Life SupportMay 1, 2007 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
MUSIC YOU'LL LOVE
QUIET JOY (heartmath.com) by Doc Childre is a companion piece to Transforming Stress, his book on how to turn stress into a positive influence. Just listening to it facilitates the heart-mind-body connection. Redken's Ann Mincey gave me a copy, and I've been playing it nonstop in the office. EARTHSONGS is a 2005 release from Secret Garden, an Irish-Norwegian duo that plays new instrumental music, which is sometimes called neo-classical music. It features the Irish violinist Fionnuala Sherry and the Norwegian composer/pianist Rolf Løvland. Barbra Streisand had one of their songs, "Heartstrings," played at her wedding to James Brolin. Then there's THE MOST RELAXING NEW AGE MUSIC IN THE UNIVERSE, which features the music of various New Age artists. I'm usually not a big fan of hyperbole, but in this case it's justified. Finally, I recommend the ethereal INNER PEACE by Steven Halpern. Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Reinventing Medicine, calls Halpern a "musical magician, a healer with sound." —M.D.
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Breathe Your Way to Better Health
If fatigue, stress or anxiety keep you from performing your best every day, improving the way you breathe may help boost your energy, clear your head and ease your worries. In fact, breath training has been FDA-certified to treat depression, chronic fatigue, anxiety and more. In The Breathing Box (Sounds True, 2005), Dr. Gay Hendricks provides guided sessions on how to use breathing techniques to expand consciousness, clear mental fog and fatigue, help heal emotional trauma and reduce stress. The complete set includes a DVD, 48-page guide and nine cards that show the proper postures for each technique. gaiam.com —C.W.