ERIC Number: ED106261
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Relaxation: A Fourth "R" for Education.
Frederick, A. B.
Relaxation training helps the individual handle tension through concentrating upon efficient use of muscles. A program of progressive relaxation can be easily incorporated into elementary and secondary schools. Objectives of such a program include the following: (a) to learn to relax technically for purposes of complete rest (deep muscle relaxation), and (b) to learn to relax away needless tension in order that everyday activity might proceed with greater efficiency (differential or selective relaxation). In a series of lessons, the student can be taught to recognize the tension signal in specific muscle groups. The recognition phase is accomplished while the student is moderately contracting a specified group of muscles. Once identified, less contraction often elicits the signal even though there may be no visible contraction. If the training has been successful, such unwarranted tensions are simply relaxed away and the advent of a new habit pattern of efficiency is thus encouraged. Relaxation programs can be conducted without sophisticated apparatus for support and testing Biofeedback devices may be available for school use within a decade. (JS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Address given at the Midwest Convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (1975)