Saturday, April 12, 2014


We know deep relaxation switches on the parasympathetic nervous system often referred to as the “rest and digest” part of our autonomic nervous system, counteracting the “fight or flight” response associated with the sympathetic nervous system.

Research over the years has clarified the many benefits of deep relaxation and the following are some of them:


relieves stress and tension

facilitates high quality, natural sleep

strengthens your immune system

asthmatics learn to widen restricted respiratory passages

diabetics can reduce the need for insulin

improves body’s ability to regulate glucose in common types of diabetes

offers significant relief from chronic, unbearable pain

lessens or alleviates backache, chronic migraines, tension headaches, and cancer derived pain

releases muscle tension

lowers susceptibility to viruses

slows heart and breath rates

improves blood flow to the heart

lowers blood pressure

lowers cholesterol levels

lessens severity of angina attacks

helps the elderly with weakened immune systems

decreases bodily responses to stress released hormones (norepinephrine)

reduces cravings for food, alcohol and other drugs

reduces reliance on many psychotropic/prescription drugs

elevates endorphins, your natural pain killers

use of relaxation was recommended in 1984 by National Institutes of Health as a first therapy for mild hypertension, along with salt restriction and weight loss, before resorting to drug treatments

There are many ways to relax and Relaxation Therapy is one of them.  It is a powerful technique producing a comparatively deep state of relaxation as distinguished from mindfulness, meditation, prayer, progressive relaxation and other similar approaches.

To learn more about the original Relaxation Therapy go to the home page on this site and check out WHY RT?  located at the top of the page.

It is important to do Relaxation Therapy on a regular basis so you can experience the many benefits or RT.  You will soon develop Relaxation Skills.  Relaxation Skills allow you to relax in challenging, stressful situations without use of the RT Audio CD or RT MP3 download.

Remember, you ARE what you think.  You BECOME what you do.

Dr. Ray
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