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Easy-to-follow focusing techniques are used, centering on breathing. This meditation is self-directed, relaxing the body and calming the mind. The deep sleep that can be achieved through progressive muscle relaxation can be useful in stress management. People undergoing medical procedures or treatment may find music therapy enhances the strength of the mind and its ability to master the body’s functioning. It is believed that the powerful mind-body connection can also strengthen the immun
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Progressive Relaxation is a systematic tensing and relaxing of each major muscle group from head to toe throughout the body.

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Increased insight & change can occur when in state of relaxation; Can increase healthy changes in lifestyle.

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Progressive Muscle Relaxation is a stress management/relaxation technique where you from head to toe, or toe to head, progressivly tighten then relax the muscles to show contrast. This focus and awareness to the muscles relaxing and to the body and breathing is a great stress reducer and overall relaxant. It is easy to do, or enjoy being guided through the process. Mind, Body and Spirit all benefit from this process.

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Progressive Relaxation is a process that teaches clients how to release tension and learn to relax in three ways. First it teaches a client how relaxation feels in the body and how to physically relax from head to toe. Second, clients who use progressive relaxation also learn to observe to their own stress and decrease it with this process. Third, as clients practice they begin to observe the physiological differences between stressful thinking and relaxed thinking and are able to positively rei
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The use or breathing techniques, muscle relaxation & focusing (Gendlin) to learn the relaxation response & allow one to reduce confusion and improve clarity in their lives.

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A relaxation technique where you isolate a group of muscles by tensing them to a count of 8 seconds and then releasing them, starting with the face.

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Progressive relaxation involves focusing on each major muscle group, individually, alternately consciously tensing and relaxing it without engaging other muscles. The reason it is referred to as progressive, is that the individual will progress through all major muscle groups in succession often from the lower extremities to the head. It is termed relaxation because this tense-relax cycle aids the body in discharging tensions returning to a more relaxed state.

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Progressive Relaxation Description

* This article is updated daily from Wikipedia. It may contain minor formatting errors.
For the original content and references, click here. Last update: 8/18/2013.

Progressive relaxation is a technique for learning to control the state of tension in ones muscles. It was developed by American physician Edmund Jacobson in the early 1920s.* Jacobson did not ever fully understand how by shutting down ones responses to external and internal stimulants one could not only reduce anxiety, but actually reduce such problems as skin allergies and rashes. It is not at all clear how shutting down our physical responses can be so effective in curing various disorders.

Dr Jacobson wrote several books on the subject of Progressive Relaxation. The technique involves learning when each specific muscle group in the body is tense by tensing that muscle group and then letting it go. One has to learn the difference between ones own tensing and an external stress. These learning sessions are NOT exercises, nor are they self-hypnotism.

A modification of the technique is "Biofeedback" in which one uses external measuring devices to indicate how successful one is in relaxing and then to use those techniques to relax without the help of external measuring devices.

In the training sessions which are started in a darkened room with the learner in a reclined position and eyes closed. The learner is told to relax, just let go. If the learner has any thoughts or physical distractions, just relax. Do not try to solve the problem. In each session the teacher reviews tensing one particular muscle group. If the student is slow in learning how to let the tension go for a particular muscle group, that group is focused on in the next session. The learner is told to continue to practice the relaxation technique in their daily lives. It is not our natural response to relax when there is an external or internal stimulant. However, as in many other physical conditions that we have no control over, the bodies best response would be: no response at all.*Jacobson trained his patients to voluntarily relax the muscles in their body when ever they are not being used to perform a particular task. He found that the relaxation procedure is effective against a number of ailments including Peptic ulcer|ulcers, insomnia, and hypertension. An entire progressive muscle relaxation protocol can be experienced *here*.

Jacobson's Progressive Relaxation has remained popular with modern physical therapy|physical therapists.*

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* This article is updated daily from Wikipedia. It may contain minor formatting errors.
For the original content and references, click here. Last update: 8/18/2013.

 
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