What is the Relaxation Response?

The Relaxation Response, discovered by the inspirational author and Harvard cardiologist, Herbert Benson, M.D., represents an antidote to stress/ the fight or flight response . The Relaxation Response corresponds to a physical portion of the brain (located in the hypothalamus) which—when triggered—sends out neurochemicals that almost precisely counteract the fight or flight response.

The benefits on the body of the Relaxation Response include: a decrease in blood pressure, diminished respiratory rate, lower pulse rate, diminished oxygen consumption, increase in alpha brain waves (associated with relaxation), and in many cases, an improved sense of mental and spiritual well-being.

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