In Pursuit of Relaxation

Learn to relax more deeply on a regular basis through proven methods of stress reduction.
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  • Lectures 8
  • Length 33 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 11/2014 English

Course Description

This course is about the signs and effects of stress and how to encourage the body to relax more frequently. We'll primarily look at Harvard cardiologist Herbert Benson's concept of the Relaxation Response, which is our body's own parasympathetic nervous system in action.

You'll learn how reducing stress can support your body to have better health and well-being now and to avoid the consequences of chronic stress down the road.

This course is particularly good for:

  • Those who find themselves regularly overloaded with information
  • Those who have trouble taking regular breaks
  • Those who are goal-oriented and find deep rest difficult to achieve

The course will take approximately a half hour to complete, and can be watched in one sitting, or in separate pieces if you prefer.

The course is structured into three sections, first focusing on why our body responds the way that it does to stress, then on the relaxation response, and finally on recommendations for including relaxation techniques into your own life.

What are the requirements?

  • Willingness to set aside time after the course to try out 1-2 recommendations
  • Ideally, a quiet spot to serve as a place to relax
  • Access to YouTube is recommended, to follow up on recommendations

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the difference between short-term and chronic stress
  • Recognize the purpose of our body's reaction to threats, big and small
  • Implement new ways of achieving deep relaxation

Who is the target audience?

  • Those interested in coping better with stress
  • Those who have wanted to try relaxation techniques but would like structure
  • Not appropriate for those with more serious anxiety since it does not replace a physician's care
  • This course does not replace medical or mental health treatment.

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Section 1: Yup, that was terrifying.

Our bodies are equipped to handle short-term stressful events, and this capability helps us to survive when threatened. This lecture focuses on how our stress response is designed to serve us in times of immediate danger.


When stress is ongoing, we may struggle to cope. This lecture highlights the problems that can result from unrelenting stress responses.

3 questions

This quiz is designed to cover topics to cover some of the benefits of the stress response and also some of the problems associated with chronic stress.

Section 2: What is the Relaxation Response?

This lecture focuses on the autonomic nervous system, and its essential, complementary components of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.


This lecture focuses on the origins of the concept of the relaxation response and what correlations it may have to health and well-being.

4 questions

This quiz will focus on the basics of the nervous system as we learned in this section, and how Dr. Benson and other experts understand the relaxation response.

Section 3: Experiencing Deep Relaxation

In this text lecture, you will review a menu of options to choose from and consider what is the best approach for you.


This lectures covers some of my favorite techniques to help guide you as you explore what to choose for yourself.


In this lecture, you are encouraged to really consider what is reasonable to expect of yourself and to pick something manageable and attainable. You'll also consider why it would be worthwhile in your own life, to help you stay motivated to achieve your goal to include a relaxation technique in your life.

Coach Christine's Guided Visualization
5 questions

This quiz looks the specific options you have for eliciting the relaxation response. You may need to refer back to the text lecture since some of the answers relate to that portion.

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Instructor Biography

Christine Serva, Instructional Designer

I hold a Master's Degree in American Studies from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, and a Bachelor's from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. I obtained my Health Coach Certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, through Purchase College, State University of New York (SUNY).

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