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    clinicians combo

    We’ve created a new Clinician’s Combo for Healthy Weight (clinicians and health care practitioners only).

    This special set includes our audios for Weight Loss, Healthful Sleep and Relieve Stress by Belleruth Naparstek, as well as Creating Positive Change, Healthy Weight & Body Image and Healthy Weight & Body Image during Sleep by Dr. Traci Stein.

    All six titles together for $ 65.93 (CD) normally $109.88
    Get all six digital for $44.33 (Digital) normally $73.88


    Trending Now: Achieving & Maintaining a Healthy Weight

    seed sproutsSpring is here, and with it, a surge in energy and an itch for behavioral change. Health and wellness is becoming a significant topic of interest; especially in regard to reaching a healthy weight.

    Why this particular bundle? Many of you are already aware of the research showing that with stress and insufficient sleep, there’s a tendency to gain weight.  Also noteworthy: Traci Stein addresses body dysmorphia and disordered eating like few others. For all these clinically sound reasons, we’ve put these titles together for you:
    Weight Loss by Belleruth Naparstek
    Healthful Sleep by Belleruth Naparstek
    Creating Positive Change by Dr. Traci Stein
    Relieve Stress by Belleruth Naparstek
    Healthy Weight & Body Image by Dr. Traci Stein
    Healthy Weight & Body Image during Sleep by Dr. Traci Stein
    Our enthusiastic listeners tell us that these titles catalyze and support desired changes in healthful eating, body image, physical activity, general outlook and self-care. 
    And as Dr. Traci Stein herself so eloquently puts it, "Your healthiest weight is the one that honors your inherent worth and keeps your body strong, mind sharp, and emotions balanced.”
    Her extraordinary programs are designed to*:

    • Help the listener achieve a healthy weight and support good eating and exercise habits.
    • Increase insight into the unconscious and/or unhealthy uses of food and weight.
    • Foster a loving appreciation of the body, even if behavior changes are desired.
    • Help make behavior changes easier and more instinctive.
    • Enhance feelings of self-acceptance, safety and emotional centering through mindfulness and loving kindness exercises.
    • Enhance confidence and decrease production of stress hormones using scientifically-supported 'power-posing' exercises.

    (*from Maggie DeMellier’s post A Midsummer Night’s (and Day’s) Dream)
    And don’t forget – we have other fabulous library sets available year round at terrific discounts.

    Please call or email me anytime for your professional needs. I’m listening. We wish you the joy of re-birth and thorough enjoyment of a wonderful spring!

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  2. Clinicians Agree: Self-Compassion Desperately Needed

    Clinicians Agree:  Self-Compassion Desperately Needed


    Over the past several years, there has been a surge of interest in the topic of self-compassion, and for good reason. So many people find it easy to feel compassion for others, but have difficulty being compassionate toward themselves. Self-criticism and harsh judgments can be difficult habits to break. Yet, the research on self-compassion has found that the practice has a number of benefits. These include enhanced compassion for others, increased personal motivation, decreased distress, and greater optimism and self-worth.

    Dr. Kristin Neff, a pioneer in self-compassion research, states that the three elements of self-compassion are: self-kindness, common humanity, and mindfulness. Self-kindness refers to acknowledging our own suffering and responding with caring, patience, and acceptance - much as we would be patient and kind toward another. Recognizing our common humanity involves understanding that everyone has ups and downs, strengths and challenges, and feelings of self-judgment, but that each of us is far more than any of these. Our own foibles and errors simply make us human. Finally, a mindfulness practice enables us to sit with whatever is going on in the present, without judging it, attaching to it, or pushing it away. Mindfulness is key to being in the gift of the present moment and breathing through suffering.

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  3. Good News! CDs Are On Their Way!

    Good News! CDs Are On Their Way!

    The two new Self-Compassion audio programs Traci mentions here, as well as her third new title, Mindfulness Meditations: Finding Peace & Perspective in the Present Moment, will be available in CD format by May 16th. As you probably know, they're already available as downloads.  We’ve been eagerly awaiting these superb, new hard copies in our warehouse, ever since Traci first recorded them in her impeccable style, and you can find full descriptions in our new catalog, just released last month.

    Finally, we have plenty of new print catalogs, as well as guided imagery prescription pads and smart, new bookmarks for you and those you serve, so please let me know if you’d like a supply shipped to you!

