Books about Relaxation


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800 Stepping Stones to Complete Relaxation: Physical, Emotional, Sleep, Dream, Mental, Creativity, Self, Visualization, Projection - Michael Lee Wright 2000

 

The Fine Arts of Relaxation, Concentration, and Meditation: Ancient Skills for Modern Minds - Joel Levey, Michelle Levey and Margaret J. Wheatley 2003

Amazon Synopsis: Joel and Michelle Levey have taught thousands of people around the globe to live in greater harmony and balance. Field-tested and refined over many years, the Leveys' unique approach to stress-mastery and personal development offers step-by-step guidance for developing personal strengths, enhancing the quality of life, and making a real contribution to the world. The Fine Arts of Relaxation, Concentration and Meditation offers a treasury of the authors' most useful teachings: Waking up throughout the day; finding one's meditation practice and sticking to it; balancing breath, brain, and mind-mastering stress and enhancing performance in every arena of one's life; creative intelligence-—the dynamic synergy of active and quiet mind skills; mastery, mystery, and meditation—awakening to one's true nature; and inspired work—relaxation, concentration, and meditation on the job. A vital blend of profoundly practical skills, advice, instruction, and encouragement makes this a complete course for awakening more fully to one's highest potentials in each moment of life.

 

Guided Imagery for Groups: Fifty Visualizations That Promote Relaxation, Problem-Solving, Creativity, and Well-Being - Andrew E. Schwartz 1997

Amazon Synopsis: Guided imagery is a powerful tool for promoting change and growth within a group. Guided Imagery for Groups contains everything you need to use this technique with any audience, in any setting. Fifty scripts addressing issues of calming, centering, clarity, creativity, congruence, coping, and connectedness-plus tips on using group dynamics to enhance individual learning-make this a resource you'll reach for again and again.

 

One Zentangle A Day: A 6-Week Course in Creative Drawing for Relaxation, Inspiration, and Fun - Beckah Krahula 2012

Amazon Synopsis: One Zentangle A Day is a beautiful interactive book teaching the principles of Zentangles as well as offering fun, related drawing exercises. Zentangles are a new trend in the drawing and paper arts world. The concept was started by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas as a way to practice focus and meditation through drawing, by using repetitive lines, marks, circles, and shapes. Each mark is called a "tangle," and you combine various tangles into patterns to create "tiles" or small square drawings. This step-by-step book is divided into 6 chapters, each with 7 daily exercises. Each exercise includes new tangles to draw in sketchbooks or on tiepolo (an Italian-made paper), teaches daily tile design, and offers tips on related art principles, and contains an inspirational "ZIA" (Zentangle Inspired Art) project on a tile that incorporates patterns, art principals, and new techniques.

 

The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook - Matthew McKay Ph.D 2008

Amazon Synopsis: The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook broke new ground when it was first published in 1980, detailing easy, step-by-step techniques for calming the body and mind in an increasingly overstimulated world. Now in its sixth edition, this workbook, highly regarded by therapists and their clients, remains the go-to source for stress reduction strategies that can be incorporated into even the busiest lives.

This new edition is updated with powerful relaxation techniques based on the latest research, and draws from a variety of proven treatment methods, including progressive relaxation, autogenics, self-hypnosis, visualization, and mindfulness and acceptance therapy.

In the first chapter, you'll explore your own stress triggers and symptoms, and learn how to create a personal plan for stress reduction. Each chapter features a different method for relaxation and stress reduction, explains why the method works, and provides on-the-spot exercises you can do to apply that method when you feel stressed. The result is a comprehensive yet accessible workbook that will help you to curb stress and cultivate a more peaceful life.

This book has been awarded The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Seal of Merit — an award bestowed on outstanding self-help books that are consistent with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) principles and that incorporate scientifically tested strategies for overcoming mental health difficulties. Used alone or in conjunction with therapy, our books offer powerful tools readers can use to jump-start changes in their lives.

 

The Relaxation Response - Herbert Benson and Miriam Z. Klipper 2000

Amazon Synopsis: When Dr. Herbert Benson introduced this simple, effective, mind/body approach to relieving stress twenty-five years ag, his book became an instant national bestseller. Since that time, millions of people have learned the secret--without high-priced lectures or prescription medicines. The Relaxation Response has become the classic reference recommended by most health care professionals and authorities to treat the harmful effects of stress.

Discovered by Dr. Benson and his colleagues in the laboratories of Harvard Medical School and its teaching hospitals, this revitalizing, therapeutic approach is now routinely recommended to treat patients suffering from heart conditions, high blood pressure, chronic pain, insomnia, and many other physical ailments. It requires only minutes to learn, and just ten to twenty minutes of practice twice a day.

 

Relaxation Revolution: The Science and Genetics of Mind Body Healing - Herbert Benson 2011

Amazon Synopsis: Recent scientific breakthroughs—demonstrating that mind body strategies can actually “switch off” or “switch on” gene activity associated with health and disease—have triggered a mind body revolution in the medical world.

