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National Stress Awareness Month: Active Relaxation’s Key Role in Your Health

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Do you often have trouble alleviating stress from your life and being able to truly relax? As the premier luxury health club in Kansas City, Woodside is dedicated to providing a comprehensive approach to health and wellness. Our facility is more than just your typical gym; our KC wellness center is where members can escape the stresses of daily life and focus on nurturing their physical and mental well-being. 

In honor of National Stress Awareness Month, our team invites you to learn about the benefits of incorporating active relaxation into your workout routine and discover how it can enhance your overall health and happiness.


In today’s fast-paced world, stress has become a pervasive issue that affects millions of people worldwide each day. Whether it’s due to work pressures, financial concerns or personal challenges, the constant barrage of stressors can take a toll on both body and mind. Chronic stress has been linked to a myriad of health problems, including heart disease, obesity, depression and anxiety. Recognizing the importance of managing stress is the first step towards achieving optimal health and well-being.


While traditional forms of relaxation, such as watching TV or taking a nap, can provide temporary relief from stress, they often fail to address the underlying tension stored in the body. Active relaxation, on the other hand, engages both the body and mind, promoting a deeper sense of relaxation and rejuvenation. Activities like yoga, Pilates and tai chi not only help to release physical tension but also cultivate mindfulness and promote mental clarity, allowing you to better manage your day.


  • Stress Reduction: Engaging in activities that promote relaxation helps to activate the body’s natural relaxation response, leading to a decrease in stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. By practicing techniques like deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation and guided imagery, individuals can learn to manage stress more effectively and experience greater overall well-being.
  • Improved Sleep Quality: Regular practice of active relaxation techniques has been shown to improve sleep quality and duration, leading to greater overall well-being. Activities like yoga and meditation can help to quiet the mind, relax the body and promote a sense of calm conducive to restful sleep. By incorporating these practices into your bedtime routine, you can enjoy more restorative sleep and wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
  • Enhanced Mental Clarity: By focusing on the present moment and connecting with your breath, you can clear the mind of clutter and improve concentration and focus. Activities like mindfulness meditation and tai chi promote mental clarity and alertness, helping individuals to stay grounded and centered in the midst of life’s challenges. With regular practice, you can cultivate a greater sense of awareness and presence, leading to improved cognitive function and overall mental well-being.
  • Increased Flexibility and Range of Motion: Many forms of active relaxation, such as yoga and Pilates, involve gentle stretching and movement, which can help to improve flexibility and range of motion. By loosening tight muscles and releasing tension in the body, individuals can experience greater freedom of movement and reduced risk of injury. Regular practice of these activities can also help to improve posture, balance and coordination, leading to a greater sense of physical well-being.
  • Emotional Balance: Active relaxation techniques can help to regulate emotions and promote a sense of inner peace and tranquility, even in the face of life’s challenges. Activities like yoga, meditation and tai chi encourage individuals to cultivate a non-judgmental attitude towards their thoughts and feelings, allowing them to experience emotions without becoming overwhelmed by them. By learning to observe and accept their inner experiences, individuals can develop greater emotional resilience and flexibility, leading to improved mental and emotional well-being.


At Woodside KC wellness center, we understand the importance of incorporating active relaxation into your workout routine. That’s why we offer a wide range of group fitness classes designed to promote relaxation, mindfulness and stress relief. Whether you’re looking to unwind with a restorative yoga class, improve your flexibility with Pilates or find inner peace with meditation, we have something for everyone. 

Our Group Fitness offering includes more than 130 classes scheduled seven days a week, featuring industry-leading styles and Kansas City’s most popular instructors. From beginner-friendly classes to advanced workshops, we cater to all fitness levels and preferences. Our experienced instructors are dedicated to creating a supportive and welcoming environment where you can explore new techniques and deepen your practice. 


Becoming a member of Woodside is more than just gaining access to a premier luxury health club; it’s joining a supportive community dedicated to helping you thrive. In addition to our group fitness classes, members have access to state-of-the-art fitness equipment, personalized training programs, and a wide range of amenities designed to enhance your overall well-being. 

Our commitment to your health and happiness extends beyond the gym walls. We believe in building bodies, confidence, relationships and communities. Whether you’re looking to achieve your fitness goals, reduce stress or simply connect with like-minded individuals, Woodside is here to support you every step of the way. 


During this National Stress Awareness Month, take a proactive step towards better health and happiness by embracing the power of active relaxation. Incorporating activities like yoga, Pilates, and tai chi into your workout routine can have a profound impact on your overall well-being, helping you to manage stress, improve sleep and cultivate a greater sense of balance and harmony in your life.

Join us at Woodside KC Wellness Center and discover the transformative power of active relaxation. With our diverse range of group fitness classes, experienced instructors, and supportive community, we’re here to help you achieve your health and wellness goals. Your journey towards a healthier, happier you starts here.Did 

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