    Everyone here at Health Journeys hopes you know how much we appreciate the critical work you do.  Our professionals are the backbone of our company, and we want support you in any way we can.

    Happy Spring!


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  4. New Catalogs ...And Why This One Is Important!

    New Catalogs ...And Why This One Is Important!

    We're very excited around here, (albeit a bit bleary-eyed from proofing!) about our newest catalog - coming out later this month! This one is particularly special because it contains so many brand new offerings.

    I'm sure that, as practitioners, you're acutely aware of all that no-good negative self-talk floating around out there. The newest guided imagery by Dr. Traci Stein on Self-Compassion is already destined to be a hit. Love mindfulness? We have new stand-alone stuff in this category from Julie Lusk, Tara Brach, Traci Stein, and a great Mindfulness Mix - featuring Belleruth and Traci. Happily, this is just a sample of all the great new items sprinkled throughout the pages of the latest catalog.
    I encourage you to email or call me with your needed quantities and shipping address so that you and the people you serve have quick, in-your-hand access to it all.

    bookmark  prescription padWhile you're at it, we're also providing bookmarks and guided imagery "prescription" pads - free of course - something handy so you can jot down your favorites to your clients and patients, before sending them off to our website or telephone line (both of which appear right at the bottom of these sheets).

    As always, I'm looking forward to hearing from you all, and touching base. We really do appreciate the great work you do.


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  5. Doing Guided Imagery Research? We Need To Know! Wanna Launch Some Research? Maybe We Can Help!

    Doing Guided Imagery Research?  We Need To Know!  Wanna Launch Some Research?  Maybe We Can Help!

    Okay, so imagine my surprise when I finished a guided imagery talk at the University of Arizona's Center for Integrative Medicine's iHelp (Integrative Health & Lifestyle Program) Residential Weekend, and this ridiculously gorgeous and charismatic nurse comes up after the class and introduces herself to me. She tells me she's running a study at her hospital's chemo unit to measure the impact of our guided imagery on chemo patients – on their experience of pain, anxiety, nausea, fatigue, sadness and sleep quality.

    I am of course delighted, because these studies are so important for establishing value, getting the word out to other health care institutions, and getting the funding for other such programs. I had no idea this study was going on.

    Furthermore, she tells me that she has a colleague at a neighboring hospital, who is running an even larger investigation of the very same thing.

    Later on, we exchange emails and I learn that there are some pretty terrific data being collected. (I can't share this until they publish, of course. But trust me, it's looking very pretty!)

    So I says to myself, I says: Cheesh. I wonder how many other studies are going on out there? We need to know about them, so we can help them get the word out when the time is right.

    And we can help in other ways, too. Sometimes we've even been able to find a journal that's eager to publish an investigator's results. Sometimes, if we know early enough, we can give a lovely discount or even donate the guided imagery, to use as the intervention or the control, and often we help with designing the study and training the staff.

    So, really, people, give us a heads up – if you're planning a guided imagery study, just finished one, or are smack in the middle of one. Maybe we can help.


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  6. Talk To Me! Third Thursday Call-In Hours Are Back!

    Talk To Me!  Third Thursday Call-In Hours Are Back!



    Hello again, Peerless Practitioners!

    Belleruth here. I'm happy to say we're reinstating monthly call-in hours, exclusively for HJ professionals. Elizabeth has mnemonically named this Third Thursday, so you can remember that it's hosted on the third Thursday of every month, from 1 - 3 PM Eastern Time. Call me at Health Journeys - 800-800-8661 - and we'll talk! We start on March 17th.

    So, have any of you got a pesky clinical question to chew over with me?

    How about a very cool idea or discovery that you've made, something other practitioners would love to know about?

    Maybe you'd just like to run a patient's reaction to guided imagery by me, to see if this is something that happens regularly...

    Or perhaps you've launched a new mind/body program at your hospital or corporate wellness site, and you'd like to share your brilliant recipe for success in getting that sucker off the ground...

    It's all grist for the mill, so by all means, bring it!

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  7. What Can I Do with My Download?

    Check out Elizabeth's crispy-clear reply to a question we get from you a lot (and we're grateful that you ask it): what are the permissible do's and don'ts for using HJ audios in our practice. It's all here:

    We are often asked what is exactly the legal and proper use of our downloads by our professional members. At times, we are also asked this by our general consumers. I'm here to share the nitty gritty details, as well as offer a few ideas.

