Relaxation Therapy (RT) was introduced by Clinical Psychologist, Reaume Carroll Mulry, Ph.D. after one year of pre-production work. The completed work was then copyrighted as a published sound recording on June 24, 1976, registration number 34521. On December 18, 1980, Dr. Mulry assigned and transferred the same copyright to The C.V. Mosby Company of the City of St. Louis, State of Missouri (medical publishing company now Elsevier) to be included in Dr. Mulry's forthcoming publications with C.V. Mosby know as Tension Management & Relaxation: An Approach To A Balanced Way of Living and The Back School: A Team Approach To A Balanced Way of Living. At this time, Dr. Mulry was in private practice as a Clinical Psychologist and was a member of the Associated Medical Staff of the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California. Relaxation Therapy was first publicly recognized by the magazine, 'Los Angles'. Relaxation Therapy, Dr. Mulry's relaxation tapes, were privately acknowledged in a letter of appreciation by George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States of America.
Relaxation Therapy consists of a precise relaxation induction and training procedure, first published as 4 audiocassettes. Relaxation Therapy was preceded by [Progressive Relaxation] coined by American physician, Dr. Edmund Jacobson in 1938. Also preceding RT in 1975, is Dr. Herbert Benson's book, The Relaxation Response , in which he describes his research into the effects of meditation.
What differentiates Relaxation Therapy is its emphasis on rhythmic flow throughout the relaxation induction procedure, which lasts about 15 minutes, followed by various sounds of nature providing natural rhythms of their own. Dr. Mulry defines relaxation as a parasympathetic nervous system adaptation to the external rhythm provided; an active process of "letting go" into the flowing rhythm. Dr. Mulry was a modern jazz percussionist prior to creating Relaxation Therapy and this played an important role in his conception of active rhythmic flow as an important element of his relaxation induction process. The prevailing objective of Relaxation Therapy is for the learning participant, through repetitive RT experiences, to develop relaxation skills. Relaxation skills are an essential element of Dr. Mulry's emphasis of the importance of self-management of physical tension.
Dr. Mulry embedded Relaxation Therapy as a fundamental component of all of his later works, which include books and human development programs. Among these are, Tension Management & Relaxation: An Approach to a Balanced Way of Living, published by C.V. Mosby-Times Mirror in 1981. Relaxation Therapy was also included in The Back School: A Team Approach to Low Back Pain published by C.V. Mosby-Times Mirror, 1981. This publication was co-authored by White, A., Mulry, R.C., Mattmiller, W., & White, L.. Again in 1981, Relaxation Therapy was included in The Portable Back School: Home-study Approach to Proper Back Care authored by Mulry, R.C. and White, A.. In 1984, Relaxation Therapy was included in Freedom From Back Pain authored by Mulry, R.C., published by Nightingale-Conant Corporation (producer and publisher of personal development products and services). In 2004, Relaxation Therapy provided the foundation for the audio CD Trust Your Swing: The Power of the Pendulum and Rhythmic Flow authored by Mulry, R.C. & Mohr, K., published by American Network Services, Inc.(A Nevada Corporation). In 2009, Relaxation Therapy was again a fundamental component of First Aid for Back Pain authored by Mulry, R.C., published by PureSafety (Occupational Health and Safety Training Organization), as an online training program.
Later in Dr. Mulry's career, Relaxation Therapy became a fundamental component of his In The Zone multi-media, Sport Psychology, training program, which identified 4-Core Competencies of Winning Athletes (i.e. relaxation, balance, flexibility and focus). The Arizona Daily Sun article, "finding 'the Zone'" reported that being at the top of your game and In The Zone, is built on these four key concepts. Dr. Mulry's emphasis on the importance of relaxation training is key to preventing injuries and stress management.
The Relaxation Therapy Method
Relaxation Therapy consists of three stages. The first stage consists of a basic breathing exercise referred to as Soft Stomach Breathing and Deep Rhythmic Breathing. The second stage consists of some simple muscle relaxation exercises, proceeding from the feet, up through the body, concluding in the facial region. The third stage consists of a simple meditation exercise utilizing various sounds of nature, including Sounds of the Sea with the rhythmic flow of the waves upon the beach; Gentle Rainfall with the sound of rain falling into a quiet pool; Desert Sunrise with the quiet chirping of desert birds; and An Evening with Nature which consists of a babbling brook in a forest setting. These four separate versions of Relaxation Therapy are presented on separate audio CD's, each of which is preceded by the 15 minute relaxation induction procedure.
