Here’s a little holiday virtual stocking stuffer for you. 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.

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.

If you sit in front of your computer all day, you can even set up a customized Treatment Calendar that alerts you when it’s time for a time-out. If you don’t know what programs to use, a little symptom-based likert scale quiz helps figure it out for you. Best of all, you can send a Well-0-Gram to a friend, with a program attached.

If you’re interested in more information on guided imagery, the site also takes you to Health Journeys, where you can sign up for a newsletter and also buy CD programs or learn how you might use their programs to reduce stress-related illness and absenteeism in your business.

You might also be interested in Belleruth’s site, an interesting piece about how the US Army packages guided imagery training as Warrior Mind Training for the troops.

Given that our major chronic illnesses have stress-related components to them - from asthma to gastric reflux and colitis - there are many advantages in making self-care a top priority. Besides taking back control of your health and quality of life, your savings on doctors visits, insurance hassles, drugs, gas, time, and the rest - for just minutes a day of daily practice - can be a revolutionary game-changer in your life. It is in mine.

A Christmas bonus! Here’s a Health Journeys link to How to Withstand Distressing Family Encounters Over the Holidays with constructive tips and some guided imagery suggestions.

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  1. Belleruth on January 5, 2009 7:27 am

    Thanks so much for the fabulous description of DesktopSpa!! Being as how it was created by my firstborn, it’s especially gratifying to read your generous words.
    Happy New Year!

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