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3. Hold for a second and then, as you release this muscular tension, exhale slowly and fully.
4. Repeat this five to ten times. Note distinction between how your muscles felt to begin with and now, after having let them relax from a contracted position.
5. Note – If you are looking for a quick way to loose tension all over your body all you need do is, from a standing position, inhale and squeeze your entire body and then on long slow exhalation release all tension. Try this five times and feel positive effects!
Whether you squeeze and then relax one muscle at a time or your whole body you should have feeling of almost deflating like a balloon and loosing undue tension.
It is also worth bearing in mind there are no long periods of squeezing muscles and holding breath! It is not required and is dangerous.
You can utilise this method whenever you feel stressed, tense, or angry and it will go a long way towards reminding you that a relaxed body is almost always better and happier than a tense one.
Give it a whirl and feel for yourself!
© Tim Webb 2005
Tim Webb is a fitness instructor, Ju Jutsu instructor and competitor. He specialises in easily accessible deep breathing exercises that combine breath and mind together. His site http://www.breathforsuccess.com/ offers a product that provides deep breathing exercises for invigorating yourself, relaxing, and highlights how your breath can be tied in with your goals to move you towards them in record time!