    First, it should be noted that the license associated with these audios is for an individual. What this means is, when you download one of our audios, you are free to use this on your pc, laptop, tablet, mp3 player, phone or even to burn a blank CD for yourself. Many people make use of all of these media methods and hardware (I know I do!).

    These downloads are great for use in the clinical setting when playing them for your client during a therapy session, or to offer a sample listen while a patient is with you. They are even great for playing in a group session! Those of you who have seen Belleruth live know what I'm talking about, and how simply powerful that use can be.

    Now, that being said, it's important to note that the following actions are completely illegal and against the copyright:

    • Burning a blank CD of the downloaded audio tracks and giving it to someone else for their use.
    • Forwarding a digital copy of the audio to someone else for their use – this can be via email, cloud storage, USB drives, etc.
    • Loading the audio on ANY peer-to-peer network, and sharing same with others.
    • Loading the audio on to your personal YouTube, Vimeo, etc. channels – or any web-based host where others have access.
    • Using the audio in any form on any closed-circuit audio or visual host in a physician's or therapist's office, hospital rooms, and the like.

    Ultimately, if you have a question about the use of our audios – please give us a call to ask. The financial and time investment made to produce these audios is enormous. Please help us to keep these great works at a reasonable price to you.

    Oh, I almost forgot! If you join our professional program via the online portal, you can ALWAYS gift a download to your patient or client for 10 percent off the regular rate. The online application, where you choose your own login and password can be found here:

    Feel free to contact me anytime about this issue. Thank you for referencing our authors' names when playing their work publicly – and thank you for continuing to be the backbone of the Health Journeys family. Talk to you soon!


    (P.S. these rules hold true even if you purchase our audios from iTunes or Google Play – thanks!)

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  8. Success Combining Guided Imagery with Other Techniques: The Whole is Greater than Its Parts!



    BN075I was delighted to be reminded last week of some of the creative ways guided imagery can be combined with other healing techniques to produce extra-potent results.

    A note from a licensed massage therapist at a rehab facility for neurological disorders recently wrote that she began playing guided imagery - her client's choice from an ample menu - during her aromatherapy massages, and how astonishingly effective the combination was. She reported that the one intervention enhanced the positive impact of the other, resulting in a whole that was far greater than its two parts. She calls her newly minted program "Meditative Massage", and she's pumped about it.

    This put in mind a Scripps study, published by Guarneri et al in the journal Military Medicine ( with a population of traumatized Marines between deployments, where the combination of our Healing Trauma (please link) guided imagery and a 3 sessions of a respected biofield therapy called Healing Touch produced an astonishing drop in PTS symptoms in just 3 short weeks - a stunning outcome.

    We frequently hear from yoga instructors who play 15 minutes of guided imagery during shavasana, the relaxing, integrative, cool down phase at the end of their classes. They report that this is an added healing component that deepens and enriches their sessions.

    Shortly after 9/11, we heard from two clinical social workers who worked with fire fighters, who had zero interest in talking about their feelings. These inspired practitioners instead introduced them to a double-whammy combination of behavioral methods: guided imagery plus EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing). While listening to the guided imagery for Relaxation & Wellness and Healing Trauma, they were taught to tap on alternate legs (or arms) to the beat of the narrative - the critical element is that it's bilateral - you could even move your tongue to either side of your mouth. That was just the ticket for these macho fire fighters: they could stand to do it, and it reduced their distress.

    So, talk to us! What other inspired solutions are out there that we need to know about? Can you share your creative solutions with us, and inspire a whole new round of clinical invention?

    Hats off to all of you, and happy new year!


