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Progressive relaxation therapy is a form of relaxation therapy which focuses for its effects upon successive tensing and relaxing of each of the 15 major muscle groups. Performed lying down, one generally begins with the head and progresses downward, tensing each muscle as tightly as possible for a count of 5 to 10 and then releasing it completely. often combined with deep breathing, progressive relaxations is particularly useful for reducing stress, relieving tension, and inducing sleep
By going through these cycles clients learn the difference between tension and relaxation and with the help of this feedback can in time become more able to relax themselves.
A well known form of this therapy is Jacobson's Progressive Muscle Relaxation.