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Monthly Archives: January 2016

  1. Guided Imagery Eases Seasonal Depression, Improves Sleep, Reduces Meds (No Lie)

    Guided Imagery Eases Seasonal Depression, Improves Sleep, Reduces Meds (No Lie)

    Ms Naparstek, your guided meditation for depression has helped to improve my mental and physical health, improved my sleep, and eased suffering and struggle with my seasonal depression.

    In conjunction with talk therapy, my once or twice daily listening has enabled me to decrease my medication by 20%. I also sleep in longer cycles, and have shortened the depth and length of my cycle of depression.

    Repeated use has enabled me to switch your voice and words on in my head, in order to decrease my anxiety when it begins and before it takes over my focus.

    Thank you doesn't express my gratitude.

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  2. Testing iChill, a Web Intervention for Preventing GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder)

    Testing iChill, a Web Intervention for Preventing GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder)

    Researchers from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, where they love web-based mental health tools, evaluated the effectiveness of a web-based program for preventing GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) symptoms in young adults, and to determine the role of telephone and email reminders.

    They conducted a 5-arm randomized controlled trial with 558 internet users from the community, with 6- and 12-month follow-up.

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  3. Can She Play Guided Imagery to Help Her Dog Heal?

    Can She Play Guided Imagery to Help Her Dog Heal?

    We got this query from a woman who has benefited from guided imagery herself, and wonders if she can use it to help her dog heal, too. She asks if we have guided imagery for pets, or, if she plays a program for humans, should she adjust the sound, or focus on her dog as it plays, or do anything else differently....

    We love this question. We get it a lot. We also get lots of wonderful pictures of dogs and cats chilling out to guided imagery, just like the one shown below. Read on, animal lovers!

    Question:

    Mrs. Bellruth (sic),

    Thank you very much for your healing audios. I used them myself for some health situations. They are awesome!!!

    I have few questions. How can I use guided imagery to heal my pet? Do I play the audio so my Dog can hear it?

    Or should I play it for me but thinking on my dog?

    Do you have guided imagery for pets?

    Again, thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.

    From Mexico City,

    Norma

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  4. Weigh in on the Great “Friends with Benefits” Promo Kerfuffle!!

    Weigh in on the Great “Friends with Benefits” Promo Kerfuffle!!

    Okay, so there I was, getting my all-time, favorite, annual indulgence, which never ceases to amaze and delight – The Winter Pedicure!!! – and I notice a sign on the wall of the salon, announcing a special promotion. It said,

    Get your FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS COUPON! Buy a spa treatment for a friend and get one free for yourself!!

    So, I says to myself, I says, Wow! What a great idea. We want to expand our subscriber base, get the word out about guided imagery to people who don't yet know what it is, let alone that it's the cheapest, easiest, most user-friendly 'treatment' of them all – we should do something like this with our downloads!!!

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  5. Guided Imagery Reduces Anxiety, Depression, Pain, Insomnia in Breast Cancer Patients after Chemotherapy

    Guided Imagery Reduces Anxiety, Depression, Pain, Insomnia in Breast Cancer Patients after Chemotherapy

    Researchers from Mackay Memorial Hospital and Medical College in Taipei City, Taiwan, evaluated the impact of guided imagery and relaxation on patients with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy in this randomized, 2-group, pretest-posttest, quasi-experimental study.

    Sixty-five breast cancer patients were enrolled in the study and randomly assigned to the experimental group (n = 32) or to the control group (n = 33). Both groups received chemotherapy self-care education, but the experimental group also received relaxation with guided imagery training.

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  6. Pediatrician Seeks Relaxing Guided Imagery for Kids with Tics, Tourette’s

    Pediatrician Seeks Relaxing Guided Imagery for Kids with Tics, Tourette’s

    Question:

    Hi, Belleruth,
    I had the pleasure of hearing you lecture at the University of Arizona Integrative Fellowship Program. I practice developmental and behavioral pediatrics, and frequently recommend your CDs to my patients with great results.

    I am wondering if you know of any guided imagery CDs that specifically addresses tics/Tourette Syndrome? I know guided imagery can be helpful and I found a self-hypnosis script for tics in the "Harry the Hypnopotamus" series, but it would be great if I could find something on a CD, as the "Harry" books run about $90!

    I see so many kids that are bothered by their tics and it seems to me this would be a great topic for guided imagery/self-hypnosis. Thanks in advance!

    Dr. D.

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  7. Survival Tips for Those Cold, Gray, Yucky Winter Days

    Survival Tips for Those Cold, Gray, Yucky Winter Days

    Well, here in Northeast Ohio, winter is full-on upon us. After weeks and weeks of being spoiled by abnormally mild weather, we're suddenly negotiating ice and snow, frozen shut car doors, icy windshields, a lot of shivering, and a profound reluctance to go out and do things.

    And by the Great Lakes, there's also this business of lake effect and consistently gray skies – not exactly the best thing for ebullience.

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  8. Listening to Guided Imagery Three Successive Nights before Surgery

    Listening to Guided Imagery Three Successive Nights before Surgery

    We got this message from a "Happy Tape User" after his surgery to remove a pituitary adenoma.

    Best we can tell from sales, the use of guided imagery before surgery has really skyrocketed. Even on Amazon, Successful Surgery is a bestseller, way up there with with Healthful Sleep and Relieve Stress.

    Here is the note:

    Hi Belleruth,

    First, I wanted to thank you for your guided imagery. I've used many of your titles over the years and have always been pleased with the results. However, I was extremely happy with the results on the last one I used: "Successful Surgery."

    I had pituitary surgery to remove a pituitary adenoma. I listened to the imagery 3 times at bedtime for 3 nights prior to the surgery. The surgery was extremely successful, and my surgeons were happy with the results.

    The imagery also gave me something I could do for myself to feel empowered going into the surgery. Four weeks out I'm doing great. Thank you.

    Jim

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  9. Impact of Transcendental Meditation on Japanese Tsunami-Earthquake Survivors

    Impact of Transcendental Meditation on Japanese Tsunami-Earthquake Survivors

    Researchers from several health institutions in Japan, in conjunction with Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield Iowa, examined changes in self-reported stress symptoms in 171 residents of two cities (Sendai and Ishinomaki) directly affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster.

    The experimental group was given instruction in the Transcendental Meditation(®) technique and compared with 326 non-disaster Tokyo participants who were previously tested before and after they learned the technique, as well as a no-treatment control group (n = 68).

    The participants completed a rating checklist of mental and physical symptoms.

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  10. Is Listening to Immune System Imagery for a Cold a Bad Idea for an M.S. Patient?

    Is Listening to Immune System Imagery for a Cold a Bad Idea for an M.S. Patient?

    I just had surgery a few weeks ago and now I have a cold and was looking at getting your "Healthy Immune System" imagery. My question is this - I have MS that is well controlled at this time. Taking into consideration I just had surgery (any trauma, even controlled trauma, can kick up an exacerbation) and that MS is an autoimmune disease, is it okay to listen to this? Or could the imagery over-stimulate the immune system to a point of causing my MS symptoms to flair?

    Thank you,

    Jane

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