Relaxation, Meditation, & Mindfulness: A Mental Health Practitioner's Guide to New and Traditional Approaches / Edition 1

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Based on a newly revised theory of relaxation, ABC2 Relaxation Theory, devised by the author, this book explains why hundreds of techniques used by professionals typically sort into six groups. The integration of these groups forms the core of the book. Smith's findings also reveal that not only can relaxation go beyond stress management, but that different families of relaxation have different effects.

Rich with practical suggestions and concrete illustrations of application, this comprehensive training guide details the following techniques:

  • Yoga Stretching
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • Breathing Exercise
  • Autogenic Suggestion
  • Imagery/Relaxing Self-Talk
  • Meditation (including Mindfulness)

  • Special applications include:
  • relaxation with children
  • relaxation and pain management
  • relaxation, spirituality, and religion
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826127457
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 380
  • Sales rank: 1,140,702
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathon C. Smith, PhD, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, and founder and Director of the Roosevelt University Stress Institute. He has published numerous articles and 11 books on stress, relaxation, and mediation; and has taught stress management and relaxation to thousands of individuals, corporations, and clinics. Roosevelt University has granted Dr. Smith a Distinguished Professorship in order to conduct ABC relaxation research and develop the Stress Institute.

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Table of Contents

  1. List of Tables and Figures
    Part I: Basic Concepts
  2. Introduction
  3. Six Families of Techniques: An Historical Overview
  4. The Relaxation Engine
  5. The Six Access Skills of Relaxation
  6. The Paths and Landscapes of Relaxation
  7. The Destinations of Relaxation: Ten Great Goals
  8. Summary of ABC2 Relaxation Theory: Psychological Relaxation Theory

  9. Part II: The Relaxation Instruction Manual
  10. General Instructions for All Approaches to Relaxation
  11. Yogaform Stretching
  12. Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  13. Breathing Exercises
  14. Autogenic Training
  15. Imagery and Relaxing Self-Talk
  16. Meditation and Mindfulness

  17. Part III: Training Issues
  18. Overview of Relaxation Training Formats
  19. Orientation
  20. Assessment Tools
  21. Troubleshooting and Enhancing Relaxation

  22. Part IV: Combination Training Formats
  23. Scripting
  24. Abbreviated Programs
  25. Workshops and Group Relaxation

  26. Part V: Special Applications
  27. Relaxation for Children
  28. Relaxation and Pain Management
  29. Spirituality, Religion, and Relaxation

  30. Appendix
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