Most of us are unaware that we are carrying tension in certain areas of the body. This chronic state of muscular tension tends to gets tighter when we are faced with stressful situations. This exercise is meant to bring awareness to those hidden areas of tension. It is then, in the light of that awareness that the tension we carry will dissolve.
We will simply exaggerate the tension, by clenching certain areas of the body and then release it. After the tension is released, the body will naturally develop a new muscle memory to release and let go, rather than holding on and tightening. It will also help you become aware of what tight muscles feel like and what relaxed muscles feel like.
In the future, when you feel stress coming on, you can connect to tension in certain areas of the body. You’ll begin to notice the correlation between that tension and the stress you’re feeling. Once you notice, you can let go, compassionately inviting muscles to soften. The more you practice, the more memory will develop.