The Psychology Tools For Relaxation Audio Collection is designed to help anyone experiencing stress or heightened physiological arousal. The audio collection contains 50 minutes of practical relaxation exercises and can be used in session, to complement work done in clinical session, or as a guided self-help intervention.
The audio collection contains 4 essential exercises:
- Relaxed breathing: A diaphragmatic breathing exercise designed to promote physical relaxation and a feeling of safety
- Progressive muscle relaxation: An exercise in which the client is instructed to focus on different muscle groups in turn, practising tensing and relaxing.
- Peaceful place: A guided imagery exercise using client-generated imagery (sometimes referred to as a safe place exercise).
- Combined relaxation exercise: A combined exercise which guides clients through all of the above exercises in a relaxing sequence.
This audio collection is designed for anyone who experiences stress or who like to learn relaxation techniques. The audio collection contains multiple .mp3 files. It is downloaded as a .zip file which will need to be unzipped before the audio files can be accessed. Once unzipped the audio files can be played in most media player apps. You can also download the verbatim scripts, allowing you to record the exercises for your clients in your own voice to reinforce work completed in therapy.
- Benson, H., Beary, J. F., & Carol, M. P. (1974). The relaxation response. Psychiatry, 37(1), 37-46.
- Bernstein, D. A., & Borkovec, T. D. (1973). Progressive relaxation training: A manual for the helping professions.
- Elton, D., Burrows, G. D., & Stanley, G. V. (1978). Relaxation theory and practice. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 24(3), 143-149.
- Jacobson E. (1938). Progressive Muscle Relaxation. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.