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Being a caregiver to a loved one takes a lot of energy - physical and emotional.

Do you take care of your aging mother?

Do you take care of your husband who is in advanced stage of Parkinson’s?

Do you take care of your autistic son?

You know all too well that caregivers are “the silent crowd”. Too busy running your life, your home, your business and taking care of loved ones, nonstop.

Caregivers are not free people – by will, they dedicate their “free time” to their loved ones.

Many face moral questions such as; how to help without taking over. How to explore together ways of getting better, instead of imposing your way and taking dominance by thinking that you know the best, of what is good for the one you are treating.

Getting into automatic ways of thinking, make things easier. Automatic behavior based on science and protocols, allows less emotional involvement in decision-making. However, there may be a dilemma here– when we have a fresh mind, and respect the person we care for, as a partner to the success of the treatment; we may also drain our energies, because we are more attentive, and sensitive. Yet, the personalized way, may be more effective in the healing, recovery and reaching better results of wellness and wellbeing.

As the airlines tell us, put on your oxygen mask first

Remember, the airline security instructions, telling you to put the oxygen mask on yourself first and then, treat your child. Analogically, take care of your energies and vitality first, before treating others. Because when you are stressed and exhausted, when you can’t sleep at night, and you are depressed, your perception is not clear and you don’t have enough vitality to treating others.

Have a massage therapy, have a healing therapy. Have an inspiring conversation with someone that will reduce stress, give you a hug, recharge your energies and not be judgmental, but provide you with insights that will let you grow and empower you.

They may be your secret therapist, a good friend, or a healer someone recommended. The bottom line – let go… be humble… understand the limitation of your personal energies and the need to recharge vitality and maintain your bodymindspirit daily.

Treating yourself, will enable to get back to a mode of being a listener, an observer and a mindful and heartful facilitator, to the person you treat. Once you respect him/her as a person that together, you explore and find a solution that is good for his authentic being, love and appreciation will manifest beyond words. You will grow as s/he grows. You will be inspired, as s/he will. Satisfaction from seeing the result in his/her wellness progress, will bring you happiness and joy.

A New Way to Reduce Pain, Stress, Anxiety and Insomnia

Imagine a simple, yet effective way to reduce stress in the comfort of your own home. A special mat is just now being made available that helps reduce pain, stress, insomnia and anxiety while boosting vitality. A 30 minute session allows you to relax and let go of overwhelmed streams of thoughts, emotions, sensations, memories and imagination that can fire up stress. All family members will enjoy it. It’s called Vibroacoustic therapy. It was created in Finland, home of the sauna. Here’s how it works:

You select single sound frequency (in the range between 30hz-120hz) and stream it to the special mat that you’ll lie on during your 30-minute stress reducing session.

You feel soothing harmonic gentle waves rinsing and hugging you from within as you recharge your vitality, sharpen your senses, and yet stay calm and peaceful

After the session, you feel less, pain, less stress, insomnia or anxiety, your bodymind is vital and perception is much clearer.

Vibroacoustic Therapy may help increase the quality of life to people with disabilities and chronic diseases. It may be used as a wellness preventive tool to apply healthy lifestyle in “regular families”, special needs families and independent baby boomers.

(This article by Avigail Berg-Panitz of The Sound Well Corp., originally appeared on the CareGiver Partnership blog.)

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About R.O.S Therapy Systems: R.O.S. Therapy Systems began as a backyard project in 2010. Scott Silknitter was searching for tools to help his mother care for his father, Roger Owen Silknitter, during a 25-year fight with Parkinson’s disease and dementia. That project became a personal mission to help all family caregivers. From family caregiver training and activity books to mobile apps to activity systems, R.O.S. has grown to become a single-source provider of informational “how to’s” and a growing provider of adaptive tools for the millions of husbands, wives, children, and family members that become caregivers.

Common sense advice and instruction based on proven principles of communication, engagement, and daily living are the heart of everything R.O.S. offers for family caregivers. Improving quality of life for caregivers is our mission, and designing everything for a family caregiver struggling with a loved one is the starting point. Whether it is dementia, diabetes, Parkinson’s, ALS, stroke, visual impairment, developmental disabilities, or any other issue that forces someone to care for a loved one, R.O.S. and its Caregiving 101 program are here to help.