Practice Relaxation and Visualization

The 'Relaxation Response' is a physical state of deep rest that changes the body's physical and emotional responses to stress. It is the direct opposite of the 'flight or fight response' triggered by stress and anxiety. With practice, you can use relaxation technique to elicit the relaxation response and calm your body and mind.

Regular relaxation can be extremely beneficial to general well being, particularly for people coping with a chronic disorder like dystonia. There are many relaxation techniques. Here are some of the most common:

  • Meditation and self-hypnosis
  • Visualization
  • Relaxation breathing
  • Exercise and movement (for example, yoga, tai chi, qi gong)
  • Gentle massage

You can find guided audio programs though DMRF and at your local library or bookstore. There are also programs available online. Health clubs and community recreation centers may have yoga or soft martial art courses geared toward stress reduction. Massage practitioners are becoming more and more common. However, be sure to thoroughly educate you practitioner on dystonia and how it affects you before your first massage.

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