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
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