The following is an extract from wikipedia’s description of Relaxation.:- “Relaxation of the mind and body, is the emotional state of a living being, of low tension, in which there is an absence of arousal that could come from sources such as anger, anxiety, or fear. Relaxation is a form of mild ecstasy coming from the frontal lobe of the brain in which the backward cortex sends signals to the frontal cortex via a mild sedative.
Relaxation can be achieved through meditation, autogenics*, and (progressive muscle relaxation)**. Relaxation helps improve coping with stress. Stress is the leading cause of mental problems and many physical problems, therefore feeling relaxed is beneficial for a person’s health. When we are stressed, the sympathetic nervous system is activated because we are in a fight-or-flight response mode; over time, this could have negative effects on a human body.
Herbert Benson, a professor at the medical school at Harvard University, discovered the relaxation response which is a mechanism of the body that counters the Fight-or-flight response. The relaxation response reduces the body’s metabolism, heart and breathing rate, blood pressure, muscle tension, and calms brain activity. It increases the immune response, helps attention and decision making, and changes gene activities that are the opposite of those associated stress. The relaxation response is achieved through meditation.
*Autogenics was invented by Dr. Johannes Schulz in the 1920s. The process of autogenics is by relaxing muscles deeply, and by doing so, the mind follows through and relaxes as well.
**Progressive muscle relaxation helps relax your muscles by tensing certain parts of the body (such as the neck), and then releasing the tension in order to feel the muscles relaxing. This technique helps for people with anxiety because they are always tense throughout the day.”
Gifts to buy:-
Your favourite ‘Nature Scene’ Soundscapes as 8 Hour mp3 downloads. https://gumroad.com/relaxingnaturesounds
1 Hour HD Nature Videos as mp4 downloads. https://gumroad.com/relaxingnaturevideos Natures calming sounds and vision captured for your viewing pleasure.
Playlist of 8 different 8 Hour Nature Soundscapes http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqHtR-iQm26VdGjm-Raii6S2VVaiwk9HL
Some other videos in the 8 Hour series that might interest you:-
8 Hours in one of the most picturesque Irish woodland locations with a rocky waterfall on a mountain river and the air filled with birdsong:- http://youtu.be/eKFTSSKCzWA
8 Hours in a tranquil bluebell wood as a gentle breeze blows through newly unfurled leaves and birds sing natures melodies:- http://youtu.be/2G8LAiHSCAs
8 Hours sitting on the river bank of a rocky mountain stream as it wends it’s way seawards, birds perching on the overhanging branches delight your heart with their music, water tumbling over the rocky river bed:- http://youtu.be/rzM7R6Vzp4s
8 Hours in one of the most peaceful meditative locations in Ireland, by a reflective pool on a gentle mountain stream, the air around you filled with the soothing sound of water flowing and birdsong:- http://youtu.be/hGa0KaNV3tM
8 Hours by the lake shore under a warm summer sun, gently lapping water and peaceful birds singing:- http://youtu.be/4NG30BMPqn8
8 Hours on the river bank, a gentle mountain stream beneath your feet, soothing birdsong above your head in the moss covered branches of ancient Irish woodland:- http://youtu.be/PwSHOI7DwWM
8 Hours on the moss covered floor of a native Irish woodland amongst gently swaying flowers of wild garlic and bluebells, birdsong in the ash and beech trees above:- http://youtu.be/pUdZFXsHk0o
8 Hours of the relaxing sound of water dripping inside the mouth of one of Irelands most picturesque caves along with the gentle sound of the tiny stream as it meanders it’s way past your feet;- http://youtu.be/pUdZFXsHk0o
8 Hours beside a sacred Irish spring well as it’s healing waters mix with a peaceful mountain stream flowing by your feet and soothing early summer birdsong:- http://youtu.be/ktR7P0p6KcE
8 Hours of a roaring picturesque waterfall beneath a canopy of native Irish woodland, keep the volume high for a dramatic experience or low for a more peaceful tranquil experience:- http://youtu.be/txvn1jQk1hM
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Relax 8 Hours of Birds Singing and Water Sounds-Nature Sound Relaxation-Relaxing
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