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07 Nov

Hello, there. 

We often get asked for the best way to listen to our sleep imagery at bedtime, without waking up a spouse or partner.  This usually means ear phones, but most people complain that headphones and ear buds are too uncomfortable, and get in the way of sleep.  

I never felt I had a really good option for an answer, but I recently learned of a whole new industry that has suddenly sprung up like mushrooms after a spring rain – comfy, adjustable head bands with thin, flat headphones sewn into them. Of course!

They all get strong reviews and the pricing ranges from $10-$25.

04 Nov

When I first met Kevin several years ago, he was in a cervical collar and his ability to get around was severely compromised. When I saw him last week at a workshop, he was in dramatically better shape.  Here’s his story, in his own words:

In 2013, a friend introduced me to the Guided Imagery offered through Health Journeys and I've been using it since. She said "listening to the voices in your head will only get you so far. Make the effort and take the time to listen and learn from someone else."

I’d served 27 and a half years in the Army - 15 of those in Special Forces - The Green Berets. In 2010, 8 years after I retired - after using my body more than five people would in a life time in ways it's not meant to be used - my body caught up to me and I started experiencing severe degenerative cervical spine challenges. 

03 Nov

Researchers from the University of Michigan School of Nursing tested whether guided imagery plus usual care improved sleep and reduced inflammation over usual care alone, in a study with 52 patients immediately after cardiac surgery, in the ICU and the step-down unit. 

Outcomes measured at post-op days 1-4 were time to sleep onset, total sleep time, stress (as measured by salivary cortisol), and inflammatory response (as measured by C-RP levels),

Patients in the experimental group (n=27) got a pre-loaded MP3 player with the Health Journeys Healthful Sleep audio and a fleece headband with thin earphones in them.  They also wore wrist actigraphs to document their sleep. The controls (n=25) received treatment as usual (TAU).

01 Nov

Dear Belleruth,

I recently completed several hundred hours of training and now have my hypnotherapist certification. However, I am suddenly lacking any confidence in using what I've learned.

I have my website up, etc., and cannot seem to put together a session even for my brother, who is recovering from chemotherapy.

I want to cry - I learned so much and yet I am struggling to believe it. I think I am a natural at this and, during my studies, I worked with many people who thought my work was good.

This is just a huge lapse - as though I've fallen off a cliff.

Please help - and thanks, and blessings. Your work is amazing and helpful.

Amy

31 Oct

Hello again. 

I just discovered as I was reading a study from the University of Michigan School of Nursing, published in 2013, that the intervention it tested was our Healthful Sleep audio. Go figure! 

We’ll post the results on this week’s Hot Research page, showing that it helped post-cardiac surgery patients sleep better in the challenging ICU environment, and helped reduce post-op inflammation, as compared with usual treatment. 

I was delighted to see this, but it occurred to me that this was the third study that I’d discovered in recent months that used our imagery – each time a complete surprise to me.

That’s perfectly within any investigator’s rights – our audios are commercially available, and people can do what they want with them.

28 Oct

We got this email from a med-surg nurse working swing shifts, who suffered from sleep deprivation for years.  And although she knew about guided imagery from her patients, she had only associated it with having surgery. Here she is: 

27 Oct

In this small pilot, researchers from Oklahoma University Medical Center evaluated the feasibility, acceptability, and user satisfaction from patient-controlled relaxation and/or imagery interventions for the symptom cluster that so often accompanies cancer treatment: pain, fatigue, and sleep disturbance.

It also examined the data for trends in the efficacy of guided imagery and relaxation to reduce pain, fatigue, and sleep problems, even though the numbers were small.

25 Oct

A man who attended BR’s guided imagery workshop on trauma, heartbreak and forgiveness, sponsored by the Center for Pastoral Care in McLean, Virginia, wants to know if there is some sort of calendar listing or other way to track similar learning opportunities.

24 Oct

I've briefly diverged from my usual stay-at-home behavior, giving a lot of talks this past couple of weeks. I’m glad I did, because I’ve learned a lot from all the people I've met and spoken with.

Aside from some terrific, practical insights, ideas and resource recommendations, I also got a score of powerful, new stories on how a simple, inexpensive, portable, uploadable, audio intervention called guided imagery can make difference in people’s lives. It was good to get that message, over and over again.

21 Oct

October is the official month of many, many awarenesses. Not only do we have ADHD Awareness and Domestic Violence Awareness; we also have Breast Cancer Awareness.

And so we are compelled to bring back the dazzling video of the Pink Gloves Dance, brought to you courtesy of the enthusiastic, caring, twinkle-toed staff of Providence St Vincent’s Medical Center in Portland, Oregon.

20 Oct

A University of North Carolina researcher conducted a systematic review of studies on the efficacy of hypnotherapy on gastrointestinal disorders, finding 35 studies, including 17 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that assessed clinical outcomes.

Twenty-four of the studies tested hypnotherapy for adult irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and 5 focused on IBS or abdominal pain in children.

18 Oct

We got this question from someone who attended the awesome Healing Beyond Borders conference. 

She’d had an uncomfortable response to a guided imagery experience that I’d introduced to the whole room. Where most everyone had a positive, healing, sometimes deeply moving experience, she “came back” from the altered state cranky, irritable and troubled. She wonders what that was all about and how to deal with it.