Relaxation Classes

We offer relaxation classes which combine Western methods such as Progressive Muscle Relaxation with more Eastern principles such as meditation. These have proved to be very helpful and patients often feedback that alongside the improvements in their physical and emotional wellbeing, they also feel a sense of empowerment as there is something they can do to help themselves.

 

A CD using the Autogenic method which has proved particularly helpful in assisting clients with sleep disturbances can be provided for individual use outside of the group setting.

 

We feel these techniques can be enjoyable and a highly therapeutic part of the care plan.

 

The benefits of relaxation;
 

  • Slows heart rate

  • Lowers blood pressure (n.b. the relaxation class does not exclude clients with low blood pressure but appropriate assessment and clear guidance during and after class would be recommended e.g. not to stand up too quickly after the class has finished).

  • Slows and regulates the breathing

  • Reduces anxiety of stress hormones

  • Increases blood flow to muscles

  • Decreases muscle tension and chronic pain

  • Improves concentration

  • Lowers fatigue

  • Boosts confidence to handle problems

  • Increases endorphin and serotonin levels thereby improving mood

  • Feelings of calm and contentment

  • Improved sleep

Timing and Venue

Half hour relaxation classes in a communal area, such as a lounge, are effective.

 

Exercise can be an effective precursor to relaxation as it begins the process of improving blood flow, loosening and warming the muscles, freeing the breath, elevating mood, energising the body and mind, to mention just a few, These responses can then be further enhanced by the relaxation techniques along with an increased awareness of how one feels in their body, ones response to stress, and what one can do to help themselves.

Content

The complementary therapist will verbally deliver a range of different styles of relaxation techniques to residents. Examples include:

  • Visualisation

  • Meditation

  • Autogenic

  • Breath work

  • Progressive Relaxation Method

  • The Endorphin Effect

  • Hearing problems will need to be accommodated (smaller groups for those with impaired hearing).

  • Group is aimed more towards residents able to engage with the techniques shown and hopefully continue to practice them outside of the group. However, if extra assistance can be provided i.e. one-to-one this would be beneficial, also those who might experience difficulty engaging with the techniques could gain benefit from the ambience setting on a wellbeing level. This might be particularly relevant for those patients with Dementia and Alzheimer’s.

  • Techniques are not appropriate for residents with significant psychotic conditions.

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