Progressive relaxation techniques are the best starting place for stress management. The exercises are an extremely effective way of reducing tension and inducing relaxation. Deep breathing exercises promote regular and calm respiration. Techniques are introduced so that muscles can be relaxed while a person is busy and active. When progressive and deep muscle relaxation is mastered, the person can quickly relax and cope with everyday stress in an effective and healthy way. Part 1 of Relaxation and Stress Management Training Program, 3 CD series. Great Companion: Stress Management: A Comprehensive Guide (book).