In the 1970s, Dr. Herbert Benson of
Harvard Medical School ushered in a new era of understanding in the field of mind body medicine. Coining the term “relaxation response,” Dr. Benson identified the body’s physiologic reaction that is the exact opposite of the stress (fight-or-flight) response. In the four decades since that initial discovery, Benson and his colleagues have established the first effective therapy to counteract the harmful effects of stress. They have explored how the relaxation response, the power of expectation and belief, and other mind body phenomena can produce healing in your own body.

A new era has dawned. Genetic research now shows conclusively that the mind can influence the body down to the genetic level. Your mind has the ability to change the way your body and your genes function.

We now have scientific proof that the mind can heal the body.

In Relaxation Revolution, Dr. Herbert Benson and William Proctor present the latest scientific endings, revealing that we have the ability to self-heal diseases, prevent life-threatening conditions, and supplement established drug and surgical procedures with mind body techniques. In a special “treatment” section, Benson and Proctor describe how these mind body techniques can be applied—and are being applied—to treat a wide variety of conditions, including:
 

  • High blood pressure
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Menopausal hot flashes
  • Many pains, including backaches and headaches
  • Phobias
  • And much more

Relaxation Revolution details Dr. Benson’s recent work with colleagues in the field of genetics, which links mind body treatments to the healing of a steadily expanding number of medical conditions. Mind and body have become part of a scientific and medical whole; together they represent a complete approach to healing and maximal well-being. In clear, straightforward language, Benson and Proctor cite the experiences of real people to show how mind body techniques have the potential not only to enhance healing but also to reduce health costs to individuals and to society as a whole. Relaxation Revolution shines a light on the future of medicine.



Stress Relief & Relaxation Techniques - Judith Lazarus 2000

Amazon Synopsis: The Healing Wisdom series concentrates on body, mind, and spirit and introduces a wide range of belief systems, healing, and teachings -- from aromatherapy, craniosacral therapy, and Kabalistic healing to Ayurveda, Native America healing, and Wicca.


30 Scripts for Relaxation, Imagery and Inner Healing, Vol. 1 - Julie T. Lusk 1992

Amazon Synopsis: Relaxation and visualization can heal the body, mind, and spirit. Julie Lusk has gathered these exercises from physicians, psychologists, therapists, and educators-leaders in the field of guided imagery-who have developed and fine-tuned each script. People just beginning to use imagery and visualization will find here the help they need to get started-a wide variety of scripts on a broad range of themes, plus helpful information on how to use guided imagery. Experienced leaders will find new ideas that will expand their repertoire and renew their creativity.

 

 

CDs

 

Deep Theta: High Coherence Soundscapes for Meditation and Healing - Steven Halpern 2011

 

Guided Mindfulness Meditation Series 1 - Jon Kabat-Zinn 2005

Amazon Description: Perhaps no other person has done more to bring mindfulness meditation into the contemporary landscape of America than Jon Kabat-Zinn. Th rough a number of research studies, and through Kabat-Zinn's pioneering work at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where he is founder of its world-renowned Stress Reduction Clinic, mindfulness is finally being recognized as a highly effective tool for dealing with stress, chronic pain, and other illnesses. Today, with a four-part home training course, Jon Kabat-Zinn offers listeners the definitive mindfulness meditation practice on CD.

"We are not trying to actively achieve a state of deep relaxation, or any other state for that matter, while practicing mindfulness, " he teaches. "But interestingly, by opening to an awareness of how things actually are in the present moment, we often taste very deep states of relaxation and well-being, of both body and mind." 

Join the bestselling author of Coming to Our Senses (Hyperion, 2005) and Wherever You Go, There You Are (Hyperion 1995) to develop and deepen your personal mindfulness practice, and to taste the universal aspects of stillness, clarity, wisdom, compassion, and well-being that Guided Mindfulness Meditation offers.

 

Indigo Dreams: Adult Relaxation CD -Guided Meditation/Relaxation Techniques decrease anxiety, stress, anger - Lori Lite 2006

Amazon Description: Experience four research-based, stress management techniques that are accepted and used by both the traditional medical and holistic communities. You will not find any philosophies, theories or fluff presented here because frankly, we do not have time for that and chances are neither do you. Enjoy and learn four stress-management techniques; diaphragmatic breathing, affirmations, visualizations, and progressive muscular relaxation accompanied by soothing, uplifting music to further enhance your relaxation experience. Now you can watch your whole family manage stress and anxiety!

 

Music for Healing & Unwinding: Two Pioneers in the Emerging Field of Sound Healing - Steven Halpern and Dr. Joseph Nagler 2006

Amazon Description: Music for Healing and Unwinding includes 2 CDs:

CD1) MUSIC FOR HEALING MIND, BODY & SPIRITA Musical Prescription for Natural Balance and HarmonyBy Dr. Steven HalpernYour body is a self-healing instrument. Given a chance, it will always tend towards a healthful balance. Sound healer Steven Halpern uses free-floating keyboard compositions to draw the body into this state of harmony. Artfully using sophisticated sound technology, his keyboard compositions create a naturalrelaxation response, associated with feelings of deep relaxation, contentment, and well-being. 

