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09 Dec

Tom submitted this enthusiastic comment about the impact of our guided imagery for healing trauma on our blog this past week. We love how he talks about how guided imagery led him to his own inner resources, creating a palpable ‘inner team’ to call upon whenever needed…

Hi Belleruth,

Glad to have found your blog. Just wanted to give a HUGE thank you to ya!

I was actually searching for Peter Levine's Healing Trauma [Ed. Note: These are excellent meditations for healing childhood sexual abuse by the founder of Somatic Experiencing, Peter Levine] on audible and then came across your guided meditation [Also entitled Healing Trauma].

08 Dec

A team of researchers from the University of Rome reviewed functional neuroimaging studies that focused on changes in pain perception under hypnosis, to identify brain activation-deactivation patterns that occur during this mind-body intervention.

They found that different changes in brain function occurred throughout the pain network and in other brain areas as well.

Of the structures of the brain, the anterior cingulate cortex was found to be central in the general modulation of pain circuitry activity.

06 Dec

This is not the first time we’ve gotten this excellent question from a very frustrated spouse or partner of a partner of a problem drinker. Perhaps it feels familiar to you too? Please read on!

Question:

I love your guided imagery. I use Anger and Forgiveness to deal with my exasperation over my husband’s constant battle with alcoholism. The man is able to stay sober for several months – sometimes nearly a year - and then he’s back to drinking again. Every time he slips, it takes that much more out of me.

Do you have any other tools or resources for the spouse? I am feeling desperate and I need more something... I use already listen to Relieve Depression and Help for Panic Attacks, but I’m hoping for something more specific.  

04 Dec

Hello there.

Here in Northeast Ohio, ‘winter depression’ actually starts around Hallowe’en. In fact, when I was a practicing therapist, no matter where I lived – Chicago, Boston, Washington DC or Cleveland - the phone calls for appointments always ramped up that first week in November, and stayed intense and plentiful like that for weeks. Sometimes the calls were from new people; sometimes from ex-clients feeling the need for a tune-up. But always, it was this time of year when the phone rang off the hook.

02 Dec

This is a thank you to Belleruth & Health Journeys!

I have the good fortune to have experienced chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) for the last 20 plus years.

I say ”good fortune,” because I am now able to help others manage their illness and move forward in their lives. I help them through yoga therapy, a budding field.  

One of the things I often do is recommend your guided imagery for CFS and fibromyalgia.

01 Dec

A team of researchers from Kerman University of Medical Sciences in Kerman, Iran, examined the effect of guided imagery on chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting in breast cancer patients.

This was a quasi-experimental study in which a group of sample was evaluated pre- and post-intervention. A convenience sample of 55 eligible breast cancer patients completed the Morrow Assessment of Nausea and Vomiting, before and after the intervention. The treatment consisted of listening to two guided imagery tracks.

29 Nov

Question: 

I am recovering in AA myself and sponsoring a woman with PTSD-like symptoms from early childhood sexual abuse. She is quite functional at her work and has an apparently organized life, with her finances in good order, and a neat, well-tended apartment. She has been sober the past 1½ years.

She suffers from invasive flashbacks of the abuse, which she then experiences just as if it were happening again. She will not use medication, (I support that), so I referred her to Health Journeys for your audios. 

In our rural area, the local community services board counselors are very pro-medication, so she gave up on those folks and won’t go back.

What types of therapy might help her? She needs guidance.

28 Nov

So, Thanksgiving has come and gone. Here’s hoping that went well.

(This is my best impression of my hero, Julia Childs, draping her very tall body over the counter top and grinning dementedly as she presents us with her latest production from the oven. I loved watching her from my treadmill at the gym!)

But now it’s time for the sometimes joyful, sometimes pesky (ever so rarely neutral) task of gift giving for the winter holidays.

Now, I’m here to say with all sincerity, we can make this job easier for you. Team HJ has assembled some awesome holiday gift sets that will make daily living a lot pleasanter for your peeps.

25 Nov

Hi, Belleruth! 

Five years ago I used your CDs for Successful Surgery and Radiation Therapy to get me through the removal of my left lung, followed by over two dozen radiation treatments. 

I had the most amazing experience. I had no complications, minimal bleeding (to the best of my knowledge), and NO PAIN!!! (I rode my horse two weeks later.) 

24 Nov

Researchers from Cardiff University and Trinity College, UK, and Maastricht University, Netherlands, conducted a pilot to determine the impact of Neurofeedback, as compared with Motor Training (MOT) alone, on motor and non-motor functions in Parkinson's Disease (PD).

In this 10-week, randomized, controlled trial, 30 patients with Parkinson's Disease were randomly assigned to two groups.  Group 1 (N = 15) received Real Time Functional MRI – Neurofeedback with Motor Training; Group 2 (N = 15) received Motor Training alone.

22 Nov

Question:

Dear Belleruth,

I have a high-risk, but early stage, form of lymphoma. In association with my treatment, I have been using your guided imaging for the immune system -- every day, usually twice a day. Is there any closely associated additional guided imaging you can recommend? I am absolutely positive the guided imaging is helping, but I don't want to do the same guided imaging day after day, month after month, year after year, if there are other guided imaging MP3 files you personally have done that can augment the imaging I already am doing.

Thank you!
Paul D.
Anchorage, AK

21 Nov

Hello again and hooray! It’s soon to be Thanksgiving, my all-time favorite holiday. 

I love the way the whole house smells delicious, and family and friends can kind of laze around and watch football and keep going back to the fridge to eat more, sharing juicy bits of personal information between bites, at their leisure.   

To me, there’s something very permissive and forgiving about Thanksgiving… maybe because it’s not a religious holiday, so whatever inherent tensions, guilt, divisions, crankiness or resentment that are normally embedded in those issues just aren’t evoked.