How to Use Progressive Relaxation Therapy for Stress and Related Illnesses.

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  • Topic: Relaxation technique, Muscle, Chronic stress
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“How to Use Progressive Relaxation Therapy for Stress and Related Illnesses” As many of us know, stress is fast becoming an unavoidable evil that is wreaking havoc with our health. According to The Mayo Health Clinic, “Relaxation isn’t just about peace of mind or enjoying a hobby. Relaxation is a process that decreases the wear and tear on your mind and body from the challenges and hassles of daily life.” We all, at one time or another, have heard or used the words, “I am so stressed out”, without really stopping to think about what impact the consequences of that statement may be having on our overall health. I have learned (from personal experience) that our bodies release a hormone called cortisol in relation to stress. If we have prolonged periods of stress due to chronic stress, or endure traumatic stress, our bodies produce too much of this hormone. Prolonged secretion of this hormone can result in significant health problems such as autoimmune conditions, heart conditions, high blood pressure and many other illnesses. In today’s fast-paced society, relaxation is as vital to our health status as is regular exercise and good nutrition. The Mayo Clinic states that, “Practicing relaxation techniques can reduce stress symptoms by: slowing heart rate, lowering blood pressure, slowing breathing rate, increasing blood flow to major muscles, reducing muscle tension and chronic pain, improving concentration, reducing anger and frustration, and boosting confidence to handle problems.” Each of these benefits has an overall cumulative effect on our mind and bodies when practiced on a regular basis. I taught Progressive Relaxation Therapy (P.R.T.) in 1978 and was pleasantly surprised that in many of the classes I took over the past 5 years (while attaining a BS in Medical Studies), that P.R.T. is still considered a champion stress reliever and one of the easier relaxation techniques...
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