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relaxation/self hypnosis tape from years ago is a common form of progressive relaxation

04 Oct
A woman is looking to find a replication or approximation of a relaxation/self-hypnosis audio she lost, by a man named Matthew Cohn PhD., which she found extremely helpful in the past, during a very stressful time..
Dear BR,

Several years ago when I was going through an EXTREMELYstressful time, I acquired a relaxation tape by Matthew Cohn, Ph.D that was awesome. I''ve lost it and have bought a couple off the internet only to be disappointed. The original was self hypnosis that started off taking you into a VERY relaxed state of mind through breathing and visual exercises, then going through each extremity one by one to relax it such as, foot, ankle, calves, knee, thighs and torso, back, shoulders, head and face, then slowly brought you back to a wakeful state or a go to sleep state, your choice. It took about 20 mins.

The tapes I''ve purchased recently have been very disappointing in that they rush through the breathing and visual exercises then say, ''now relax all parts of your body,...'' Nothing individual and going immediately into ''...wakeful state''.

Do you offer a really thorough self hypnosis relaxation tape I can purchase? I''ve done lots of searchs for the original tape but no luck.
Thank you for your time.

Dear Rachel,

You''re describing a fairly common form of progressive relaxation that is available in many places. We don''t make this sort of audio program ourselves. But Mary Snider has a very fine CD along these lines at Emmett Miller also has an excellent audio with some of this sort of narrative on it as well. You might want to try these two fine resources. (We actually sell Dr. Miller’s on our site at . It might be a good idea to try both a man’s and a woman’s voice, to see if there’s any difference in how you respond to each. You can also google ''progressive muscle relaxation'' or PMR, to find other options along these lines.

I hope this helps.

Best wishes,

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award