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Progressive Muscle Relaxation Technique Video By WELLWVU Wellcasts

Progressive Muscle Relaxation video

Watch and listen as Mun takes you through a stress reduction technique called Progressive Muscle Relaxation. By the end you will feel rejuvenated and ready to attack the day.

Introduction

This guided relaxation video by WELLWVU Wellcasts is 14 minutes 21 seconds long and focuses on a single theme of the progressive muscle relaxation exercises. It uses still video of nature scenes and there is a male instructor voiceover to explain the progressive muscle relaxation techniques whilst nature sounds play quietly in the background.

Video Components

Theme

The main theme of this relaxation video is well focused on progressive relaxation exercises, more specifically the progressive muscle relaxation technique. There is also a secondary image relaxation theme based around nature scenes to aid relaxation.

Audio

The audio used in this progressive muscle relaxation exercises video contains the voice of the male instructor only, which is a very good tone and the pace delivery is nice and slow to encourage relaxation. There is also some nature sounds of waves rolling onto a beach.

Instructions

The verbal instructions given by the male instructor are clear and detailed. After a brief introduction and getting you comfortable, at 40 seconds the male instructor begins an 8 minutes progressive muscle relaxation exercises session. He use second person sentences using words like “you” and “your” to get you to do the progressive muscle relaxation exercises. He tells to to focus attention on various parts of your body and tense the muscles, and then release the tension in the following order:

  • Right Hand,
  • Right Biceps (shoulder & forearm),
  • Left Hand,
  • Left Biceps (shoulder & forearm),
  • Face (forehead/eyebrows),
  • Face (eyes),
  • Face center (nose and cheeks),
  • Face (lips/mouth),
  • Face (jaw),
  • Neck,
  • Shoulders,
  • Lower back.

At 8 minutes 45 seconds he asks you to pay attention to your breathing and to do breathing exercises to breathe in relaxation and breathe out tension. He then returns to the muscle tensing exercises at 9 minutes 55 seconds for the following body zones:

  • Stomach,
  • Legs.

At 11 minutes 40 seconds for 2 minutes, he instructs you to be aware of your body in terms of tension, relaxation and breathing, breathing in relaxation and breathing out tension before bringing you back to full awareness.

Scenes

There are 4 scenes used in this progressive muscle relaxation video which are 3 beach scenes and 1 scene of hanging leaves aimed at creating a relaxing visual environment for the viewer.

Images

The scenes of this progressive muscle relaxation techniques video show images of oceans, waves, skies, trees, clouds, beaches, leaves and people. The image sizes used for this image relaxation video are all the same size and each image is displayed for a good length of time to aid concentration during relaxation. However, the image size does not fill the screen completely and black bars are visible each side of the video which is distracting to concentration which is detrimental to relaxation.

Transitions

The transition types between images are nice and simple cross fades and the transition times between images are nice and slow which helps to maintain a relaxed state.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation Technique Video By WELLWVU Wellcasts

Conclusion

This guided relaxation video with an example of progressive muscle relaxation techniques is great at facilitating a muscle exercises session. It is done with a male instructor who has a relaxed tome of voice, the delivery is at a good relaxed pace, and the instructions are clear and detailed.

This progressive muscle relaxation technique video also has a good simple image relaxation video aspect to it, displaying images from beach scenes with some nature sounds of waves rolling onto a beach which is also good for relaxation. However, it is let down a little by the image size which does not fill the screen completely and distracting black bars are visible.

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