There are two basic steps for performing progressive muscle relaxation, deliberately tensing the major muscle groups of the body one at a time, and then relaxing them. The muscle groups are targeted in a systematic manner, either starting from the legs and working up to the head, or the other way around.Continue Reading
The first step of PMR is to pick a suitable position that comforts the entire body. It can be achieved by either sitting in a comfortable chair or lying down. Take off shoes, and wear loose clothing. Pick a quiet place without any noise or disturbance.
Either starting from the legs and working upwards to the head or the other way around, focus on the major muscle groups one at a time. Tense the targeted muscle group, and hold that muscle in the tensed state for five to eight seconds.
After tensing a muscle for five to eight seconds, release the tension, and let the muscle relax for 15 seconds. If deemed necessary, tense and relax a muscle several times to increase the sensation of relaxation.
Target one muscle group of the body at a time, and then move on to the next muscle group. Tense and relax all the major muscle groups of the body. Once satisfied with the completion of the process, relax for a few seconds with the eyes closed, and get up slowly.