induction or conclusion portions to meet your needs. The
necessary elements can be combined for a wide variety of different custom relaxation scripts.
You can get induction, body, and conclusion portions of relaxation scripts here. Choose the elements you want and combine them to make your own individualized relaxation scripts. Home ~ Advice ~ How to Make Personalized Relaxation Scripts
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