Relaxation, Meditation, & Mindfulness

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Relaxation, Meditation, & Mindfulness

SKU# 9780826127457

A Mental Health Practitioner's Guide to New and Traditional Approaches

Author: Jonathan C. Smith PhD


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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

Product Details 

  • Publication Date March 04, 2005
  • Page Count 380
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826127457
  • EISBN 9780826127464

Table of Contents 

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

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

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

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

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

  29. Appendix