Table 2

Detailed content for the relaxation training intervention
Session Content Home based practice
1 • Assess FCR; Practice active PMR daily for 25 minutes
• Explain concept of stress, how it can be adaptive when it becomes a problem and how it can be managed through relaxation;
• Introduce different stress management techniques;
• Practice active progressive muscle relation (PMR);
2 • Review active PMR and its impact on stress levels; Practice passive PMR daily for 25 minutes
• Identify and resolve issues of practicing active PMR;
• Introduce passive PMR;
• Practice passive PMR;
3 • Review passive PMR and its impact on stress levels; Incorporate meditative relaxation into passive PMR practice for 25 minutes daily
• Identify and resolve issues of practicing passive PMR;
• Introduce meditative relaxation;
• Practice meditative relaxation.
4 • Review meditative relaxation and its impact on stress levels; Incorporate visualisation into passive PMR practice for 25 minutes daily
• Identify and resolve issues of practicing meditative relaxation;
• Introduce visualisation as a way of shortcutting the stress response;
• Practice visualisation.
5 • Review visualisation and its impact on stress levels;
• Identify and resolve issues of practicing visualisation;
• Introduce quick relaxation techniques;
• Practice quick relaxation;
• Review skills learnt and progress made;
• Develop plan for future practice of relaxation techniques.

Butow et al.

Butow et al. BMC Cancer 2013 13:201   doi:10.1186/1471-2407-13-201

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