Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) Overview:
Dr. Jacobson founded PMR in the 1930’s. PMR is guided by the principle that muscles cannot be tense and relaxed simultaneously and by learning to relax our muscles, we teach ourselves how to relieve tension in the various muscle groups within our bodies.
The method of PMR is nothing more than tensing and relaxing various muscle groups in the body. Such exercises help us to recognize what it feels like when our muscles are tense and providing a tool for us to help relieve that tension and produce relaxation in these targeted muscle groups. This method of tensing and releasing muscles in the body then produces a deeper general state of relaxation.