Guided Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Learn how to quiet your mind and relax every muscle in your body with this simple mindfulness practice led by HSS certified meditation instructor Claudia Zurlini. For more information on health and wellness, please visit the Hospital for Special Surgery website.
Our thanks to the Hospital for Special Surgery.
Notice: Please check out our notice page about the use of techniques before using them.
Do relaxation techniques have any side effects?
The National Center for Complementary Integrative Health (USA) state that Relaxation techniques are generally considered safe for healthy people. In most research studies, there have been no reported negative side effects. However, occasionally, people report negative experiences such as increased anxiety, intrusive thoughts, or fear of losing control. There have been rare reports that certain relaxation techniques might cause or worsen symptoms in people with epilepsy or certain psychiatric conditions, or with a history of abuse or trauma. People with heart disease should talk to their health care providers before doing progressive muscle relaxation.