Throughout the exercises, remember to breathe deeply from your abdomen. Close your eyes and don’t hold your breath. Try to exhale as you release each contraction and visualize your tension floating away.
Many people carry tension in their shoulders from the stress of daily life. To relax the shoulder area, raise your shoulders up toward your ears and squeeze the muscles tightly for 7 to 10 seconds. Lower them back down, then rest for 15 to 20 seconds, before continuing with relaxation of the neck.
If you work at a computer all day, or have to do a lot of reading, relaxing the muscles surrounding your eyes can help ease pain and help refresh you for the next day. To relax the area around your eyes, close them tightly, imagining your tension flowing out of your body. Hold them closed for seven to 10 seconds, then open them up. Rest for 15 to 20 seconds, then relieve the tension in your jaw.