Progressive muscle relaxation, also known as “PMR” is a well known deep relaxation technique that has been effectively used to control stress and anxiety, relieve insomnia, and reduce symptoms of certain types of chronic pain.
This technique is based upon the practice of sequential tensing and relaxing all of the major muscles in your body. You start tensing the muscles from your head and continue until you reach your feet. Focusing on one muscle group at a time. This then is followed by a relaxation phase to release the tension. By tensing your muscles before relaxing them, you enable yourself to relax them more thoroughly after you release. This way you are letting go of physical tension more effectively, due to the fact that it is easier for muscles to relax from a position of high tension than it is from a position of lower tension.