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Module 4 - The relaxation response

The information in this module is provided for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for a diagnostic opinion or a therapeutic relationship. This information is based on research; however, their accuracy cannot be guaranteed.

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This program was set up and led by Anne Bilodeau, MSS, TSI and Vicky Rivard, Ph.D., C.Psych. 

As you will see in the following video clips, this information comes from two author-researchers. We encourage you to pick up one of these books if you feel the need to delve deeper into the concepts.
Overcoming the Enemies of Sleep , Charles Morin
Say Good Night to Insomnia , Gregg Jacobs

In this module, we introduce the relaxation response (to be used during the day only, at this stage) and address attitudes and beliefs to counter stress. The relaxation response was devised in the 1960s, by Dr. Herbert Benson, to counter the habit of being in fight-flight mode.

Click here for a document presenting the concepts discussed in this module. 

You will need our relaxation response recording:   YouTube version   or   downloadable audio version .
This is an exercise of almost twenty minutes of progressive passive muscle relaxation. The goal is to improve your ability to access the relaxation response and thereby break the cycle of stress. 

Here you will find a short document on the benefits of the relaxation response

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