Video: Progressive Muscle Relaxation

People often underestimate how tensed their body and muscles are, and also underestimate how much more they can relax. When they lie on the couch and say “Now I’m relaxed”, there is often still a lot of unneeded tension and muscle tones in the body.

“Relaxation” was first properly studied and introduced by Edmund Jacobson (1888-1983). Notice how long he’d lived?

EdmundJacobsons

That’s him showing facial muscle relaxation… Do you think he’s having any thoughts in his mind? (You can read more about this man here.)

Yes, when you relax your facial muscles (especially the eyes and jaw), your mind tends to become quiet.

Click here to practice Progressive Muscle Relaxation with visualisation. 

 

(I know how beneficial muscle relaxation can be, but I don’t teach this skill much in my daily practice before “experiential avoidance” and “safety seeking behaviour” are explored, it’s definitely not to be used as an [unhealthy] avoidance).

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