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When stress settles into our muscles as tension, a progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) technique can help us return our body to a calm state.
PMR is a simple two-step process of alternately tensing and relaxing different muscle groups in the body. It can be done sitting in an office chair, when commuting by train or bus, or while lying in bed.
People who regularly practice PMR become sensitive to the sensation of tension in all areas of their body. They learn to counteract the tension before it settles into a muscle as pain or stiffness. Some individuals combine controlled breathing with their PMR practice to achieve a deeper state of relaxation.
Consult with your physician before practicing PMR if you have back problems, muscle spasms or any serious injuries that could be aggravated by the tensing of your muscles.
If you prefer to start with the left foot instead of the right, go ahead.
As the body releases tension, the mind will calm. When the mind is tranquil, the body remains relaxed.
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