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Jacobson's relaxation technique

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Background

  • Jacobson's relaxation technique, also called progressive relaxation therapy, and was developed by Dr. Edmund Jacobson over half a century ago. Jacobson developed over 200 exercises and techniques which, taken together, relax the entire body by releasing muscular tension that accumulates as a person experiences a stressful situation. Jacobson, and those who have followed in his footsteps, claim that this technique will cure not only tight muscles and cramps, but also reduces the intensity of pain, and relieve stress and anxiety.
  • Today, the 200 exercises developed by Jacobson have been reduced to between 15 and 20 exercises. In order to receive maximum benefit, it is recommended to practice this technique every day for at least 20 minutes at the same time every day in a quiet, comfortable place.
  • Jacobson founded the International Stress Management Association, which continues his work to this day. The International Stress Management Association (ISMA) produces publications and offers trainings in Jacobson's relaxation therapy.

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References

Natural Standard developed the above evidence-based information based on a thorough systematic review of the available scientific articles. For comprehensive information about alternative and complementary therapies on the professional level, go to www.naturalstandard.com. Selected references are listed below.

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