Dr OlenGin’s Guide to Relaxation – Part One

Here at Dr OlenGin we want to provide you with a way of nourishing and treating your skin on a daily basis and most importantly, to focus on your personal well-being. Along with our products, here’s a guide to keeping yourself relaxed and getting the most out of your days. So, close your eyes, and get ready for some Dead Sea style meditation......

Finding the Right Environment

When you're starting out, try to avoid any noisy distraction. Turn off any television sets, phones or other appliances which might interfere. If you’d like to play music, make sure it is repetitive, gentle and calm, so as to avoid breaking concentration. Meditating outside can be good, especially if you’re lucky enough to have a quiet lawn to sit on away from neighbourly noise.

Sit on level ground. If uncomfortable, a cushion placed on the ground is fine. You don't have to move your limbs into the half or full lotus position or adopt any strange postures, this isn’t any hardcore type of Yoga or Pilates. The important thing is to keep your back straight, as this will improve your breathing. Try tilting your pelvis forward by sitting on the forward edge of a thick cushion, or on a chair that has its back legs lifted off the ground 7 to 10 cm.

Starting from the bottom, stack up the vertebrae in your spine, so that they are balanced one on top of another and support the whole weight of your torso, head and neck. If you’ve done this correctly, it should feel as if no effort is required to hold your torso up straight.

Important: relax your arms and legs. They don't need to be in any particular position, just as long as they are relaxed. Put your hands on your thighs, but it might be easier to let your arms hang at your sides - the hanging weight will help reveal where things aren’t aligned.

Relax everything, and keep thinking about what you haven’t yet relaxed. When you find them, and you probably will find them, relax them. You may find that you can't relax these parts of your body unless you adjust your posture so that you are better aligned. This regularly happens with muscles near your spine. Another tip is to try and relax your face – you have more muscles there than you may realise and your face retains a lot of tension throughout the day.