The ‘Easy Way’ technique for deep relaxation

This is a technique that directs energy to every part of the body, awakening each cell and allowing each cell to rejuve­nate itself. Do not underestimate its power or effectiveness because of its seeming simplicity — this is only the begin­ning!

  1. Lie down on your back, with your head propped up on a pillow, arms at your sides.
  2. Place your attention on your right foot. Think only of your right foot — feel it if you can. Hold your attention there for about 10 seconds (silently count to ten if that helps).
  3. Shift (move) your attention to your left foot. Hold your attention there for the next 10 seconds.
  4. Continue to shift your attention to the rest of your body, each time holding your attention there for about 10 seconds.

After holding your attention on your left foot, move to the right ankle, left ankle, right lower leg (between the ankle and the knee), left lower leg, right knee, left knee, right upper leg, left upper leg, pel­vic area, solar plexus/stomach, right side, left side, chest, right hand, left hand, right wrist, left wrist, right lower arm, left lower arm, right elbow, left elbow, right upper arm, left upper arm, right shoulder, left shoulder, lower back, mid­dle back, upper back, neck, head (move through the jaw, cheeks, ears, eyes, fore­head, back of head, top of head).

If you find your attention wandering, do not worry. Gently move your attention back. If you find yourself becom­ing restless, stop and continue at another time. If you fall asleep, that’s OK! Start again at another time. The whole process should not take more than about 10 minutes. Do this at least once a day, twice is better, at different times. If you find this too easy, gradually increase the amount of time held for each part of the body. Do not do this for more than 30 minutes for any given session. Becoming restless, agitat­ed or negative can be counter-productive. Remember also that it is better to practice this exercise every day for short periods than to spend a lot of time once or twice a week. That’s because the effect is cumulative and it is easier to activate that ‘relaxed’ state each time you do it.

What is the purpose of this exercise? Yes, it is an exercise — to help improve the conscious control of your attention, thereby increasing your awareness of the object of your at­tention. More specifically, in this exercise you direct energy to the various parts of your body. How does this happen? Your attention creates a ‘gateway’, allowing the life force to penetrate. Within a short time (and this will vary with the individual) you should feel a tingling sensation in the area where your attention is held. The area may feel like it is vibrating. This is a good sign. It means that your body is beginning to rejuvenate.

* This post is an excerpt from my book, Active Healing and Body Restoration. For more information about my book, see

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