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Relaxation Techniques

A Practical Handbook for the Health Care Professional

The 3rd edition 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 contribute to patient care. Each technique is easy to teach and use, and has been demonstrated effective in the clinical situation. The background theory to each method is also described and its rationale spelled out, thus helping the clinician to select the appropriate technique. All the methods included are suitable for use with both small groups and individuals.


Published: December 2004

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-443-07447-9


  • Section 1. Introduction
    • Theoretical background
    • General aspects of relaxation training
    • Stress

    Section 2. Somatic methods of relaxation
    • Progressive relaxation
    • Progressive relaxation training
    • A tense-release script
    • Passive muscular relaxation
    • Applied relaxation
    • Behavioral relaxation training
    • The Mitchell method
    • The Alexander technique
    • Differential relaxation
    • Stretchings
    • Physical exercise
    • Breathing

    Section 3. Cognitive approaches to relaxation
    • Self-awareness
    • Imagery
    • Goal-directed visualization
    • Autogenic training
    • Meditation
    • Benson's method
    • Cognitive behavioral approaches

    Section 4. Miscellaneous topics
    • “On-the-spot” techniques
    • Other techniques
    • Relaxation in pregnancy and childbirth
    • Measurement: patient assessment and clinical audit
    • Evidence from research suggesting choice of technique for particular conditions. Drawing the threads together.

    Section 5. Appendices and references



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