relaxation technique

Pronunciation: (ree-lak-SAY-shun tek-NEEK)

A method used to help reduce muscle tension and stress, lower blood pressure, and control pain. Examples of relaxation techniques include tensing and relaxing muscles throughout the body, guided imagery (focusing the mind on positive images), meditation (focusing thoughts), and deep breathing exercises.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Date last modified: 2011-12-29