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Chapter 12. Relaxation > More About Muscle Relaxation

More About Muscle Relaxation

The muscles become very tense when we are angry. Even the heart can get tense, so it is important to practice techniques of muscle relaxation. Here is a simple technique for relaxing:

  1. Get into a comfortable position. Clench your fists until you feel the tension. Relax. Feel the freedom from tension when you relax. Repeat the procedure, noticing the tension and the release each time.

  2. Now tense your biceps, feeling the tautness. Relax and straighten out your arms, feeling the release of tightness. Repeat.

  3. Relax your entire body. (You may want to be lying on your back for this.) Just go limp and feel the weight of your arms and legs. Breathe in and out slowly a couple of times. Now hold your breath for a few seconds and notice the tension. Exhale and feel the freedom. Repeat by holding your stomach in and releasing. Do this with different parts of your body, paying close attention to the tension when you’re restricted and the freedom when you relax.


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