Guided Imagery is a relaxation technique that uses words or other sounds to evoke positive images, which then beneficially affect our thoughts and feelings.
Autogenic Training (AT) is a technique used to enable your body to respond to verbal commands, such as “my body feels warm, heavy and relaxed”. When practiced over time, AT allows communication between the mind and the body, and ultimately reduces chronic stress.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation is a stress reduction technique that involves the systematic tension and subsequent relaxation of specific muscle groups. When this technique is practiced over time, one can learn to relax the body and thus avoid tension from building up.
Diaphragmatic Breathing, or “Belly Breathing”, is a way of breathing that utilizes the diaphragm, and allows for a fuller, slower, and more rhythmical breath. This is a technique used to reduce stress by breaking shallow patterns of breathing that use the abdomen and the chest. It works, because the breath is intimately connected to the autonomic nervous system and the mind.
Biofeedback is a non-invasive method, which allows one to receive actual feedback from the body and therefore the ability to gain control of involuntary processes. This may include gaining voluntary control over such things as heart rate, muscle tension, blood flow, pain perception and blood pressure. Biofeedback can be used alone or as an adjunct to treat many conditions, including essential hypertension, benign heart arrhythmia, anxiety and stress, chronic pain, migraine and tension headaches.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a mindfulness-based therapeutic approach which promotes psychological flexibility through teaching mindfulness practice, identifying and reconnecting with personal values, and developing acceptance of unwanted experiences which are not in one’s control.