The relaxation response is a physical state of deep rest that changes our physical and emotional responses to tension and stress. It is an antidote to the ‘fight or flight’ response, which is triggered when we feel that we are under pressure of threat.
But you don’t have to be stressed to benefit from this exercise. It is a practical training aid to teach yourself relaxation. Because we all tend to override our natural opportunities for deep relaxation, learning the relaxation response will help restore your energies and balance, just as nature intended.