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Relaxing the Writer: Guidebook to the Writer's High Paperback – September 18, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
Just reading this quote makes me want to try another profession. But, fear not friends, there's help. Relaxing the Writer is a guide to help develop your personal user's manual of relaxation methods. Author Amber Polo tells us about how mental stress and physical tension can affect every part of the writer's life. All writers enter into an altered state of consciousness and need relaxation techniques to focus the mind, de-stress the body, and calm emotions because that will replenish creativity.and all writers want that creative edge.
Relaxing the Writer covers Aromatherapy to Zumba in depth and all the fun things in between. I love the fact that Polo gives me options on how I can incorporate the Active, Meditative, and Sensual Artistic areas into MY life. She suggests not only aerobic activities, but music to write to.and the moving and the music genre can fit your style of writing. I love the fact that Relaxing the Writer had some practical wisdom about how to sit, where to place your computer, and how to create a comfortable work environment with aromatherapy and good lighting.
The Buddha says, "To keep the body in good health is a duty...otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear." Read how to make relaxation a priority for you.
by Doris Anne Roop-Benner
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
RELAXING THE WRITER is written by author, yoga instructor, and librarian Amber Polo. Polo designed this "guidebook" to help foster both creativity and relaxation for those who sit all day--particularly writers like herself, but also computer users and others.
Polo breaks up her book into several segments. She begins with an overview of ergonomics, or setting up the writing space. She covers various factors, including desk types, chairs, computer screens, mouse positioning, lighting, pets, and even what to wear while writing. Next, Polo offers a section on relaxation breaks. These include simple stretches which can be performed right at one's desk, such as seated forward bends, neck stretches, shoulder stretches, and simple twists. There is also an overview on hand stretches as well as additional tips for keeping the hands relaxed (e.g., using squeeze balls, applying heat).
For more in-depth stretching, Polo describes basic floor stretches, some of which include rolling, and some of which are more passive. In addition, she provides instruction on several simple breathing techniques to enhance the relaxation strategies. Polo concludes the stretching chapter with tips on preventing Computer Vision Syndrome, which she describes as a repetitive strain disorder for the eyes.
Polo dedicates the remainder of the book to alternate strategies for relaxation. She delves into a wide variety of practices, from aromatherapy to journaling to different types of exercise (e.g., walking, aerobics, weight training, Tai Chi, yoga). For each item, Polo simply provides the reader with a short, bulleted list of ideas.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gave this as a gift to a new writer. He really appreciated this read.Published 23 months ago by Rutie
Stretching, self-massage, hydration, and meditation are just some of the easy-to-perform, rejuvenating methods suggested to the reader in this helpful book. Read morePublished on April 19, 2012 by Patrick Hafner
If you are spending more time with your computer than you should, reading Amber Polo's "Relalxing the Writer, Guidebook to the Writer's High" is a must. Read morePublished on November 21, 2011 by Alice from the library
Amber Polo - yoga teacher, librarian, researcher, writer and traveler - has drawn on her extensive experiences to write an easy to use self-help book. Read morePublished on November 18, 2011 by La Vaughn Kemnow
Amber Polo's "Relaxing the Writer" is a nice blend of mind/body relaxation techniques and ergonomic exercises for reducing stress. Read morePublished on November 13, 2011 by Barbara Mitchell
Relaxing the Writer is not just for writers, but for all of us who experience stress in our lives. Amber Polo addresses situations specific to writers - those who sit, in... Read morePublished on November 3, 2011 by Valerie Allen