Relaxation is essential for good health. We all need time to re-charge our batteries and there are lots of different ways of doing so.

Moderate exercise

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a martial art which has been growing in popularity for some time. There are several places you can go to learn.


Canterbury is a wonderful place for walking. Whether around the Port Hills, beaches, forests or wetlands, or just around town, walking is great exercise. Do it with friends for company; if you're walking alone you might enjoy listening to one of the many audiobooks in our collection.


There are different styles of yoga and yoga classes are offered through many different types of organisations from health clubs to community groups. Once you’ve got the basics you can practice yoga at home.

Zoning out


Meditation is described as a practice of concentrated focus upon a sound, object, visualisation, the breath, movement, or attention itself in order to increase awareness of the present moment, reduce stress, promote relaxation, and enhance personal and spiritual growth.


Massage has a myriad of health benefits for both mind and body.

Music for relaxation and therapy

RelaxMusic has the power to alter mood and can inspire both movement and increased well being through rhythm and melody.

These qualities of music are used by some health practitioners to help clients with a variety of physical, psychological and emotional and social needs. This practice is broadly known as music therapy.

According to Music Therapy New Zealand, using music as therapy in people is effective for

  • reducing stress and tension,
  • giving emotional support through times of change or crisis,
  • supporting people in times of loss, grief, and pain,
  • assisting memory, imagination, and processing thought.

Music can also motivate rehabilitation, extend movement and physical co-ordination, develop communication and enhance cultural and spiritual identity.

Some of the music in our collection, particularly our classical collection, is often used in music therapy or relaxation resources.

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