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The Power of Progressive Muscle Relaxation

older woman sitting in her living room on a yoga mat, practicing deep breathing exercises

I want to share something that has made a world of difference in my life. I'm no stranger to joint, muscle, and nerve discomfort. It's been a constant companion on my journey through life, especially as I've crossed the threshold of 50. But I've discovered a remarkable ally in my battle for relief, and I want to introduce you to it—one fellow traveler to another.


Have you ever heard of Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR)?

If not, it's a deep relaxation technique that involves systematically tensing and then releasing different muscle groups in the body. The goal is to promote awareness of physical tension and learn to let go of it intentionally.

The technique was developed by Edmund Jacobson, an American physician and psychologist, in the early 20th century. He believed that mental tension and stress often manifest as muscle tension in the body, and by relaxing the muscles, one can achieve a state of deep relaxation in the mind as well.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation has been my refuge from the daily discomfort that used to hold me hostage. I used to toss and turn at night, my muscles locked in a constant state of tension, and my nerves seemingly on edge. It was a relentless battle. That's when I stumbled upon PMR, and it changed the game.


Why should you try it?

  • Stress Reduction: PMR is an excellent stress-relief tool. By releasing physical tension, you also release mental stress, promoting a sense of calm and tranquility.
  • Anxiety Management: Regular practice of PMR can help reduce anxiety levels, allowing you to approach challenging situations with a clearer mind.
  • Improved Sleep: Practicing PMR before bedtime can aid in better sleep quality by relaxing the body and mind, and reducing insomnia.
  • Enhanced Self-Awareness: PMR fosters a greater awareness of your body, helping you identify and address areas of tension in your daily life.
  • Physical Health Benefits: PMR can alleviate tension headaches, muscle pain, and other physical discomforts related to stress.


Here's how it works:

1. Find a Quiet Space: Choose a quiet spot where you can sit or lie down comfortably. Make sure you won't be interrupted.

2. Start at Your Toes: Begin by focusing on your toes. Tense the muscles in your toes for about 5 seconds, then release and relax them completely for 30 seconds. You'll be amazed at how much tension you carry in your toes without even realizing it.

3. Work Your Way Up: Progressively move up your body, tensing and relaxing each muscle group. Pay attention to your calves, thighs, abdomen, chest, arms, neck, and face.

4. Breathe Deeply: As you go through each muscle group, take slow, deep breaths. Inhale as you tense the muscles and exhale as you release them. This deep breathing enhances relaxation.

5. Focus on the Contrast: One of the beautiful aspects of PMR is the contrast between tension and relaxation. Pay attention to how different your muscles feel when they're tense compared to when they're relaxed.

6. Stay Mindful: Throughout the practice, keep your mind focused on the sensations in your body. Let go of any distracting thoughts and simply be present in the moment.


I've found that PMR not only eases the physical discomfort but also helps alleviate the mental and emotional toll that comes with it. It's like a mini-vacation for your body and mind, and when combined with The Outback Series products, the results can be truly remarkable.

So, my friend, if you're searching for relief from joint, muscle, or nerve discomfort, give Progressive Muscle Relaxation a try. It's a simple yet incredibly effective practice.

**Consult with your healthcare professional before starting a new exercise routine.


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