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  1. MD Anderson Tests 4 Different Mind-Body Therapies with Cancer Patients and Gets Impressive Results!

    MD Anderson Tests 4 Different Mind-Body Therapies with Cancer Patients and Gets Impressive Results!

    MD Anderson’s Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine recently evaluated the impact of 4 different integrative, mind-body therapies on the symptom distress of cancer patients and their caregivers.

    They looked at guided meditation, yoga, massage therapy, & acupuncture.

    These were preliminary studies that got patient and caregiver feedback - not fancy randomized, controlled studies – but the data yielded meaningful results on standard measurement instruments, and with high population sizes.

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  2. Mom Asks for Tools to Help Reduce Anger & Impatience

    Mom Asks for Tools to Help Reduce Anger & Impatience

    Question:
     My name is Janie.  My 6-year-old daughter is currently being seen by clinical psychologist.  My daughter has been diagnosed with social anxiety and possible ADHD [attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder].  These things bring out some negative behaviors on a daily basis that can be very stressful for me to experience.  My therapist thought that some of your audio imagery might be very useful to me.

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  3. Ask BR: At What Week Should I Start Listening To Childbirth Imagery?

    Ask BR: At What Week Should I Start Listening To Childbirth Imagery?

    Question:
    I purchased your Healthy Pregnancy and Successful Childbirth MP3 set at the beginning of my pregnancy. I am now 31 weeks in and still do it whenever I find the time. The pregnancy set is very relaxing. Thank you. My question however is when do I begin to listen to the birthing set? Is this something I should begin in late pregnancy? Do I just listen to it when I go into labor? What are your suggestions? Thank you!

    Jena  ~First time mother expecting a little turkey on Thanksgiving Day!

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  4. Veteran-Friendly Guided Imagery Adopted in Scores of VA Hospitals!!!

    Veteran-Friendly Guided Imagery Adopted in Scores of VA Hospitals!!!

    I keep thinking the Nineties were just a few years ago, but no, it’s been almost 30 years since we first started providing guided imagery to VA facilities. And boy, have things changed since then.

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  5. Helping College Students Succeed With Guided Imagery

    Helping College Students Succeed With Guided Imagery

    A few years ago, Laureen Campana, RN, MPH, NP, then President-Elect of HSACCC (the Health Services Association of the California Community College system), and coordinator of student health at Columbia College, approached me after a session of guided imagery training I’d given at the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine’s post-doc fellowship program at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

    Part of my talk showed the research on how guided imagery and meditation were associated with significantly reduced stress, anxiety, depression; and improved sleep, concentration, and performance.

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  6. If You’re a COVID Long-Hauler or Worried About Re-Infection, This Ask BR Will Interest You!

    If You’re a COVID Long-Hauler or Worried About Re-Infection, This Ask BR Will Interest You!

    Belleruth got this question last week, and our whole customer service team has gotten several others just like it, so we decided to post the whole Q and A. 

    Evidently anywhere from 10-30% of people who’ve been sick with Covid report “Long Covid”, and a recent study in JAMA Network Open reported that out of 150 outpatients who initially had a mild COVID-19 infection, about one-third reported persistent symptoms as long as nine months after the illness. So, more and more we’re realizing that this is affecting a lot of people.

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  7. V.A. to Launch FREE, 6-Session Guided Imagery Certificate Training Course, System-Wide!

    V.A. to Launch FREE, 6-Session Guided Imagery  Certificate Training Course, System-Wide!

    This week the V.A. is rolling out an introductory video course in Guided Imagery, the prelude to a 6-session, comprehensive course that will be available FREE to any employee in the entire system, and – get this! – soon to the general professional community as well 

    It looks like it will deliver somewhere around 9 contact hours of CECs (10.5 with the intro), to physicians, social workers, nurses, psychologists, pharmacists, dentists, dieticians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and kinesthesiologists. 

    Now, we’ve always seen hot spots of intense enthusiasm for guided imagery in VA’s around the US, and we’ve been shipping guided imagery audios, streaming pages and Playaways to VAMC’s since 1993. But this level of full-blown, system-wide VA support?? UNPRECEDENTED! For us, it’s a dream come true…in fact, I honestly never thought I’d see the day. 

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  8. Our Beauteous New App - Intuitive, Brilliant, Easy-Peasy… And Everything It Took to Get Us There….

    Our Beauteous New App - Intuitive, Brilliant, Easy-Peasy… And Everything It Took to Get Us There….

    Yes, Dear Reader. It’s a Moment.   

    We are deeply stoked to have a fresh new app that provides quick and easy access to our razzle-dazzle roster of world-class experts & practitioners. Our primo content that targets specific health and mental health challenges finally has a gorgeous first-rate, state-of-the-art home – a dispensary if you will - that’s worthy of it. 

    This app is the apotheosis of our whole journey through all sorts of digital audio delivery systems since 1990, and it got us thinking about how the heck we got here. Our story reflects the way audio itself has developed at a dizzying pace worldwide over the past 3 decades, and we think it’s pretty astounding.  

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  9. How to Talk to Your Kids About Back-to-School Anxiety - Tips From an Old Deep-Dish Psychotherapist

    How to Talk to Your Kids About Back-to-School Anxiety - Tips From an Old Deep-Dish Psychotherapist

    Hello and warm wishes to all parents and guardians of school age children, from pre-school to college!!!

    I want to suggest a way to talk with your kids, to ease garden-variety anxiety about going back to school. It can come in handy with or without a pandemic, but with a pandemic, it’s especially useful.

    None of this is terribly original and most of it consists of repurposed therapy skills. But it can come in handy, and maybe you’ll get some fresh perspective in here. As always, I count on you to take what you can use and chuck the rest. 

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  10. Surprise: Yoga Nidra Looks More Like Sleeping Than Yoga

    Surprise: Yoga Nidra Looks More Like Sleeping Than Yoga

    Yoga nidra is a simple, accessible form of meditation that anyone can do. Seriously, you do it while lying down.

    Some people call it “yogic sleep.” Others call it Integrative Restoration, or iRest. Whichever name you use, it guides you into restorative rest that’s proven to clear your mind, calm your emotions, and achieve lasting mindfulness.  Many experts say a session provides the equivalent benefits of 4 hours sleep.

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