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01 Mar

A woman who works with patients with Alzheimers and other types of dementia asks what can guided imagery do for this population, and what kind of music works best in this situation..
01 Mar

A study of chemotherapy patients at The UCSF Mt. Zion Infusion Center by Phaedra Caruso, PhD and Trudy Helge, PhD (at the time doctoral candidates in psychology), compared two kinds of guided imagery - self-generated, unique, fill-in-the-blank type imagery vs. "canned" imagery - standardized, physiologically-based, scripted imagery - along with a third condition: a progressive relaxation tape. All three interventions were recorded by the same person - imagery expert Martin Rossman MD - and offered as part of a four-session course.

When the data were analyzed and broken down, Caruso and Helge found that both kinds of guided imagery performed equally well, and significantly better than the progressive relaxation, in reducing depression and anxiety for the patients - indeed, increasingly so over time.
01 Mar

Happy Spring! We have good news in the freebie department. GlaxoSmithkline, that ever-so-holistically-correct pharma, has ordered a fat, new supply of our Chemotherapy guided imagery CDs, for any oncology professional who wants them for his or her patients..
23 Feb

A person with diabetes reports that after beginning some regular new relaxation activities - yoga, massage and guided imagery - she is needing less of her medication to control her blood sugar..
23 Feb

A woman asks if there is any imagery for her father, who is on prednisone and suffering from relapsing polychondritis, a rare disease in which the body attacks its own cartiledge..
23 Feb

On March 12-14th at the spectacular new Omega-at-the-Crossings retreat center in Austin,Texas, I’ll be presenting some exciting new material from Invisible Heroes, my new book on imagery and trauma ..
16 Feb

Check out our two new Combo Packs for Stress Relief and Weight Loss, where we combine three very different but very effective methods by three expert practitioners to synergize a successful outcome..
09 Feb

Somewhat surprisingly, a study out of The California Pacific Medical Center that compared mindfulness meditation and qigong with an education-support group intervention for fibromyalgia showed that they were about equally effective.

Researchers from the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute in San Francisco randomly assigned a total of 128 people with fibromyalgia (FM) to either an 8-week mind-body training program consisting of mindfulness meditation plus qigong movement therapy, or an education-support group.

09 Feb

The executive director of an environmental group that had fallen on hard times and group dissension, uses guided imagery to help get everyone back to balance and productivity in their meetings..
09 Feb

A woman wants to know if imagery can blast her out of her depression and help her get excited about her life again, as she goes from working at a successful career into retirement..
09 Feb

In keeping with Australian enthusiasm for cyber-interventions in the mental health realm (must be all those wide open spaces between mental health centers), researchers at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, compared 3 ways of delivering cognitive-behavioral therapy (the treatment of choice) to people suffering from panic disorder.

Building on previous research that found that a brief computer-augmented CBT was as effective as extended therapist-delivered CBT, this study randomly allocated 186 patients with panic disorder (PD) across 2 sites in Scotland and Australia, to 12 sessions of therapist-delivered CBT (CBT12); or 6 sessions of therapist-delivered (CBT6); or computer-augmented CBT (CBT6-CA); or a waitlist control.
09 Feb

Our Clinician’s Corner is now featuring a new Practitioner We Love - the highly respected cancer guide and health writer, Henry Dreher - and an outstanding, new Hot Program The Block Center for Integrative Cancer Care in Evanston, Illinois.