The Progressive Muscle Relaxation technique was invented by Edmund Jacobson.
The basic idea is to systematically train tensing and relaxing groups of muscles. During the first training sessions each group of muscles (forearm, upper arm and so on) is exercised separately. Later these exercises are combined so that at the end you should be able to relax the whole body at once.
For the first time you try it, have someone else read the script out-loud to you and have your eyes closed. Then, you will learn how to do these exercises on your own. Some of my chronic pain clients really benefit in terms of reducing pain and everyone can benefit from the stress reduction and relaxation. Find a time to practice daily, for example, before you go to bed at night.
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Daily living is stressful and often stress turns into physical pain. I truly believe in the mind-body connection: the relationship between how you feel physically and emotionally. I work with a lot of chronic pain clients and teach them relaxation techniques for managing their pain and stress. Here is a little information about progressive muscle relaxation. These techniques are helpful for anyone.
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