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How can relaxation therapies improve my well-being?

Ben Kaminsky
Dermatology
Most relaxation therapies are based on the premise that the mind and body are interconnected, and physical health and emotional well being are closely linked. Not only can certain mind/body therapies increase the brain’s morphine-like pain relievers, called endorphins and enkephalins, which are associated with a happy, positive feeling—these therapies may improve your quality of sleep, your ability to concentrate and be productive, and your personal relationships. One small study of several different relaxation modalities found a 42 percent improvement in self-reported sleep complaints after one year of practicing relaxation therapies. There are also fascinating reports that mind/body exercises when used with touch therapies (bodywork and massage) influence psychological function and the physiological benefits of these techniques extend for hours and even days.
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