Eye Relaxation Techniques
There are a variety of eye relaxation techniques that can be performed throughout the day while you are at work or in the comfort of your own home.
The following eye relaxation techniques will reduce daily stress and fatigue that may be the cause of tension headaches or the pressures of eye strain caused by over work, bright lights and computers.
To relax the optic nerve you will need to close your eyes and visualize looking at the inside of your eye lids. You will be seeing the color black if you do this correctly.
Our mind can visualize different colors depending on our thoughts that lead our visualizations. The color black will allow the optic nerve to perform the least amount of activity.
This relaxation technique is the most easiest to use while at work along with palming.
The use of an eye mask is both calming and therapeutic. This also helps so that you don’t have to focus so hard at holding your eyes closed which in turn allows a more complete relaxation.
Spa relaxation techniques include placing cool astringents on the eyes such as sliced cucumbers, chilled aquamarine stones or cotton pads soaked in witch hazel. These are placed over your eyes while you are in a relaxed horizontal position.
You can steep two chamomile tea bags in hot water then set them aside to cool.
When they have cooled to lukewarm, place them on the eyelids.
To eliminate all light, place an eye mask of lavender or chamomile over the tea bags and lay in a relaxed position for 10-20 minutes.
After this treatment place a cool washcloth over your eyes for 1-2 minutes. This treatment will help your eyes fell fresh, awake and rejuvenated.
Palming is an eye relaxation technique that offers your eyes a relaxing massage. To do this, interlock your fingers so that your palms are facing each other, now spread open your fingers and open your hands to view your palms.
Place your crossed fingers on your forehead, this will place your eyes in the palms of your hands.
Without directly putting pressure on your eyelids move your hands in a circular motion. This will cause a relaxing pressure to massage around the perimeter of the eyes reducing eye tension.