New Streaming Pages, Mind-Body Training, & Research Updates!
Greetings and happy mid-summer!
Last week we shared some Q & A’s – and we still have plenty more. But this week I thought I’d provide some newsy HJ news, some upcoming training opportunities, and some new research.
Streaming Pages Everywhere!
For starters, hospitals, organizations, and universities are continuing to build their own streaming pages of guided imagery and meditation audios, choosing from the over 250 tracks in our library.
The page is actually hosted from our server and we do all the work on the back end, but the look, feel, wording and presentation of the page is whatever the organization wants. So, it looks like it’s part of their website, linking seamlessly from wherever they choose to place links to it for their peeps.
Here’s an example of one of the ways The Gathering Place, a highly respected cancer support organization in Northeast Ohio, promotes use of its streaming page – through its e-newsletter. They also use cards, fliers, and brochures placed strategically all over their communal spaces at their 3 different sites.
Interestingly enough, many organizations start out using the streaming audios with their employees first, which is pretty smart, because once you have a health care provider or college counselor sold on the benefits, it’s easy for them to persuade a patient or student to give the page a try. And besides, employees have plenty of stress to contend with themselves.
Typically a page will have anywhere from 6-12 audios on it, some brief for a quick re-centering and attunement, and some with a more typical 20-30 minute playing time for deeper healing and relaxation. The platform collects plenty of backend data on usage which we share regularly with the organization.
The latest hospital to sign on is Halton Healthcare, a forward-thinking Canadian hospital system based in Ontario. They’ve been just awesome to work with – very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and fun champions of mind-body approaches!
And our newest university to adopt a page is the fabulous Case Western Reserve, right down the road from us. Again, the first users they’ll be offering it to will be their own employees. HR departments especially love the page for the speed with which it helps stressed-out staffers get a grip on a particularly packed, crazy day.
Additionally, we’ve had dozens of private practitioners sign up for their own streaming pages, choosing whatever audios best apply to their clientele. It’s easier on everybody because they offer unlimited use to their patients and clients that’s portable, available 24/7 and very cost-effective. I can’t tell you how much easier and simpler this is from the CD days of yore!!
Looking for Some Mind-Body Training?
Imagery International’s Annual Meeting, loaded with keynotes, workshops, and presentations, is coming up in the fall. Always a great gathering for networking with fellow professionals, this year’s theme is Imagery and Science, and it’s in Menlo Park, California, from Sept 20-22. More info here. (http://imageryinternational.wildapricot.org/event-3388665/)
ACEP or The Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology is offering its online Level 1 course in EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique. If you’ve always wanted to learn more about this method, this is an easy way to do it. More info is here. (https://eftonline.org/eft-course/)
NICABM or the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine, a stellar international professional training organization, is offering a course on applying mindfulness to clinical work. You can find more about it here. (https://www.nicabm.com/program/mindfulness-4/?del=7.16.19tuesdaytoAll&link=2/)
Interested in Clinical Research Outcomes on Guided Imagery & Fibromyalgia?
A systematic review of the research literature out of Germany evaluated the efficacy, acceptability, and safety of guided imagery/hypnosis in fibromyalgia, analyzing randomized, controlled trials (RCTs) that compared guided imagery and hypnosis to controls.
There was a clinically relevant benefit of guided imagery and hypnosis compared to controls that was equal to or higher than 50% for pain relief and psychological distress at the end of therapy. No study reported on safety.
The review concludes that current analyses endorse the efficacy and tolerability of guided imagery and hypnosis for fibromyalgia and hold promise for the multi-component management of this condition.
Eur J Pain. 2017 Feb;21(2):217-227. doi: 10.1002/ejp.933. Epub 2016 Nov 29. Efficacy, acceptability, and safety of guided imagery/hypnosis in fibromyalgia - A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Zech N1, Hansen E1, Bernardy K2, Häuser W3,4.
That’s it for now.
Take care and be well,