The Relaxation Response is a physiological response inherent in the nervous system that is apparently the result of decreased activity in the sympathetic branch of nervous system (sometimes called the "fight or flight" part of the nervous system) and increased activity in the parasympathetic branch of the nervous system (also know as the "rest and digest" part of the nervous system).

History of the Relaxation Response

The term of Relaxation Responseem> was coined by Dr. Herbert Benson in the early 1970s from research done at Harvard Medical School. The research on T.M. was conducted in the very room and building where Walter B. Cannon had discovered the Fight or Flight Response about 60 yearts earlier.