Did you know that relaxation is a learned skill? It’s true! But some of us – yours truly – never acquired it…which is a shame because we all deserve to know how to achieve calmness. And that includes children, who are experiencing a great many stressors these days!
I’m a big fan of using relaxation exercises with the children – even as part of movement activities! When used alternately with vigorous activities, quieter ones can help establish a pace that assures there’ll be no “wall bouncing.” Relaxation gives children the opportunity to experience motionlessness and an understanding of its contrast to movement.