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10 Relaxation Techniques to Reduce Stress

Posted: September 20, 2010

So many spa clients these days are coming to your spa for stress relief. As part of the in-spa service, provide the following 10 tips to help them ward off stress in between spa visits, as well.

Although experts say that some stress is good for you -- it can sharpen your senses and your mind -- too much stress is bad for your mental and physical health. At the same time, relaxation can do wonders to restore balance in your life -- and may even reduce some of the health risks associated with stress.

WebMD talked to the experts to learn more about relaxation -- and how to attain it. What follows are 10 on-the-spot techniques you can recommend to clients any time and almost anywhere to reduce the tension in their lives.

1. Meditate

If you think meditation means twisting your body into an uncomfortable position and uttering "oohs" and "omms" for an hour, guess again. Any repetitive action can be a source of meditation, says Herbert Benson, MD, author of The Relaxation Response and director emeritus, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. This includes walking, swimming, painting, knitting -- any activity that helps keep your attention calmly in the present moment.

When you catch yourself thinking about your job, relationship or lifelong to-do list, experts say to simply let the thought escape, and bring your mind back the repetition of the activity. Suggest that they try it for just five to 10 minutes a day and watch stress levels drop.

2. Picture yourself relaxed