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What is relaxation?

According to the Oxford dictionary:
To Relax means, to become less tense, or less tight. It is an action to release, to let go.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation is a process, which reduces muscle tension and eases mental stress. A relaxed person is one whose resting heart is low, breathing is slow and deep, there is very little tension in the muscles, and the posture is balanced, calm expression on the face and whose speech is not agitated.
Why is it important to relax?

Relaxation is one of the fundamentals of happiness. Relaxation creates a harmonious mind-body relationship and thus it is a prophylaxis and therapy for stress. It’s a very potent antidote to the mental and physical effects of stress. Relaxation eases the muscle tension, giving way to a blissful mind-body equation.
Relaxation and performance:

Whether it is sport or business, the best results are obtained when one is relaxed. A calm mind can function better under duress. Any top golfer will tell you that winning a major tournament requires as much stress management as course management. In business very often you lose your cool and also the deal. Many poor decisions are made in heated moments on a reactive basis. A relaxed mind can give you an opportunity to become more proactive and focused, without letting stress affecting your thought process and your performance. Relaxation helps you douse the fire of stress whose smoke can often suffocate the mind.
Progressive muscle relaxation

PMR is a simple stress buster which can be learnt and practiced with great benefits. Jacobson the pioneer of PMR argued that since muscular tightness accompanies stress, one can reduce anxiety by learning how to relax the muscular tension. Jacobson trained his patients to voluntarily relax certain muscles in their body in order to reduce anxiety symptoms. The basic idea of PMR involves following the “Tense/Un-tense” formula.

For more detailed information on progressive muscle relaxation you could refer to the book “Calm Sutra, the Art of Relaxation”. To learn PMR step by step click here.
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