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Discover The History & Culture Of Paxos And Its Tranquility !

Discover The History & Culture Of Paxos And Its Tranquility !

It’s amazing to imagine yourself at a tranquil beach in the surroundings of beautiful nature with a cocktail in hand. What a wonderful feeling it would be in real? Well, you can make it possible if you have ever heard of an undiscovered Greek Island of Paxos in the Ionian Sea. Covered with olive groves and azure ocean, the island is incredibly beautiful with picturesque setting.

It is a very tiny island spread in the perimeter of seven by two miles. So, you can traverse seen and unseen beauty of this island by walking, trekking, and boating. Small in size, nevertheless you have 30 beautiful beaches to stroll across. However, you have only three harbor villages where you can go for a promenade and enjoy the food and drink also there.

Basically, the island is the best destination for a romantic holiday. You can spend quality time here with your beloved one or family and can also feel relaxed in the freshness and purity of this island. No one will come to disturb you. You can peacefully live in the pleasant ambience of this idyllic island, gazing at God’s beautiful and breathtaking creation.

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However, you can also discover the history and culture of Greece here. You can even still find a centuries-old settlement maintained here with no artificial charms and lights. No disco, no pubs, no waterparks, no big shopping malls – everything you find on Paxos is traditional Tavernas, bars, and a few restaurants in the arms of nature.

Luxury Stone house at Paxos ! Glyfada Beach Villas

    You will hardly find hotels to stay at, but don’t be shocked. You can find stonehouse holiday rentals with all possible luxury amenities at reasonable rates.

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    Gaios, Lakka, and Loggos are the three main villages of Paxos, and most of the tourist attractions fall near these villages for discovering the history and culture. And, don’t forget to taste the Greek food and wine at one of the waterfront tavernas. If you want to capture the most-beautiful moments and breathtaking views in your memory and on your camera too, then you must explore the Cape of Eremites.

    Churches

    About more than sixty churches are situated on this tiny island. Some are still visited by inhabitants to worship while some are abandoned. The monastery of Panayia is the most popular for worshiping, which is located near the village of Gaios. The Churches of Agioi Apostoli and Hypapante are also often visited by tourists.

    Museums

    If you want to go back in history, then you must visit the Paxos Folk Museum. You can take a glimpse of historical beauty here and get to know more about this Island through artifacts, portraits, tools, and utensils. The Olive Press Museum on the other hand can introduce you to the centuries-old method of olive oil making and preservation.

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    Monuments

    You have a plethora of monuments on Paxos to experience. From a Green Man statue to the lighthouse of Lakka – you can experience the culture through them. If you are in Paxos, then you must visit the Cisterns of Paxos, the Lighthouse of Lakka and Panagia, and the mansion of Anemogiiannis.

    Festivals & Events

    Several festivals and events are organized throughout the year and grab tourists’ attention with eccentricity. You can experience the tradition of Paxos very closely by attending these festivals and events. The Spring Music festival in June, the Varkarola Custom in July, the International Music festival in August, and a lot of others which will definitely entice you are celebrated every year in Paxos.

    Well, if you have decided to plan your trip for this beautiful island, then do the necessary research. You can reach Paxos over the sea route by taking a boat ride to the main port of Paxos from Corfu or Parga.

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    Featured photo credit: Glyfada Beach Villas via paxos-glyfadabeach.com

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    Science Says Screaming Is Good For You

    Science Says Screaming Is Good For You

    There are many reasons why people might scream – they’re angry, scared, or in pain (or maybe they’re in a metal band!). Some might say that screaming is bad, but here’s why science says it’s good for you.

    “For the first time in the history of psychology there is a way to access feelings, hidden away, in a safe way and thus to reduce human suffering. It is, in essence, the first science of psychotherapy.” — Dr. Arthur Janov

    Primal Therapy

    Dr. Arthur Janov invented Primal Therapy in the late 1960’s. It is a practice that allows the patient to face their repressed emotions from past trauma head on and let those emotions go. This treatment is intended to cure any mental illness the patient may have that surfaced from this past trauma. In most cases, Primal Therapy has lead Dr. Janov’s patients to scream towards the end of their session, though it was not part of the original procedure. During a group therapy session that was at a standstill, Dr. Janov says that one of his patients, a student he called Danny, told a story that inspired him to implement a technique that he never would have thought of on his own.

