Researchers from the Université de Montréal found that Zen Meditation can help reduce pain. Zen Meditation promotes a mental, physical, and emotional balance that is associated with reduced pain sensitivity. The study compared the pain results of long-term Zen meditators and non-meditators. Each group was administered the same pain test, but the group of long-term Zen meditators reported much lower sensitivity to the pain test than non-meditators. Researchers explained that the Zen meditators used slower breathing techniques and displayed a relaxed state of mind to redirect their focus and feel less pain than the non-meditators. Therefore, people who meditate more often are less sensitive to pain.