Herbert Benson, director of the Benson-Henry Institute at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital, developed Relaxation Response, or RR. The practice was popularized in his 1975 book, The Relaxation Response. The benefits of Relaxation Response include:

  • Deep relaxation
  • Decreased oxygen consumption
  • Relaxed muscles
  • Slower breathing and heart rate
  • Increased nitric oxide levels
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Genomic changes associated with energy (mitochondrial) metabolism, inflammation, insulin secretion and telomere maintenance
  • Reduced addictive cravings, anxiety, chronic pain, depression, insomnia and stress.

Ohio State Integrative Medicine offers the following free relaxation recordings, recorded by an advanced practitioner and behavioral health specialist:

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