Many people confuse resting and relaxation with each other. Resting is necessary to help prevent back pain, but too much rest can actually hinder it. Once you rest, you must begin to relax or else you are not fully benefiting from your time of rest. Relaxing is realizing your position and allowing your body to surrender to relaxation.
Want to relax? Lie on the bed and tell yourself to relax, one muscle at a time. Then, isolate one part of your body, for example, your right foot, and flex it. Then relax that part of the body and move on to the next, contracting and releasing each body part as you go on. In this way, you can experience total relaxation and increased flexibility.
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