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The Heart Light Basic Relaxation Practice.

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This relaxation practice, which is about twenty five minutes long, will help to calm your body and mind. When practiced regularly, relaxation methods have a host of positive effects, including dramatic health benefits, improved moods, increased energy, better performance and more positive interactions with others.

In this practice, Dr. Paul Nevin guides you through a relaxation exercise using our own arrangement of Pachelbel’s Canon in D as background music. You are welcome to download this practice on a device such as an ipod or mp3 player or burn it to a CD.

This material is copyright protected, so do not use it for anything other than private use as directed here, and do not alter it or give it to others. You are welcome to direct others to our website where they can download the practice for there own personal use.

Probably the most effective way to use this practice is to put it on at bedtime every night for a month or so, and then use it as needed after that. Try to be consistent about putting it on every night, but don’t worry about listening to every word and don’t worry about whether you are doing it right or not.

If you want to fall asleep, go ahead. If you become distracted thinking about something and miss part of the practice, that is fine. There is no right or wrong with this practice. If you prefer, simply listen to the practice as needed, any time of the day or night. The one month practice is not required, it is simply suggested as a way of resetting your stress response for maximum benefit.

Stress is not all in your mind. As our bodies respond to stress, chemicals are released into the blood launching a cascade of physiological changes. We may notice some of these changes, such as changes in our heart rate or changes in our breathing, but many other changes occur without our conscious knowledge. The term "stress response" refers collectively to all of these changes.

Dr. Herbert Benson of Harvard coined the term "relaxation response" to describe a set of physiological changes associated with certain relaxation practices. The relaxation response reverses many of the physiological changes associated with stress. Relaxation practices can provide us with a "reset button" that returns our bodies to normal, thus buffering the negative physical and psychological effects of chronic stress. Studies have shown that many relaxation practices can induce a relaxation response if practiced regularly once or twice a day for a period of 15 to 20 minutes. If you can find time in your daily schedule for such a practice, the benefits will be dramatic.

Helping your special needs child, without losing yourself.

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Even the most loving parent will find that parenting a child with special needs is often extremely challenging. As stress builds, it can impact your health, undermine your marriage and other relationships, and compromise your ability to do all the things that you need to do. Last, but not least, your stress will eventually impact how you interact with your child, despite you most loving intentions.

The following audio program is a one hour talk that will support parents of special needs children to find ways of taking care of themselves and their marriages while taking care of the special child (or children) in their life.

This audio program is a streamlined version of our personal seminar program designed for parents of special needs children. This audio program is copyright protected material, so do not utilize this with clients or patients or in any other way other than to listen to it yourself without our written permission. However, you are welcome to direct other parents to our website to download the program for themselves.

Whatever challenge your child might be facing -- whether a health problem, a physical disability, a development disability, learning disability, ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar illness, autistic spectrum disorder, sensory issues or any other challenge -- you need to recognize that your child is counting on you to take care of yourself.

Sometimes the best thing you can do to take care of your child is to take better care of yourself.