Payne's Handbook of Relaxation Techniques. A Practical Guide for the Health Care Professional. Edition No. 4

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  • Elsevier Health Science
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Payne's Handbook of Relaxation Techniques provides the health care professional with a practical introduction to a variety of approaches to relaxation, both somatic and cognitive, that may usefully contribute to patient care.

Rosemary Payne is an experienced clinical therapist with a deep understanding of the problems facing the busy practitioner. In the 4th edition she combines her experience with that of Marie Donaghy, author, professor of Physiotherapy and member of the British Psychological Society. They aim to provide a quick and informative guide to selecting the most appropriate relaxation technique for each client. Payne's handbook of Relaxation Techniques has with the past 3 editions established itself as a unique source book for all those health professionals involved in teaching relaxation.

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Preface to the fourth edition

Preface to the first edition


Section 1 Setting the scene


1 Relaxation: What is it?

2 Stress: What is it?

3 Preparing for relaxation

Section 2 Somatic approaches to relaxation

4 Breathing

5 Progressive relaxation

6 Progressive relaxation training

7 A tense-release script

8 Passive muscular relaxation

9 Applied relaxation

10 Behavioural relaxation training

11 The Mitchell method

12 The Alexander technique

13 Differential relaxation

14 Stretchings

15 Physical activity

Section 3 Cognitive approaches

16 Cognitive-behavioural approaches

17 Self-awareness

18 Imagery

19 Goal-directed visualization

20 Autogenic training

21 Meditation

22 Benson's method

23 Mindfulness-based meditation

24 Brief techniques

Section 4 Working towards best practice

25 Measurement

26 Evidence from research

27 Drawing the threads together

Section 5 Appendices, Glossary, References and Index

Appendix 1 Table of methods and their suggested applications

Appendix 2 Training courses and contact information

Appendix 3 Events and 1995 life change unit (LCU) values for the Recent Life Changes Questionnaire

Appendix 4 PAR-Q Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire




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Payne, Rosemary A. Chartered physiotherapist and tutor in relaxation training, Cardiff, UK.

Donaghy, Marie Professor of Physiotherapy; Dean, School of Health Sciences, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh; Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy; Graduate member of the British Psychological Society; Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Edited books include

Everett T., Donaghy M.E., Feaver, S 2003 Interventions in Mental Health: An evidence-based approach for Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists Oxford: Butterworth Heinemann.

Donaghy M., Nicol M., Davidson K Cognitive Behavioural Interventions in Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Edinburgh: Elsevier (in print to be published early 2008)

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