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Monthly Archives: May 2009

  1. A Triumphant Email from Someone Who Had Surgery for a Hiatal Hernia

    This triumphant email is from someone who had surgery for a hiatal hernia twelve years ago. She was told she’d be back for more repair after five years, but she hasn’t, and she gives imagery some of the credit…

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  2. Imagining Finger Movement Improves Function After Surgery

    Researchers from the Department of Plastic Surgery of University Medical Center Groningen, in The Netherlands, sought to see whether practicing motor imagery during the immobilization period after flexor tendon injury results in a faster recovery of hand function.

    The randomized controlled trial included 28 patients, post-surgery for flexor tendon repair, who were randomly assigned to either an intervention group or a control group.

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  3. How Can Guided Imagery Help Someone with No Ability to Visualize?

    Question: email from Dr. Shealy's outfit today linked me to an excerpt (chapter 10) from Invisible Heroes [ed.note: this refers to a free report that NICABM has been distributing online]...which provoked me into looking the book up over at Amazon...which, despite the glowing reviews, intensified my already burgeoning dismay. The basis of that dismay is my inability to visualize; my minds eye wears a patch. I wasn't always this way; I know the power of "seeing", visualization. I wonder (hope), do you have any recommendations, suggestions for me? Anything that might make your process fruitful for me? (ooops! I submitted this to the wrong place initially; sorry!)


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  4. A Free Report - Guided Imagery: From Accrued Wisdom to State of the Art Practice

    Greetings, everyone.

    Dr. Ruth Buczynski of NICABM has been distributing a free report: Guided Imagery: From Accrued Wisdom to State of the Art Practice – it’s an excerpt from Chapter 10 of my book, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma & How They Heal.  She writes,

    In this report, psychotherapist, author, and innovator, Belleruth Naparstek, LISW reaches beyond the basics of guided imagery to show how it can strengthen and support trauma-survivor recovery.  From scripted to self-generated, from one-on-one to recorded, you'll discover how guided imagery can release your patients from trauma's devastating grip.

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  5. Check Out This Video If You Want To Smile!

    We got this note and video clip from a friend, and it’s really a treat.  He explains that in the lounges of various Mayo Buildings, there is often a piano, and sometimes people stop to play.  This is an enchanting video of two older folks playing a duet in the Gonda Building, to an impromptu audience of delighted and appreciative people.  Click here.

    And for a double dose of ‘feel-good’ medicine, this is the story that generated the video.  

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  6. Date Rape: How Do You Heal What You Don’t Remember?


    I watched Belleruth today being interviewed on London TV.  I was amazed.  I was abused as a child, from 18 months to 22 years old.  During my twenties, whenever a memory or flashback invaded my head, I used to visualize myself as an adult, rescuing me as a child.  This had a profound effect on me, and also shifted the dynamics of powerlessness.  Although I could not change what happened to me, I did not have to relive the horror in memories or flashbacks.  In time, the flashbacks faded away and did not bother me. I am at peace with my childhood. 

    However, 3 years ago, I was date raped, and I am having difficulties. The memories  are not there, although the feelings of terror are.  I suffer terrible panic attacks, and I jump from anger and pain to apathy and not leaving the house.  How do I get past memories I don't have?  Please help. 

    Kind regards, Carina

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  7. Yes, Virginia, Meditators Really Do Have Bigger Brains

    Researchers at the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging at UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, looked at the possible links in the brain that could cause the connection between meditation practice and psychological, physiological and cognitive well-being.

    Using high-resolution MRI data of 44 subjects, they set out to examine the underlying anatomical correlates of long-term meditation.  (For those with a technical interest, they used voxel-based morphometry in association with a recently validated automated parcellation approach.)


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  8. New Blog, New CDs, New Youtube Video, New Workshops

    Hello, everyone.

    There’s a lot to tell you about…. for starters, Cindy tells me the three new CDs I recorded this Spring - for Caregiver Stress, Healthy Immune System, and Allergies - are in the warehouse, so those of you who back-ordered, your guided imagery is on the way or already there.

    Our big news, is that the new version of the commercial side of our HealthJourneys site has launched, in a design to parallel the blog.  Please play around with it and let us know how you find it.  I confess, I’m dazzled by its looks, but also deeply in love with its organization and substance (not just a pretty face).

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  9. Dialysis CD Used to Support Existing Kidney Function

    A woman writes:

    Your CDs have been with me on a difficult journey. I started with your Surgery CDs before the first of my two knee replacements (within 7 months).  They were invaluable.  

    When I had the second surgery, something happened that my kidneys didn't like, and I found myself at the bad end of stage 4 kidney failure.  Even as I followed the nephrologist's protocol, I felt I had to find a way to accept the fact that dialysis was a real possibility and to be ready for it if and when it came.

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  10. Self-Help Delivers Modest Gains for Sleep Problems

    Researchers from Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, examined whether a self-help intervention might offer an inexpensive and more accessible alternative to face-to-face therapy for the non-pharmacologic treatment of insomnia. 

    They conducted a meta-analysis of randomized controlled studies examining the effects of self-help interventions for insomnia, identified through extensive searches of bibliographical databases.  They examined the effects of self-help on different sleep outcomes, in comparison with both wait list controls and face-to-face treatments.

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