Deep relaxation skills

The following recordings allow you to learn skills in deep relaxation. Do read the guidelines for relaxation before you listen to them. It is best to choose one recording that you like and practice it daily.

Do not listen to relaxation recordings whilst driving or operating machinery. If the exercises cause an increase in your distress or worrying thoughts do not continue without consulting a health professional.

Tense and relax: 11 minutes, 45 seconds
An active relaxation technique contracting different muscles to learn the difference between tension and relaxation.

Download ‘Tense and relax’

Passive muscle relaxation: 12 minutes, 15 seconds
Working through the body using your mind and breathing to let go of tension in the muscles.

Download ‘Passive muscle relaxation’

Autogenic relaxation: 17 minutes, 21 seconds
A relaxation technique using the power of your mind to build feelings of warmth, heaviness and relaxation in the body.

Download ‘Autogenic relaxation’

Special place: 10 minutes, 29 seconds
Use your imagination to relax parts of your body. Then imagine yourself into a special place image for deeper relaxation.

Download ‘Special place’

Visualisation: 16 minutes, 17 seconds
Using images in your mind to help relaxation. Be taken through imagining a rich sensory journey to help you to relax.

Download ‘Visualisation’

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  1. See 1: Deep breathing exercise