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Perhaps its the advantage of the medium (video vs book) or perhaps Jane is just a particularly skilled educator. I think it is perhaps a mixture of the two as I do have other videos which I havent found anywhere near as useful as this.
I think Jane has gone as far as possible to explain the technique without actually being there in the room with you and being your teacher.
Many videos bypass this potentially difficult area and avoid the "how" bit and are really just introductions giving you enough detail to decide whether you want to contact a teacher - this is perfectly understandable given the nature of the subject but Jane has taken a risk here I think she has managed to achieve the very difficult balance between reaching a wide audience and the responsibility of an educator.
I cant recommend this enough.
I would add...
I feel this DVD is absolutely fantastic !!! If I could give 6 stars I would .
I can see why one reviewer said this DVD is worth many books - I am not saying I would give up my entire library of books for this one DVD, but it comes quite close !!
Jane's video is the nearest thing I have seen to something which could either reduce the number of lessons you require or perhaps help someone who has had lessons but has lapsed. Even if your teacher is fantastic I would still say Jane may have something for you here in this video.
I believe a total beginer should still seek 1-1 lessons ( at least 10 and preferably 30 or more ). If you live at the North Pole or something then perhaps you should proceed alone with the help of this DVD (be careful to really listen) but for anyone else I would say that an attempt at "self teach" even with this DVD is an unwise choice unless you really dont have an alternative. It took FM Alexander 9 years to work this all out for himself - a teacher can help you make the journey in weeks.
The Alexander Technique is a way of life: to profit from it, you must add awareness of how you use your body to your daily routine. This is what an Alexander teacher will try to teach you in series of lessons. This video, however, makes it EASY to do so because of Jane Kosminsky's incredible explanations and the demonstrations.
As anyone who has had Alexander lessons knows, you may come into a lesson feeling like you were just run over by a truck, and emerge from the lesson feeling weightless, floating instead of walking. A great way to feel, but oh, how elusive!! One difficulty I had as a student was how to get that "just out of an Alexander lesson" feeling without having to go to a lesson. I think this video will help someone accomplish that, particularly with the "self lesson," which no Alexander teacher ever showed me.
I too would love to see a sequel to this video! It deserves way more than the 5 stars I'm giving it!!
by Mike Hage, Robert G. Addison, "AM Yoga" with Rodney Yee and "Stress Relief Yoga" with Suzanne Deason.
The scenery is fantastic--especially the bright mountaintop sunrise for the a.m. program. Madeline Lewis is pleasant and very "down to earth" (no new age "yoga speak").
My only criticism (and not enough to give it less than 5 stars): There are one or two postures in each program that are uncomfortable if you have low back pain. I've practiced yoga long enough to know how to modify them, but instructions either aren't given or they aren't given until you're already in the posture.
This is a great program for all levels--easy enough for most beginners, but still worthwhile for those who are already pretty active.
To me, Wayne Dyer's words are like smooth stones that "speak out" wisdom. I want to put them all in the pocket of my soul and carry them with me wherever I go. The wisdom is then ready for me to toss into the pool of my own consciousness. The ripples can then move through my life and awaken my soul to move towards enlightenment.
In the first video: "How To Get What You Really, Really, Really, Really Want," you will literally be on the edge of your seat hanging on every word you are hearing. His presence, even on video, is very powerful and awakens something deep inside of you. The craving for truth can be a very powerful emotion which draws us to those who have truth. Wayne has researched truth through the ages and speaks confidently from a wealth of knowledge and personal experience.
Everyone wants to find meaning in life and Wayne explains how we can get what we want by first wishing, then desiring (asking). We then move to a point where we use our "will" to show "intention." In the final stage we develop a passion for life and for our purpose. We simply become what we think we can become.
In this first video I felt that I was a student who was ready to learn and the teacher appeared! You will feel inspired by this wonderful journey of spiritual discovery.
In the second video: "Improve Your Life Using The Wisdom Of The Ages," Wayne explains how "highly functioning" individuals are too busy "being" to worry about what people think of them. They are not controlled by the opinion of others.
I was so captivated by his every word. He explained the philosophy of how people through the ages have all believed in a world beyond the physical and that they have felt spiritually connected to this world.
Wayne also gives an introduction to his book: "Wisdom of the Ages: 60 days to Enlightenment." This is a book filled with quotes and passages from 60 "masters" of life. They did what they loved and loved what they did. They chose to advance confidently in the direction of their own dreams. They lived their lives by cultivating their own garden. They had no concept of failure and lived their lives with enthusiasm. These teachers had profound wisdom to share and Wayne Dyer researched their lives and their writings and then wrote a message to us about what he though they would want us to know in this day and age. He also tells a wonderful fable about a cat in this video.
