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Princess Alice Hospice releases new relaxation CD

Author: Tom Moran
17 February 2016

Members of the therapies team at Princess Alice Hospice have recorded and released a CD entitled ‘Relaxation – a range of techniques’.

The CD – which was put together by Sharon Penny, complementary therapies coordinator, Belinda Hitchens, senior occupational therapist, and Gill Thomas, art/hypnotherapy – features eight tracks which cover mindfulness, autogenic relaxation, guided visualisation and relaxation.

Its main aim is to support people with breathing difficulties or who experiences anxiety. The sessions may also be valuable for carers and healthcare professionals.

Kathy Birch, day services and therapies manager at the hospice, explained the rationale behind the project: "We realised that patients and their families needed help with relaxing at home, away from the hospice environment, so we thought it would be good to produce a CD with some of the relaxation and mindfulness exercises that we use in our sessions."

Local musician Colin Sheen helped produce the CD, with recording taking place at his studio in Oxshott. Sheen’s wife died several years ago and had been a patient at the hospice.

"I wanted to do this in memory of my wife who was also a professional musician. She would have loved to have got involved in a project like this," he said. "I’ve worked with lots of interesting people in my career such as Sir Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand and Pavarotti but this has been one of the most rewarding for me personally."

Sheen also composed the music for two of the tracks – autogenic relaxation and guided relaxation: "Recording and editing the spoken word was a very different experience for me and composing music which doesn't 'take over' but sits in the background and compliments the spoken sessions was also a new challenge, but I enjoyed the process immensely."

Patients who need the CD will receive a free copy, while members of the public can buy one for £5.

To purchase a copy, email therapyreferral@pah.org.uk or visit the hospice's shop in Esher.

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