Progressive Muscle Relaxation

How it Works

  • Students pay a “mental visit” to their muscles, stopping at each area of the body from head to toe (or toe to head), paying attention to individual areas where tension exists.
  • As they pause at each area, they tense and relax each muscle, trying to release unnecessary tension.
  • Students are encouraged to spend a few more moments on those areas that seem to be holding the most tension.  


In addition to reducing anxiety, relaxation has been shown to improve focus, concentration and mood.

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