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Definition of Progressive Muscle Relaxation

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Updated February 18, 2014

Definition: It is a whole-body relaxation technique whereby you progressively tense and relax your muscles, starting with your feet and concentrating on one muscle group at a time. It may be effective in treating insomnia as well as reducing stress. It can be learned through the use of books, tapes, classes, or therapists.
Examples:
When Erin couldn’t fall asleep she used the progressive muscle relaxation techniques she’d read about online.
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