The idea of deep relaxation to reduce pain in labour is not a new phenomenon. The obstetrician, Dr Grantly Dick Read (1889–1959), through his clinical work and research discovered that by removing fear and tension, pain is diminished. Calmbirth draws on Dr Read’s original theory as well as current evidence based research which validates many of his initial observations.
Dr Herbert Benson, cardiologist and founder of the Boston Harvard Medical Institute, states that we can all evoke a bodily calm which has the opposite effect of the well known'fight or flight' response.
He calls this bodily calm the 'relaxation response'. Through his research he was able to measure how our beliefs, values, thoughts and feelings have physical manifestations.