Why a 5-yen coin hangs in my office

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.

Behind the scenes: The therapy room

Secrets of the Relaxation Centre

Part 2: Inside the Therapy Room

(This article originally appeared in the Stress & Wellness Newsletter, May 2016)

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!

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What happens on your first relaxation centre visit

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.

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