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Relaxation Techniques

By Steven Novella, MD, Assistant Professor, Neurology, Yale University School of Medicine

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Relaxation techniques, a type of mind-body medicine, are practices specifically designed to relieve tension and strain. The specific technique may be aimed at

  • Reducing activity of the sympathetic nervous system

  • Lowering BP

  • Easing muscle tension

  • Slowing metabolic processes

  • Altering brain wave activity

Relaxation techniques may be used with other techniques, such as meditation, guided imagery, or hypnotherapy.