Relaxation International
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The Relaxation Response
 
In the late 1960's, at Harvard Medical School, Herbert Benson MD, did extensive research on the body's response to stress. He discovered that relaxation techniques like meditation, breathing exercises, prayer, yoga and imagery etc., counterbalanced the Fight or Flight Response and elicited relaxation. He named this autonomic nervous system response the Relaxation Response. 
 
Effortless Meditation elicits the Relaxation Response
 
1-Find a comfortable place
2-Close your eyes
3-Breathe normally
4-Inhale and exhale easily, gently
5-Give yourself permission to relax
6-Passively observe your thoughts
7-Let them come and go
8-Gently introduce the word Relax
9-Allow the word Relax to come and go
10-You may fall asleep
11-That's okay
12-Continue in this process for ten, to fifteen, to twenty minutes, w/20 minutes being ideal.
13-Take three to five minutes to come out of meditation.
 
Meditate in the morning, at lunch, or in the evening-whatever time works for you. Introduce Effortless Meditation into your life and reap the benefits of the Relaxation Response.
 
Testimonials about the meditation.
From Gina:
 
"Just want to compliment you on your relaxation audio. Your professionalism and 
down to earth voice pitch puts anyone into a soft cushioned place for a while. 
 
I'm using it almost every day to keep me balanced."