The Relaxation Response

The Relaxation Response

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In this time of quarantine and global uncertainty, it can be difficult to deal with the increased stress and anxiety. Using ancient self-care techniques rediscovered by Herbert Benson, M.D., a pioneer in mind/body medicine for health and wellness, you can relieve your stress, anxiety, and depression at home with just ten minutes a day.

Herbert Benson, M.D., first wrote about a simple, effective mind/body approach to lowering blood pressure in The Relaxation Response. When Dr. Benson introduced this approach to relieving stress over forty years ago, his book became an instant national bestseller, which has sold over six million copies. Since that time, millions of people have learned the secret--without high-priced lectures or prescription medicines. The Relaxation Response has become the classic reference recommended by most health care professionals and authorities to treat the harmful effects of stress, anxiety, depression, and high blood pressure.

Rediscovered by Dr. Benson and his colleagues in the laboratories of Harvard Medical School and its teaching hospitals, this revitalizing, therapeutic tack is now routinely recommended to treat patients suffering from stress and anxiety, including heart conditions, high blood pressure, chronic pain, insomnia, and many other physical and psychological ailments. It requires only minutes to learn, and just ten minutes of practice a day.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Avon Books, 2000.
Edition: Updated & expanded.
ISBN: 9780380815951
Characteristics: liv, 179 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Klipper, Miriam Z.


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Sep 06, 2018

" As the experiments progressed over several years, the concept developed that the various physiologic changes that accompanied Transcendental Meditation were part of an integrated response opposite to the fight-or-flight response and that THEY WERE IN NO WAY UNIQUE TO Transcendental Meditation. Indeed, lowered oxygen consumption, heart rate, respiration, and blood lactate are indicative of decreased activity of the sympathetic nervous system and represent a HYPOMETABOLIC, OR RESTFUL, STATE. On the other hand, the physiologic changes of the fight-or-flight response are associated with increased sympathetic nervous system activity and represent a HYPERMETABOLIC STATE." author has expanded edition for anniversary edition. included is an overview of the state of american medicine when he was first approached by the maharishi cult to do experiments on them to determine if there actually were positive health results to be gained from meditating. hint, resistant to the concept. so, he puts the subject in historical context, and you might find this interesting if you have a liberal arts background. if you have a scientific background, you might find the meditation claims interesting. so...... . . . . .----interesting!

BookReviewer2015 Apr 30, 2015

A well known book from one of the foremost experts on the psychology and science of stress.

Nov 28, 2011

The instructions for doing the relaxation exercise gets a page maybe two. the rest of the book explains the history of his work and benefits of why this topic is important.

You probably wouldn't have picked up the book if you weren't already sold.

So if you want "self help" coping with life's challenges this will not help much. If you want to read about the topic then it may be a help to you.

Just my opinion.


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