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Monthly Archives: May 2011

  1. Imagery Helps with Pain, Frustration of Fertility Treatments

    My husband and I have been going through fertility treatments for the past year, and since it all began there was dark cloud around me. The last treatment was an IVF cycle which resulted in a pregnancy, but ended a week later with a miscarriage.

    I already wasn't myself, but this threw me completely off my axis.

    My older sister, who also has had some problems, recommended your program and meditations. After I listen to your program the other night, it was like a weight was lifted off of me. I felt like myself again. I awoke the next day feeling good emotionally and physically. I haven't felt like that in over 18 months.  So, thank you. Your program brought me back to life and out of the darkness that was with me everywhere I go.

    I have a renewed hope, dream, and spirit.

    Thank you from every part of my now not breaking heart.

    Mary

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  2. Is There Imagery for TMJ?

    Question:

    BR, Is there a visual imagery tape available from any source for TMJ?  [Ed note: this is temporomandibular joint disorder, usually involving unconscious grinding or clenching of the jaw.]  Being a sufferer, I read that nearly 30% of the population suffers from some form it. I understand it is a matter of retraining the muscle memory. In my case, much of it happens during sleep & a tape during sleep would be most helpful.

    Alex

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  3. Online Cognitive Behavior TX Plus Zoloft Helps Panic Disorder

    Researchers from the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada investigated whether combining sertraline (Zoloft) and self-administered cognitive behavior therapy (SCBT) could improve treatment outcomes for panic disorder.
     
    Two hundred fifty-one patients were randomized to 12 weeks of either a placebo drug, a placebo drug plus SCBT, sertraline alone or sertraline plus SCBT. Those who improved after 12 weeks of acute treatment then received treatment for an additional 12 weeks.

    Outcome measures evaluate the core Panic Disorder symptoms (panic attacks, anticipatory anxiety, agoraphobic avoidance), dysfunctional ideas (fear of bodily sensations, agoraphobic ideas), disability, and clinical global impression of severity and improvement.

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  4. What The R & R Bucket List Looks Like

    Hello.
     
    Well, I’m off the road at last – at least for the next few weeks – and I’m very thankful for that!  I suspect I’m getting a tad long of tooth to be running from New York to San Diego to Germany to Washington DC to Fort Sill, Oklahoma in the space of a few weeks.  I have a lot of follow-up and stuff to do, and I’ll get it done, but here’s what I’m also going to do:

    • Have lunches and dinners with friends I haven’t seen in way too long.
    • Plan some trips – for pleasure, as a garden variety tourist!
    • Hang out with my kids and grandkids.
    • Get back to regular Gyrotonic lessons.
    • Throw in some massage, accupuncture and yoga.
    • Catch up on movies.
    • Clean out closets and give away lots of stuff.
    • Drive around with the top down.
    • Stare into space.
    • Appreciate.

    And in this spirit of rest, recuperation and renewal, that’s all I’ve got to say this week!!  

    Wishing you all a great week… in whatever form that takes for you.

    All best,

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  5. Guided Imagery Befriends Yet Another Surgery Patient

    Belleruth,

    I'm sure you have had thousands of these successful cases sent to you by now, but I really do want to thank you for your Preparing for Surgery tape as well as your Relaxation & Wellness and Healthful Sleeping tapes.

    A friend of mine who is a nurse and a Therapeutic Touch practitioner passed them on to me a few weeks before I had to go in for the removal of an ovarian cyst as well as a complete hysterectomy.  I swear by them for preparing me for my surgery and helping me have a very speedy recovery.

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  6. Virtual Reality Adds No Improvement To Hypnosis Outcomes

    Researchers from the University of Greenwich, London, UK investigated whether hypnosis plus Virtual Reality (VR) performed more effectively than hypnosis alone.
     
    Thirty-five healthy participants were randomized to self-hypnosis with VR imagery, standard self-hypnosis, or relaxation interventions. Changes in sleep, cortisol levels, and mood were measured.

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  7. Is Guided Imagery Dangerous for Someone Who Dissociates?

    Question:

    Are the guided visualizations safe for persons with a history of traumatic dissociation and a traumatic brain injury?  I introduced a client to the Panic Attack tape and she felt "funny" and dissociated at the end of the session.  We did some grounding exercises to return her into her body, and she was fine, but she is questioning the safety of follow-up work with these tapes.  Thanks for any feedback you can offer!

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  8. Foods and Vitamins to Support Brain Health

    Before I forget, many thanks to Jim Porter for the guided imagery piece he posted at his StressStop website.  If that name sounds familiar, it’s because you’ve seen some of his excellent stuff in our catalog – A Day away from Stress; the same relaxing audio segments in Spanish: Un Dia Lejos Del Estres, and of course his drop-dead-gorgeous video feast for the eyes, for those who need to see their relaxation, Rest & Relax.

    Jim recently started posting his live radio interviews, and the one we did together last week is here. It was a fun interview

    Now, if you feel your memory or cognitive acuity aren’t quite what they used to be, Drs. Mehmet Oz and Michael Roizen have put together a list of what foods, vitamins and minerals we can ingest to support brain health.




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  9. What Mind-Body Resources Work Best for Hypertension?

    Question:

    Which of your guided imagery CDs or tapes should I order to get my blood pressure down? I am on medication. Thanks.
    Ben

    Answer:

    Dear Ben,

    First off, let me say that anything that helps you to relax is very likely going to get your blood pressure down. So in a general, non-targeted way, any of the guided relaxation and meditation programs we offer are qualified to do this. Similarly, anything that says it’s designed to reduce stress is going to help lower your blood pressure.

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  10. Learning to Say No

    Let's face it.  When we take on too many commitments and spread ourselves too thin, sooner or later we’ll have trouble getting things done well or on time.  

    What’s so hard about saying no?  Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and if you’re a people pleaser, that’s pretty a uncomfortable position to be in.  Second, there’s often a slightly grandiose or unrealistic part of us that thinks, well, sure, we can handle just that one more thing – it’s easy to fall into that trap..  And finally, most of us think this is being “nice”, even when the net effect isn’t so nice at all, because we wind up letting others down.

    Do you have difficulty saying “no”?  Leo Barbauta has a some great suggestions – his Top Ten Tips on the Gentle Art of Saying No hits all the marks, including the suggestion to pre-empt the request in the first place, warnings against apologizing, and that ever-popular standby, “I’ll get back to you”.. Here are some of his Tips on the Gentle Art of Saying No.

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