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Relax with Binaural Beats

Product of the Week: Total Relaxation with Hemi-Sync

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Have you tried listening to binaural beats? They are utilized for behavior modification, creativity, health issues, and more. The efficacy of binaural beats has been supported by numerous studies, including a review of twenty studies completed by the journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine on brain-wave entrainment. The binaural beats in Total Relaxation with Hemi-Sync aim to help you relax and reduce stress.

What is it?
According to Hemi-Sync’s website, “Hemi-Sync’s binaural beat CDs can help you experience enhanced mental, physical, and emotional states. When you hear these through stereo headphones or speakers, your brain responds by producing a third sound (called a binaural beat) that encourages the desired brainwave activity.”

Does it work?
I easily convinced two of my friends to try the Total Relaxation verbally-guided track (31 minutes) with me. Who wouldn’t want a chance to relax? I turned down the lights in my living room, lit a couple candles, and we all sat on my sofa with our feet up on an ottoman.

The sustained beats coupled with twinkling sounds began and I naturally closed my eyes. The guided voice, Winter Robinson, chimed in soon after, coaxing us to breathe deeply and slowly. The prompts were standard phrases about letting go of negativity and relaxing into a deep state of calm. She guided a breath sequence moving from the core, to the left side of the body, through the heart, down the right, and back to the core, which helped me focus my breath while visualizing a circular pattern. The track ended with a “white light” sequence that should feel familiar to anyone who has experienced guided visualizations.

Did I feel relaxed when the track ended? Yes. Was it the guiding voice, beats, or a mix of both? Maybe. Truth be told, I was among dear friends and we indulged in mud masks that night, so I’ll credit some of that to feeling relaxed.

The following day, I listened to the free-flow version of the track with headphones and I personally felt it was more effective without the distraction of the verbal guide. A sense of calm overcame me as I listened and I got lost in the moment.

Final thought.
When work, friends, and family constantly clamor for your undivided attention, pausing for a moment to relax and get centered with binaural beats would be a sound investment for your inner peace.

Total Relaxation with Hemi-Sync
2 tracks, 31 minutes each
$14.96 digital download / $19.95 CD
http://www.hemi-sync.com


Alma Tassi has written for several magazines and edited books on spirituality, personal growth, and women's issues. almatassi.com.


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