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Hyperhidrosis and relaxation techniques

Hyperhidrosis and relax.

Relaxation techniques are essential for maintaining calmness and alleviating the stress responses that trigger fight or flight responses and excessive sweating.

With hyperhidrosis you need to relax and free your mind from stress and anxiety.

Here are a few suggestions to help you to release the tension in your mind and body:

Physical Relaxation Techniques To Reduce Sweat

Progressive muscle relaxation makes you focus, flex and relax specific areas of the body section by section top to bottom. Long term, this technique helps you to recognise when stress or anxiety has been triggered so that you can become calm and sweat less.

Deep breathing exercises can be done anywhere and at any time. Being conscious of your breathing makes you more aware of when you are becoming anxious, your breathing will increase, and you can counteract the effects of hyperhidrosis and sweat less by breathing mindfully.

Sweat Less With Mental Relaxation Techniques

Meditation offers physical and mental benefits. It trains the mind to remove itself from the stresses of the day, including hyperhidrosis, and relaxation comes from this state of being mentally detached. It is a proven technique for lowering blood pressure and stress.

Transcendental meditation involves chanting a phrase with your eyes closed.

Visualisation techniques like imagining that you are on a tranquil warm beach with waves gently lapping can also induce relaxation. The beach, or wherever you choose, is a safe haven from stress.

Hypnosis therapy also works to relax the patient so that their stress levels decrease and the flight or flight stress response is lessened in the future so that you sweat less and feel more tranquil and able to cope.

Therapeutic Relaxation Techniques To Help Hyperhidrosis Sufferers

With the above mentioned practices a therapist might also employ:

Biofeedback which makes you more aware of physiological responses so that you can try to control them.

Yoga, including the exhalation of breath technique pranayama and yoga nidra, this uses audio instructions and is practiced in a conscious state between awake and asleep.

Qigong, a holistic method of movement and breathing.

Self hypnosis

Arguably the most important information concerning hyperhidrosis and relaxation techniques is Autogenic training which was developed in the 1920’s as a technique that relaxes the body so deeply that the mind follows.

In more technical terms it restores the balance between the flight or flight sympathetic and the rest and digest parasympathetic areas of the automatic nervous system. Research indicates that there is a strong link to the automatic nervous system’s function and hyperhidrosis so balancing the two areas can alleviate symptoms.

It is completed in six sections:

  • Weightiness in parts of the body – arms and legs feel heavy
  • Warmth in parts of the body – arms and legs feel warmed
  • Heartbeat – the heart is relaxed
  • Breathing – the breathing is relaxed
  • Abdomen – Warmth in the abdominal area
  • Forehead – The forehead is cool, sweat less

Hyperhidrosis and relaxation techniques go hand in hand as a form of treatment. So, relax more and sweat less.

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