We usually carry a lot of "luggage" or "baggage" every day and that makes us not only very stressed out in our minds, but it also tends to create several physical problems.
For example I've noticed that a particular type of migraine is usually caused by stress. It's called tension headaches. I've learned to already recognize it when it gives its first clues that the headache or migraine is iminent and then I quickly search my mind for signs of stress: yes, there they are, indeed.
So while meditation IS a great stress reliever in itself, doesn't it makes sense to help it along right from the start with just a few quick exercises that release tension that has accumulated in the body and mind? Wouldn't make meditation even more effective?
Below are exercises that I do every day just about 5 minutes before I start meditating. Try out these release tension steps and you'll see that your meditation, regardless of the meditation technique you are using, will be much more enjoyable and fun.
By doing release tension, I've come to actually recognize the various different tensions that are in my body and mind during the day. I can now release shoulder tension, muscle tension, neck tension and overall nervous tension.
I'm not sure where I've first heard or read about these particular tension release exercises, but they sure work!