The guided relaxation sessions on this CD
quiet the mind, soothe the emotions and create a state of deep
relaxation in the body.
Deep states of
relaxation have a profound effect on the body's ability to combat
stress and to heal and
rejuvenate. Practicing relaxation has been shown to:
- Lower blood pressure
- Increase energy
- Enhance creativity
- Promote sleep
- Ease muscle tension
- Reduce anxiety and depression
- Alleviate fatigue
- Reduce tension headaches
- Lower stress levels
felt wonderful! This CD is really, really, really good. I'm sending a
copy to a friend because I know she'll absolutely love it"
Three guided relaxation sessions:
"Simple exercises, profound relaxation.
The perfect 10 minute retreat for self. Afterwards I feel alert and recharged! "
Karen A., Acupuncturist
1. Breathe & Relax
(12:47) - In this brief relaxation break you'll learn a simple conscious breathing
technique combined with
body awareness to help you release tension throughout your body. Deep breathing brings more oxygen to the brain and
muscles and helps your body and mind relax. Reduce mental and
physical stress so you can feel and junction better throughout your
LISTEN TO AN AUDIO
SAMPLE OF "BREATHE & RELAX"
listened to a lot of relaxation tapes and the background sounds on this blended
so well. They were not intrusive like some."
2. Renew &
Restore (30:16) - A guided relaxation experience using breath,
progressive relaxation and visualization. This gentle session helps
you to access the deeper parts of your mind where your body's self
healing ability resides. This session is extremely relaxing and
invites healing at the cellular level. Feel deeply refreshed and renewed with
more energy to face the challenges of your day.
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SAMPLE OF "RENEW & RESTORE"
"I am listening to your CD every night. I still have not heard the end of the 30 minute segment because I am out like a light. Thanks!"
3. Deep Sleep (29:42) - A
guided experience to promote deep, undisturbed sleep. Session
includes: contraction and relaxation of muscles to prepare you body
for more relaxed sleep; 2:1 breathing to calm the nervous system and
slow your heart rate, and visualization to help you unwind, quiet
your mind and prepare for a deep restful sleep.
LISTEN TO AN AUDIO
SAMPLE OF "DEEP SLEEP"
had a great night's sleep. It works!"
Wendy T., Massage Therapist
"I listened to "Deep Sleep" last night and it worked so well. It was really wonderful. Something I really liked was the next morning I took a little nap and my body went right back into that full relaxed mode."
With soothing background sounds
of the Pacific Ocean and Hawaiian birdsong.
THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF STRESS
The World Health Organization cites stress as "a global epidemic."
They say that the effects of stress are more than emotional or physical. Stress affects all
aspects of well-being, the end result being disease and illness. In a recent article in
American Psychological Association it was reported that “75-90 percent of all physician
office visits are for stress related ailments. Stress is linked to the six leading causes
of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide.”
SURPRISING HEALTH BENEFITS FROM RELAXATION
“The simple act of becoming relaxed can have surprising health benefits.
In addition to the obvious psychological effects of relieving stress and mental tension, the new findings
indicate, deep relaxation, if practiced regularly can strengthen the immune system and produce a host of
other medically valuable physiological changes. Relaxation may also help ward off disease by making people
less susceptible to viruses, and by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Research by Dr. Dean Ornish, director of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute in San Francisco,
has shown that relaxation training improves blood flow to the heart. He also found that relaxation lowered
cholesterol levels and lessened the severity of angina attacks.
Relaxation offers relief for many asthmatics by diminishing both the emotional upsets that can
trigger attacks and the constriction of air passages that chokes breathing, according to a report
by Paul Lehrer of Rutgers Medical School.
Diabetics can benefit from relaxation, according to research at the Duke University Medical Center.
In a series of studies, Dr. Richard Surwit found that relaxation improved the body's ability to regulate
glucose in patients with the most common type of diabetes. It is the body's inability to control glucose
that ultimately leads to the damage done by the disease.
In a recent article in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Dr. Kabat-Zinn reported a sharp decrease
in pain and related symptoms in patients trained in relaxation at the University of Massachusetts Medical
Center. The patients in the study were able to lessen or, in some cases, stop altogether their use of pain drugs.
In another study researchers taught relaxation techniques to residents of a retirement home. After a month of
training their levels of natural killer cells and antibody titers - indicators of resistance to tumors and viruses
- had improved significantly, according to a report in Health Psychology.” Daniel Goleman, The New York Times
STRESS AND THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
For thousands of years, people
believed that stress made you sick. In the last decade, scientists like Dr.
Esther Sternberg, director of the Integrative Neural Immune Program at NIH’s
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), have been rediscovering the links
between the brain and the immune system.
According to Dr. Sternberg, if you’re chronically stressed, the part of the
brain that controls the stress response is going to be constantly pumping out a
lot of stress hormones. The immune cells are being bathed in molecules which are
essentially telling them to stop fighting. And so in situations of chronic
stress your immune cells are less able to respond to an invader like a bacteria
or a virus. National
Institute of Health Online
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"Bette's voice is amazing - so soothing! I completely
trusted her to guide me into a deep, relaxed state."
Bette Phelan is a
Certified Hypnotherapist and Medical Hypnotherapist. She is also a Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher with 30
years experience practicing, studying and teaching yoga. Bette
integrates her understanding of transpersonal therapies and the
deeper states of the mind with her years of yoga experience to help
students gain profound changes at a core level.
currently lives on the island of Hawaii where she teaches yoga classes and
private yoga sessions at Hualalai
Four Seasons Resort and in Waikoloa Village. Bette is the Founder and Co-Director of Tropical
Tune-Ups, week-long yoga retreats for women.
Using This CD or MP3:
Use one or more of the sessions on this CD or MP3 anytime you
feel the need to unwind and relax. Make a commitment to practice
relaxation daily for at least 30 days. In that period of time you
will notice many positive results. With regular practice you will
find that you begin to use some of the techniques presented here
throughout your day. Learning to become more conscious of your
breathing and body tensions can greatly reduce the harmful effects
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