Tests and treatments

Relaxation therapy

What is it?

In today's society, we have an increasing need for relaxation, slowing down and living in the here and now. Every day we experience stress and busyness, there is hardly any time to stop and take a breath.

Relaxation therapy, mindfulness and yoga can help you relax physically and mentally. During a session at Maria Middelares General Hospital, tension and stress are reduced, but the ultimate goal is to be able to relax yourself when necessary or during stressful situations.

  • Breathing exercises, exercise, visualisation and meditation exercises are used during relaxation therapy. Because stress is at the root of many mental and physical problems, relaxation therapy has positive effects on many symptoms.
  • Yoga stands for calm, balance, strength and endurance. Basically, a healthy mind in a strong body. In addition, you work on healthy breathing, body posture and body awareness and learn to deal with your thoughts in a constructive way (e.g. when worrying or thinking negatively).
  • Mindfulness is a way of paying attention, non-judgmentally and in the present moment. It allows you to enjoy small things more, experience less stress, worry less and make more conscious decisions. There are various ways of doing it yourself.

At the bottom of this page we also recommend a few relaxation, mindfulness and yoga apps, and the channels below may also give you a greater understanding:

Reading tips:

  • Mindfulness doeboek (Mindfulness activity book)
    Eva Brobbel
  • Leren ontspannen (Learning to relax)
    Wilfried Van Craen
  • Mindfulness in de maalstroom van je leven (Mindfulness In the Maelstrom of Your Life)
    Edel Maex



  • Happy with yoga
  • Sarah Beth
  • Yoga with Adriene
  • Mad yoga
  • Tim Senesi

Information leaflet

Information leaflet

Centres and specialist areas

Centres and specialist areas

Latest publication date: 16/05/2024
Supervising author: Dr Claeys Isabel