Payne's Handbook of Relaxation Techniques

4th Edition

A Practical Guide for the Health Care Professional


  • Rosemary Payne
  • Marie Donaghy
  • Key Features

    • Each technique is easy to teach and use.
    • Helping the clinician to select the appropriate technique.
    • All the methods are suitable for use with both small groups and individuals.
    • Focuses on the practical aspects of relaxation techniques in relation to patient care.
    • Includes cognitive approaches (e.g., self-awareness, imagery, autogenics, meditation, and positive self-talk).
    • Also includes somatic approaches (e.g., progressive relaxation, stretching and the Mitchell method).
    • Provides ready-to-use schedules and scripts for working with clients.
    • Discusses the pitfalls as well as the benefits of each method.
    • Fully illustrated with both line drawings and photographs.
    • Evidence-based text is supported by up-to-date references.
    • Aimed at all Health Professions practitioners: Manual Therapists, Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, Complementary Therapists, Clinical Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Osteopaths, Naturopaths.

    Table of Contents


    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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    About the authors

    Rosemary Payne

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Chartered physiotherapist and tutor in relaxation training, Cardiff, UK

    Marie Donaghy

    Edited books include Everett T., Donaghy M.E., Feaver, S 2003 Interventions in Mental Health: An evidence-based approach for Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists Oxford: Butterworth Heinemann. Donaghy M., Nicol M., Davidson K Cognitive Behavioural Interventions in Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Edinburgh: Elsevier (in print to be published early 2008)

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Professor of Physiotherapy; Dean, School of Health Sciences, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh; Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy; Graduate member of the British Psychological Society; Fellow of the Higher Education Academy