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Diaphragmatic Breathing Respiración diafragmática
Autogenic Relaxation Relajación autógena
Progressive Muscle Relaxation Relajación muscular progresiva

 

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Diaphragmatic Breathing is a type of relaxation breathing that uses the diaphragm. The diaphragm is the muscle that is below the ribs and above the stomach. In this type of breathing, the diaphragm causes the stomach, instead of the chest, to rise and fall. When the lungs fill with air, the diaphragm moves back up, and the stomach will fall (move back in). The result is slow, even and deep breathing.

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Autogenic Relaxation is a skill that you can use to relax your body. By focusing on feelings of heaviness and warmth in different parts of your body, you can release the tension in your muscles and become relaxed.
 

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Progressive Muscle Relaxation is a technique that relaxes the muscles in your body. It helps reduce tension or stress that you may hold in your muscles. When you let go of the tension, your muscles will relax. PMR is done by tensing and relaxing a muscle group off and on until the muscle stays relaxed. As you practice, you will learn to feel the difference between tense muscles and relaxed muscles.

 
Additional Resources

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Physical Exercise    Ejercicio físico         
Guided Imagery    Visualización guiada
Journaling    Escribir un diario
Mandalas    Mandalas
Stress Management    Control del estrés

 

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