March 11

Exercises for May

Under the Sea relaxation exercises Sea Breathing Lie down on your back, put your hand on your tummy and imagine you are breathing in and out like the waves. Take in a deep soft breath, and breathe out softly.  Keep breathing in and out rhythmically like the tide….coming in and going out….coming in and going out.  Feel yourself becoming more and more relaxed. Starfish Lie down on your back, with your legs and arms apart.  Stay very still and imagine you are a sleepy starfish resting at the bottom of the ocean.  Breathe in and, as you breathe out relax your arms.  Breathe in and as you breathe out, relax your legs.  Breathe in, and as you breathe out, relax your head.  See how still you can be at the bottom of the ocean, resting like a sleepy starfish.  Say to yourself, 'I am calm and quiet, I am calm and quiet.' Relaxing on the Beach Close your eyes, be very still and imagine you are lying down on the beach.  Feel the warm sand underneath your body.  You can hear the waves of the sea.  Now very gently you are going to relax each part of your body.  Start  with your feet, let your toes completely relax and become soft. Let this feeling spread gently through your  feet.  Now squeeze your legs and gently let them go.  Feel all the tension in your legs being released as they become relaxed and soft.  Squeeze the muscles in your tummy and let go completely. Stretch your back as long as you can and relax.  Can you feel your back sinking into the sand?  Now let your shoulders and neck become soft, as all the tension melts away.  Squeeze your arms as tight as you can and let them go.  Allow your arms to feel heavy as they sink into the sand.  Squeeze your fingers into a tight fist, and now uncurl them slowly and rest them on the golden sand.  Scrunch your face into a tiny ball and let go and relax. Let your head completely relax: relax your eyes,  your ears, your cheeks, your forehead.  Become completely still and relaxed.  Feel the warm sun on your face and body as you sink further into the powdery sand.   Stay there for a few more moments, enjoying the feeling of being completely relaxed. (Extract from best selling book 'The Wishing Star' by Marneta Viegas

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