Top critical review
41 people found this helpful
Good quality but not quite right for me
on 1 June 2010
These are good quality relaxation CDs. The visualisations are well-written and the narration is professional-sounding and soothing, read by a youngish sounding woman is a very slightly posh English accent. There are also some unobtrusive yet effective sound effects to make the fantasy more real, and some very good soothing background music.
However, personally I only enjoyed the first out of the three 20 minutes meditations. It was of walking across a hot desert, and then finding yourself in a green oasis with a still pool, and just enjoying the atmosphere, which is created very well on the CD. Then you leave the oasis feeling refreshed. It was a fun, exotic meditation that guides you into an almost trance-like state of relaxation.
The second meditation is of walking along a country lane (somewhere in Britain so it sounds), past fields of sheep, down into a valley where you enter a log cabin as it starts to rain. Then you sit in an armchair, and the ticking of the clock on the mantel piece slows down as you relax. Then after a bit you leave. It was still a well-done meditation, but I didn't find it as uplifting or healing as the desert oasis. I live in Wales, so I don't need to fantasize about sheep and rain and isolation - I've got it already thanks! Plus I find ticking clocks really annoying.
The third meditation is finding yourself in an English country garden on a summers day. There's a stone fountain trickling water, and then you lie in a hammock for a bit. It's a walled 'secret garden', but I still felt a little bit exposed and weird in it, especially as we are supposed to imagine being dressed in only a white robe. I felt like I was in `The Prisoner' or something. And it was a bit boring.
However, my liking for more exotic settings is totally personal, and probably lots of people would enjoy the log cabin and the garden. I will still be checking out some of the other CDs in this range, as they are very well-done.