There are tremendous health benefits to be had when relaxation techniques are used to reduce the stress of responsibilities and tasks or the demands an illness can have on the body and mind. Relaxation reduces stress by: the heart rate. Lowering blood pressure. Slowing your breathing rate. Increasing blood flow to major muscles. Reducing muscle tension and chronic pain. Improving concentration. Reducing anger and frustration. Boosting confidence to handle problems. Relaxation techniques involve refocusing your attention on something calming and increasing awareness of your body. Types of relaxation techniques: Autogenic relaxation comes from within you and uses both visual imagery and body awareness. You repeat words or suggestions in your.