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  9. A Selected Sample of Mind-Body Research

    Guided imagery, meditation and related mind-body therapies have been found to reduce anxiety, stress1 and depression2, lower blood pressure3, reduce cholesterol4 and lipid peroxides5, speed up healing from cuts6 , fractures7 and burns8, reduce blood loss9 and length of hospital stay in surgery patients10, enhance short term immune function11, reduce pain from arthritis12, headache13, cancer14, fibromyalgia15, sickle cell disease16, post-spinal fusion surgery17, post-total knee replacement surgery18, increase comfort during all manner of medical procedures19, lower HemoglobinA1c in diabetics20, improve motor deficits in stroke patients21, Parkinson's patients22 and children with cerebal palsy23, improve gait in stroke patients24, maintain range of motion despite immobilization25, ease the symptoms of menopause26, improve sleep27, reduce fear in young children undergoing MRIs28 and needle sticks29, support healthy pregnancy30, reduce the symptoms of posttraumatic stress31, cut down bingeing and purging in people with bulimia32, improve success rates in infertile couples33, accelerate weight loss34, remediate alopecia35, enhance academic performance36, improve sports performance37, augment sports training38, improve concentration in developmentally disabled adults39, supplement medical training through imaginal rehearsal40, improve quality of life in end of life care41, to name some of the benefits within its reach.

     1 Watanabe E, Fukuda S, Hara H, Maeda Y, Ohira H, Shirakawa T. Differences in relaxation by means of guided imagery in a healthy community sample. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2006 Mar-Apr; 12 (2): pages 60-6.

    2 McKinney CH, Antoni MH, Kumar M, Tims FC, McCabe PM. Effects of guided imagery and music (GIM) therapy on mood and cortisol in healthy adults. Health Psychology 1997 Jul;16(4): pp. 390-400.

    3 J. M. Hermann. Essential hypertension and stress. When do yoga, psychotherapy and autogenic training help? MMW Fortschr Med 2002 May 9;144(19): pp. 38-41.

    4 Bennett P, Carroll D. Stress management approaches to the prevention of coronary heart disease. British Journal of Clinical Psychology 1990 Feb;29 ( Pt 1): pp. 1-12.

    5 Schneider RH, Nidich SI, Salerno JW, Sharma HM, Robinson CE, Nidich RJ, Alexander CN. Lower lipid peroxide levels in practitioners of the Transcendental Meditation program. Psychosomatic Medicine. 1998. Jan-Feb; 60 (1): 38-41.

    6 Ginandes C, Brooks P, Sando W, Jones C, Aker J. Can medical hypnosis accelerate post-surgical wound healing? Results of a clinical trial. Am J Clin Hypn 2003 Apr;45(4): pp. 333-51.

    7 Ginandes CS, Rosenthal DI. Using hypnosis to accelerate the healing of bone fractures: a randomized controlled pilot study. Alternative and Complementary Therapies in Health and Medicine. 1999 Mar;5(2): pp. 67-75.

    8 Fratianne RB, Prensner JD, Huston MJ, Super DM, Yowler CJ, Standley JM. The effect of music-based imagery and musical alternate engagement on the burn debridement process. J Burn Care Rehabil 2001 Jan-Feb;22(1): pp.47-53.

    9 Dreher H, Mind-body interventions for surgery: evidence and exigency. Advances in Mind-Body Medicine 1998 (14): pp. 207-222.

    10 Halpin LS, Speir AM, CapoBianco P, Barnett SD. Guided imagery in cardiac surgery. Outcomes Management 2002 Jul-Sep;6(3): pp.132-7.

    11 Gruzelier JH. A review of the impact of hypnosis, relaxation, guided imagery and individual differences on aspects of immunity and health. Stress 2002 Jun;5(2): pp. 147-63; Lengacher CA,

    11 Bennett MP, Gonzalez L, Gilvary D, Cox CE, Cantor A, Jacobsen PB, Yang C, Djeu J. Immune responses to guided imagery during breast cancer treatment. Biological Research for Nursing. 2008 Jan; 9 (3): pages 205-14;

    11 Hudacek KD. A review of the effects of hypnosis on the immune system in breast cancer patients: a brief communication. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. 2007 Oct;55 (4): pages 411-25;

    11 Trakhtenberg EC. The effects of guided imagery on the immune system: a critical review. International Journal of Neuroscience. 2008 Jun; 118 (6): pages 839-55.

    12 Sharpe L, Sensky T, Timberlake N, Ryan B, Brewin CR, Allard S. A blind, randomized, controlled trial of cognitive-behavioural intervention for patients with recent onset rheumatoid arthritis: preventing psychological and physical morbidity. Pain 2001 Jan;89(2-3):275-83;

    12 Baird CL, Sands LP. Effect of guided imagery with relaxation on health-related quality of life in older women with osteoarthritis. Research in Nursing and Health. 2006 Oct; 29 (5): pages 442-51.

