Transcendental Meditation Classes for High Blood Pressure Easthampton MA

Reducing stress is crucial to controlling my blood pressure. meditation is a terrific way to promote relaxation. It doesn’t require a specific diet and while the training can be costly, once you’ve learned the technique, it’s free.

George W Kriebel
(413) 586-8400
70 Main St
Florence, MA
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Psychiatry

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Childrens Clinic
(413) 587-3265
17 Brewster CT
Northampton, MA
Industry
Mental Health Professional, Psychologist

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Harold Richard Jordan
(413) 584-1899
110 Main St
Northampton, MA
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Lilly Gaev, LCSW, MS
(413) 584-6005
9 Center Ct
Northampton, MA

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Catherine J Durie
(413) 582-2514
30 Locust St
Northampton, MA
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Justine Sarah McCarthy-Lenz
(413) 586-8400
70 Main St
Florence, MA
Specialty
Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry

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William Eugene Boutelle
(413) 587-7500
50 Pleasant St
Northampton, MA
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Cooley Dickinson Hospital
(413) 582-2000
30 Locust St
Northampton, MA
Industry
Mental Health Professional, Osteopath (DO)

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Marc A Bleicher
(413) 582-0111
9 Center Ct
Northampton, MA
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Edmund P. DeLaCour
(413) 586-8818
16 Center St, Ste 405
Northampton, MA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis, Couples Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Languages Spoken
French
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Credentialed Since: 1980-04-28

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Reducing Stress to Reduce High Blood Pressure

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By Steele Belok, m.d.

Q: I know that reducing stress is crucial to controlling my blood pressure. What’s the best stress-busting technique?

A: Transcendental meditation is a terrific way to promote relaxation. It doesn’t require a specific diet and while the training can be costly, once you’ve learned the technique, it’s free. The benefits come by way of physiological effects such as slowing the respiratory rate and reducing production of the stress hormone cortisol. Calming these aspects of the stress response helps blood vessels relax and widen, which reduces pressure.

One study found that a group of African-Americans who practiced TM lowered their blood pressure by twice as much as a comparison group who used a progressive muscle relaxation technique. In fact, the TM group’s blood pressure dropped by the same amount one would expect to see if they had just begun taking medication. Eight years later, their mortality from cardiovascular disease was 67 percent lower than that of the other relaxation group, and 75 percent lower than that of a control group that received no relaxation training at all.

TM is also thought to reduce anxiety—another key to lowering blood pressure—partly by stimulating the production of the mood-enhancing brain chemical serotonin. While there’s less evidence to support other forms of meditation, they may also be helpful.

TM is taught at Maharishi Vedic Centers. You can find the nearest one by calling 888.532.7686, or look online at www.tm.org .

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