Index of scientific research on relaxation therapy

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

Added 2019-03-31

Physiological Impact of Vibro-Acoustic Therapy on Stress and Emotions through Wearable Sensors
Franca Delmastro, Flavio Di Martino Institute of Informatics and Telematics, Pisa, Italy

A metaphysical and neuropsychological assessment of musical tones to affect the brain, relax the mind and heal the body
Mark Pretorius, South African Theological Seminary

Added 2018-05-31

Progressive Muscle Relaxation training was more effective than Therapeutic Touch for relieving arthritis pain in study of 82 elderly patients
Dónal P. O’Mathúna, PhD, Dublin City University School of Nursing

After just a single session, Progressive Muscle Relaxation training was more effective at reducing stress than meditation (Virginia Commonwealth University)
International Journal of Stress Management 2006, Vol. 13, No. 3, 273–290

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

Guided Imagery as effective as massage for relieving pain and improving sleep in hospital patients

Added 2017-02-17

Hinokitiol (the active ingredient in the relaxation centre aromatherapy blend) shown to protect against cancer and stroke in rodent research

Added 2016-12-28

Low-Frequency Vibratory Sound (Alzheimer’s Disease)

Effects of Vibroacoustic (Sound) Therapy in Chronic Pain in Juvenile Arthritis

Added 2016-08-17

Guided Imagery Relaxation Therapy in Malaysian Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis: A Randomized Controlled Trial

The Effectiveness of Relaxation Therapy in the Reduction of Anxiety Related Symptoms (A Case Study)

Added 2016-05-17

Heat therapy (Whole-Body Hyperthermia) reduces symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder after a single session

Added 2016-03-28

Relaxation imagery used for stress reduction in the prevention of smoking relapse

The effects of guided imagery relaxation in people with COPD

The Evaluation of a Mind/Body Intervention to Reduce Psychological Distress and Perceived Stress in College Students

Added 2016-03-16

Vibroacoustic Sound Therapy Improves Pain Management and More

Added 2016-01-31

Differences in relaxation by means of guided imagery in a healthy community sample

Low Frequency Sound Treatment Promoting Physical and Emotional Relaxation

The impact of abbreviated progressive muscle relaxation on salivary cortisol

Effect of phytoncide from trees on human natural killer cell function (relates to the Japanese essential aromatherapy oils that I use)

Added 2015-09-06

Life event, stress and illness

A brain mechanism for facilitation of insight by positive affect

Far infrared radiation (FIR): its biological effects and medical applications (relates to the jade stone infrared heat system in my therapy table)

200 mg of Zen: L-Theanine Boosts Alpha Waves, Promotes Alert Relaxation (relates to the Japanese gyokuro tea that I serve)

Relaxation therapy: adjunctive therapy for the physician




Author: Colin Stone

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