    13 Kohen DP, Zajac R. Self-hypnosis training for headaches in children and adolescents. Journal of Pediatrics. 2007 Jun;150 (6): pages 635-9;

    13 Zsombok T, Juhasz G, Gonda X, Vitrai J, Bagdy G. Effect of autogenic training with cognitive and symbol therapy on the treatment of patients with primary headache. Psychiatr Hung. 2005; 20 (1): pages 25-34.

    14 Burhenn P1, Olausson J2, Villegas G3, Kravits K2. Guided imagery for pain control. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. 2014 Oct;18 (5):501-3.

    15 Whiting P, Bagnall AM, Sowden AJ, Cornell JE, Mulrow CD, Ramirez G. Interventions for the treatment and management of chronic fatigue syndrome: a systematic review. JAMA. 2001 September 19; 286(11): pp. 1378-9;

    15 Menzies V, Kim S. Relaxation and guided imagery in Hispanic persons diagnosed with fibromyalgia: a pilot study. Family and Community Health. 2008 Jul-Sep; 31 (3): pages 204-12.

    15 Bernardy K1, Füber N, Klose P, Häuser W. Efficacy of hypnosis/guided imagery in fibromyalgia syndrome--a systematic review and meta-analysis of controlled trials. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 2011 Jun 15;12:133.

    16 Dobson CE1, Byrne MW. Original research: using guided imagery to manage pain in young children with sickle cell disease. American Journal of Nursing. 2014 Apr; 114 (4): pp. 26-36.

    17 Charette S1, Fiola JL2, Charest MC1, Villeneuve E3, Théroux J4, Joncas J5, Parent S6, Le May S7. Guided Imagery for Adolescent Post-spinal Fusion Pain Management: A Pilot Study. Pain Management Nursing. 2014 Nov 6. pii: S1524-9042 (14) 00105-2.

    18 Lim YC1, Yobas P1, Chen HC2. Efficacy of relaxation intervention on pain, self-efficacy, and stress-related variables in patients following total knee replacement surgery. Pain Manag Nurs. 2014 Dec;15(4):888-96.

    19 Montgomery GH, Weltz CR, Seltz M, Bovbjer DH. Brief presurgery hypnosis reduces distress and pain in excisional breast biopsy patients. International Journal of Clinicial and Experimental Hypnosis. 2002 Jan;50(1): pp.17-32;

    19 Hattan J, King L, Griffiths P. The impact of foot massage and guided relaxation following cardiac surgery: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 2002 Jan; 37 (2): pages 199-207.

    19 Untas A1, Chauveau P, Dupré-Goudable C, Kolko A, Lakdja F, Cazenave N. The effects of hypnosis on anxiety, depression, fatigue, and sleepiness in people undergoing hemodialysis: a clinical report. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. 2013; 61 (4):pp. 475-83.

    20 Richard S. Surwit, Miranda A.L. van Tilburg, Nancy Zucker, Cynthia C. McCaskill, Priti Parekh, Mark N. Feinglos, Christopher L. Edwards, Paula Williams and James D. Lane. Stress Management Improves Long-Term Glycemic Control in Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2002 25: pp. 30-34.

    21 Page SJ, Levine P, Sisto S, Johnston MV. A randomized efficacy and feasibility study of imagery in acute stroke. Clinical Rehabilitation. 2001: Jun;15(3):233-40;

    21 Liu KP, Chan CC, Wong RS, Kwan IW, Yau CS, Li LS, Lee TM. A randomized controlled trial of mental imagery augment generalization of learning in acute poststroke patients. Stroke. 2009 Jun;40(6):2222-5. Epub 2009 Apr 23;

    21 Dunsky A, Dickstein R, Marcovitz E, Levy S, Deutsch J. Home-based motor imagery training for gait rehabilitation of people with chronic poststroke hemiparesis. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 2008 Aug; 89 (8): pages 1580-8.

    21 Kho AY1, Liu KP, Chung RC. Meta-analysis on the effect of mental imagery on motor recovery of the hemiplegic upper extremity function. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. 2014 Apr; 61 (2): pp. 38-48.

    22 Mirelman A1, Maidan I, Deutsch JE. Virtual reality and motor imagery: promising tools for assessment and therapy in Parkinson's disease. Moving Disorders. 2013 Sep 15; 28 (11):pp.1597-608.

