Monthly Archives: July 2011
We got this from a very pleased new mom:
“I had heard guided imagery for pregnancy and delivery in my Lamaze class and loved it. I tracked it down on Amazon - it helped me tremendously, as did the breathing techniques I learned in class. I had a beautiful natural childbirth. My husband was over the moon. It was our first baby. My Mom said it was the most beautiful and peaceful birth she ever saw.
“The Lamaze class and breathing techniques helped during the contractions and the imagery CD really helped me especially with sleeping between contractions. I used it to fall asleep to for a couple weeks before the baby was born, so when I used it during delivery it made me go right back to that state of mind. I bounced back very fast with energy to spare, because I never got that tired from having my baby in the first place. This should be standard equipment, along with the ice chips and the pillow, for laboring moms.”
Researchers from the Department of Clinical Neuroscience of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden conducted a follow-up of a previously reported study of internet-delivered cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), based on exposure and mindfulness exercises (Ljótsson et al. (2010) Internet-delivered exposure and mindfulness based therapy for irritable bowel syndrome - a randomized controlled trial. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48, 531-539).
Posted: July 28, 2011Categories: Update from Health Journeys
We just got a very appreciative note from a Canadian soldier who received a gift card of guided imagery downloads to help him with his combat stress in between counseling sessions. That reminded me that it’s been ages since I mentioned this very handy option for easy, swift gift-giving. All you have to do is pick an item you want to send as a gift and look for the download/gift option on the shopping cart. If you find yourself needing help with this (I did), write or call our ever-so-patient and helpful staff (seriously) at [email protected] or 800.800.8661.
Cindy tells me our new titles for the upcoming catalog are in the warehouse, so this means I can clue you in on the new stuff (about which I’m very pumped), and you can get a jump on an order.
From psychotherapist Susan P:
I led a support group with women who were experiencing challenging fertility issues. I played a smattering of relaxation audio programs from my library, each of the weeks we met, to give them a flavor of how they could use their powerful minds to help alter their injured vision of themselves and their bodies, after all they had been through.
In addition, I introduced them to polarity and craniosacral therapy. One of the practitioners in my practice offers this treatment as a way to expand energy channels and resolve blockages.
Vicky (not her real name), who had endured several heartbreaking miscarriages of hard-won pregancies in the past, took advantage of this treatment (4-6 times). The practitioner said she was able to identify some of the "body memories" that Vicky held from childhood that may have been interfering with her ability to get pregnant and retain pregnancies (she had had 4 miscarriages in all).
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania examined the effects of a 6-wk intervention that used guided relaxation and exercise imagery (GREI) to increase self-reported leisure-time exercise behavior among older adults.
A total of 93 community-dwelling healthy older adults (age 70.38 ± 8.15 yr, 66 female) were randomly placed in either a placebo control group or an intervention group. The intervention group received instructions to listen to an audio compact disk (CD) containing a GREI program, and the placebo control group received an audio CD that contained 2 relaxation tracks and instructions to listen to music of their choice for 6 wk.
hello :). i am a healthy teen (19). i take care of my body, have a great life. but recently after going through some tough times dealing with a car accident and a few other things, my best friend who was my girlfriend left me, for a while.. had some realizations and now shes back ..
i went through a period of kinda a depressed state. i have these feelings of depersonalization, where i am "numb" to the world or just not there, i refuse to go through life that way . everything is great in my life now. i am happy :) but still sometimes those waves hit me. i would like you to recommend something that would help.
Posted: July 21, 2011Categories: Update from Health Journeys
We’re ramping up for our new Fall catalog and will have a lot of terrific new audio and video resources in store for you. You’ll be hearing about the new offerings as they arrive in our warehouse, but I wanted to give you a heads up. We’d been looking high and low for high quality materials in certain areas, and we think we’ve finally hit the jackpot on some of them. I’ll be telling you about some great inner child meditations; beautifully targeted self-esteem work for teens; and one of the best programs for managing/mastering anxiety I’ve ever heard. I’ll say more when the stuff arrives.
We’re all inspired around here by Denise Kresevic, RN, PhD, APN-BC, geriatric nurse practitioner and researcher at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. She’s long been an active proponent of using guided imagery for patients and staff alike – Denise has been working at this steadily and untiringly for decades.
She’s researched the efficacy of guided imagery for total knee replacement patients (that research is archived here); she’s videotaped guided imagery in-service training programs and made them available to VA staff, system-wide; and she encourages her fellow nurses and other staff members to “pack a lunch and head over to the wellness center for guided imagery.” She was recently quoted as saying in Nurse.com. “I tell them all it takes is two minutes a day to empower yourself, just close your eyes, take long slow breaths and spend those two minutes picturing a relaxing scene.”
Researchers at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University conducted a systematic review and critical appraisal of the effect of yoga on stress management in healthy adults.
A systematic literature search was performed to identify randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and clinical controlled trials (CCTs) that assessed the effects of yoga on stress management in healthy adults. Selected studies were classified according to the types of intervention, duration, outcome measures, and results. They were also qualitatively assessed based on Public Health Research, Education and Development standards.