What is the correct procedure for meditation

Which relaxation method is the right one?

Goal of all - traditional as well as modern - Relaxation procedure (Relaxation therapies) is the interruption of the vicious circle of negative stress and the resulting disturbances of the physical and mental balance.

As explained in detail in the article on stress, the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol are released in every type of stressful situation - this gives our body an energy boost that helps us cope with the situation. But if the stress persists longer, the stress hormones cause damage. Chronic illnesses, for example, represent such a damaging permanent stress - the pain, worries and fears often associated with them throw us off balance and can make the illness worse.

Consequence for the treatment: It is not enough to start treatment only at the level of the visible disease. Rather, it has to work where the vicious circle of constant stress and disturbed balance arises: in the brain.

Since body and soul form a unit, attempts were made centuries ago to influence and heal the body with mental techniques, meditation and special forms of movement such as tai chi or qigong. In modern parlance, Mind-Body Therapies spoken - the term refers to the basic principle: The relaxation procedures are based on a unity of body and mind. By addressing this unit, the vicious circle of constant stress and physical consequences that cause illness is broken.

Some of the mind-body therapies emphasize the physical side more (such as Jacobson's progressive muscle relaxation); other procedures, such as meditation or hypnosis, tend to seek “entry” via the soul. Such mind-body therapies therefore overlap with psychotherapeutic procedures. The relaxation methods from the Far Eastern tradition in particular rely on a change in the inner attitude: everyday life should be mastered in a healthier way through learning processes - a concept that includes modern behavioral approaches.

The effectiveness of these forms of therapy has been proven for many stress-related diseases.

Not everyone finds the same form of therapy, situation, idea or exercise relaxing. The way to "let go" is individual. For some, the path to relaxation leads more through the body, for others it is better if the body comes to rest through the mind, as in autogenic training.

Therefore, look at the offers with a searching, critical eye! It doesn't always have to be a sophisticated technique in a special mind-body institute - simple techniques for reducing stress are easy to learn and incorporate into the daily routine. However, if you have not yet gained experience with relaxation techniques, you can make it easier to get started with a course or a professional introduction. In this way, typical beginner mistakes, such as applying complicated exercises too early, can also be avoided.

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Dr. med. Herbert Renz-Polster in: Gesundheit heute, edited by Dr. med. Arne Schäffler. Trias, Stuttgart, 3rd edition (2014). | last changed on at 16:14