Training the Trainers
PART 3VANDANA BALAKRISHNAN
Next, it was Smt Vandana Balakrishnan. She began quoting Amma about how religion and science are not two, but one. Her research article titled, “The Effect of Meditation on Psycho-Physiological Variables,” is based on a 5-year study of IAM technique and was published recently in an international journal. It exclusively examined the effect of IAM Technique on various psychological, physiological and biochemical parameters.
She wanted to find out whether the benefits accrued were due to the muscle relaxation or the meditation component. IAM technique is a combination of both techniques. So three groups were selected for the study: muscle relaxation technique group, control group [not practicing any technique] and IAM group.
Stress is like a terrorist
“Effect of stress is equivalent to the threat of terrorism,” she said. “It is the root cause of a long list of diseases like hypertension, diabetes and even cancer… Is there any lasting pharmacological solution? The only solution for stress currently available is relaxation techniques.”
Effects on stress
The levels of two major stress hormones shoot up during stress: adrenaline, which precipitates immediate stress effects and cortisol, responsible for long term stress effects. The research found that practitioners of IAM Technique experience a sudden reduction in stress-hormone adrenaline within forty-eight hours of beginning the practice, along with a sudden fall in the levels of heart rate and respiratory rate.
After eight months, the practitioners of IAM Technique showed a significant decline in stress-hormone cortisol and there was significant increase in IgA levels, which is associated with immunological benefits.
In psychological-evaluation, a major change was also recorded in the attitude of practitioners towards ‘stressful events’.
IAM far superior
In the end, IAM proved to be far superior compared to other methods evaluated.
In the US, 50% of doctors prescribe meditation along with medication.
IAM technique helps cope up with stress
In conclusion, Smt Vandana noted that stress can never be eliminated totally from one’s life; we can never expect a stress-free life. Stress is a part of life. IAM technique helps one to cope up with stress. For more exhaustive details and free download of the study, visit:
Compiled by: Janardana Krishna[to be continued]