Payne's Handbook of Relaxation Techniques - 4th Edition - ISBN: 9780702031120, 9780702050008

Payne's Handbook of Relaxation Techniques

4th Edition

A Practical Guide for the Health Care Professional

Authors: Rosemary Payne Marie Donaghy
Paperback ISBN: 9780702031120
eBook ISBN: 9780702050008
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
Published Date: 20th January 2010
Page Count: 288

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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.

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