Effects of Flotation REST on the Immune Response: T-Cells, B-Cells, Helper and Suppressor Cells

  • Patricia Ruzyla-Smith
  • Arreed Barabasz


Psychoneuroimmunology researchers are attempting to clarify how stress influences the immunologic process. It appears that assisted relaxation may be one psychological approach which may alter immune system responses. Peavy (cited in Achterberg, 1985) demonstrated the effects of biofeedback-assisted relaxation on immune function. When individuals, naive to immune function and the purpose of the study, learned to relax there was an enhancement effect on immunity. Achterberg (1985) observed that:

Through many examples and varied processes, then, the filters that prevent direct mental access to the physical body can be lifted. Most of the ways have in common a means of either removing, or significantly altering, or even competing with the demands the external environment makes on the brain (p. 137).


Skin Conductance Response Global Severity Index Progressive Muscle Relaxation Hypnotic Susceptibility Positive Symptom Distress Index 
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© Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1993

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  • Patricia Ruzyla-Smith
  • Arreed Barabasz

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