Do you have migraines or tension-type headaches? Learning ways to relax may reduce headaches or make them less painful. It may also help you better cope with them. Relaxation can help lower blood pressure and ease tense muscles. The audio files below teach you some ways to learn how to relax. Find a quiet room and get comfortable, either by sitting or lying down, and get ready to ease your mind and body. You can download these audio files by “right-clicking” on the file name, then selecting “Save target as…” You can also just click the file to listen to it.
Steps of focused deep breathing.
Deep Breathing Track (MP3) 5:46 minutes, 2.70MB
How to use guided imagery.
Guided Imagery Track - head for the beach (MP3) 5:47 minutes, 2.71MBGuided Imagery Track - outdoor scene (MP3) 5:43 minutes, 2.68MB
Body ScanHow to use body scan as a way to relax.
Body Scan Track (MP3) 7:36 minutes, 3.55MB
Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Different levels of muscle relaxation.Progressive Muscle Relaxation Track (MP3) 9:30 minutes, 4.45MB
Steps of biofeedback.Biofeedback Track (MP3) 8:49 minutes, 4.13MB
For relaxation videos, see:Relaxation Exercise: Deep BreathingRelaxation Exercise: Guided Imagery
Current as of: November 1, 2018
Author: Headache Program, Alberta Health Services
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