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What is progressive muscle relaxation?
Progressive muscle relaxation, or PMR, involves tensing and releasing the muscles, one body part at a time, to bring about a feeling of physical relaxation.
Some studies of breast cancer patients have shown that PMR can help to reduce:
What to expect with progressive muscle relaxation
Researchers report that relaxation training methods, including PMR, work best if a person is trained before cancer treatment starts. The researchers also said that after 2 hours of training from an expert, patients are usually experienced enough to successfully practice the techniques on their own.
For a better idea of what to expect with PMR, try this exercise:
Begin by tensing and relaxing the toes of one foot.
Inhale as you briefly tense your muscles and exhale when releasing the tension.
Gradually, work your way up into the muscles of one leg, tensing and relaxing.
Repeat on the other leg.
Continue up your body, tensing and ...
What is PMR?
Progressive Muscle Relaxation is an amazing tool that can help you relax and experience feelings of warmth and well-being. It can also teach you to recognize the difference between the sensations of tension and relaxation. PMR is a simple process of tensing and releasing muscles in your body.
When done properly, PMR will reduce pulse rate, blood pressure, and decrease respiration and perspiration rates. In other words, it lowers anxiety levels!
All of us need to work towards a lifestyle of greater relaxation. However, if you are suffering from anxiety, depression , irritable bowel syndrome, or insomnia , PMR can provide some much needed relief.
How to do PMR
When I teach my clients PMR, we generally focus on four major muscle groups:
1. Head, face, throat and shoulders
2. Biceps, forearms, hands
I mentioned in my post about breathing exercises that I should write a post about my experience with asthma, anxiety, and relaxation exercises. That time has arrived.
Studies have linked asthma with anxiety disorders, and as a lifelong asthmatic I can tell you I've had my share of anxiety. This was especially true when I was a kid. Something what really helped me to control my anxiety was a method called Progressive Muscle Relaxation . The stress of an asthma attack in itself can cause anxiety. Yet new wisdom confirms that anxiety may exists even while asthma is controlled, or even if asthma goes into hibernation. In fact, anxiety is up to six times more likely in asthmatics than non-asthmatics. The reason the link remains a mystery. Likewise, it's not known if asthma came first or if the anxiety came first. Regardless, I remember my first bout with anxiety/ depression. It came in November of 1976. I was a six year old kid and my great grandpa passed away. I r...
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