Posts Tagged "relaxation for kids"

23Dec2015

In my last post, I wrote about why we like the seaside and I promised that I would explain how you can help your little ones to relax by using a visualisation of the sea.  It’s very soothing, simple and effective – especially at bedtime.

Using a relaxing visualisation is like reading a bedtime story.  The thing to remember is that the words you use help your child to imagine or visualise the scene.  Children are very good at imagining that they are actually in the story and this is great news.  By experiencing the relaxation they get even more benefit.

Just remember to be very relaxed yourself ..... take your time ..... leave lots of pauses (that's what the dots are for) and help your little one to drift off into deep slumber, knowing that they're going to enjoy wonderful dreams.  Have fun ....

Seaside relaxation

Lie down ...... close your eyes ... take a deep breath in .... and as you slowly and gently breathe out ... I want you to imagine that you're at the seaside ....... one of your most favourite places ... in the whole world ...... you love the feel of the warm sand between you toes ..... the little stripy beach huts ... the seagulls and the sandcastles ..... you love to explore in the rock pools and paddle in the water....

Today though ...... you just feel like being by yourself ...... and you stand at the water's edge .... and look out to sea ...... you watch the waves as they gently lap on the shore ...... and you begin to notice ...... that the waves ...... gently lap in time with your breathing ...... your breathing is like the sea rolling in ... and ... out ......gently rolling in ...... and ...... out ...... gently rolling...... in ...... and ...... out ............in ......and ...... out ............ in and out ........... and you stand and watch the sea ............ gently rolling in ..... and ..... out ...... for a long time ....... just letting the warm water ...... trickle over your toes ............ it's very relaxing  ............ just standing there on the beach ..... with the sun warming your back ...... and the gentle breeze ... blowing through your hair...... and you fell happy and relaxed.

You are feeling so happy and relaxed .... that you gentle drift .... into a lovely ..... relaxing ..... sleep ...... ready to dream about .... all your favourite things ..... things that make you feel ...... happy and relaxed .......... happy and relaxed ............ happy and relaxed ............ happy............ and ............ relaxed ....

16Dec2015

Research shows that simply being in nature is good for both the mind and body.  But more than that, we are somehow drawn to the sea.  There is something inherently therapeutic about the sea.

Just being near to it has a powerful effect:  the mind clears, the heart rate slows and, as we breathe in the clean, salty air, time stands still and all our worries seem to fade.

Studies have found that most people are drawn to water, and even just looking at pictures of it help to alleviate anxiety and calm stress.  When I ask a client ( child or adult ) to relax and think of somewhere soothing, they will often imagine lying on a beach.

Have you noticed how many relaxation CDs (mine included) have the sound of gently lapping waves in the background? It's such a natural way to soothe the body and soul.

In a future post, I'll explain how you can help your little ones to relax by using a visualisation of the sea.  It's very soothing, simple and effective - especially at bedtime.