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"...When your muscles relax, your emotions and thoughts relax too..."

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ary Henderson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, author and speaker. She is passionate about helping people learn to enjoy a more enriched and meaningful life, as they work toward experiencing freedom from the things that hold them back. 

She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Texas, and later

her master's degree at Hope International University in Fullerton, California. Mary and her husband have worked for more than 30 years with CRU, an international, non-profit Christian organization. In this capacity, they have lived and worked throughout New Zealand, Eastern Europe, Russia, and the United States. They have three grown children, and they currently call Austin, Texas their home. To learn more about Mary or purchase her books, please click the link below. 

In this video, Mary will lead you through the Five Muscles Exercise. When your muscles relax, your emotions and your thoughts automatically relax too. 

Here's the exercise: 

  • Close your eyes and take a slow gentle deep breath in through your nose.

  • Let your breath out through your mouth, with pursed lips. 

  • Do this again, while focusing on relaxing your body from the top of your head to the tip of your toes. 

  • Move your attention to your forehead and your eyes. With your eyes remaining closed, relax all the muscles in your forehead and eyes. 

  • Move your attention to your jaw. Allow your mouth to hang open a little bit. 

  • Focus on your shoulders next. Move them around a little. Think about relaxing them, moving that down through your arms to your hands. 

  • Move your focus to your chest muscles. Allow all the tension to melt away. 

  • Focus on your lower back and hips. Allow that relaxation to move down toward your legs, down your calfs, feet, toes. 

  • Think of your whole body relaxing. Let gravity pull your body down. 

  • Finish by taking a slow deep, breath in and out. Let all the tension continue to release. 

Let us know how this relaxation process went for you! Download the "Stop, Breathe & Think" App by scanning the QR code in the video or clicking the link below to help with relaxation when you need extra assistance.

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