The Relaxation Response

The Relaxation Response

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Paperback, Pages: 240

Genres: Psychology, Health, Nonfiction, Self Help

Language: English

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The medical profession recently redefined high blood pressure as greater than 130/80; this means that more than 30 million additional Americans are now considered to have high blood pressure that should be lowered, preferably without use of drugs.

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. 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 and high blood pressure.

Discovered 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, 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.

Reader Reviews
  •    Dura Milneck
    2020
    A one-trick pony. "Meditation is good for your health."

    There. You didn't have to buy or read the book. I just saved you $10.
    Reply
  •    Yozshubar Martinozzi
    2020
    Interesting to read now that it is fairly well-known that meditation is good for relieving stress. Benson sets out to explain the body's reflex opposite fight or flight: relaxation response. Includes a thorough investigation of the method used in world religions to activate the relaxation response, as well as a scientific explanation of the effects of stress & relaxation in the body.
    Almost at the end, in three pages, he gives the actual instructions. I am grateful that I was taught to meditate as a child & have worked different little practices into my life which I know understand activate my body's natural relaxation response. I also use it heavily when i have trouble sleeping. As he points out, sleep is not the same as relaxation, but I'll take whichever one will get me through the night!

    "Guilt is not necessary. Employ a balanced approach."
    "Do not worry about whether you are successful in achieving a deep level of relaxation. Maintain a passive attitude and permit relaxation to occur at its own pace. When distracting thoughts occur, try to ignore them without dwelling on them..."

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