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(p. 153) Session 6: Relaxation Training: Experiencing the Sensation of the Brain Changing Itself 

(p. 153) Session 6: Relaxation Training: Experiencing the Sensation of the Brain Changing Itself
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(p. 153) Session 6: Relaxation Training: Experiencing the Sensation of the Brain Changing Itself
Author(s):

Joel M. Reiter

, Donna Andrews

, Charlotte Reiter

, and W. Curt LaFrance Jr.

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199335015.003.0007
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date: 24 October 2020

Many people with seizures feel that their brains are out of control. This chapter teaches participants how to experience the sensation of the brain changing itself—and, as a result, to feel more in control. Participants work on exercises that include relaxation training, deep breathing, and body awareness. The chapter provides a script for participants to use while practicing deep relaxation. They learn to relax the body and guide the brain toward an awake, relaxed state. This ability to change the brain gives participants both a greater sense of control and a practical tool for reducing seizures. Participants may use this tool in order to reduce the likelihood of a seizure or even to prevent a seizure from progressing.

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