What relaxation type are YOU?
Wellness day at the spa or a forest run? Personal training or silence with a book? Active or passive? What may be complete relaxation for one can be the exact opposite for someone else. The right method of relaxation is clearly a question of style.
Reducing stress and recharging your batteries – in tense and hectic times, everyone's wishes are nearly the same. How to achieve this state of relaxation, however, is a very personal matter that must be taken very seriously. If you choose the wrong strategy, you may – in the worst case – even achieve the opposite effect.
Although the basic principle is very simple, relaxation is basically about balancing and harmonizing the elements that cause stress. For example, people whose everyday lives are characterized by nervousness and a hectic pace and which always run at full speed will usually feel better when surrounded by silence and calmness. They find their counterpart by listening to that inner voice, by paying attention to body signals, and reducing their pace. Body and soul find their balance, for example, with autogenic training, meditation, a relaxing bath, or a walk alone through the forest.
It may be very different for someone spending their days introverted and pondering things, someone possibly unmotivated and full of doubts. Such a person needs liveliness and activity to find balance. An outing or a bicycle tour, a trip to the theatre or a creative painting class can sometimes be rejuvenating for the soul and awaken the spirits.
Wellness is created if energy is balanced. The part that is weaker demands balance and wants to be strengthened. Only then will everything within us feel balanced and energies can again flow properly.
Another differentiation is based on our individual type of perception: visual, auditory, or kinaesthetic. Most people unite various parts of each individual sense of perception, one or another of which appears more strongly. A lot of women, for example, are of a visual type and react most favourably to visible stimulus, e.g. images or colours. Relaxation techniques like imaginary journeys, guided meditation, or daydreaming, can lead to a mental relaxation.
Auditory people perceive words and sound best, can listen well, and find their balance in inner monologues, autogenic training, or music. Many men are of this type.
The third type of perception is kinaesthetic and focusses on feeling, touching, and motion. Such people need a certain amount of physicality to reduce stress, e.g. progressive muscle relaxation, where muscle groups are alternatively tensed and relaxed, but also massages or yoga.
All of this means that there are no patented remedies for relaxation. So listen to yourself, feel your own needs, and find your own way to relaxation and wellness.