Index of scientific research on relaxation therapy

Here are links to all of the research articles, papers and studies referenced on relaxationcentre.ca. This list is continuously updated with new research. If you find a broken link here, please let me know.

Added 2017-04-04

Effectiveness of a relaxation intervention (progressive muscle relaxation and guided imagery techniques) to reduce anxiety and improve mood of parents of hospitalized children with malignancies: A randomized controlled trial in Republic of Cyprus and Greece
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1462388916301107

Guided Imagery as effective as massage for relieving pain and improving sleep in hospital patients
http://relaxationcentre.ca/docs/20170201-Beneficial-Effects-of-Guided-Imagery-or-Clinical-Massage.pdf

Added 2017-02-17

Hinokitiol (the active ingredient in the relaxation centre aromatherapy blend) shown to protect against cancer and stroke in rodent research
https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2013/840487/

Added 2016-12-28

Low-Frequency Vibratory Sound (Alzheimer’s Disease)
http://relaxationcentre.ca/docs/VAT-and-Alzheimers-Neurite-growth.pdf

Effects of Vibroacoustic (Sound) Therapy in Chronic Pain in Juvenile Arthritis
http://relaxationcentre.ca/docs/VAT-and-Juvenile-Arthritis.pdf

Added 2016-08-17

Guided Imagery Relaxation Therapy in Malaysian Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis: A Randomized Controlled Trial
http://relaxationcentre.ca/docs/20150101-Guided-Imagery-Relaxation-Therapy-Knee-Osteoarthritis.pdf

The Effectiveness of Relaxation Therapy in the Reduction of Anxiety Related Symptoms (A Case Study)
http://relaxationcentre.ca/docs/20101202-Effectiveness-of-Relaxation-Therapy-Anxiety.pdf

Added 2016-05-17

Heat therapy (Whole-Body Hyperthermia) reduces symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder after a single session
http://relaxationcentre.ca/docs/160512-Whole-Body-Hyperthermia-Major-Depressive-Disorder.pdf

Added 2016-03-28

Relaxation imagery used for stress reduction in the prevention of smoking relapse
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2648.1992.tb01907.x/abstract

The effects of guided imagery relaxation in people with COPD
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/oti.203/abstract

The Evaluation of a Mind/Body Intervention to Reduce Psychological Distress and Perceived Stress in College Students
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07448480209603446

Added 2016-03-16

Vibroacoustic Sound Therapy Improves Pain Management and More
http://relaxationcentre.ca/docs/Vibroacoustic-Sound-Therapy-Improves-Pain-Management.pdf

Added 2016-01-31

Differences in relaxation by means of guided imagery in a healthy community sample
http://relaxationcentre.ca/docs/Differences_In_Relaxation_By_Means_Of_Guided_Imagery.pdf

Low Frequency Sound Treatment Promoting Physical and Emotional Relaxation
http://relaxationcentre.ca/docs/Low_Frequency_Sound_Treatment_Promoting_Physical_and_Emotional_Relaxation.pdf

The impact of abbreviated progressive muscle relaxation on salivary cortisol
http://relaxationcentre.ca/docs/The_impact_of_abbreviated_progressive_muscle_relaxation_on_salivary_cortisol.pdf

Effect of phytoncide from trees on human natural killer cell function (relates to the Japanese essential aromatherapy oils that I use)
http://relaxationcentre.ca/docs/Effect_of_phytoncide_from_trees_on_human_natural_killer_cell_function.pdf

Added 2015-09-06

Life event, stress and illness
http://relaxationcentre.ca/docs/20080918_Stress-and-Illness.pdf

A brain mechanism for facilitation of insight by positive affect
http://relaxationcentre.ca/docs/20090101_Positive-Mood-and-Anxiety.pdf

Far infrared radiation (FIR): its biological effects and medical applications (relates to the jade stone infrared heat system in my therapy table)
http://relaxationcentre.ca/docs/20121101_Far-Infrared.pdf

200 mg of Zen: L-Theanine Boosts Alpha Waves, Promotes Alert Relaxation (relates to the Japanese gyokuro tea that I serve)
http://relaxationcentre.ca/docs/20010401_L-Theanine.pdf

Relaxation therapy: adjunctive therapy for the physician
http://relaxationcentre.ca/docs/19830101_Relaxation-Therapy-Physician.pdf

 

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Author: Colin Stone

Professional Relaxation Therapist (MASC, BSYA) and founder of the Relaxation Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Using guided imagery, therapeutic music and aromatherapy to relieve stress in the most relaxing room on earth!