Soothing music and guided imagery make a great combination
I've struggled with insomnia since I was a pre-teen, and have tried various things to help me fall asleep, from meditation to medication and everything in between. I've always had fairly good results using progressive relaxation to help me fall asleep, and I've also used guided imagery as a daytime meditation technique to help relieve stress and anxiety. This CD combines those two techniques and sets them to soothing music with the goal of helping you not only fall asleep, but also to stay asleep and sleep more deeply.
The partnership of guided imagery and calming music is amazing. Music has always had a strong effect on my state of mind, and Jeff Gold's melodies are so well integrated into the imagery that you don't even consciously notice the music playing. And Janet's voice is incredibly soothing – she speaks in much the same volume and tone as a mother uses to soothe her children to sleep; calming, relaxing, and warm.
If you're not familiar with guided imagery, the cadence of the speech may sound strange at first. There are pauses in places other than where they'd be if someone were simply speaking to you, and emphasis is placed on different words than you may expect. Rather than a conversational tone or tempo, the rhythm is designed to aid you in the process of self hypnosis. And it works (for me, at least) – even sitting at my desk listening to the CD for review purposes, the combination of Jeff's music and Janet's voice lulls me into a calmer, drowsy state. Honestly, all I want to do right now is go lie down and take a nap and finish posting this review later!
I received this product in exchange for my honest review; all opinions are my own.