Totally Relaxed is a complete introduction to relaxation for mind, body and spirit. A wonderful book full of simple ways to calm the mind and soothe the soul, outlining different methods of bringing calm into your life, and suggestions of easy-to-follow exercises, techniques and tips. And to give that added boost to flagging spirits there are some inspiring snippets of wisdom, light-hearted sayings, amusing quotes and poignant anecdotes. Relaxation often begins with the physical self and the breath is one of the most powerful and accessible tools for calming both mind and body. Learn to breathe slowly and rhythmically, focusing on the out breath, to ease away tension. Discover the power of essential oils and flower essences to reduce anxiety and gently restore your confidence. Experience for yourself how simple pressure points can help you refocus and restore a sense of harmony. Start your day with a sense of balance and control by meditating and learn to write your own affirmations to endorse a feeling of self-worth and motivate positive changes. Gentle exercise regimes like pilates, yoga, chi gung and tai chi can ground and balance you.
Learn the life-affirming Salute to the Sun, and help your energy flow with simple chi kung postures like Standing Like a Tree. Brisk walking can change ones consciousness and reduce tendencies to depression, and walking with awareness can become a moving mediation in itself for those who struggle when sitting still. Learn to accept yourself for who you really are to discover real inner peace, and discover how to plan your day so it includes time doing the things that bring you real pleasure and fulfilment. Totally Relaxed is the ultimate gift for yourself or your loved ones - a gift of inner contentment and repose to help you through your busy life.
Marie Clayton gained a degree in interior design at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and practised as a designer for many years. She is now a design journalist has written many articles for trade magazines and several books in the fields of design and architecture. Katherine Edelston is an editor and writer currently working for a UK-based publisher. She has worked on a wide range of internationally successful cookery, gardening, and lifestyle titles.