Blog: The Hidden Power of Relaxation

How does a First responder release pressure from her work?

August 27, 2021

Jaime is a team player.  It immediately shows in the way she dresses. I have seen her in her favorite sport team colors and numbers.  I have seen her in her First Responders uniform, a solid navy blue, from its collar to the reinforced shoe. The dark, saturated dye is the complete opposite of her soft red hair and fresh, clear face. She exudes confidence, reliability, and safety. However, Jaime’s life journey hasn’t taken the…

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Relaxing Your Eyes!

August 13, 2021

1)  20-20-20 plus 20 Rule When you’re focused on work, you tend to get closer to the screen, spend more time staring at it, and blink very rarely. That’s a perfect setup for eye strain. The American Academy of Ophthalmology suggests you follow the 20-20-20 rule. About every 20 minutes, look at least 20 feet away for about 20 seconds. Then add the “Plus 20.” Take 20 blinks for good measure. It’s a way to…

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I would rather be happy than right.

June 30, 2021

I have No written all over my face, and I’m glaring at my husband with it. “I’m right!” I insist, yet again. “No, you’re not!” he counters. “You know I’m right!” I fling back at him. “You’re doing your British Resistance thing,” he replies knowingly. Damn, that argument always scores points. And so our ridiculous performance begins as we circle one another like hostiles on the battlefield. Lots of aggressive stances taken, but all bark…

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The Princess and the Pea

May 25, 2021

  In this classic fairy story, the princess proves her royal status to the doubting Queen by being highly sensitive to and disturbed by the pea placed under her mattress overnight. Subsequently, she and the prince are married, and of course, “live happily ever after.” But, unfortunately, we don’t hear about how overwhelming it can be for a sensitive princess (or prince) to live in the real world of loud noises, bright lights, insensitive people,…

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Can you talk yourself into relaxing?

April 13, 2021

Eve is in her mid-seventies. Her above-average height contributes to an imposing figure, always dressed in a bold colored and well-tailored trouser suit. She exudes a quiet confidence that she doesn’t have to prove to anyone. Her movements are slow and deliberate, her posture burdened by many years with too many responsibilities. However, when she lays her steely blue eyes upon you, you can virtually feel a force-field spring out of them. They almost hypnotize…

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Relaxing Sunset

Relaxation Tips for Insomnia

March 18, 2021

I reach out to the bedside table and feel around for my smartphone. I have it on the lowest light setting because I’m aware that blue light on any computer screen can disturb sleep rhythms. I confess that I don’t always remember putting my phone on Airplane mode to cut the EMF (electric & magnetic fields) radiation. I recognize that just having the phone in my bedroom is not recommended and contributes to sleep disruption.…

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How does your imagination affect your body?

February 24, 2021

Reading time: under 4 minutes Steve has a mysterious shoulder pain that has persisted for three months. He sees me every fortnight and receives temporary relief from our sessions, but the discomfort always seems to reappear. We are both frustrated with his limited range of motion and overall lack of progress. I have applied every technique I know and am at a loss about how to help him further. Steve is thirty-six, a pragmatic, successful…

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A very different kind of hug for Valentine’s

February 11, 2021

Some of us have been more isolated than others during this crazy Corona-coaster ride. Not having anyone to touch, or share any physical closeness with, may have affected levels of loneliness for some, more acutely than others. Those of us with a spouse, lover, trusted friend, children, parents, grandchildren, or siblings to hold & hug are very fortunate. A dear friend told me about a very different kind of hug she experienced recently. Sara and…

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Is Your Nervous System Noisy?

January 27, 2021

Most of us may think of noise as something coming from the outside of our bodies such as traffic, horns hooting, brakes squealing, sirens whining.  Others may consider people’s voices, children squealing, dogs barking or TV sounds constantly in the background as noisy.  Thank heavens most of us do not have to deal with the sound and threat of guns firing off in our neighborhoods. We are all affected by our environment and the sounds…

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Yoga Frog Statue on beach

Is meditation for you?

December 15, 2020

Is meditation for you? I know that for many of you meditation brings forth images of sitting in abnormal positions and concentrating on being calm and relaxed for extended periods of time. That alone can put you off from this practice, which is as ancient as civilization itself and yet has re-emerged in the last 40 years or so. So I’m here to let you know that meditation can be highly beneficial for you and…

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