This relaxation exercise comes directly from The University Health Center, A Unit of the Division of Student Affairs, University of Georgia. I found this while looking for relaxation techniques and after reading through it, found that it provides safe and effective relaxation advice. Best of all, this relaxation exercise can be done at home or at your desk at work. It also enhances a workout if added into a cool down routine.
Taking an active approach to relaxation can make relaxation second nature to you. And remember, you may feel a bit odd doing this exercise, but just think of the benefits it will reap. No one needs to see you do this anyway.
PROGRESSIVE MUSCLE RELAXATION
This technique helps relax the major muscle groups of the body. Even better, it’s easy to do:
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Sit in a favorite chair or lie down.
- Begin with your facial muscles. Frown hard for 5-10 seconds and then relax all your muscles.
- Work other facial muscles by scrunching your face up or knitting your eyebrows for 5-10 seconds. Release. You should feel a noticeable difference between the tense and relaxed muscles.
- Move on to your jaw. Then, move on to other muscle groups – shoulders, arms, chest, legs, etc. – until you’ve tensed and relaxed individual muscle groups throughout your whole body.
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