Posts Tagged ‘Relaxation’

by Stephen RhodesThe Lost Garden

The information on the back of the album gives a short description of the lost garden that the music is intended to walk you through, and then you’re on your own, to ‘feel the utter tranquillity and peace’ of the music and ‘the love, sweetness, innocence and at times sadness of this forgotten Eden’.

The music comes mainly from a synthesised keyboard and a piano, and is certainly very tranquil and peaceful. I can see how a beautiful garden could come to mind; but equally, there may be other images that occur to the listener, such as a meadow, forest or quiet lakeside scene. It would make a wonderful background to a meditation or visualisation session, and is good for relaxing to and drifting off. It would create a great atmosphere for a reiki or other healing session.

Review by Karen Tucker

Record Label Gap Music Ltd  www.gapmusic.co.uk

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by LightGarden

This CD draws from many inspirations, times and traditions – Russian, Finnish, Mongolian overtone chanting (singing two notes simultaneously: a drone and the flute-like harmonics above), Greek, Bulgarian, Persian, and Western European: visiting, re-visiting and discovering new treasures. A journey of the heart, towards the heart; a journey back home.

Each composition is very different and I was reminded by one of the medieval madrigal, by another of joyful melody and another by gentle traditional music with a slightly Country & Western flavour. The CD is accompanied by a leaflet which gives the words of the vocals so you can even sing along if you wish – or just do as I did: sit back, relax and let the tones and voices evoke their responses within you. The overall impression is of an easy listening collection, which can be enjoyed wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

Review by Joan Osborne


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by Sally TophamFinding the River

Finding the River is a compendium of self help exercises and techniques designed to help a person cope with life’s challenges, find inner peace and feel a comforting sense of connection between oneself and the natural world. This book looks into the many tools and strategies that Energy therapist Sally Topham has used and found effective.

This is the kind of book to have on your bookshelf and dip into when needed – it is a well laid out and explained selection of helpful techniques to overcome a whole range of physical ailments, emotions and energy problems. Each technique is well introduced as to why, when and how to use it and clear instructions are given to put it into practice. What to expect from having done the exercises/techniques/strategies is also clearly outlined. Not the kind of book to read from cover to cover, but one to have to hand to look at when you feel that you need some help to deal with a challenge. You are sure to find something to help you within its covers.

Review by Ros Ogden

Published by Dragon Rising Publishing   www.dragonrising.com

ISBN: 1-873483-16-3

Author’s website: www.energyharmonix.co.uk

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Zen Garden CDby Patrick Kelly

Using authentic instrumentation such as Japanese shakuhachi, subtle strings, guitar and percussion, combined with his much acclaimed musical ability, Patrick has created a perfect space for the listener to unwind and escape from the increasingly difficult world in which we live.

Born of his imagination and lovingly crafted into reality Zen Garden also demonstrates perfectly that music can often provide an inspirational aid to healing, meditation and other alternative therapies.

Patrick invites you to join him on his heartfelt journey to the inspiring space that is the calm, peace and tranquillity of the Zen Garden.

I found this CD to be slightly but pleasantly hypnotic as some of the musical phrasing is repetitive and in one place is in the forefront of the piece, and in the next it can be heard gently underpinning the main composition. It induces such a state of calm that all tensions just seem to drift away on a gentle stream of sound. I became so relaxed I lost all sense of time and became part of the music – absolute bliss! A perfect gift – especially for yourself!

Review by Joan Osborne

Published by New World Music Limited  www.newworldmusic.com

ISBN: 1-84660-44—0

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by Anthony MilesTranquil Healing CD

This CD has two tracks designed to help your body and mind to relax after a busy day. The stresses of everyday life can cause both physical and emotional imbalance and this CD will help reverse the process. Allow yourself to release all the chaos of your life and refresh, renew and restore yourself. As healing comes from within it is not a question of miracle work or divine guidance, but simply the body’s desire to be healed. We all need a tranquil healing place to go to heal ourselves by relaxing back to health and wellbeing.

It is essential we take time daily to withdraw from our hectic surroundings, to nurture mind, body and spirit with quiet moments of rest and relaxation. The soothing music partnered with a loving commitment to your own self-care is the perfect prescription to help counter the negative effects of the stress and fatigue we experience as the result of our increasingly fast paced lives.

The music on this CD would be ideal as an accompaniment to that relaxing massage so that all the senses are calmed and rejuvenated. The two tracks are entitled ‘Restore and Heal’ and ‘Soothe and Compose’ – and they do exactly that. Lilting melodies lift you up to float gently on a peaceful journey of sound. Sit and listen to it at the end of the working day or whenever you feel the need, and find that centre of serene and gentle peace restored within you.

Review by Joan Osborne. Published by New World Music Limited www.newworldmusic.com ISBN: 1-84660-443-5

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by Fraser MorrisSea of Calm

Stunning debut album by Fraser Morris, taking you through Islands, Rivers & Waterfalls, through Cosmic Beauty and ending up at Realisation of Self.

This album is so soothing and calming and is the perfect remedy for helping to de-stress and wind-down at the end of a long and tiring day. You do notice a calmness that descends into the room as it progresses.

Also, as a therapist I now use this CD to help my clients find that relaxed, calm, person they are without the hustle and bustle of work. All in all this is a thoroughly enjoyable CD.

Review by Sally Tyler


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by CaitlinSiren's Song

Caitlin’s CD is described as “a stunning debut from a beautiful voice” and includes “tracks that portray the quality, range and depth of her wonderful voice” through “gentle strains of ballads to more rousing songs”.

I found this CD to be all of the above and much more. Caitlin’s voice really is stunning – of the many current female vocalists who have brilliant voices it is amazing how so many of them are from the country/folk/new age genres. Track 1, the title track, gets us off to a flying start with the sound of gulls taking us in our minds to the seashore. After that, each track is in itself brilliant with “Briochan’s Theme” being particularly haunting. On some tracks Caitlin starts by singing with no backing which emphasises just what a tremendously musical voice she has. As the CD progressed I could see that it would be very difficult to find a favourite, but then track 8 “Eternal Spirit” started and I knew instantly that this was it. Music is very personal, but if you like track 8 then play track 12 immediately after it, they compliment each other very well. By playing this CD at a moderate volume (or louder!!) you can really appreciate all the background music which helps make this CD so enjoyable.

There is something for everyone in this collection and I can see I will be playing it many times. I look forward to many future CDs from Caitlin.

Review by Alan Paine

Released by New World Music www.newworldmusic.com NWCD102, 2008

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