Progressive Muscle Relaxation

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Registered: 09-12-2003
Progressive Muscle Relaxation
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Sun, 08-08-2010 - 2:38pm

Progressive Muscle Relaxation 



  1. Get into a comfortable position, either sitting or lying down. 

  2. Raise your eyebrows as high as you can, then hold the tension for a moment. Relax, allowing the tension to release. 

  3. Squeeze your eyes shut as tight as possible, hold the tension, then relax your eyelids. 

  4. Moving down your entire body, tense and relax your muscles, one body part at a time. After your eyes, focus on your jaw, then your chin (creating tension by moving it toward your chest), your hands (squeezing each into a fist), your stomach, your legs, and your feet. 

  5. After you've reached your feet, spend a few minutes breathing deeply and focusing on how relaxed your body feels. Stretch, and get up when you feel ready. 

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Wed, 08-11-2010 - 3:11pm
Ahhh..that is such a great feeling! I used to do that before or while meditating. I'd sit in my recliner and begin with tensing and releasing my feet and move on up from there. As with a lot of things, I did it for awhile and then got away from it. I still do it often

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Registered: 09-12-2003
Wed, 08-11-2010 - 3:47pm
Yes I agree, it is relaxing!
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Registered: 07-04-2007
Sun, 08-29-2010 - 4:00pm
Done this while in bed--trying to get to sleep--it is very relaxing and can wear you out at the same time!

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