Relaxation Response: Physiologic Effects

1.0 Continuing Education Credit Hour

Relaxation Response

This module provides :
1. Self-assessment: How relaxed and effective are we?
2. What are the physiologic effects of practicing the relaxation response? How might regular practice affect common stress-related clinical conditions?
3. How can clinicians teach patients or clients about common challenges faced by those beginning to practice the relaxation response?


Kathi J. Kemper

Kathi Kemper, MD, MPH is the Director of the Ohio State University Center for Integrative Health and Wellness and Professor of Pediatrics. She has over 45 years’ experience practicing relaxation response, 40 years practicing yoga, and 15 years’ experience teaching a variety of skills to health professionals. She completed formal training with the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program as well as the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics course in Clinical Hypnosis and Guided Imagery. She has over 20 years’ experience using guided imagery with patients and over 10 years’ experience teaching children and adolescents to use biofeedback. Her online training programs have provided Continuing Education credit to more than 20,000 health professionals.


  1. Describe the physiologic effects of the Relaxation Response on the central and autonomic nervous systems.
  2. Describe the physiologic effects of the Relaxation Response on genomic expression, blood pressure, and inflammation.
  3. Engage in self-reflection to assess how practicing the Relaxation Response affects one's own sense of flourishing.
  4. Discuss with patients or clients how to overcome common difficulties in practicing the Relaxation Response.

Online Module

When completing the on-line module you will be presented with learning objectives, brief cases, questions for reflection (not scored), and interactive lessons with hyperlinks to engage you along the way. Once you complete the lessons, you will be presented with the Module Evaluation and then the Post Test (which requires a score of 70%), followed by the opportunity to print your Continuing Education Certificate. Modules remain available for your future reference once you have completed them.