Progressive Muscle Relaxation

One of my favorite relaxation techniques for effective anxiety relief is Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR). Most people experiencing anxiety also feel muscle tension in their physical body. In fact, chronic muscle tension may be so automatic that it seems normal, and you may have forgotten what it feels like when your muscles are completely relaxed.

progressivemusclerelaxation-stencilProgressive Muscle Relaxation is an integrative Body-Mind technique that involves a 2-step process:

1. First you isolate and purposely tense up a particular group of muscles.

2. Next you quickly release the tension and put all of your attention on how your muscles feel when they are relaxed.

Regular practice of PMR (it only takes 10-20 minutes) helps decrease not only muscle tension, but also supports decreases in heart rate, respiration rate, blood pressure, and metabolic rate. These shifts greatly improve your overall feeling of well-being and reduce stress and anxiety.

Most of my clients feel an immediate sense of relaxation the first time they do PMR.

However, the real benefit comes from regular, daily practice of PMR (whether you feel tense at the time or not). Then it becomes second nature and supports deeper and deeper states of relaxation for both the body and the mind.

You can find a guided Progressive Muscle Relaxation on my Downloadable CD Less Stress Now. You can also find detailed instructions in my eBook.