Stress is a natural reaction of our body and was especially vital in the days of our ancestors. If we get into dangerous situations, our body releases stress hormones such as adrenaline, dopamine and cortisol.
These substances release energy reserves and slow down our immune system in order to prepare us for an escape or a fight. But today we no longer have to hunt with spears or flee from a sabre-toothed tiger. Instead, we bother with superiors, frantically push our way through overcrowded streets and try to get family and job under one roof.
In contrast to before, however, there is usually no physical exercise, which normally ensures that the stress hormones released are quickly broken down again.
Possible consequence: the heart beats up to the neck, the blood pressure rises, digestion and metabolism get mixed up, the head buzzes, tension and sleep disorders become the norm. This in turn puts a strain on the body and psyche – and can make you sick in the long term.
Relaxing properly is important for our wellbeing and health. A little break – even if it is only a few minutes a day – can relieve current states of tension and even relieve chronic tension.
The brief relaxation in between does not remove the cause of anger, deadline pressure and grief. But it helps to get some distance. With the detour of a relaxed posture, the symptoms sometimes even calm down by themselves.
Here you can find out more about coping with stress, relaxation techniques such as yoga or progressive muscle relaxation, massage and body benefits such as sauna, wellness and much more. Find out which method is right for you. But please do not stress – just read on and relax.
With breathing therapy, you learn to improve your awareness of the breathing process and your body’s signals. Other sensory experiences are gradually faded out so that the body relaxes. During the exercises the pulse rate slows down, the blood pressure drops, the tension of the skeletal muscles and the skin conductivity decrease. Breathing therapy can be helpful for stress, but it can also support therapy for asthma, chronic bronchitis and depression.
Jogging, cycling, swimming and many other endurance sports are ideal as valves to reduce energy accumulated by stress. Endurance training for relaxation particularly benefits those people who are mainly mentally challenged at work, for example, office workers. Anyone who sits all day long and suffers from inner restlessness, the urge to move around or being exhausted can quickly relieve tension and stress hormones through endurance sports. If you are new to sport and are older than 35 years or suffer from chronic illnesses, it is better to ask your doctor in advance whether there is a reason for you not to train.
The autogenic training was originally called “concentrative self-relaxation” and is a light form of self-hypnosis. You put yourself into a hypnotic state of consciousness through various techniques, which is then lifted again through a withdrawal exercise. During the resting state, you convey certain messages to your consciousness, which in the ideal case lead to long-lasting relaxation and improved concentration. Your body, which is constantly focused on activity, is switched to relaxation, so to speak.
The principle of foot reflexology assumes that every area on the sole or back of the foot is connected to a specific organ. As the practitioner works on the individual zones in a targeted manner, beneficial effects are to have an effect on the connected organs. According to some research, foot reflexology can help reduce stress and fatigue.
Shifting down a gear is extremely important for mental well-being and physical health. This also includes taking a break from time to time and consciously enjoying what you would otherwise not indulge in. Whether it’s relaxing baths, saunas or walks – rewarding yourself creates intense moments of switching off and relaxation.
Meditation is also an effective way to mobilize internal reserves of strength against stress and to learn mindfulness in daily life. By meditating, you practice relaxing effectively – not only during meditation but also during the usual stressful situations of everyday life.
Similar to yoga, Pilates is a systematic full-body workout that primarily strengthens the pelvic floor, abdominal and back muscles. Pilates teaches you better movement control and coordination and reduces your risk of injury. The conscious letting go should also help to find and relieve tension.
Progressive muscle relaxation was developed by the American physician Edmund Jacobson and is a very effective method to promote physical and mental well-being. By alternating between tensing and relaxing certain muscle groups, you learn to reduce stress, recharge your batteries and relieve tension. The advantage: The techniques can be used almost anywhere and also work against sleep disorders and support many physical complaints such as high blood pressure or headaches.
Qigong is a 3000 year old Chinese form of exercise and means “exercise energy”. Flowing movements and calm breathing help you to feel more vital and balanced even after short, regular exercises. At the same time, Qigong is surrounded by great dignity and serenity. The therapy is suitable for all ages and can usually be learned without special athletic talent or mobility.
Those who regularly let off steam in the sauna not only train their immune system and cleanse their skin down to the pores. The warm and cozy ambience also ensures physical and mental recovery and relaxation.
Tai-Chi is one of the so-called internal martial arts from China and consists of many different styles and exercises. In the Far Eastern sport, every part of the body is constantly in motion, gently building up tension and releasing it again. This should strengthen the life energy and sharpen the perception.
The five Tibetans are five yoga-related exercises. They’re not complicated and only take about 20 minutes. The movements should not only strengthen tendons, muscles and bones, but also activate energy centers and promote the release of “happiness hormones“. This in turn can reduce stress.
The English term wellness means “well-being”. It encompasses a whole range of different health programs in the broadest sense. Many of the applications such as Ayurveda, baths or Feng Shui are not only used for beauty or healing – they are also ideal for relaxation.
Many people think of yoga as acrobatic contortions or painful gymnastics. In fact, the Indian teaching pursues the goal of achieving inner and outer balance – that is, to reduce stress, relax and recharge your batteries.
During our colonic we not only give you a relaxing belly massage but also do some reflexology on your hands and feet. Many of our clients go to sleep during the session and feel a lot more relaxed afterwards.