Relaxation Techniques and Effects

901 WordsFeb 24, 20184 Pages
Relaxation has never been easy, but it has been proven to occur when one’s mental processes and muscles have been relaxed. It is a very safe method and can be practiced through many different techniques. It has remained side by side to help with areas of therapy and has been very beneficial to countless of people worldwide. A very well- known technique is the Jacobson’s Progressive Relaxation therapy; which, has been an aid for psychologists when dealing with aggressive behavior in behavior therapy. Relaxation has been proven to stimulate the parasympathetic system and its bodily reactions; which, in turn, has effects on muscle relaxation and lowering of one’s heart rate. Progressive muscle relaxation training has been very effective for ideologies such as reinforcement, overlearning, and classical conditioning. According to the Cambridge handbook of violent behavior and aggression, studies on behaviorally disordered elementary kids have been linked to positive results in relaxation training (Lopata, 2003). Results showed adequate outcomes in these children behavior’s in a short period of time. Another study has also shown positive effects in high school students who have been trained in progressive muscle relaxation therapy. The high school students with training exhibited lower state anxiety scores than the students who did not. Also located in Mosby's dictionary of medicine, nursing, & health professions, progressive muscle relaxation is noted as a nursing intervention;
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