Benson, Herbert, MD. The Relaxation Response. New York: Avon Books, 1990. This is an excellent resource for the relaxation method of pain relief.
Lewis, Sheldon, and Sheila Lewis. Stress-Proofing Your Child: Mind-Body Exercises to Enhance Your Child's Health. New York: Bantam Books, 1996. This book is highly recommended for all parents. It clearly explains easy ways to teach children techniques such as guided imagery, deep breathing, and meditation to decrease stress, increase a child's sense of control, and boost children's confidence. A wonderful, practical book.
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