career as a Scientific Relaxation Specialist
began with her studies at Temple University School of Medicine with world-renowned psychiatrist Joseph Wolpe, M.D. Her career spans 35 years as a public and clinical educator in biofeedback and stress reduction
Ms. Gantner, a single mother of four teenagers, completed her Bachelors degree at Rollins College in Winter Park
in 1973, followed by extensive courses in her field at University of Florida, Harvard University, the University of Central Florida, and Temple University School of Medicine, Behavior Therapy Unit.
Drawing on her extensive knowledge of Scientific Relaxation, Marylou developed Orlando Regional Mental Health Center's first outpatient pain control clinic. In addition, she trained individual patients in anxiety and tension control methods
. As the Center's first Educational Director, Marylou developed a series of community and professional training seminars lead by international scientists in the field of Scientific Relaxation and Stress Management.
believes that anyone can learn to relax. She provides confidential individual sessions, as well as workshops for special interest groups. Her approach is personalized to her clients' needs. Using biofeedback and individualized stress management techniques, Marylou teaches Scientific Relaxation. Scientific Relaxation
is a trained skill, not counseling or therapy. Leading scientists today report that the chronic tension caused by anxiety and stress
is cumulative and leads to physical and emotional symptoms, illness, premature aging and even death.
Edmund Jacobson, a brilliant Harvard M.D. and psychologist/physiologist, discovered a mechanism within the voluntary muscles that makes learning to relax chronic tension possible. His discovery, Scientific Relaxation, is one of the most important breakthroughs in medical history. He found that by using the mind, the body can be trained to remain relaxed but alert – allowing one to accomplish much more with less effort. By practicing this skill in daily life, over 70 years of clinical and laboratory research has proven that symptoms of stress can be reduced or eliminated.