Re: Poll: Do you think telling someone to "relax" is helpful in aikido training?
Just telling someont to relax does no good at all.
Usually the problem is that people either don't know how to relax, they just can't. Some people say "I am relaxed", meaning they are are not as tense and stiff as they were when they left the office before heading over to class.
Instruction should include exercises to promote relaxation.