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Try this fun, easy way to calm tensions

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What do an ugly face, a lemon and tight, tired muscles have in common? They are all part of a super-effective, quick and easy technique that encourages a frazzled mind and tired body into a state of calm and relaxation.

Following the premise that relaxation automatically flows on from tension, the “Full Body Squeeze” involves intentionally creating muscular tension throughout the whole body and then quickly releasing it.

Creating physical calm also sends a message to the brain that it’s OK to soften the grip around thoughts and mental tensions.

The Full Body Squeeze is perfect to do while lying down in bed on those nights when, even though you may be feeling exhausted, the sleep just isn’t coming. You can also do it in preparation for yoga’s ultimate pose of relaxation: savasana. Kids love the full body squeeze too!

Ready to try? Here’s how to get squeezing:

  • Lie down comfortably on your bed, yoga mat or floor.
  • Loosen any tight clothing if necessary.
  • Take a few moments to observe your breath; notice the air moving in through your nose, notice the air leaving the body through the nose. Witness the natural rhythm of your breath.
  • Now, take a big breath in and at the same time squeeze and tighten your whole body. Squeeze the eyes shut, make an ugly face, make a fist with the hands, tighten the buttocks, press the heels away. Imagine that you are a cut lemon and you want to squeeze all the juice out!
  • Exhale and release the tension. Take a few breaths and observe the “floppiness” of the body.
  • Try another two rounds, then spend a few moments noting any difference in how you feel through the body and mind.

I hope the Full Body Squeeze delivers you the perfect dose of relaxation and rest for when you need it.



Bronni Page is nuts about living a life full of fun, adventure and connection. She’s quite the "word nerd" and uses this super-power as a health and wellness writer, crafting engaging articles to inspire everyday people be their healthiest, most wonderful selves.

She’s also a qualified yoga instructor, specialising in restorative yoga (the super-relaxing, snoozy, cruisy style).

When she’s not writing for clients or embarrassing her three kids with hilarious mum jokes, you’ll find Bronni searching out the best almond cappuccino in her hometown of Newcastle, Australia.