Expanding RT to Sport Psychology and Golf
Dr. Mulry asserts the best golf swing results from subconscious forces, versus conscious effort. Trust Your Swing: The Power of the Pendulum and Rhythmic Flow helps golfers achieve a smooth, seamless swing motion, following the arc of the pendulum from start to finish. Rhythmic flow is considered to be the essence of a powerful, reliable golf swing, and the core of this sport psychology training tool. Dr. Mulry and Canadian Film Composer, Karl Mohr, created this subconscious, training tool facilitating rhythmic flow, helping golfers trust their swing at a deeper physiological level.
Los Angles,December 1977, Article, Just Relax, And It’ll All Work Out, Sarasohn, David
George Bush, 710 North Post Oak Road, Suite 208, Huston, Texas 77024, March 13, 1980, Personal Letter referencing Relaxation Therapy tapes
Arizona Daily Sun (newspaper Arts & Living section), August 2001,section C1-C2, finding ‘the Zone’,Minard, Anne
Health & Safety Management for Medical Practices, American Medical Association, 2002, ISBN 1-57947-083-1, Chapter 9; Holistic Approach to Injury Prevention (pgs.149-151), Chaff, Linda
Jacobson, Edmund (1938), Progressive Relaxation Progressive Relaxation, Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press PP. 144. ISBN-10:0226390594
Mulry, R.C (1976), Relaxation Therapy, (Audiocassette)American Network Services, Inc.
Mulry, R.C. (1976), Tension Management & Relaxation: An Approach to a Balanced Way of Living, First Edition, Self-Published by Ray Mulry, Ph.D.
Mulry, R.C. (1982), Tension Management & Relaxation: An Approach to a Balanced Way of Living, Second Edition, C.V. Mosby-Times Mirror ISBN 0-8016-3599-3
White, A., Mulry, R.C., Mattmiller, W., & White, L. (1981) The Back School: A Team Approach to Low Back Pain, C.V. Mosby-Times Mirror
Mulry, R.C. & White, A.(1981), The Portable Back School: Home-study Approach to Proper Back Care, C.V. Mosby-Times Mirror ISBN: 0801635977
Mulry, R.C. (1984), Freedom From Back Pain, Nightingale-Conant Corporation
Mulry, R.C. & Mohr, K., (2005) Trust Your Swing: The Power of the Pendulum and Rhythmic Flow, American Network Services, Inc.
Mulry, R.C. (2009) First Aid for Back Pain, PureSafety, PureSafety
Mulry, Ray (1995) In The Zone: Making Winning Moments Your Way of Life, Great Ocean Publishers, Inc., now known as Great River Books ISBN 0-915556-28-6
Eisenhower Medical CenterEisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage, California
Los Angles (magazine), December 1977, Article, Just Relax, And It’ll All Work Out, Sarasohn, David
Insight, November/December, 1982, Vol. 2, No. 4. Minneapolis, MN, Article, Mulry, R.C. Back School and Pregnancy
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Symposium on The Lumbar Spine, edited by F.W. Brown, MD, C.V. Mosby-Times Mirror, St. Louis, MO, 1981, Article, Mulry, R.C. A Functional Psychological Approach to Low Back Pain
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Symposium On The Lumbar Spine, edited by F.W. Brown, MD, C.V. Mosby-Times Mirror, St. Louis, MO, 1981, Article, Mulry, R.C. Special Psychological Components of Chronic Low Back Pain
Clients who have imlemented Relaxation Therapy
Princeton University Plasma Physics Laboratory
Loma Linda University Wellness Center
Michigan Hospital Association
Queens Medical System in Hawaii
Health Care Group in Minneapolis, MN
U.S. Army TN National Guard
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
Marriott Hotels and Resorts
Pepsi-Cola General Bottlers
Nationwide Insurance Company
St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance Company
New York Power Authority
New England Electric
City of Palm Springs, CA
City of Santa Ana, CA
Texaco Refining and Marketing
Blue Mountain Energy
General Chemical ( USA and Canada)
Air Products and Chemicals
ASTECH / MCI Manufacturing