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Katharina  Star, Ph.D.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR)

By July 30, 2012

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Often times stress and anxiety are first felt by the body. When anxiety levels rise, it is not uncommon to experience muscle pain, tension, and discomfort. Panic attacks similarly impact the body, leading to overall feelings of tension and tightness. For some, anxiety has become such a part of everyday life, that a person no longer knows what its liked to feel relaxed.

A technique called progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) has been found to help in releasing tension of the body and creating feelings of relaxation. PMR dates back to the 1920s when American physician Edmund Jacobson first developed this technique. Jacobson recognized that many of his patients were suffering from muscle tension, but were unable to relax. He believed that if a person learns to calm the body, they will also learn how to quiet the mind.

Want to learn more about PMR? Here you will find out more about the history, benefits, and steps of PMR:

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