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Multimodal Relaxation Designed for Busy:
Parents Educators Counselors Therapists
Relaxation Yoga Massage Tai-Chi Quigong
The Soothing Pulse™, a companion to the popular book The Tao of Music: Sound Psychology, consists of a progressive relaxation exercise that combines various techniques such as drones (calming, ongoing sounds), a hemispheric synchronization pulse ("hemi-sync"), and a progressive relaxation script that escorts the listener into a deep relaxation or meditation while following a descending (around 80 to 54 beats per minute) tempo. The entrainment technique used in the CD was developed throughout years of research and experimentation that were part of Dr. Ortiz’s graduate studies and, later, doctoral dissertation at Penn State University.
Based on the technique of Pulse Entrainment™, The Soothing Pulse™ is designed to synchronize, and then gradually slow down our internal pulses and rhythms leading to a state of natural mind-body relaxation. The progressive relaxation sequence introduced in this quieting exercise accomplishes this by using a combination of Applied Psychomusicology techniques intended to help us achieve a state of deep, restful meditation. These include:
The Soothing Pulse was featured as a One Spirit (Book of the Month) Book Club’s “Top 10 Favorite Audio” selection throughout 1998 and into 1999.
“This summer I purchased
the CD (i.e., The Soothing Pulse), from you during your
course at Mt. Ida. I’ve integrated the meditation into my daily life,
2 or 3 times a day. It has helped a tremendous
degree in dealing with Lyme Disease and the ability to work with my mind
and body in the healing process. I firmly believe that it has
helped in lowering my blood pressure as well as boosting my immune system.
My only regret was that I wasn’t able to take your course last summer,
with the schedule of four other courses that I had to take.”
Pulse is the most effective tool I have encountered to help alleviate
the stressors brought about through modern, hectic lifestyles. Through
a mixture of gentle sounds, rhythms, and his own, soothing voice, Dr.
Ortiz has created a practical, preventive resource that each of us can
use to help alleviate the pain and anxiety of daily life’s demands. In
short, I wholeheartedly recommend this healing
resource as an effective antidote to today’s stressful world.
Be kind to yourself, sit back, and let the rhytmic waves of soothing sounds
and healthful vibrations carry your tension away.”
“As a psychologist,
I have found The Soothing Pulse tapes and CDs to be invaluable
resources for clients presenting with issues ranging from stress and anxiety
to chronic pain, insomnia and other conditions where the need for relaxation
is imperative. Laced with a blend of understated, melodic undertones,
the subtle pulses that accompany the soothing musical layers help to guide
even the most apprehensive skeptics into a flowing, natural state of deep
relaxation. Resistant clients and those who have
struggled with other relaxation tapes or CDs consistently support this
excellent resource’s effectiveness. I recommend it highly for
both personal and professional use.”
“Dear Dr. Ortiz,
I recently purchased your marvelous CD, The Soothing Pulse,
from the One Spirit (Book of the Month Club) catalogue. Over the
past few months I had tried various sleeping remedies including over the
counter and prescribed medications, self-hypnosis and a number of ‘relaxation’
tapes and strategies. None of them worked. I need
to share with you that thanks to your CD’s soothing, inspirational nature
I am once again able to get a good night’s sleep, awakening
rested and energized with a newfound sense of positivity and clarity.
I do not know if it is your calm, reassuring voice, the music, or a combination
of all the elements your CD brings together but, whatever it is, it works.
Pulse is the most effective CD I have found to date. I use it
everyday for relaxation during my lunch hour and it recharges me for the
remainder of the day. It’s like a musical ginseng!”
“Dear Dr. Ortiz,
I just want to thank you for your CD, The Soothing Pulse.
My husband and I originally purchased it as something to help us relax
and unwind at the end of the day. We both drive a long way through heavy
traffic and our nerves are usually shot by the time we get home. This
CD is wonderful. Absolutely wonderful. Five minutes
into it makes you feel like you are literally floating in a cloud.”
“Listening to this
CD (The Soothing Pulse) is like entering into a different
dimension where there is only peace.”
“Dr. Ortiz, I want
to let you know that your CD, The Soothing Pulse (which
I purchased at one of your workshops in California), was
enormously helpful in helping me to relax and focus during my preparation
for childbirth. It helped to pace and relax my breathing and
provided comfort and support throughout the entire childbirth experience.
I recommend highly to mothers — and parents — everywhere!”
Pulse is a wonderful piece. I use it during childbirth class to
help couples prepare for relaxation, thank you!”
“As a massage
therapist with an extensive library of relaxation tapes and ‘New Age’
music I can honestly say that The Soothing Pulse CD by Doctor
John Ortiz breaks new ground. It creates an ambience of total serenity,
and generates a delightfully natural mind-body-spirit experience of transcendence.
It has quickly become my clients' favorite, and
most requested, musical background during our sessions.”
“I have been teaching
T'ai chi, Yoga and Qigong for over 15 years and have used literally
hundreds of different relaxation and meditation CDs to accompany and maximize
the benefits of these healing and energizing practices. The Soothing
Pulse has quickly become one of my favorite three CDs of all time.”
The Soothing Pulse is the perfect rejuvenation tool
for a mid-day break. Sometimes teachers need a nap-time too!
Although I understand that the Soothing Pulse was
designed for adults I want to let you know that I have been using it very
effectively with my 6th graders as a "relax and recharge exercise.
Your musical voice is remarkably calming in itself!
After a day of facing heavy traffic, mandatory meetings, and four
hours of 'classroom battle' your Soothing Pulse is a welcome
oasis. Thank you for this timely and delightful gift.
Your Soothing Pulse helps me to get centered in the
morning, and become balanced after a full day’s work, talk about a wise
investment! It’s like going on a personal 'cloud
Dr. Ortiz, of all the relaxation techniques I have tried throughout
my professional career, including biofeedback, meditation, and various
audio tapes, your Soothing Pulse — which competently combines
several relaxation methods — is, by far, the most effective.
Dr. Ortiz, I want to let you know that, your book is wonderful,
your workshop is wonderful, and the
Soothing Pulse exercise is the cherry on top! Amazing how
22 minutes with this CD can transform you into a new person!
I am a trainer specializing in Inclusive Schooling and want to
share with you that your CD, The Soothing Pulse,
is very effective with some autistic children. I do not know
if it is the pulses, drones, or your voice that does the trick, but it
I have been playing track two of your CD—the Soothing Pulse
(the instrumental track)—as background for a relaxation technique I use
in my culturally rich, inclusive classroom and the combination of sounds
that you use are very appealing to a wide range of students (teachers
here love it too). It is, by far, the most
borrowed CD from my extensive collection!
Your Soothing Pulse should be trademarked as "The Soothing Effect!" Thank you!
Kim Levy, Educational Consultant, Boston, MA.