How can relaxation techniques help me?

Relaxation techniques allow us to release tension and focus the energy of our mind and body. One popular relaxation technique is progressive relaxation training (PRT), in which people first learn to tense and relax separate muscle groups and then learn to relax all muscle groups at once. Relaxation practices that use imagery are called visualization. Visualization involves relaxing, imagining an object, scene, or process, and letting it expand to fill your consciousness until it becomes the only thing in your awareness. Meditative visualization is a learned skill; some achieve it quickly, others slowly, and some find it difficult to do at all. A teacher may be helpful. Midwives have long used positive images and relaxation exercises to calm women in labor.

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