In the mid-1980s I had been living in Japan. When I left I was flat broke with nothing but a few coins in my pocket, and a suitcase full of cassettes of new-age music—a brand new genre that had barely reached the shores of North America. I got a job right away working at a radio station in Los Angeles that experimented with that relaxing music.
My appetite for that genre became ravenous. I devoured all of it I could find, at record shops and at concerts. I spent hours each day drifting into Shangri-La with Kitaro, Vangelis, Andreas Vollenweider, Osamu Kitajima, Tangerine Dream and loads of lesser-known artists from exotic places with unpronounceable names. Meanwhile, I experimented with my own compositions.
Fast-forward three decades. A little Japanese furin bell hangs on my office door. It rings every time a person walks in. Suspended from that bell is one of the 5-yen coins I carried in my pocket in Japan all those years ago not knowing what the future would hold.
Every time that bell rings I am reminded of humble beginnings and the wonder and excitement of what still lies ahead.
When you’re lying on the therapy table, feeling so incredibly relaxed, you’re probably not thinking about all of the science at work behind the scenes. The fact is, this is like no other room on earth. Everything in the room is working on your brain to help you slip into a relaxed state. Here are a few of the secrets behind how the relaxation centre “hacks” your brain for total relaxation!
One of the questions I’m most often asked about the relaxation centre is “what exactly happens on my first visit? What should I expect? And do I have to wear or do anything in preparation?” Okay, that’s really three questions, but they’re all good questions, so let me take you step-by-step what happens from the time you book an appointment, right through your first session here at the relaxation centre.
From the moment you step into my office, I want you to feel like you’ve walked into another world. That includes the reception or waiting area.
Here are some of the special little details that I’ve put into my reception area. Some of these are things that you’ll notice right away. Others work more on your subconscious mind, so that when you walk in and sit down, you’ll already begin to relax even if you don’t quite understand why…