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In Tropical Heat you can choose between 3 different music stations and enjoy a wide variety of music as you race through the 15 beautiful tropical island courses.

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Afraid of memory loss as you age?



If you fear or are experiencing memory loss as you get older, you're not alone. Polls by Research America and Parade Magazine indicate that for most aging people, the fear of losing mental capacity is much greater than fears of losing physical abilities.

According to Karen Lawrence writing for Suite 101, experiments show that even though stress and depression can damage memory, treatment encourages regeneration of brain cells responsible for long-term memory function.

Paying attention to stress levels in the body by incorporating soothing and healing practices into one’s lifestyle may prove to be one of the best defenses against a deteriorating brain. While stress is certainly an inevitable part of life, adding simple measures to not only slow cell damage by reducing the production of cortisol, but also by encouraging the regeneration of cells can be another easy step towards keeping an aging brain sharp.

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In fact, consider these effective techniques:

Deep Breathing. Deep breathing is an ancient and simple way to induce the relaxation response.

Guided Imagery and Visualization. Guided imagery is following the guidance of a soothing voice that is suggesting scenes of inner focus to elicit the relaxation response like “see yourself on a beautiful beach.”

Classical Music. The complex textures and harmonies of classical music can help usher one into a meditation state.

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Yes, you can feel better...in 2 minutes or less!



2 Minutes To Feeling BetterAOL Health has shared some great tips for feeling better in just 2 minutes! Some highlights:

Health Issue: If You're Seriously Stressed..."The best fix is the one you can do anywhere: breathing." Says Brooke Siler, owner of New York City's Re:AB Pilates studio. Close your eyes and inhale deeply through your nose. Hold for five counts; exhale through your nose for 10 counts. Repeat for two minutes. This can deactivate your fight-or-flight response and help you relax.

Health Issue: If You've Got Absolutely No Energy...Yoga pro Mandy Ingber, who works with Jennifer Aniston, recommends the bridge pose: "It allows the lungs to fully expand so more oxygen circulates to your brain and muscles." Lie on your back, knees bent, heels directly under knees. Lift hips, clasping hands underneath your back. Hold for 30 seconds, breathing slowly.

Health Issue: If Your Hips Are Stiff From Driving...Hours behind the wheel can lead to hip and leg pain, says Dr. DeMann. Pit stop solution: Stand with your right side facing the car, and place right hand on car at shoulder height. Cross right leg behind left, keeping feet flat, and tilt hips toward car so you're arching sideways. You should feel a stretch in your right hip. Hold for 30 seconds; repeat on opposite side.


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Step-by-step mind-body demo — Integrating mindfulness with biofeedback series, continued



By Yuval Oded

Yuval Oded clinican biofeedback seriesThis walkthrough shows a clinician how to demonstrate the effect of mental stress on the body in real-time using Alive Clinical Version biofeedback graphing. We can tell clients what we know, but showing them is much more powerful and motivating.
  1. From the baseline level we let the SCL line stabilize, preferably letting it get a downward trend as in the example shown below example.

    After going down from 2.71 microsiemens to 2.16 microsiemens, this is the perfect point at which to evoke an anticipation reaction. At timeline 1 min. 50 sec., the client was told “I will now ask you a difficult math question.”

    Notice the sharp rise in the SCL line climbing to 3.50 microsiemens.

    The client did not move or say anything (since the proposed question was not yet asked), so it is clear that the rise in arousal level stems from the psychological impact of anticipation.

    SCL training demo screenshot


  2. By pressing the Hide button we can show the client only the SCL line. After the first anticipation trigger, she is asked to rest.

    SCL training demo screenshot
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Integrating mindfulness with biofeedback — A new way to enhance results in individual therapy — Introduction



By Yuval Oded, inspired by Zindel Segal

Yuval Oded clinican biofeedback series

As mindfulness and other Eastern spiritual practices are introduced into psychotherapy, both therapists and clients seek for ways to deepen the practice. In the next few weeks I will describe how I integrate Alive biofeedback with mindfulness practices.

“Mindfulness” refers to keeping one’s consciousness alive to the present reality. John Kabat-Zinn, one of pioneers in integrating mindfulness into therapy, says, “when we use the term mindfulness we refer to ‘an openhearted, moment to moment, nonjudgmental awareness’.”

In therapy we often aim at helping our clients to promote acceptance of internal experience. In a wide range of clinical problems, what is common is the avoidance or over-attention to internal experiences such as thoughts, images, emotions and sensations. For example, many clients are not aware of the moment-to-moment fluctuations in mood they are experiencing. A patient may describe his panic attack as lasting 4 days while scientific findings show that the human body is not capable of sustaining such high levels of arousal for long. Anxiety sensitivity, or fear of fear, often causes this sustained attention to anxiety-related symptoms.

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