Anxiety Relief: Progressive Muscular Relaxation

Sep 16, 2018Anxiety, Relaxation

Anxiety Relief: Progressive Muscular Relaxation

There are many ways to relax. This can be the relaxation of the mind and body. One technique that many hypnotherapists and other therapists use is called Progressive Muscular Relaxation. It’s often also called PMR.

Progressive Muscular Relaxation was developed in the 1920s by Edmond Jacobson to help people with anxiety to relax. The idea is that you systematically go down the body tensing and relaxing muscles. After recognising tense muscles and then feeling the relaxation when you let go feels very good.

Hypnotherapists also use this technique, but in hypnosis, there is no need to physically tense muscles because the suggestion is made to relax already tense muscles. Some hypnotherapists start a PMR from the feet and gradually go up the body while others prefer to travel down the body giving suggestions of relaxing muscles. The process usually takes about 15 mins depending on the speed of the hypnotherapist and the response of the client.

Some hypnotherapists use this technique at the beginning of the therapy to guide the client to relax before providing a positive suggestion to help the client to change. At other times the PMR might be used as a way of just taking some time out for your self to relax. Some people buy hypnotic audio recordings that use PMRs as a method to relax after work. A PMR can also help people to sleep better.

If you want to find out more about Progressive Muscular Relaxation or would like to try a session please contact me.

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Awaken the Change is a self-help service providing education and information.

Linda sees clients at her practice in Bournemouth, in the UK. She is also happy to provide online help via webcam for hypnotherapy, counselling and supervision. Counselling and supervision can also be provided by telephone.

Linda is an accredited trainer and supervisor.

Linda Witchell
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