We’ll begin with a few slow, deep breaths. Each time you breathe in; breathe all the way down into your stomach. Breathe in slowly through your nose, and feel your abdomen and lungs expand with air. After drawing in a long deep breath, allow your breath to flow back out through your mouth. Just let go of each breath, and with it, release any tension or stress you might have been holding on to. You might like to mentally repeat the word “relax” as you breathe out.
Breathe in once again. Feel your body fill with air…and when you are ready, release the breath, let it flood out naturally. Breathe all the way out until your lungs are empty. Let’s draw in a third and final breath. Nice and deep. Feel yourself relaxing as you gradually release the breath.
Now let your breathing return to a normal rhythm as we begin to scan over your entire body, looking for areas of tension to release. As I mention each body part, I invite you to bring your awareness to it and relax it as deeply as you can. You don’t need to concentrate intensely on this task, just feel or imagine a sensation of relaxation and relief moving through each part of your body.It’s quite common for people to store a lot of tension in their jaw muscles, so let’s begin there. Pay attention to your jaw for a moment. There are a number of very strong muscles in that area. Just mentally connect with this part of your body, and relax it. Allow your jaw muscles to loosen and let go.
Now let your attention wander to the muscles in your face. Allow your eye muscles to release, and let your cheeks and forehead relax. Let this peaceful feeling flow slowly down your neck. Feel it sooth your throat and dissolve any tension as it slowly glides down to your shoulders.
Let your shoulders go. Give them a moment of your attention, and just mentally repeat the word “relax” as you let them soften, let go, and release all tension.
Now bring your awareness to your arms. Feel and imagine them becoming loose and limp. They are relaxed and at peace, all the way from your shoulders, through your wrists, to the tips of your fingers.
Now focus on the muscles in your back…all those muscles surrounding your spine. Just let those muscles relax and let go. Now bring your awareness to your chest and all the muscles that surround your ribcage. As you breathe in and out, send a mental note to this area of your body…relax.
As you breathe in and out feel your stomach gently rise and fall. Let your stomach soften and relax with each breath. Feel it releasing tension as each moment passes. You can feel yourself slowly slipping into a state of deep relaxation.
Now bring your attention to your thighs. Imagine all those strong supporting muscles beginning to relax and unwind.
Your knees, your calves, your feet. Let them all relax.