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  1. Toronto's Halton Healthcare Shares Its Secret Sauce for Successfully Bringing Guided Imagery into the Operating Room

    Toronto's Halton Healthcare Shares Its Secret Sauce for Successfully  Bringing Guided Imagery into the Operating Room

    Article Originally Written By: Dr. Duncan Rozario & Posted Here

    When the plucky, resourceful Louisa Nedkov, Manager of Staff & Physician Well-Being at Halton Health Care, (Toronto) reached out to Health Journeys to ask what we could do for surgery patients at her hospital, we talked about the options.

    She’d been using our CDs for years and was ready for something a little more in line with our digitized times…. Something handy, user-friendly, private and portable. …and it goes without saying, reasonably priced.

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  2. Simple Meditation Techniques Outperform Standard V.A. Trauma Therapies in 2 Recent Randomized Controlled Research Studies

    Simple Meditation Techniques Outperform Standard V.A. Trauma Therapies in 2 Recent Randomized Controlled Research Studies

    Recent studies are clarifying and refining what works best for reducing the severity of posttraumatic stress symptoms in our Veterans, turning long-held assumptions upside down.

    Two recent studies find that general meditation training (ie, practices that do not focus on specific traumas, but instead serve as all-round resilience and self-regulation training) can do a way better job at reducing symptoms than what for years was touted at the V.A. as preferred therapies: Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) and Present-Centered Therapy (PCT).

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  3. Which Program Reduced Worksite Stress More – Meditation or Yoga?

    Which Program Reduced Worksite Stress More – Meditation or Yoga?

    Researchers from Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, NC, conducted a randomized controlled pilot comparing the viability of two mind-body workplace stress reduction programs - one therapeutic yoga-based and the other mindfulness-based - in order to set the stage for larger cost-effectiveness trials.  Additionally, 2 delivery venues of the mindfulness-based program were evaluated (online vs. in-person).
     
    Group differences were examined over time on perceived stress and secondary measures to clarify which variables to include in future studies: sleep quality, mood, pain levels, work productivity, mindfulness, blood pressure, breathing rate, and heart rate variability.

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  4. 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.

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  5. A Fresh, New, Cost-Effective Approach to Employee Stress

    A Fresh, New, Cost-Effective Approach to Employee Stress

    A breakthrough German studyi in 2018 looked at 264 employees suffering from elevated stress levels and randomly assigned them to either a stress management program or a waitlist control group.

    The stress management program consisted of 7 sessions of cognitive and mind-body emotional regulation techniques, in keeping with research showing that mindfulness, guided imagery, and meditation are efficacious at improving workplace health, employee well-being, and work performanceii.

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  6. Hidden Treasure Trove of Guided Imagery Studies Found under an Unlikely Name

    Hidden Treasure Trove of Guided Imagery Studies Found under an Unlikely Name

    For nearly 25 years, ever since my son built me a Health Journeys website as a birthday present in 1995, I’ve been searching the databases for new research on guided imagery – usually on a weekly basis.

    At first it was a real fool’s errand, because there was so little there.

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  7. New Research Shows the Power of 1 Session of Guided Imagery on Anxiety

    New Research Shows the Power of 1 Session of Guided Imagery on Anxiety

     

    A revealing pilot study by Australian researchers investigating what helps people suffering from social anxiety, shows the immediate and powerful impact guided imagery, as compared to a more verbal/mental approach.

    The research compared 2 different interventions - Imagery Rescripting and Verbal Restructuring - comparing them to each other after one group session of each, and both to a no treatment/waitlist condition.

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  8. New Guided Imagery Research Looks Good for Smoking Cessation, Dialysis, Post-Op Pain, Sedation Alternatives for Kids, Motor Recovery for Stroke & Parkinsons, and Easing Phantom Limb Pain

    New Guided Imagery Research Looks Good for Smoking Cessation, Dialysis, Post-Op Pain, Sedation Alternatives for Kids, Motor Recovery for Stroke & Parkinsons, and Easing Phantom Limb Pain

    Hello again.

    I’ve been noticing a nice uptick in guided imagery research lately – both in terms of studies that explore its efficacy in new or renewed areas, such as smoking cessation, dialysis, and hospice care – and with the appearance of systematic reviews, a sure sign that enough trials have been published to warrant an overview.

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  9. Hypnotic Trance Increases Power of Motor Imagery for Rehab and Sports

    Hypnotic Trance Increases Power of Motor Imagery for Rehab and Sports

    The ability to mentally imagine the performance of movements is used in sports training and in physiotherapy, as a tool to enhance motor learning and rehabilitation. 

    It is been assumed that motor imagery activates the same brain areas as actual movement, and this is partially correct.  Real life movement activates the left medial frontal areas (preSMA/SMA), prefrontal- and frontal areas, putamen and inferior parietal areas.

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  10. The Stress Management Program that Reduces Chronic Neck Pain, Intensity & Disability

    The Stress Management Program that Reduces Chronic Neck Pain, Intensity & Disability

    In a pilot study, researchers from Copenhagen University, Denmark, and The Grieg Academy of Music Therapy Research Center in Bergen, Norway,  examined the effects of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM), a specific technique, created by Helen Bonny, that includes relaxation, music listening, and observing the resulting, spontaneous imagery that arises from the music, on bio-psycho-social measures of stress related to long term sick leave...

    Twenty Danish workers on sick leave were randomized to either a music therapy intervention or wait-list control.  Data collection was carried out at an occupational health ward in the period 2008-2010.

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