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Some useful techniques

Relaxing massageCan be performed by anyone; it does not require a particular preparation as it consists in making simple and slow rubbing on the back.

This technique is widely used to promote relaxation and, consequently, sleep.

Foot massage can also be very effective, as long as it is performed lightly without point pressure on the plantar and back surfaces. Simple twisting and stretching movements of the fingers, touching and stroking can reconcile sleep.

The recommended procedure is carried out as follows.

  • Take care of the ambient temperature and guarantee privacy.
  • Wash your hands and warm them, cold stimuli are counterproductive.
  • Place the person in a prone position.
  • Free your back from clothing.
  • Do not perform the massage if the skin has diseases.
  • Use a massage lotion, in the pharmacy or herbal medicine are found without problems.
  • Pour the hand massage product.
  • Start with simple rotational movements made with the palm of the hand on the sacrum.
  • Climb with both hands towards the shoulder blades and making rotational movements also in these two areas.
  • Descend with your hands open towards the bottom of your back near the buttocks.
  • Make circular movements.
  • Repeat the massage a few times.
  • Provide a tank top previously heated on the radiator.
  • If possible, make the bed warm.

Music Therapy It is a form of alternative therapy that uses melody and sounds as a means of alleviating diseases, especially psychosomatic ones.

In recent years, some "evidence-based" nursing institutions have carried out research to evaluate the effectiveness of this tool in hospital and non-hospital settings. Since music therapy can help lower anxiety levels, it is believed that it can be used as a natural stimulus to also promote sleep. The most important aspect to underline is the absolute harmlessness to drugs, in addition to the cost which is zero. Music is often used together with classic therapies in pain control.

Anxiety is favorably affected by the effect of music, the type of melody used is called sedative music, being a type of slow, melodic, instrumental music, performed with piano or harp.

Listening to this type of music a few hours before bedtime helps to reconcile sleep.

Libraries offer a wide range of books with their melodies.

Visualization techniques are used with good results, in addition to conventional conventional therapies, in various areas: sport, business, anxiety management etc.

Visualization is a process used by all in a more or less conscious way.

Cultivating feelings of hatred and anger triggers an unconscious visualization process with relative stimulation of hormones that increase the degree of wakefulness, stimulate the production of gastric juices and make the muscles more toned. Even without wanting to, it always appears: thinking about the holiday just passed, predicting that an exam at school will go wrong or being afraid of going by plane means "visualizing".

If used for a few minutes every day, the visualization technique can produce good results in terms of relaxation, decrease of stress and management of emotional loads. Visualization allows you to create the conditions for desirable results in your mind.

When thoughts of defeat, self-destruction and inadequacy are cultivated for years, a kind of precise schedule is built in one's brain where the programs are always the same: fear, anxiety, defeat, loss, destruction; often the life we ​​lead summarizes our most deeply rooted beliefs. Probably, if you get to the point of having these thoughts and feeling so bad, the cause will be to be found in the experiences you had during your life, in the education given by the parents, in the "labels" imposed from an early age. These brief considerations are not intended to replace a path of psychoanalysis (which perhaps could be useful to anyone), but simply want to reflect on the need to cultivate healthier and healthier thoughts. The brain can be considered as a CD on which the individual records data every day and at any time, whether it is positive or negative.

A fundamental aspect of the visualization is the feeling of sitting in the "button room", in this way a process is implemented that promotes awareness of one's own person.

Writing down some short, medium, and long-term goals in a diary can help guide your journey. Planning your goals helps you understand where you are going. Do you want to be able to relax? Do you want to be more serene? Do you want to be able to overcome some of your limits? It is crucial to write everything down.

It is not necessary to take particular positions to view, the important thing is to relax, sit on an armchair or lie down. The more relaxed you are, the more you can "go deep", so it is good to find the most comfortable position and avoid all the stimuli that can interrupt the session (about 15-20 minutes a day). The use of musical backgrounds that recall the elements of nature (streams, wind, chirping) can increase the pleasant sensations that you want to recreate.

The visualization technique aims to:

  1. reinforce the feeling that what you want is achievable (greater relaxation);
  2. disintegrate the things that make you live badly (worries);
  3. consolidate the results that will be obtained over time.

When viewing it is essential to believe strongly that what you aspire to is achievable, you must feel this feeling intensely, "see" it with the eyes of the mind and cultivate it over time as emotions have a powerful effect on the "mechanics" of physiology Human. Another very important aspect is the destruction of what creates concern: fear of failing, fear of making a bad impression, fear of being laughed at, fear of speaking: fears have a devastating effect on human life. One technique for removing fears is the following: visualizing a fear, a concern, an unwelcome event and then closing it in a box, this process must be participated and well visualized. When the box is closed "shoot" it against the sun, here too it is important to "see" and "feel": to see that the box moves away with the relative fear and to feel it go away; when it becomes very small and is getting closer to the sun you must feel the sensation and "see" the box explode.

The third aspect is the replacement and consolidation of the result. After having "destroyed", one must immediately create in the mind the image of the situation one would like to achieve. Also in this case you have to hear and see: the more stimuli there are, the better, in fact, the use of sound, verbal and visual stimuli that help make the content of the visualization seem useful. This trivial technique can be used for all things that worry, even if it clearly does not solve the problems of human existence!

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