Progressive relaxation – Free audio 

What is “progressive relaxation” and how does it help with stress?

When we’re stressed throughout the day, we often hold tension in our body through tightness in the shoulders, neck, lower back, etc.  In this audio, we’re going to control these muscles by first tensing and then relaxing them.  This contrast helps you to develop more of an awareness of when you’re holding tension in the body, and helps relax that tightness.  

Progressive muscle relaxation is a somatic quieting technique designed to help turn on the relaxation response in the body.   The relaxation response is essentially the opposite reaction to the stress response.  It turns the “rest and digest” system back on, and it can be an effective treatment for a wide range of stress related disorders because it counteracts the physiological effects of stress and the “fight or flight” response. 

This audio incorporates three separate somatic quieting techniques:  progressive muscle relaxation, diaphramatic breathing, and guided imagery to promote a sense of peace, relaxation, and well-being.  

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Course instructor

Linda Bjork is the author of several self-help books including You Got This! An action plan to calm fear, anxiety, worry, and stress, Crushed: a Journey Through Depression, and others.  She is also the founder and executive director of Hope for Healing, a non-profit charity which shares tools, information, resources, and a plan to alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety; relieve stress; build confidence and self-esteem; and heal relationships.  Her podcast, “Linda’s Corner,” and blog, “Two Good Things,” were created to inspire hope, increase joy, and motivate positive change.  Linda’s personal mission is to empower people to become their best selves.  

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