Once the body and mind become equally relaxed, blood pressure falls considerably, even for elderly people. And the best tools for relaxation are background sounds of ocean waves, calming voices and classical music. These findings were reported by researchers at the American Heart Association’s 62nd Annual Fall Conference of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research in Atlanta.
Although the relaxation program listeners showed slightly better results than the Mozart’s sonata listeners, all in all, both groups did very well in reducing their blood pressures. The relaxation program has been used for many years to correct disorders of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), but this is first time it is been used to reduce high blood pressure.
This program can be used by anyone to supplement their regular blood pressure medications. It is self regulated, so there is no need for physicians supervision.
Elderly people are plague by high systolic (number on top) blood pressure , and the relaxation program showed a 6.4 percent drop in systolic pressure. This is as good as any single treatment can do.
The relaxation CD, “Revitalizer II”, used for the study was produced by clinical psychologist Dr. Thomas Budzynski, and is available here.