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Monthly Archives: June 2009

  1. Guided Imagery Helps Post-Stroke Patients with Daily Task Performance in New Environments

    Interested in building upon recent studies showing that imagery helps post-stroke patients relearn daily tasks, researchers from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Kowloon, Hong Kong, China investigated whether imagery could also help with generalizing skills on trained and untrained tasks in new environments in a small, randomized, controlled clinical trial. 

    Thirty-five acute post-stroke patients were randomly assigned to an imagery training group (n=18) or conventional functional rehabilitation (n=17) group. The imagery intervention was 3-weeks of standardized practices and daily tasks using chunking-regulation-rehearsal strategies.

    Outcome measurements were the performances on trained and untrained tasks in the training and novel environments.

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  2. If I Space Out during Imagery, Can It Still Help?

    Question:  

    I'm very new to guided imagery. After listening to Healing Trauma for a couple of weeks, I find that my mind now "goes off" somewhere (sort of like right before falling asleep, but not sleeping). I am aware that thoughts are flitting in and out but I can't remember what I was "thinking" about or otherwise doing. And I have no memory of anything said on the CD. This usually lasts for most of the entire CD.  I feel relaxed when I "awake" but am wondering if, because I don't remember hearing anything on the CD past the first few minutes, if I am missing the whole point or IS that the whole point? This doesn't happen when I just listen to the affirmations. Thank you so much.
    PS, I love your voice, it is so soothing and calming.
    Christy

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  3. On the Road Again… Meet Me in Tucson, Chicago, Providence, Alexandria, Hilton Head…

    Hello, everyone.

    If you have a minute, you might want to check out some newly posted speaking engagements on our calendar.  

    For starters, I’ll be keynoting the annual conference of Healing Touch International, which is in Tucson this year, from Sept 3-6.  The theme is Creating Flow - Healing Globally and I’ll be speaking about using imagery to heal traumatic stress, as well as providing an experiential, large group workshop there.  Other featured speakers who will be there are Jan Phillips, Tony Redhouse and Stuart Hameroff. For more info, click here.

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  4. We Defy You to Watch These and Not Weep!

    Please forgive the mixed food metaphor, but if schmaltz is your cup of tea, you mustn’t miss the inspired kid stories that Celine Dion pulled together for her latest  book, currently being featured on Ms. Oprah’s show.  There won’t be a dry eye in the blogosphere, and even if you do feel a tad manipulated by the slick production values of perfectly edited video and slide show production, you still can’t deny the power of these terrific stories and the intention behind their creation.  Click here to check ‘em out.

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  5. Big Surprise: Yoga & Guided Imagery = Great Stuff for Healthy Pregnancy

    Researchers from the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation in Bangalore, India studied the effect of integrated yoga practice and guided relaxation on both perceived stress and measured autonomic response in healthy pregnant women.

    The 122 healthy women in the study were recruited between the 18th and 20th week of pregnancy at prenatal clinics in Bangalore, India, and were randomized to practicing yoga and deep relaxation or standard prenatal exercises 1-hour daily. Forty-five participants in each group completed the study, and were evaluated by repeated measures analysis of variance.

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  6. What Were You Thinking, BR? Why Mention Cancer on the Immune System Imagery?

    Question:

    Dear Belleruth,
    I am very disappointed that you mentioned the word cancer in the Healthy Immune System program.  I have lung disease and very much wanted to use the program with my own psychotherapy patients.  I now see that this is out of the question. You should have warned your purchasers in advance that this was a cancer CD. I will have to return this.  I expect a full refund.
    Sincerely,
    Lawrence P.

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  7. Precious Pillow Talk While Dying

    When my father was dying of kidney cancer back in 1959 (probably from copper dust contamination acquired while making bullets at the Watertown Arsenal during World War II) our family was told not to tell him he was dying, lest he deteriorate even faster.  As a result, my mother was denied the comfort of sharing her feelings with her best friend – her husband - about the single most impactful and horrible event in her 47-year-old life.  

    Lately I’ve been doing a lot of sitting with dying friends. Two families really touched and impressed me with the way they’ve been handling this tough journey.  It struck me that our norms are really changing at last - we’ve gotten much better at dying than we used to be.

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  8. Look at C.J. Now, 8 Years after His Bone Marrow Transplant

    Some of you may remember C.J., the terrific youngster who underwent bone marrow transplantation way back in 2001.  We had just completed recording the Bone Marrow Transplantation imagery – it wasn’t duplicated or packaged yet – but we sent a rough studio copy to him, at his mother’s request (everyone should have an advocate like this awesome Momma, let me tell you!!). 

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  9. Self-Help TX Does as Well as Face-To-Face for Insomnia

    Researchers from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in The Netherlands explored whether self-help could offer an inexpensive and more accessible alternative to face-to-face treatment, comparing non-pharmacological therapies only.

    Ten studies with a total of 1000 subjects were included. The self-help style of intervention was found to improve sleep efficiency (d=0.42; p<0.05), sleep onset latency (d=0.29; p<0.05), waking after sleep onset (d=0.44; p<0.05) and sleep quality (d=0.33; p<0.05) but not total sleep time (d=0.02; p>0.05).

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  10. Getting Divorced after 26 Years… Where to Start?

    Question:

    Hello, I want you to know that in the late 1990s, my husband and I saw a marital counselor in Atlanta and bought one of your recordings for depression. It helped tremendously! Thank you so much!

    Now the same husband and I are going through a divorce. After 26 years of marriage. I have several chronic illnesses, some brought on by stress from living in an emotionally abusive situation for so many years. I would like for you to recommend a place for me to start. I am not sleeping well and have a broken heart and spirit.  I am doing my best to heal, but I am taking it one day at a time and know this is a long process. Please advise me on which CD/DVD would be best.

    With Much Gratitude,
    Della

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