One Small Step at a Time: Learning to Deal with An
A Sanctuary of Self-Nurturing Quiet Time This recording features soothing guided relaxation to comfort and support individuals with anxiety and stress. What is unusual about this recording is that the text is sung rather than spoken. The intimacy of vocal music helps the listener access a state of deep relaxation, adds an emotional dimension that deepens and expands the experience, and makes the process of using this CD far more enjoyable. REVIEWS "This CD is a strikingly unique and helpful tool for those suffering from anxiety disorders of many types. Combining deeply soothing music, relaxation, and self-affirming, empowering cognitive concepts with her beautiful voice, Laurie Nelson has developed an approach that seems likely to offer a new avenue of help to people suffering from anxiety. I highly recommend this CD to anyone suffering from an anxiety disorder." Robert J. Hedaya, M.D., P.A., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C. Founder, National Center for Whole Psychiatry "Laurie Nelson's innovative guided relaxation CD marries soothing and melodic music and voice with sound cognitive-behavioral strategies. The combination results in a tool likely to appeal to many people suffering from anxiety. The CD has many advantages -- it is more appealing to listen to than standard relaxation tapes; music is often a deeply powerful medium to influence thoughts; and a person can hear the words and music on the 'internal walkman in their head' over and over. This is a technique with real promise." Steve Brown, Psy.D., Staff Psychologist, Traumatic Stress Institute, South Windsor, CT and Northampton, MA "Music has the ability to touch us deeply. I've used Laurie's recordings and her exquisite voice was healing and calming in a deep and pleasurable way. The audience for this recording goes beyond individuals with anxiety disorders. I recommend this CD to anyone looking for a delightful experience of deep relaxation and self-nurturing." Peggy Gillespie, CSW, Co-Founder and former Assistant Director, Stress Reduction and Relaxation Program, UMass Medical Center, Worcester, MA "Groundbreaking integrative work...With her lovely, melodious and clearly caring voice, Laurie Nelson has created a rich, peaceful sound that reinforces the messages that listeners need and want to hear. They will come back again and again just to be with this new loving friend... a wonderful adjunct." Steve Bengis, Ed.D., LCSW, Executive Director, New England Adolescent Research Institute, Holyoke, MA DIRECTIONS Find a quiet, comfortable place to listen to your recording, preferably lying down. If you have a tendency to fall asleep, sitting up with your eyes partially open is best. Pick a time when you will not be disturbed. Using headphones can create a more intimate and effective experience, particularly if the alternative is listening to the recording using the internal speakers of a computer. It is best to listen to your recording at least once a day for three to four weeks. Having a daily experience of deep relaxation and hearing the self-statements is likely to have a cumulative effect. After a short period of regular use, hearing the opening phrases of the recording will likely become an automatic signal to your body to begin to relax and slow down. You are training yourself to move rapidly into a state of deep relaxation. After the first month, you can continue daily practice or use as needed. It will be most helpful if you can let yourself move into a soft, receptive mental attitude. The most important thing to remember is to be gentle and respectful with yourself. Laurie Nelson, composer, musician and teacher has studied and practiced music and healing for the past 18 years. With degrees from Bennington College and Yale University, she worked for the Institute for the Advancement of Health, an organization created to research mind/body interactions and their effect on health. In her private practice, Laurie creates original vocal music recordings to help individuals committed to changing their patterns of behavior and thought. WARNING: Do not use while driving a car or operating machinery.