Do you want to feel blissful in your life? Is there someone in your life who causes you to react in a negative way? Do you want to find the path to peace? As you walk the path of enlightenment with Wayne Dyer, pick up the smooth stones of wisdom along the way. Put them in your pocket. You never know when you might need some inspiration once you get back to walking your own path in life.
It has always been my theory that when you seek out truth and find it, you will know it for what it is.
I found the exercise video a bit lame. I guess I expected more nudity and the exercises seem kind of hokey. My wife watched it with me though and said she thought they would be harder (the exercises, that is) than they look. Oh, and check out the dude with the giant rip in the back of his shorts.
5 stars for each of the massage videos.
4 stars for the exercise video.
"Ultimate Massage: the Art of Sexual Touch" video has the structure of real time with a couple who are having a bedroom date at Christmas. When he arrives home in his business suit she greets him in a little red sheer teddy. They kiss passionately then go to the bedroom where she puts the video on. They sit embracing on their bed and watch the video.
A sexy saxophone soundtrack begins. There is a brief introduction by Psychologist Dr. Bernie Zilbergeld who is has been a leader in the fields of human sexuality and sex therapy for over 25 years. The massage continues and Dr. Zilbergeld narrates, "Erotic massage is a way to wake up the sensual self. This is not foreplay. The goal is not intercourse or orgasm. The goal is to experience pleasure. Good massage needs preparation: set aside time, make a date with your partner, and prepare the space."
The real time couple starts to relax. She removes his tie. They kiss. The erotic massage continues as does Dr. Zilbergeld's essential directions on how to make the most out of this by appealing to all your senses. "Gather your sensual toys together. Relax. Massage is communication with touch, so save words for another time."
All of the elements are included: taste, touch, smell, sight, and sounds. It is clearly demonstrated to you how to arouse your lover with feathers, scarves, and skin to skin sensations. Directions are delightful to follow with graphic imagery that invites your participation. The tight view of the camera on key erogenous zones together with the music ranging from full orchestra to piano solos to new age runs the spectrum of soft to climactic.
A unique parallelism is created by having several couples: a few couples to demonstrate fearlessly and the one real time couple to watch them demonstrate on video. The beauty of this design is that one may well share the uncertainty of new beginnings with the real time couple as well as their actual point of relaxation and ultimate climax. "Ultimate Massage" is the complete explicit version.
Continuity is strong throughout. Between the seductive music selections, clear narration, great photography and romantic settings you'll find yourself easily in sync with the pleasure discovered and shared. This is a must see for all couples regardless of where you may be in that relationship with your significant other. Leave no stone unturned, no zone untouched, especially that of your lover's. Even those who consider themselves experienced may find new territories and ideas here. Not a single spot is missed. Dr. Zilbergeld has been a guest on hundreds of radio and TV shows including Donahue, Oprah, Today, Charles Gordin, CBS Morning News, and Sonya Live. He is the author of the famous best seller "Male Sexuality" and its successor, "The New Male Sexuality." He gives lectures on various aspects of sexuality, as well as courses for professionals and lay people alike.
Eros the Erotic Entertainment Magazine
I'm not entirely sure what I expected from this video as I settled down to watch it with my Hubby a couple of evenings ago. I've always been hesitant about watching so called instructional videos but you know me I'll try anything once. I think I half expected to see perfectly coiffured women with towels wrapped around themselves as burly male masseur's attended to their every whim and showed me how my Hubby could do the same, what we actually watched was a deeply erotic, sensual and strangely relaxing film.
The whole tone of the film is well set from the beginning, as we watch a woman busy herself lighting candles as she prepares to surprise her Hubby. This couple will feature prominently within the video and unlike most adult films I could actually identify with this couple. Her Hubby enters the room and she turns on the VCR so they can watch the same film as we are. At this point the film fades into the couples TV set and we're transported to another view, the same view as they are watching.
What follows is a short introduction by DR. Lonnie Barbach, not so long that it's boring, but just enough to set up the mood for what is to follow. She explains that massage is about more than a means to an end and that by setting aside time for yourself as a couple you can probably do more for your relationship than going out for an expensive evening. I personally loved the fact the emphasis of the whole film was the simple pleasure that you can receive by simply touching or being touched by your partner, something that many of us and, yeah that includes me are apt to forget.
