Few therapeutic modalities have the simplicity and power of meditation/mindfulness. Meditation can provide clarity of mind, emotional balance, and physical resilience a blueprint for conscious living. As a form of medical treatment, it helps to alleviate pain, hypertension, depression, anxiety, and stress. Akin to but also radically different from psychotherapy, it offers a different route towards insight, transformation, and change.
Meditation/Relaxation can be practiced as a sequences of body postures (asanas) in Hatha Yoga, as Zen Buddhist walking meditation, or as Body Scan Meditation (BSM). Systematic desensitization is a psychotherapeutic technique in which the relaxation state is paired with an anxiety provoking stimulus (thought, image, event, object), to reduce the power of the stimulus to produce anxiety and distress. Progressive Muscle Relaxation is another method which involves the systematic tensing and relaxing of alternative muscle groups. It differs from Body Scan Meditation which uses awareness of breath and directs attention to different regions of the body to produce a relaxed response.
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