Calming the Anxious Mind with Progressive Muscle Relaxation


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“An anxious mind cannot exist in a relaxed body” – Dr. Edmund Jacobson

Relaxation responses are known to have a wide array of health benefits, such as pain reduction, sleep improvement, an increase of energy, and a decrease of fatigue (5). However, just as some people are better at certain types of learning, the same can be said for relaxation. It can be extremely difficult for many ‘hands-on’ individuals to relax through breathing or visualizing alone.  Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) is a simple way to use the muscles in your body to aid you in relaxation, reduce anxiety, and also help give you awareness of where tension is stored in your body.

PMR was developed by Edmund Jacobson at Harvard University in an attempt to design a treatment for anxiety and tension.  The main component of PMR is tensing and relaxing different muscle groups in the body.  It is common for some individuals…

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