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J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry. 1987 Jun;18(2):121-6.

Relaxation training through muscle stretching procedures: a pilot case.


The present paper introduces a relaxation procedure based upon muscle stretching exercises. Traditional progressive relaxation training starts from muscle tensing exercises to teach voluntary control of muscle tension, but the literature shows widely varying results. An alternative method of relaxation training starts from muscle stretching exercises. Muscle stretching provides sensation contrasts for learning relaxation in addition to fostering relaxation through the stretching of muscles. The present report documents the rationale for the procedure and presents data from a clinical case study, including six months' follow-up, in support of its efficacy.

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