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relaxation techniqueAny of a number of techniques for relaxing the mind and/or muscles. Most relaxation techniques share the need for a quiet environment with few distractions, the limiting of attention to an object, phrase or image, a passive attitude of letting go, a comfortable position and loose clothing.
Autogenic feedback training, biofeedback training, imagery and visualisation, meditation, progressive relaxation, relaxation response, sensory deprivation (e.g., with a flotation tank), systematic desensitisation therapy, yoga.
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A technique used to relieve stress. Exercise, biofeedback, hypnosis, and meditation are all effective relaxation tools. Relaxation techniques are used in cognitive-behavioral therapy to teach patients new ways of coping with stressful situations.
Mentioned in: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
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