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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.

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.