relaxation response


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re·lax·a·tion re·sponse

an integrated hypothalamic reaction in which a human being or animal experiences safety and a sense of nurturing; resulting in decreased sympathetic nervous system activity that, physiologically and psychologically, is almost a mirror image of fight or flight response; it can be self-induced through the use of techniques associated with transcendental meditation, yoga, and biofeedback.
See also: fight or flight response.

relaxation response

a protective mechanism against stress that brings about decreased heart rate, lower metabolism, and decreased respiratory rate. It is the physiological opposite of the "fight or flight," or stress, response.

relaxation response

A term coined in 1975 by Dr Herbert Benson of Harvard Medical School for the use of “good breathing techniques”, active muscle relaxation and meditation as a means of lowering blood pressure and reducing internal and external stress.

relaxation response,

n the physiologic counterbalance to the fight-or-flight response, in which a deep state of mental and physiological rest may be elicited.
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The relaxation responses of the arterial rings are expressed as a percentage relative to the phenylephrine pre-contracted aortic rings.
41) Studies are also being conducted at Harvard University on the effects of prayer and healing based on prayer in terms of evoking the relaxation response.
Towia Libermann, PhD - director of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) Genomics, Proteomics, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Center and co-senior author of the study - added, "Some of the biological pathways we identify as being regulated by relaxation response practice are already known to play specific roles in stress, inflammation and human disease.
At high frequencies, the electric response of a material lags behind the applied field when the field changes faster than the relaxation response of the molecules.
Klemchuk, 1974b, "Decreased Blood-Pressure in Pharmacologically Treated Hypertensive Patients Who Regularly Elicited the Relaxation Response," Lancet, 1(7852), pp.
A simple way to elicit the relaxation response Basic meditation is a very simple way to elicit this response.
Mindfulness is not the same as relaxation, although mindfulness-based techniques may elicit the relaxation response.
This difference might affect its relaxation response as compared to samples with uniform compressed cross-sections.
This helps you hook into relaxation response rather than stress response.
Out of that came his first book, The Relaxation Response, and the Mind Body Medical Institute.
Finally, teach how to effectively manage and reduce the intensity of stress reactions by using immediate relaxation response methods.