General Relaxation Research
There is a vast body of research to prove the benefits of relaxation. Among the most notable is the research carried out by best-selling author Dr Herbert Benson Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He has shown through numerous studies how quick and easy relaxation techniques have immense physical benefits, from lowering blood pressure to a reduction in heart disease. His books The Relaxation Response and the more recent Relaxation Revolution, detail many of the studies which he carried out since 1970’s. You can access his published research through the Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine. www.massgeneral.org/bhi
Research into Creative Relaxation in Spain
Research carried out in Spain, over a 12 year period, measured the effects of Training in Creative Relaxation on adults using recognised psychological tests. The research was conducted by Dr. Julio Herrero -a psychiatrist and head of the Health Department of Madrid City Council, and Dr Rachel Martin -a medical doctor and psychotherapist also employed by the same department. The research was conducted on Madrid City Council employees, members of the Madrid Metropolitan Police Force and also on members of the public who attended various of the Council’s Health Programme’s. In all, 1,297 adults participated. The research concluded that participants who did the Training in Creative Relaxation experienced more than 50% reduction in both anxiety and depression and that the Training in Creative Relaxation can help to guard against the damaging consequences of stress-related conditions. A summary of this research can be read below.
Research in the UK
In September 2010 Girasol, in conjunction with Professor Ann Buchanan of the Oxford Centre for Research into Parenting and Children, conducted formal research evaluating the impact of Creative Relaxation on 180 primary aged school children in Redbridge. Professor Buchanan stated in her report ‘Promoting Child Well- Being’: “What can be said about Creative Relaxation with some conﬁdence is that, the feedback from pupils and teachers, as well as ﬁndings from the previous pilot studies, suggests that Creative Relaxation training may offer real beneﬁts for children that could give them life-long stress-management strategies.” The report concluded that Creative Relaxation was a ‘Promising Intervention’ and recommended that a further larger study be carried out.
The next proposed CR study will be on 1000+ primary aged children and 40+ teachers in the Southend Educational Trust due to start in 2012/13.