"Relax - it's good for you"
The Sydney Morning Herald
August 20, 2009
Meditation has long been lauded. Now science has shown that deep relaxation changes our bodies on a genetic level - for the better.
In a recent scientific study researchers at Harvard Medical School have discovered that in long-term practitioners of relaxation methods such as yoga and meditation, far more "disease-fighting genes" were active, compared to those who practiced no form of relaxation. Dr Benson, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School (who led the research) believes this research is 'pivotal because it shows how a person's state of mind affects the body on a physical and genetic level'.
"What you're looking for is a state of deep relaxation where tension is released from the body on a physical level and your mind completely switches off," he says. "The effect won't be achieved by lounging around in an everyday way, nor can you force yourself to relax. You can only really achieve it by learning a specific technique such as self-hypnosis, guided imagery or meditation".