Relax. How do you do that? People are constantly using this word. "Just relax, everything is under control", "I need to relax", or "When I get home I am going to sit down and relax." We use this term so lightly. But what does it really mean to relax?
According to Dictionary.com, the word relaxation means: abatement or relief from bodily or mental work, effort, or application. I don't know about you, but this is pretty hard for me to do. Even when I get home from a long day of working with clients, I still feel like I have so much to do. Even when I am "relaxing" I am either writing a new song, blog, creating a plan for the next week, making sure I get dinner on the table for my husband and I, catching up on phone calls, and helping my husband study for nursing school. This doesn't sound like a state of relief from bodily or mental work.
Research proves that music can help a person to achieve a state of relaxation. There is something called the iso-principle in which a person mental tempo can match music's tempo. Their mental tempo could be angry, stressed, hyper, etc. Music that relates to the tempo can be played to match. After this state is reached, a calmer form of music can slowly be introduced until the person's state of mind matches that of the music. So relaxation means to totally relax your body AND mind.
I decided to adapt the song "Beautiful Dreamer" to introduce guided imagery into singing rather than speaking. Many times guided imagery can be read as a script over relaxation music to channel the client into a positive visual world in their mind. This technique definitely works and I have used it many times. Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) is the technique used by trained professionals to "create an environment in which one can experience personal insights that provide answers and guidance for important life issues." Now, I wanted to add singing instead of speaking to add an even more musical and relaxing element. This song can be great within a music therapy session, or for your own personal well-being. It is very important for people to take care of both their mind and body.
Check out the song below. If you purchase the "A Beautiful Vision" on the Relaxation album, you will receive a free special bonus track of the song's instrumental accompaniment with no vocals.