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"How can we deal with our feelings of stress?...modify our behavior by regularly invoking the relaxation response...it may have an important place in your life."Herbert Benson, MD
The Relaxation Response, 1975
THE RELAXATION RESPONSE
In the late 1960's, in the same room in which Harvard Medical School's Walter Cannon performed fight-or-flight experiments 50 years earlier, Herbert Benson, MD found that there was a counterbalancing mechanism to the stress response. Just as stimulating an area of the hypothalamus can cause the stress response, so activating other areas of the brain results in its reduction. He defined this opposite state the "relaxation response."

Read on to learn more about the relaxation response and the simple steps you can take to integrate it into your daily life.

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Herbert Benson, MD President,
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Mind Body Medical Institute Associate Professor of Medicine,
Harvard Medical School.