Update from Health Journeys
Posted: April 12, 2022
One of the things people love about the N.O.W. Tone Therapy System is that it drops them into a deep, restorative meditative state in just three minutes. But it’s also something people have complained about to us. They question why the listening period has to be so brief, and tell us they’d rather stay where they are, because it’s such a rewarding state to dip into.
Surgery Pack - Guided Imagery for Surgery: Improve Clinical Outcomes, Boost Patient Satisfaction, and Cut CostsPosted: March 17, 2022
Research has proven that guided imagery significantly reduces patients’ anxiety before surgery, decreases their pain during and after surgery, and allows them to leave the hospital sooner – all while lowering the costs of surgery, medication, and other charges by 14%. Read that research here
Posted: January 21, 2022
When a health care provider cures a disease or heals an injury, that’s an obvious success. But other health improvements are more subtle or harder to measure.
That’s why health care organizations are increasingly measuring their effectiveness in terms of patient outcomes – i.e., the results of the care delivered to individual patients.
Posted: December 06, 2021
Ascension All Saints Hospital isn’t just the largest full-service hospital serving Racine, Wisconsin. It’s also part of one of the country’s largest Catholic health care organizations, with a heavy emphasis on body, mind, and spirit in the healing process. And that spiritual, holistic approach goes with guided imagery like peanut butter goes with jelly!
Posted: November 29, 2021
You know those warm fuzzies you get when you buy a little treat for someone you love? They are actually good for your health!
Posted: October 25, 2021
When you’re still trying to figure out who you are and what you value, looking at pictures of unreasonably pretty people living seemingly carefree lives is bound to make you feel insecure and inadequate. That was true back in my own teenage years, when my models for style and beauty were literally models (or actors) in magazines. And I’m not surprised to learn that it’s just as true for today’s teens looking at the carefully curated images of “influencers” on Instagram.
Posted: October 18, 2021Tags: partner spotlight, cancer
Going through cancer treatment is rough on everyone. It’s twice as hard if you don’t have support to cope with the physical and emotional side effects. And during a global pandemic? That’s just icing on a layer cake of stress.
So, we’re delighted that the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic (CMC) in Oakland, Calif., adopted Health Journeys’ guided imagery at a tough time when it couldn’t offer services in person and when stress was at an all-time high. And we’re absolutely thrilled that they plan to keep using our audios now that they’ve reopened.
3 New Spanish Meditations for Trauma, Weight Loss, & Cancer... And One of Them Is Just in Time for Carolina’s MomPosted: October 11, 2021Tags: spanish series, spanish, cancer, breast cancer
As we continue focusing on keeping ourselves and our loved ones healthy and well, this seasonal change into fall seems to have come surprisingly fast. It is amazing how quickly time seems to pass by when we are so consumed in just making our day-to-day work. For me recently, a significant part of that fleeting time has been concentrated on supporting my mom with a new medical diagnosis… breast cancer.
The news came as a complete surprise to her and to us, her family. But even so, witnessing how she has managed every aspect of the cancer label has been inspiring: the series of chemotherapy treatments, and the myriad physical and mental changes that have come with the diagnosis... not because she has made it all look easy, but because she has faced them with deep reflection, authenticity, and humor.
Intent on helping herself deal with this big life change and optimize the efforts of her medical team, my mom, a nurse of 55+ years, asked me for tools that might support her with the cancer treatments and help her feel good inside.
Posted: October 04, 2021
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.
Posted: September 20, 2021
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.