Relaxing the Writer
by Amber Polo

Wordshaping Press, 2011. ISBN: 978-1-463-72705-5.
Reviewed by Doris Anne Roop-Benner
Posted on 11/15/2011

Nonfiction: Creative Life; Nonfiction: Active Life

"Writers lean forward, necks scrunch into shoulders, backs hunch, brows furrow, eyes bug out, and lower back, arms, wrists, and fingers tighten. Even our faces squinch tight and wrinkle. Eyes squint at screens without blinking. Repetitive use of muscles and unnatural postures create tension, the body's natural response to imbalance."

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.

Amber Polo is a yoga teacher, librarian, writer, and traveler. Her fiction has been called quirky and profound. She has published short stories, two novels, and won the Story Circle Network '08 LifeWriting Competition. Her first CD won praise as an accessible and not too woo-woo relaxation instruction. Get the "Relaxing the Writer Relaxation" and "Relaxing the Writer Hand Meditation" audios. Also, go to Amber's website for ideas.

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