    23 Chinier E1, N'Guyen S2, Lignon G3, Ter Minassian A4, Richard I5, Dinomais M1. Effect of motor imagery in children with unilateral cerebral palsy: fMRI study. PLoS One. 2014 Apr 9;9(4):e93378. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0093378. eCollection 2014.

    24 Dickstein R1, Deutsch JE, Yoeli Y, Kafri M, Falash F, Dunsky A, Eshet A, Alexander N. Effects of integrated motor imagery practice on gait of individuals with chronic stroke: a half-crossover randomized study. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitatio. 2013 Nov; 94 (11):pp. 2119-25

    25 Frenkel MO1, Herzig DS, Gebhard F, Mayer J, Becker C, Einsiedel T. Mental practice maintains range of motion despite forearm immobilization: a pilot study in healthy persons. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. 2014 Mar; 46 (3):pp 225-32.

    26 Elkins G1, Johnson A, Fisher W, Sliwinski J, Keith T. A pilot investigation of guided self-hypnosis in the treatment of hot flashes among postmenopausal women. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. 2013; 61 (3):342-50.

    27 Loft MH1, Cameron LD. Using mental imagery to deliver self-regulation techniques to improve sleep behaviors. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 2013 Dec;46 (3):pp. 260-72;

    27 Schaffer L1, Jallo N, Howland L, James K, Glaser D, Arnell K. Guided imagery: an innovative approach to improving maternal sleep quality. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing. 2013 Apr-Jun; 27 (2):pp.151-9.

    28 Smart G. Helping children relax during magnetic resonance imaging. The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 1997: Sept/Oct; 22(5): 237-241.

    29 Preliminary doctoral dissertation results presented by Rachel E. Albert, MSN, RN, at the 19th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society in Atlanta, 2000.

    30 Satyapriya M, Nagendra HR, Nagarathna R, Padmalatha V. Effect of integrated yoga on stress and heart rate variability in pregnant women. International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics 2009 Mar;104(3):218-22. Epub 2008 Dec 25.

    31 STRAUSS JL, Marx CE, Morey RA, Jeffreys, A, Almirall D, O'Loughlin SH, Close JE, Chaudhry N, Oddone, EZ. A Novel Self-Management Intervention for PTSD Related to Military Sexual Trauma; Early RCT Findings. Paper presented at the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, Chicago, IL, November 2008;

    31 Mitani S, Fujita M, Sakamoto S, Shirakawa T. Effect of autogenic training on cardiac autonomic nervous activity in high-risk fire service workers for posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 2006 May; 60 (5): pages 439-44.

    31 Jain S, McMahon G, Pasen P, Kozub M, Porter V, King R, Guarneri E. Healing Touch with Guided Imagery for PTSD in Returning Active Duty Military: A Randomized, Controlled Trial. Military Medicine, 177, 9:1015, 2012.

    32 Esplen MJ, Garfinkel PE, Olmsted M, Gallop RM, Kennedy S. A randomized controlled trial of guided imagery in bulimia nervosa. Psychology and Medicine 1998 Nov;28(6): pp. 1347-57.

    33 Domar AD, Clapp D, Slawsby EA, Dusek J, Kessel B, Freizinger M. Impact of group psychological interventions on pregnancy rates in infertile women. Fertility and Sterility 2000 Apr;73(4):805-11.

    34 Johnson DL, Karkut RT. Participation in multicomponent hypnosis treatment programs for women's weight loss with and without overt aversion. Psychol Rep 1996 Oct;79(2):659-68.

    35 Willemsen R, Vanderlinden J, Deconinck A, Roseeuw D. Hypnotherapeutic management of alopecia areata. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2006 Aug;55(2):233-7. Epub 2006 Mar 20.

    36 Keogh E, Bond FW, Flaxman PE. Improving academic performance and mental health through a stress management intervention: outcomes and mediators of change. Behavioral Research and Therapy. 2006 Mar; 44 (3): pages 339-57.

    37 Vergeer I, Roberts J. Movement and stretching imagery during flexibility training. Journal of Sports Science. 2006 Feb; 24 (2): pages 197-208.

