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Relaxation Training as a Holistic Nursing Intervention

DeMarco-Sinatra, Jan MSN, RN

Complementary and Alternative Therapies

For centuries cultures have incorporated strategies that recognize the power of engaging the mind in the process of healing. In this century, relaxation training (RT) is a skill that has been repeatedly validated by nursing, medical and psychology researchers as a complementary intervention that is effective for a wide range of clinical situations. Relaxation can be employed by nurses and patients to offset the negative effects of stress, illness, and surgery while promoting healing and self efficacy. The nurse's knowledge of RT is essential to a holistic nursing approach that supports an innovative model of caring for nursing practice.

Coordinator, New England Heart and Longevity Center, Manchester, Connecticut, Research Editor for Heart Sense, Phillips Publishing, Potomac, Maryland (DeMarco-Sinatra)

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