Progressive muscle relaxation takes you through the process of tensing and relaxing various muscle groups in a specific order and then making note of the different feelings of being “tense” and “relaxed.”
This physical sensation registers in our brains and can lead to deep psychological relaxation as well. The mind/body component of this technique provides an excellent way for people with chronic illness to achieve both types of relaxation simultaneously.
And the more you practice this technique, the deeper the level of relaxation you will achieve. I have used progressive muscle relaxation since I was a teenager and have found it to be very helpful in managing tension headaches and many other physical symptoms.
When we are in pain or have other distressing symptoms, our anxiety levels naturally rise. The physical and mental symptoms go hand in hand, so when you reduce the levels of cognitive distress, the physical discomfort will naturally diminish, and vice-versa.
Of course as with any complementary medical technique, it’s always best to ask your physician before adding something new to your healthcare regimen.
If you would like to learn more about progressive muscle relaxation and how to implement this effective tool, here is a website that walks you though the process step by step.
You can also learn progressive muscle relaxation from a medical professional, such as a psychologist or a physical or occupational therapist. The technique transcends various medical disciplines since it does involve both the mind and body.
There are also many books and DVDs available that can help you learn this vital skill.
Have you used progressive muscle relaxation before? If so, what were your results? Please share your experiences in the comments section below.
If you have questions about these techniques, please feel free to contact me here! I am always happy to be available to you to answer questions and discuss strategies to help you live well.
I hope your Meditative Monday is filled with peace and calm. Have a great week!