Meditation & Relaxation
Utilizing
Virtual Reality

Methods that have proven to be effective in reducing and handling the reaction to anxiety are relaxation techniques. Through these practices reducing the level of activation of our body’s stress mechanism is accomplished, when dealing with anxiogenic situations. Particularly, using the following two relaxation techniques: 

Diaphragmatic breathing: 

Also called abdominal breathing, is based on the
diaphragm’s movements, when this muscle
descends into the abdomen, the lungs fill with air
and the air is expelled on rising.
This type of breathing activates the
the parasympathetic nervous system, so when training
in breathing guidelines, it favours a state of relaxation,
so stress and other symptoms caused by
excessive activation are reduced.

 Progressive muscle relaxation:
Muscle tension is one of the main components in
anxiety, in an automatic and involuntary form. The
Jacobson’s technique of progressive muscle
relaxation teaches how to voluntarily control the
muscles, in order to achieve relaxation

 

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Mindfulness and Virtual Reality

Mindfulness can be considered as a meditation technique, therefore it is appropriate to explain that meditation is an intellectual activity whose goal is to achieve an attentional state to: one’s breath, a feeling or a thought, to a particular object or even to the state of concentration in itself. Eastern religions such as buddhism, are the source of meditation, and currently coexist meditation with a religious aspect and meditation aimed at improving health (physical and mental). In this orientation towards emotional well-being through meditation, free from religious components and Eastern terminology, is where is Mindfulness. In fact, it is increasingly considered as a philosophy of life characterized by mindfulness and self-acceptance. So, what is Mindfulness? Goes through focus on the present moment, and make our consciousness relaxing and to not do value judgements about our thoughts, feelings or sensations. But, with placing full attention on here and now, through Mindfulness to recognize our patterns of thoughts and emotions and ways of acting.