Massage Therapy  with Dee Hiatt, 
A Time to Rest
Spring, 2003
The yoga classes I take end with a time of deep relaxation, a delicious rest. But you donít need a yoga class to do the following:

1) Lie or sit comfortably in a quiet space where you will not be interrupted for a while. (Even 5 minutes count.)

2) Close your eyes and allow them to be still. Your mind is more at rest if your eyes are at rest. If you wish, tip your closed eyes gently downward toward the end of your nose. If your mind is still active, try picturing a flower on the end of your nose (really) onto which a butterfly softly comes to rest. Your thoughts are the butterfly.

3) Completely relax your jaw. Let it grow heavy and loose. Allow your lips to stay softly closed. And now relax your tongue.

4) Release tightness in your abdomen. Imagine loose elastic around your waist that rises and falls with ease.

5) Experience the refreshing gift of deep relaxation as your breath flows easily in and out, in and out.

6) When it is time to end, begin by slowly wiggling your toes, feet, fingers and hands. Scrunch your face muscles and un- scrunch them. Stretch your limbs. Find the easiest way to come to standing.

7) Take a nice, deep breath.
© 2004, Dee Hiatt
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