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Free “Virtual Spa” Garners Praise from Bloggers

11 Jan

Hello again.
It was a nice surprise to see a recent mention of our fabulous little holistic health software widget, DesktopSpa on a very cool midlife web page, headlined “Take a Time Out to Visit a Virtual Spa”.  This our web-based, mind-body jukebox, which plays scores of brief, guided, audio and video mini-treatments – imagery, yoga, breathwork, qigong, etc… that you can use at your computer screen, any time, day or night.

I love this writer and her praise of The Widget (especially since it was created by one of my kids, for crying out loud) – I assume this is either Kathleen Daniel or Jennifer Montgomery, the creators of a terrific site called Ahead of the Curve at Midlife: Resources for Midlifers about What Matters Most at the Second Half of Life. She writes:

Heaven knows it’s been a tough few months, and if you aren’t already, weaving mini self-care practices into your daily routine might just be the best investment that you could make right now. The Desktop Spa is one of my essential health care secrets. I regularly use one of their 3-8 minute guided programs for instant pick-me-ups, to help me relax so I can to drift off to sleep, or to heal the churn in my gut from some metaphorical punch during the day. The guided audio and video programs are among the best out there, by leading pioneers in the holistic health field, using techniques ranging from guided imagery to acupressure, breathing exercises, qi gong and yoga. At your fingertips.

Darn, I couldn’t have said it any better myself!  She also describes my 2 favorite features of the Widget:

The virtual spa has several nice features. You can choose from among 19 symptoms, including eyestrain, anxiety, digestion, depression, etc. You can choose from among 21 guides, or you can choose the therapy you’d like. Guides include Joan Borsyenko, leading a great neck and shoulder release, Ken Cohen on video showing Qi Gong techniques to strengthen digestion, Jack Kornfield with a Body Scan Meditation (my personal late night favorite), Jon Kabat Zinn leading Mindfulness Meditation instruction, Andrew Weil offering Energy Boost and Relaxation Breathwork programs, and co-founder Belleruth Naparstek leading guided affirmations for a number of issues, as well as an excellent Calm Under Pressure visualization.

Another age group that loves DesktopSpa is college age kids. It’s the perfect stress-busting study break.

So, if you haven’t already, check it out.  Go to, create your own username and password, and under corporate code, enter: GUEST. And that’s it.  The widget is yours to explore, and use at work or at home.

All best,


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