CD - Daydreaming by the Sea: Guided Relaxation
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Daydreaming by the Sea: Guided Relaxation Techniques for Stress Relief and Restful Sleep by Beth Freschi, M.A., Life and Relaxation Coach
Daydreaming by the Sea will take you on peaceful journey to help you achieve profound relaxation.
Let go of your daily stress with guided relaxation techniques and enjoy an imaginative journey to the Mediterranean Sea. “Daydreaming by the Sea" can be used as a midday relaxation break or as a way to relax before a nap or nighttime sleep. The recording begins by taking you through deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation exercises so that the mind and body can enter into a deeply relaxed state. Next, you will experience a guided imagery featuring the beautiful Mediterranean Sea and surrounding landscape. The recording ends with a loving kindness meditation called "Meditation: Love and Acceptance". Throughout the recording, allow the calming images, feelings and sensations Beth’s soothing voice describes to relax your mind and body:
Relaxation Breathing: This exercise begins with simply observing the breath, without trying to change it. Next is deep breathing, and includes inhaling through your nose, allowing your abdomen to expand, and exhaling, releasing tension with your breath. The next portion focuses on exhalation and trying to squeeze out as much air as possible, then allowing your abdomen to gently expand with the inhalation. The relaxation breathing track ends by again observing the breath and noticing how your mind and body are relaxing.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation: Dr. Edmund Jacobson developed Progressive Muscle Relaxation in the 1920's, and today it continues to be a very effective method of relaxation. It involves tensing and relaxing different muscle groups, allowing you to enter a deep state of relaxation. Dr. Jacobson once said "an anxious mind cannot exist in a relaxed body", and you will understand what he meant by this as you notice your muscles gradually relaxing and your mind calming as you follow the progressive muscle relaxation exercise.
Guided Imagery: The Mediterranean Sea: This particular guided imagery takes you on a pleasant, relaxing journey to the Italian Riviera. Beth Freschi will describe sights, sounds, smells, and other sensations that will invite you to imagine a visit to a beautiful beach. If you have never experienced guided imagery, The Mediterranean Sea will be a a wonderful introduction to this very special relaxation technique. One way to describe guided imagery is that it is like a daydream that leads you to only pleasant and relaxing places.
Meditation: Love and Acceptance: this is a version of the loving kindness meditation. This type of meditation encourages you to develop a sense of kindness and friendliness toward yourself and others. The phrases are so universal, it fits with any religion or belief system. As you listen and practice the meditation, feel your heart open and notice how negative thoughts give way to a more positive outlook.
NOTICE: This recording is intended to help you achieve deep relaxation, please DO NOT listen to it while driving.