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    How it Started

    “During a lull in our group therapy session, he told us a story about a man named Ortiz who was currently doing an act on the London stage in which he paraded around in diapers drinking bottles of milk. Throughout his number, Ortiz is shouting, ‘Mommy! Daddy! Mommy! Daddy!’ at the top of his lungs. At the end of his act he vomits. Plastic bags are passed out, and the audience is requested to follow suit.”

    It doesn’t end there, though. Dr. Janov said that his patient was quite fascinated with that story, and that alone moved him to suggest something even he believed to be a little elementary.

    “I asked him to call out, ‘Mommy! Daddy!’ Danny refused, saying that he couldn’t see the sense in such a childish act, and frankly, neither could I. But I persisted, and finally, he gave in. As he began, he became noticeably upset. Suddenly he was writhing on the floor in agony. His breathing was rapid, spasmodic. ‘Mommy! Daddy!’ came out of his mouth almost involuntarily in loud screeches. He appeared to be in a coma or hypnotic state. The writhing gave way to small convulsions, and finally, he released a piercing, deathlike scream that rattled the walls of my office. The entire episode lasted only a few minutes, and neither Danny nor I had any idea what had happened. All he could say afterward was: ‘I made it! I don’t know what, but I can feel.’”

    Delving deeper

    Dr. Janov says he was baffled for months, but then he decided to experiment with another patient with the same method, which lead to a similar result as before. The patient started out calling “Mommy! Daddy!” then experienced convulsions, heavy breathing, and then eventually screamed. After the session, Dr. Janov says his patient was transformed and became “virtually another human being. He became alert… he seemed to understand himself.”

    Although the initial intention of this particular practice wasn’t to get the patient to scream, more than once did his Primal Therapy sessions end with the patient screaming and feeling lighter, revived, and relieved of stresses that were holding them down in life.

    Some Methods To Practice Screaming

    If you want to try it out for yourself, keep reading!

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    • Step 1: Be Alone — Be alone. If you live in a place that you can’t be alone, it might be a good idea to talk to your family or roommates and explain to them what you’re about to do and make sure they’re okay with it. If you’re good to go, move on to step 2.
    • Step 2: Lie Down — Lie down on a yoga mat on your back and place a pillow underneath your head. If you don’t own a yoga mat, you can use a rug or even a soft blanket.
    • Step 3: Think — Think of things that have hurt you or made you angry. It can be anything from your childhood or even something that happened recently to make yourself cry, if you’re not already crying or upset. You could even scream “Mommy! Daddy!” just like Dr. Janov’s patients did to get yourself started.
    • Step 4: Scream — Don’t hold anything back; cry and scream as loud as you can. You can also pound your fists on the ground, or just lie there and scream at the top of your lungs.

    After this, you should return your breathing to a normal and steady pace. You should feel lighter, like a weight has been lifted off of you. If not, you can also try these other methods.

    Scream Sing

    Scream singing” is referring to what a lot of lead singers in metal or screamo bands will do. I’ve tried it and although I wasn’t very good at it, it was fun and definitely relieved me of any stress I was feeling from before. It usually ends up sounding like a really loud grunt, but nonetheless, it’s considered screaming.

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    • Step 1 — Bear down and make a grunting sound.
    • Step 2 — Hiss like a snake and make sure to do this from your diaphragm (your stomach) for as long as you can.
    • Step 3 — Breathe and push your stomach out for more air when you are belting notes, kind of like you would if you were singing.
    • Step 4 — Try different ways to let out air to control how long the note will last, just make sure not to let out too much air.
    • Step 5 — Distort your voice by pushing air out from your throat, just be careful not to strain yourself.
    • Step 6 — Play around with the pitch of your screams and how wide your mouth is open – the wider your mouth is open, the higher the screams will sound. The narrower or rounder your mouth is (and most likely shaped like an “o”), the lower the screams will sound.
    • Step 7 — Start screaming to metal music. If you’re not a huge metal fan, it’s okay. You don’t have to use this method if you don’t want to.

    If you want a more thorough walkthrough of how to scream sing, here’s a good video tutorial. If this method is too strenuous on your vocal chords, stop. Also, make sure to stay hydrated when scream singing and drink lots of water.

    Scream into a pillow

    Grab a pillow and scream into it. This method is probably the fastest and easiest way to practice screaming. Just make sure to come up for air.

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    Always remember to make sure that you’re not going to disturb anyone while practicing any of these methods of screaming. And with that, happy screaming!

    Featured photo credit: Sharon Mollerus via flickr.com

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