What Is PMR?

Have you been carrying tension in your body? Instead of having your muscles hold your stress, give them some relief! Sometimes shifting our tension can bring deep relaxation. Use Progressive muscle relaxation to help make the switch.

Progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) is an exercise that relaxes your mind and body by progressively tensing and relaxing muscle groups throughout your entire body. You will tense each muscle group vigorously, but without straining, and then suddenly release the tension and feel the muscle relax. You will tense each muscle for about 5 seconds. If you have any pain or discomfort at any of the targeted muscle groups feel free to omit that step. Throughout this exercise you may visualize the muscles tensing and a wave of relaxation flowing over them as you release that tension. It is important that you keep breathing throughout the exercise.

This deep relaxation technique that has been effectively used to control stress and anxiety, relieve insomnia, and reduce symptoms of certain types of chronic pain.While progressive muscle relaxation may help alleviate your stress, it should not be used as a substitute for standard medical care in treatment of any health problem.

Which area of your body gets the most relief? Share it to inspire others at the Chrysalis Psychological Services community.   Don’t forget to get your PMR script along with a complimentary audio guided exercise. Grab yours here!

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