Tuesday, February 11, 2014



Today was a special day for me and I would like to share the experience with you.   I was invited to attend a meeting of the Veteran Support Council here at Sheridan VA Regional Medical Center.  Little did I know, the gathering was in my honor with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Council, acknowledging my work with Veterans and the significance of Relaxation Therapy to Veterans.  I was deeply moved.

Recovering Veterans face multiple challenges, many of which result from combat experiences and others from re-entry into civilian life.  I believe most would agree, life is a continuing challenge and no one said it was to be easy.  This is true for most of us, as it is clearly true for recovering Veterans.  Self-navigation in a stormy sea seems an appropriate metaphor for those knowing a healthy survival requires a steady ruddy and calmness amidst the storm.

This Blog is focused on the value of patient education leading to self-management of personal health and happiness, and this has been the continuing theme for this Psychologist since publication of Relaxation Therapy (RT) in the mid 1970’s. As such, RT provides participants with a self-help tool, reliably delivering a deep sense of relaxation and inner calm.  During 20 minutes of RT, participants let go of their tensions, into a rhythmic, relaxing process leading to activation of the parasympathetic nervous system.   In so doing, they become rested and more capable of meeting challenges when returning to a demanding work/life schedule.  In the words of Dr. Rick Hanson, in his book, Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence, “If you routinely practice relaxation, this will increase the activity of genes that calm down stress reactions, making you more resilient.”

Over four decades I have observed how RESTORED PEOPLE FEEL after an RT POWER NAP. Following RT, I often verbalize how nice it feels to be relaxed and you can feel like this throughout your day.  Development of reliable Relaxation Skills makes this possible.

You ARE what you think.

You BECOME what you do, and this is certainly true regarding the experience-dependent neuroplasticity of your ever-changing brain.

Dr. Ray

 For any of your comments or questions, email me at drray@relaxationtherapy.pro