Relaxation Response Resiliency Program (3RP)

Designed to give patients a variety of mind body skills and interventions to decrease medical symptoms and build resilience.

About this Program


Relaxation Response Resiliency Program

The Relaxation Response Resiliency Program (3RP) is an outpatient, comprehensive lifestyle program based on the principles and practices of mind body medicine. The program reduces the impact of stress through a variety of skill-building exercises scientifically shown to improve medical symptoms, mood, and well-being.

Goals & Components:

  • Develop skill in a variety of techniques that elicit the relaxation response
  • Reduce your medical symptoms
  • Understand the link between stress and physical/emotional problems
  • Learn to turn off your own stress through new behaviors and attitudes
  • Appreciate the role of positive thoughts and beliefs in support of mind body healing
  • Successfully incorporate mind body principles and practices, including socialization, into personal health
  • Learn the importance of healthy eating and physical activity to your overall health and well-being

Anyone With the Following Would Benefit:

  • Anxiety-Related Symptoms (such as palpitations, shortness of breath)
  • Headaches
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Skin problems
  • Pain
  • Sleep disorders
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Mild/moderate depression
  • MS
  • Fatigue
  • Asthma-related symptoms
  • Allergy-related symptoms
  • Any disorder complicated by stress

Program Staff: Peg Baim, MS, NP, Director; Leslee Kagan, MS, FNP, Co-director;  and Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH.

To Enroll or for More Information

Please contact Sue Clough at 617-643-6054 or

The 3RP includes three individual visits reimbursed by most insurers, and eight weeks of two-hour long self-pay group sessions.

Download the 3RP factsheet (PDF)

Visit the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine


Conditions & Diseases

  • Arthritis

    Arthritis and other rheumatic diseases are characterized by pain, swelling, and limited movement in joints and connective tissues in the body.

  • Back and Neck Pain

    Low back pain can range from mild, dull, annoying pain, to persistent, severe, disabling pain in the lower back that restrict mobility. Neck pain is pain that occurs in the area of the seven cervical vertebrae in the neck area.

  • Bruxism

    Bruxism is the term that refers to an incessant grinding and clenching of the teeth, unintentionally, and at inappropriate times.

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

    Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating condition characterized by profound tiredness, regardless of bed rest.

  • Chronic Pain

    Chronic pain is long-standing pain that persists beyond the usual recovery period or occurs along with a chronic health condition, such as arthritis.

  • Crohn's Disease

    Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that is a chronic condition that may recur at various times over a lifetime.

  • Depression

    A depressive disorder is a whole-body illness, involving the body, mood, and thoughts, and affects the way a person eats and sleeps, feels about himself or herself, and thinks about things.

  • Fibromyalgia

    Fibromyalgia, also called fibrositis, is a chronic, widespread pain in muscles and soft tissues surrounding the joints throughout the body, accompanied by fatigue.

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder

    Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) causes its sufferers chronic and exaggerated worry and tension that seem to have no substantial cause.

  • Headache

    A headache is pain or discomfort in the head or face area.

  • Indigestion

    Indigestion, also known as dyspepsia, is a painful or burning feeling in the upper abdomen and is usually accompanied by nausea, bloating or gas, a feeling of fullness, and, sometimes, vomiting.

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is an intestinal disorder that causes the following: crampy pain, gassiness, bloating, changes in bowel habits.

  • Knee Pain and Problems

    Many knee problems are a result of the aging process and continual wear and stress on the knee joint (i.e., arthritis). Other knee problems are a result of an injury or a sudden movement that strains the knee.

  • Low Back Pain

    Low back pain can range from mild, dull, annoying pain, to persistent, severe, disabling pain in the lower back. Pain in the lower back can restrict mobility and interfere with normal functioning.

  • Muscular Contraction and Tension Headaches

    Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. Stress and muscle tension are often factors in tension type headaches.

  • Neck Pain

    The neck is located between the head and the shoulders. Because of its location and range of motion, it is often left unprotected and subject to injury.

  • Osteoarthritis

    Osteoarthritis is a chronic, degenerative, joint disease characterized by the breakdown of joint cartilage and adjacent bone in the neck, lower back, knees, hips and/or fingers.

  • Panic Disorder

    Panic disorder is characterized by chronic, repeated, and unexpected panic attacks - bouts of overwhelming fear of being in danger when there is no specific cause for the fear

  • Phobias

    According to the American Psychiatric Association, a phobia is an uncontrollable, irrational, and persistent fear of a specific object, situation, or activity.

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating condition that often follows a terrifying physical or emotional event - causing the person who survived the event to have persistent, frightening thoughts and memories, or flashbacks, of the ordeal.

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder

    Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a mood disorder characterized by depression related to a certain season of the year - especially winter.

  • Sleep Apnea

    Sleep apnea is a serious breathing disorder that causes brief interruptions of breathing during sleep.

  • Thyroid Disorders in Women

    The thyroid gland, which plays an important role in the body's metabolism, secretes several hormones: thyroxine (T4), triiodothyronine (T3), and calcitonin.


  • Heartfelt Help at MGHfC - 3/13/2009, Clinical

    MGH Hotline 3.13.09 MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) is no stranger to helping children and families in need – even those who travel from around the world for care.

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