After presenting and discussing the idea of “The Room” with the class, it became clear that the whole idea is too materialistic and complicated to implement and does not really trigger the process of destressing.
So we dismissed the idea of a relaxation room in the ADM and brainstormed again.
What could be done to help and teach people to relax at stressful times? Thinking about Yoga and Meditation classes, the idea of a relaxation session formed. It should be something short and easily accessible for students, during stressful times( for example during the Exams period).
After researching, and testing different techniques to relax and calm down, we decided on three different sessions, which all should not be longer than 10 minutes.
1. A Breathing and Laughing Session
2. A Breathing and Walking Session
3 A Breathing and Stretching Session
Again we reconsidered the new idea and decided on one session which includes everything except walking. Considering that breathing and laughing is the most successful part in providing a calm and relaxed body in a short time, we wanted to focus on that part and include the stretching as a preparation for the breathing.
Coming up with the instructions for the session, we tested it out for the first time.
We realized pretty early, that we had to go over the instructions, to make them more clear and easier to follow :
As all of us are probably in a stressful period right now, we want you to take a step back for a bit and relax to gain new energy for what is to come.
This all will take no more than 10 Minutes!
We will start with a simple breathing exercise and then we will continue with a laughing exercise.
To round things up we will end with practicing the breathing techniques.
We are going to stretch our body now to prepare it for the Deep Breathing Excercise.
Starting from our feet, we will work our way up to the head.
Feet – Curl your toes, hold it for 5 seconds and release.
Legs – Tense your Leg muscles, hold it for 5 seconds and release.
Stomach – Tense your Stomach muscles, hold it for 5 seconds and release.
Arms – Turn your hand into fists hold it for 5 seconds and release.
Neck – Roll your head (down-up-left-right etc.)
Face – Furrow your eybrows hold it for 5 seconds and release.
Now sit down in a comfortable position and close your eyes. Be aware of the moment and focus on your breathing.
Put your right hand on your stomach and your left hand on your chest.
Take deep breaths. Inhale slowly trhough your nose, hold it and exhale through your mouth.
Now that we’ re all relaxed, let’s get happy too. For this we will follow this video.
Repeat Part 3.
After coming up with the instructions, we needed to make it public.
Sophie came up with a design, which Adel later on redesigned.
(posted by Nisha)