The massage itself was broken into two parts, the back and front of the body. Firstly with easy to follow instructions, that neither Hubby nor I felt insulted our intelligence, the VCR couple take us through some simple techniques followed by a complete back massage. As they finished we are transported back to our couples room and they begin to massage each other, using the techniques, like us they have just watched. The main difference between this film and most adult films was the couple actually looked like they enjoyed the experience. Oh, I should probably mention here that throughout the whole film both couples were naked, not a towel in sight thankfully.
After watching them give each other a deeply relaxing massage, yes you could tell that from the video-)) You're transported back to the VCR couple as they begin to show us the moves that accompany a great frontal massage. It was great to have a clear visual reference as we listened to the instructions and it made repeating the moves latter much easier. Then we move back to our bedroom couple and once again they put into practice what they have just learnt.
What's it all add up to?
This is an extremely couple orientated with the emphasis firmly put on enjoying each partner and enlivening your senses as far as sex is concerned. If your looking for a wild sex movie then this is not the movie for you but if on the other hand you are looking for a film that you can safely watch with your partner and learn something at the same time this is a must have.
With easy to follow and clear instructions regarding the actual do's and don'ts when it comes to giving and receiving a massage, and yet don't make you feel like a kindergarten all add up to make this a pleasurable learning experience for both partners. Hubby and I were both surprised by how much we both learnt and enjoyed this video and let's just say the massage oil is no longer relegated to the bottom of the night stand and is always within easy reach -)) Who said you can't teach an old dog new tricks!!
I did a bit of a search here and found this DVD - it was brilliant,even after the first run through I found it did so much for me. All of a sudden I was starting to see a little bit of light through the thick mud. A friend of mine had recommended meditation and the scientific magazine that I read had noted that meditation does the equivalent for the brain as going to the gym does for your body - it keeps it fit, but I didnt think it would be this good!
So total thumbs up to the creators and now, after purchasing the Gaiam AM/PM meditations DVD a week or so ago as well and the AM/PM Yoga Meditations CD.. I am set. My days are much nicer and I look forward to them more. Thanks Gaiam for helping me find that happy life again.
I started using the DVD on a daily basis about two weeks ago, and it has begun to have a very real effect on the quality of my life. I spend about 40 minutes in the morning before I start my work-day with the DVD. The first 15 or so minutes are spent loosing up the body with a number of light yoga stretches, and then I use the first of two meditation programs which is called a "body scan". It's a meditation program that really puts you into a state of deep relaxation. It doesn't make you sleepy (though it might if you performed it in the evening), on the contrary, I always feel rejuvenated by the end of the routine.
I haven't moved to the second program yet, but I plan to next week. It's a seated meditation program that is meant to help you refresh and focus your mind. I honestly can't wait to get started!
This DVD took me by surprise. Do yourself a favor and buy it. Even if you don't get anything out of the meditation program itself, the production of the DVD is outstanding. It's like a trip to Hawaii. A very, very, relaxing trip to Hawaii.
As a fellow Tai-Chi practitioner, I observed that you can take Bill's forms and add (fighting) visualization and may lower the (bending of) knees (2-levels more) to fill anyone's desire. But certainly Bill has shown and led us the way in using Qi-Gong and Tai-Chi to benefit one's health (aren't we all tired of aggression and fighting?). ...
Again, thank you!
It includes a lot of acupressure and meridian information during the massage which I know is backed by over 100 years of history but I am still in the converting stage - or I would have given it a perfect 5 stars.
I would say this video is a best bet for anyone who embraces alternative medicine or chinese medicine, or anyone who is looking for a relaxing, feel good routine - it tends to rejuvinate me. Perfect for stress fiends like me. No experience is required.
Amazon does not yeat have the other videos in the Holomedica series so I tried one from Amazon's most popular myMassageVideo. Big mistake! (Don't believe the reviews) The comparison of the two videos was like comparing a National Georgraphic special against a local cable access education program. Holomedica's video was that much better. I'll wait for the others next time.
This video gently walks you through almost a full body massage including acupressure points in about 60 minutes. What really makes this video so incredible is that the pacing and use of a narrator allows for enough time so I can massage myself during the course of the video. The video includes helpful hints on how to find the perfect massage spot which is essential for acupressure.
I use this video when I come home from work to re-center myself. I accredit it for my increased energy and sense of calm. And even better...I don't have to beg my husband for a massage anymore-I always got the short end!