You don’t need to resort to pills anymore in order to relieve stress. Tranquilizers are the last things you should turn to when you are feeling stressed out or anxious. Traditional meditation can help, but if you want to relax fast and stay relaxed, try relaxation CDs.
There are many relaxation CDs on the market. Many of them are hypnosis CDs. Others are soothing music, like the many New Age music CDs that you can find in any record store. But the CDs that work the best for relaxation are brainwave entrainment CDs.
Brainwave entrainment is a scientific way to relax. Our brains operate at different frequencies, depending on circumstances. When we are active, our brains are said to be in the beta range of frequencies. The beta range covers a wide range of frequencies, between 12hz and 38hz. When we are anxious or stressed, we emit brainwaves at the higher end of the scale.
If you look at an EEG, you will see that the frequencies look a lot like waves. That’s where the term “brainwaves” comes from. Scientists have discovered that when you listen to sound pulses at frequencies that match brainwave frequencies, your brain will automatically follow those frequencies.
Relaxation CDs use this principle and have these beats as part of their soundtrack and often include music, as well. In most of these CDs, the pulses begin very fast. The reason for this is because it’s easier for your brain to first entrain to a frequency close to the one it is in at the beginning of the session.
As the CD continues, the beats gradually slow down at your brain follows in what’s known as the Frequency Following Response. There is nothing you have to do to make this happen. It happens naturally. After five minutes or so, the beats will go into the alpha range, below 12 hertz. Then you will feel yourself begin to relax naturally.
When your brain is entrained to between 8 and 12 hertz, you have entered the alpha range of frequencies. The alpha range is the range of frequencies of relaxation. You will automatically feel your anxieties melt away. As your brain is guided into even quieter states, you enter a deep state of meditation. If you have never experienced deep meditation before, you will find that it is a wonderfully relaxing state to be in.
You can use CDs to take you into even deeper states of relaxation. Below the alpha range are the theta and delta ranges. Theta is the range of light sleep and dreaming, while delta is the range of dreamless sleep and unconsciousness. People who have used CDs that entrain their brain to the theta range sometimes have extraordinary, even paranormal experiences. Others may fall asleep when they listen to CDs that go this low, but after they have adapted to them, experience lucid dreaming and other unusual realms of consciousness.
As amazing as they are, perhaps the most amazing thing about relaxation CDs is that they seem to work on everyone. Many skeptics turn into believers after their first session. It really is something to find yourself go from a state of stress to one of deep relaxation in a matter of minutes. Even many experienced meditators have said that they had never meditated as deeply as they did after listening to one of these CDS. You can try a free demonstration online and discover brainwave entrainment yourself.