Here’s a wonderfully upbeat note from a woman who has been through a lot and came out stronger for it. It looks like she used guided imagery every step of the way, pretty much.
She first learned about guided imagery from her late husband’s chemotherapy nurse at what used to be Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. Here's what Ellen has to say.
It’s good to see so much new research on the positive impact of guided imagery on people undergoing chemotherapy these days. It seems to be coming from all over the world. A few weeks ago we posted a study from Cyprus. Now here’s one from Taiwan.
Researchers from Mackay Memorial Hospital in New Taipei City, Taiwan, evaluated the impact of relaxation with guided imagery on patients with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy.
Dear Health Journeys,
I am interested in your audio program for Rheumatoid Arthritis or Lupus (SLE). I have Lupus but also several associated autoimmune syndromes.
However, while joint inflammation is sometimes present, it has mostly been more manageable than some of my other challenges, which are intense Sjogren's symptoms, malaise & achiness, flu-like feelings, sleep problems, night sweats, queasiness, rashes, fogginess, and times of depression and anxiety that spike with my disease activity.
I am interested in guided meditation that would emphasize a calming and balancing of the immune system as a whole, and for my mind, body and spirit. Please let me know if you think your program would be suitable.
It’s been great to see the enthusiastic response the new meditation audios by Traci Stein and Julie Lusk are getting. We’re especially seeing Traci’s Self-Compassion meditations and Julie’s Yoga Nidra flying off the shelves.
And speaking of effective guided meditation, we figure it’s a good idea, now and then, to go over some basic advice on how to get the most out of your guided imagery or meditation sessions. For newcomers or old hands, it never hurts to be reminded of some of these things.
Amy Colwell Bluhm, PhD, RYT, attests to using guided imagery for all kinds of situations, from depression and panic attacks to surgery and childbirth. Here she is in her own words, describing her Health Journey.
I am a 43-yr-old home schooling mom and yoga teacher from Milwaukee, WI.
About a dozen years ago, I was in the middle of writing my dissertation and was just really feeling depleted. A sort of depression had settled in, and I asked my friend, Ann Williams [PhD, RN, CDE], a diabetes educator, now on the faculty at Case Western Reserve University, for some help with supplements.
She said “Can I suggest something different? How about guided imagery?” She then led me to Health Journeys.
Check out this French study of young, elite tennis players. Like so many other investigations of “motor imagery” or “mental practice”, which is sports-related guided imagery, for a wide range of sports, the findings show it improves or maintains performance without straining or tiring the athlete.
Researchers from Institut Universitaire de France in Paris and the Université de Lyon investigated the effects of offering motor imagery (MI) during high intensity intermittent training (HIIT) sessions with young, elite tennis players, to improve or maintain groundstroke accuracy and ball velocity of forehand and backhand drives.
We got this question from a man suffering from CTE or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease connected with a history of multiple concussions. It’s recently been confirmed that football players and boxers get it a lot, and, sadly, CTE accounts for some sad life trajectories into violence and suicide.
We’re so happy to see so many people downloading our new, free HJ Player app at iTunes, so they can quickly and easily load their Health Journeys audios into their iPhones and other Apple devices.
Of course, our staff continues to answer your questions and walk you through the process, should any of this be a strange, new world to you.
So, this means that from now on, when you order one of our HJ downloads, we’ll send you the link to this spiffy, new app – a free, top-of-the-line, Apple-style player. We've got a deal for you if you've previously purchased MP3 downloads from our website...
We got this personal story from Emily for the People We've Helped section of our website. It’s hard to imagine anything much worse than severe, incapacitating nausea. Emily had it in spades when she was pregnant with her son. Some days, it was so bad, she even doubted she’d ever be a good mother to her unborn son…
Read her story in her own words...
Being out on long-term sick leave is a health threat for the employee and a burden on family and employer. So any low-cost therapy that can reduce distress and speed up the return to work, is of great value.
This Danish pilot study showed that GIM™ (Guided Imagery and Music™) helped greatly with the mood, sense of well-being, and physical comfort of employees out on extended sick leave. It also reduced their levels of cortisol, a stress hormone.
GIM™ is a technique of guided listening to music that generates imagery in the mind.
We got an email from a woman asking what kind of guided meditation or mind-body intervention to get for her brother, who has a bad case of eczema. She thinks it’s exacerbated by stress. We definitely had some suggestions for her.
Do you have an audio or two to suggest for someone with severe eczema? I’m asking for my brother, who is 44. We both believe it is induced by stress, both the long and short term variety.
Thanks for any ideas you might have,
I remember when we used to drop our kids off at pre-K, the teachers would shoo us out of the vicinity ASAP, knowing that if one or two helicopter moms or dads stuck around, wringing their hands and signaling concern, there’d be kids who couldn’t stop crying until after they left. (Often this miraculous transformation would occur within 6 seconds of their exit.)
We used to joke with each other: who exactly had the separation anxiety, anyway – the kids or us parents?
The fact is, at any age and under any circumstances, going back to school and entering a new grade with new teachers, structure, classmates and expectations stirs up anxiety. Anxiety, after all, is the kissing cousin of excitement. Both play a part in the start of a new school year, and both involve adrenaline – the biochemistry is pretty similar.