CD2) MUSIC FOR UNWINDING Relieve Your Stress and Soothe your Soul By Dr. Joseph Nagler Music for Unwinding was created by music therapist and award winning musician Dr.Joseph Nagler. Composed using specific tempi, rhythms and pacing and performed by an ensemble of world-renowned musicians on piano, violin, percussion, saxophone, flute, guitars, and bass, these soothing melodies will free you to unwind and let go of the stresses of the day.

 

Progressive Relaxation and Breathing - Patrick Fanning and Matthew McKay PhD 2008

Based on the exercises and techniques in The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, the go-to guide for stress reduction and total relaxation, the Progressive Relaxation and Breathing audio program presents a complete introduction to the Jacobsen technique for progressive deep muscle relaxation. It offers simple breathing exercises to help you turn stressful feelings into a vanishing memory. You will also discover Yoga breathing techniques to help you relax or build extraordinary energy when you need it most.



Relaxation and Wellness Techniques: Mastering the Mind-Body Connection - Dr. Mary Karapetian Alvord, Dr. Bonnie Zucker and Bryce Alvord 2013

Amazon Description: Relaxation exercises can help to lower blood pressure and heart rate, reduce oxidative stress in the body, decrease anxiety and depression, improve sleep, and provide a feeling of wellness.

This audio CD offers adults a variety of techniques for promoting relaxation and wellness. Based on psychological principles and positive thinking patterns, the authors present 10 different guided sessions to help gain control over stress, disruptive thoughts, and phobias. In between each session, music composed, performed, and produced by Bryce Alvord enhances the peaceful tone. The goal of the exercises is to recognize the power of the mind over physical and mental stressors.

 

Relaxation Techniques: Reduce Stress and Anxiety and Enhance Well-being - Lillian Nejad and Katerina Volny 2008

Amazon Description: If you are stressed, then take this opportunity to learn techniques that will change your life. On this audio CD you will find relaxation exercises that have been shown to be effective in reducing and managing the symptoms of stress and anxiety. To make learning simple, clear instructions are provided before each exercise. Use the seven simple, yet powerful techniques to experience relaxation every day. By repeated practice of the exercises, you can overcome stress and anxiety for a more healthful, improved lifestyle. This CD can be used independently or in conjunction with psychotherapy.

 

Relaxation Training By the Sea CD - Dr. Gayle Rozantine 2006

Amazon Description: The Mother Nature Series combines the tranquil sounds of nature with the soothing voice of Dr. Gayle Rozantine to create visualization exercises designed to facilitate healing of the mind, body, and spirit. Many people in your life may have told you that you need to calm down, but no one actually taught you how to relax. In Relaxation Training by the Sea, you will learn to relax while you take a peaceful journey to the sea. You will enjoy lying on the beach, feeling the warm sunshine and the cool ocean breeze, smelling the salty air, and hearing the sounds of the rhythm of the waves as they roll onto the beach and out into the vastness of the ocean, taking away all your worries and concerns. Giving yourself the opportunity to unwind improves your mental, emotional, and physical health and increases your sense of well-being. Learning this technique will help you manage stress and attain a healthy, satisfying, and productive life.

 

Relaxation Training on a Rainy Day - Dr. Gayle Rozantine

Amazon Description: The Mother Nature Series combines the tranquil sounds of nature with the soothing voice of Dr. Gayle Rozantine to create visualization exercises designed to facilitate healing of the mind, body, and spirit. Many people in your life may have told you that you need to calm down, but no one actually taught you how to relax. In Relaxation Training on a Rainy Day, you will take a trip to a cabin in the mountains. You will learn to relax and let go of all your worries and concerns as you stand on the porch during a rainstorm, watching the rain as it falls on the leaves of the nearby trees, feeling the dampness of the mountain breeze, breathing in the fresh smell of the clean mountain air, and hearing the calming sounds of the rain. Giving yourself the opportunity to unwind improves your mental, emotional, and physical health and increases your sense of well-being. Learning this technique will help you manage stress and attain a healthy, satisfying, and productive life.

 

Your Present: A Half-Hour of Peace: A Guided Imagery Meditation for Physical & Spiritual Wellness - Susie Mantell 2000

Amazon Description: With a voice described as "liquid," stress-relief expert Susie Mantell has created a uniquely soothing relaxation experience for men and women in all walks of life.  Like an easy chair, Mantell's exquisite narration gently releases tension, easing the worry out of sleepless nights. Clinically approved for health-related, work-related, chronic and traumatic stress,  soft music enhances the warm, elegantly packaged narration.  In today’s stressful world, drift into the quiet place where worries dissipate, where healing begins. Publishers Weekly Award, Best Audios.



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