    38 Silbernagel MS1, Short SE, Ross-Stewart LC. Athletes' use of exercise imagery during weight training. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2007 Nov;21 (4): pp.1077-81.

    39 Porretta DL, Surburg PR. Imagery and physical practice in the acquisition of gross motor timing of coincidence by adolescents with mild mental retardation. Journal of Perception and Motor Skills 1995 Jun;80(3 Pt 2):.1171-83.

    40 Suk M, Oh W, Kil S. Guided imagery types on stress and performance of an intramuscular injection of nursing students Taehan Kanho Hakhoe Chi. 2006 Oct; 36 (6): pages 976-82;

    40 Sanders CW, Sadoski M, Bramson R, Wiprud R, Van Walsum K. Comparing the effects of physical practice and mental imagery rehearsal on learning basic surgical skills by medical students. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. 2004 Nov; 191 (5): pages 1811-4.

    41 Lafferty WE, Downey L, McCarty RL, Standish LJ, Patrick DL. Evaluating CAM treatment at the end of life: a review of clinical trials for massage and meditation. Complement Ther Med. 2006 Jun;14 (2): pages 100-12. Epub 2006 Mar 2918

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  10. We’re Back!



    BN071We're Back!

    Okay, Belleruth here, to say we heard ya. We're back to sending out the practitioner enews that targets your professional interests, questions and concerns.

    This is the first of many.

    We're talking about stuff like practice info, tips, FAQ's, program successes, best practices and special offers for our thousands of HJ clinicians, professional practitioners, caregivers and all-round, beloved besties in the practice arena.

    Sweartogawd, it's not that we've been twiddling our thumbs. We've been revamping our website and updating our digital strategies, and because of it, dramatically improving our standing with the search engines and all those pesky media moguls who call the shots on who notices what on the internet.

    And we're still at it – this stuff is like housework, paying the bills and car maintenance - it's never done.

    However, we're at a point where we can get back to serving our critical, core constituency, which is you, with the resources, tools and information you deserve to have.

    So stay tuned. This is the first of many such missives. And we'll be announcing a new series of practitioner-oriented podcasts, YouTube's and video hangouts, designed around your most asked about topics. (Yes, believe it or not, we've kept a list.)

    Here’s Your Very Own Clinical Research Cheat Sheet

    Many of you get asked to cite research that demonstrates the efficacy of guided imagery and other mind-body methods. So, we’re providing you with our most recent research handout, showing a broad range of what guided imagery, meditation and hypnosis can do for people. It’s by no means complete, but it’s representative and it’s current.

    Feel free to print it and use it.
    This list will also come in handy to those of you looking to persuade your hospital, clinic, health spa or group practice to adopt guided meditation and imagery audio tools as a standard offering for patients.

    Click Here to view the Research Cheat Sheet.


    Okay, so, What is Guided Imagery? in so many words?  Here’s one way to put it:  

    It’s a form of deliberate, directed daydreaming that uses relaxing words, pacing and music in targeted ways to support desired changes in mind, body, psyche and spirit.  
    It’s evidence-based and works really well for emotional wellness, medical procedures, achieving healthy habits and for specific health conditions and concerns.
    It supports and potentiates other treatment methods, and sometimes, for some people, it’s sufficient as a stand-alone intervention.

    Guided imagery is a specific sub-category of hypnosis. It’s also a form of meditation. In Europe, it’s sometimes called autogenic training. And for practical purposes, it’s virtually the same as guided meditation.
    But please don’t call it visualization. Only half the population is strongly wired visually, and they’ll assume they can’t do this if they think they have to “see with their mind’s eye”. On the contrary, guided imagery is multi-sensory, leaning heavily on imagined sound, smell, taste and feel as well as sight.

    For most people, imagery is the “lazy man’s (or woman’s) meditation” - a simple, user-friendly method that does most of the work for the listener.  For someone who hasn’t put in time learning a disciplined practice like mindfulness meditation, there are still immediate results from imagery.


    The Mental Health Collection covers a lot of ground in the emotional resiliency arena, supporting and synergizing the work you do with patients and clients. Keep these on your office shelves to play in a session or to lend out to those who need them. We’ve priced this set at a whopping $40 off retail, as our way of saying thank you for doing what you do

    Anger & Forgiveness
    Ease Grief
    Self-Esteem during Sleep

    Retail $129.86 / Special price for professionals $89.99


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