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22 Dec

Ninety consecutive patients with chronic tension-type headache (CTTH) were randomly assigned to acupuncture, relaxation training or physical training. 

Researchers from Göteborg Universityin Göteborg, Sweden.compared the impact of acupuncture, relaxation training and physical training on the treatment of CCTH. 

Measures of headache intensity, headache-free days and headache-free periods were taken 4 weeks before the intervention, immediately after it, and 3 and 6 months post-treatment,  using a visual analogue scale and a headache diary. 

20 Dec

We got this question from a new professional entering the mental health field who is looking for good guided imagery scripts to use with her clients. We're happy for the question, because there's quite a range of scripts out there, some of which are great and others that are mediocre or worse. So check this Q & A out, by all means:

Question: 

Dear BR, 

As a new professional entering the mental health field, I would like recommendations on where to purchase resources that offer scripts for guided imagery. I am looking for scripts for inner child and trauma work that I can employ when working with my clients.

Thanks,
Kristina

19 Dec

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16 Dec

Dear Health Journeys and BR,

I have been living with the effects of trauma over many, many years. Some of the forms it has taken is in negative thinking and poor self-image. I also have great anxiety about my safety. As a result, my life has gotten more and more rigid, narrow and constricted, despite my efforts to continually reassure myself that I am no longer at great risk.

Twenty-plus years of therapy helped me identify these issues and understand them better. Then EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) did a good job of helping me erase a suicidal tape that was running through my head. Then I found your guided imagery! 

15 Dec

Researchers at Isfahan University of Medical Sciences in Isfahan, Iran tested the impact of a guided imagery audio tape evoking happy memories on sufferers of chronic tension headaches.  

Sixty people with chronic tension headaches completed a demographic questionnaire and kept a headache diary, three weeks during treatment and one week immediately after.

Subjects were randomly assigned into one of three treatment groups: a Guided imagery (GI) with tape group (n = 20), a GI with perceived happy memory group (n = 20) and a control group (n = 20). All sixty subjects received individualized headache therapy as well (standard care).

13 Dec

We got this question from a therapist who asks for some recommendations of mind-body resources to help a 37-year-old mother of two young children manage her stress. She has rapidly escalating Multiple Sclerosis and is very scared. Check it out:

Question:

I am working with a 37-year-old mother of two children under the age of seven. She has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and in the words of her physician, it is "aggressive" and "we need to take immediate action." She is following all suggested protocol and is scared but lives in her head, trying to manage the stress cognitively. Which of your CD's would you recommend for her?

Thank you so much. 
Melinda M., LCSW, MSW

12 Dec

Hey, folks!

Just a reminder that any gifts that require ground shipping need to be ordered by Monday, December 19th to ensure they arrive before Christmas or Chanukah (both Christmas Eve and the first night of Chanukah begin on December 24th this year).

Now I want to talk a little bit about the advantages of using guided imagery for either chronic or acute pain. 

With all the sudden nationwide concern about the escalating addiction to opioids, I thought it a good time to remind people that guided imagery is a safe, effective alternative to popping meds, or, at the very least, it can help reduce their intake.

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.