Scientific Relaxation is a trained skill, not counseling or therapy. Most people think that “relaxation” can only be found outside of their daily life routines. However, even when on vacation, many are not really able to let go of their tension and worries. Our thoughts of fear and worry cause our brains to create chemicals that flood our bodies with tension. Tension is not a vague term. It is primarily the result of brain, nerve, and muscle activity which increases when we feel stressed and threatened. When this continues on day after day, it leads to both physical and emotional symptoms of discomfort. In an attempt to feel better, we reach for ways to soothe our discomforts – often adding the impact of self-defeating addictions to our lives.
In the 1930s, Edmund Jacobson, a brilliant Harvard M.D. and psychologist/physiologist, discovered a mechanism within the voluntary muscles that makes learning to relax chronic tension possible. His discovery, now known as The Relaxation Response, is one of the most important breakthroughs in medical history. Jacobson found that by using the mind, the body can be trained to remain relaxed but alert—allowing one to accomplish much more with less effort. By practicing this skill in daily life, symptoms of stress can be reduced or completely eliminated and your energy, efficiency, and creativity greatly enhanced.
The Relaxation Response is our natural state of being – a skill that Nature has hard-wired into our brain and nervous system. Upon learning this from Marylou, a doctor remarked: “The Relaxation Response is the best-kept secret in medicine.” Clients often ask her, “Why haven’t I heard of this before?” Marylou feels it is her mission to educate people. Most people live their lives without knowing there is a way to optimize their mental and physical health with this simple skill. A skill that is designed into their very cells!
Scientific Relaxation is the combination of Proper Breathing, Progressive Relaxation, and Differential Relaxation. Marylou uses EMG Biofeedback and individualized stress management techniques to teach these powerful tools for navigating life’s challenges. These tools activate the Relaxation Response that exists within each and every one of us, just waiting to be discovered.
Marylou believes she can teach anyone to learn to relax. She provides confidential individual sessions, as well as workshops for special interest groups. Her approach is personalized to her clients’ needs.