Payne's Handbook of Relaxation Techniques

A Practical Guide for the Health Care Professional

Payne’s Handbook of Relaxation Techniques provides the health care professional with a practical introduction to a variety of approaches to relaxation, both somatic and cognitive, that may usefully contribute to patient care.

Rosemary Payne is an experienced clinical therapist with a deep understanding of the problems facing the busy practitioner. In the 4th edition she combines her experience with that of Marie Donaghy, author, professor of Physiotherapy and member of the British Psychological Society. They aim to provide a quick and informative guide to selecting the most appropriate relaxation technique for each client. Payne’s handbook of Relaxation Techniques has with the past 3 editions established itself as a unique source book for all those health professionals involved in teaching relaxation.

Paperback, 288 Pages

Published: January 2010

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-7020-3112-0


  • Foreword

    Preface to the fourth edition

    Preface to the first edition


    Section 1 Setting the scene


    1 Relaxation: What is it?

    2 Stress: What is it?

    3 Preparing for relaxation

    Section 2 Somatic approaches to relaxation

    4 Breathing

    5 Progressive relaxation

    6 Progressive relaxation training

    7 A tense-release script

    8 Passive muscular relaxation

    9 Applied relaxation

    10 Behavioural relaxation training

    11 The Mitchell method

    12 The Alexander technique

    13 Differential relaxation

    14 Stretchings

    15 Physical activity

    Section 3 Cognitive approaches

    16 Cognitive-behavioural approaches

    17 Self-awareness

    18 Imagery

    19 Goal-directed visualization

    20 Autogenic training

    21 Meditation

    22 Benson’s method

    23 Mindfulness-based meditation

    24 Brief techniques

    Section 4 Working towards best practice

    25 Measurement

    26 Evidence from research

    27 Drawing the threads together

    Section 5 Appendices, Glossary, References and Index

    Appendix 1 Table of methods and their suggested applications

    Appendix 2 Training courses and contact information

    Appendix 3 Events and 1995 life change unit (LCU) values for the Recent Life Changes Questionnaire

    Appendix 4 PAR-Q Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire





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