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Chapter 13 notes - 9/14/11 Chapter 13 - - Muscle Tension o...

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9/14/11 Chapter 13 - Muscle Tension o Muscles directly respond to perceived threats and tension by tensing up o Muscle tension creates a feedback loop; self-perpetuating Stress Muscle Tension Anxiety More Stress o Muscle relaxation is essential for stress reduction - Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) o Specifically designed to relieve muscle tension o Designed by a physician Edmond Jacobson Saw a common trait in all of his patients which was muscle tension Saw that the severity of many illnesses could be reduced by relieved muscle tension in his patients Had his patients contract and relax their muscles Patients began to respond better to treatments after his PMR sessions o Helps us to develop a more mentally disciplined state and helps us to realize what it feels like to relax our muscles o Designed to initiate parasympathetic nervous system activity o It is designed to first tense a group of muscles then consciously release the tension o Helps people to understand the difference between being tense and relaxed
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