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22 Dec

Researchers at the University of Arizona find that guided imagery and relaxation substantially alleviate recurrent abdominal pain (RAP) that was refractory to conventional treatment in children with functional gastrointestinal disorders.

Researchers at the Department of Pediatrics at the Steele Memorial Children''s Research Center at the University of Arizona in Tucson, looked at the effectiveness of relaxation and guided imagery for alleviating recurrent abdominal pain (RAP) in children with functional gastrointestinal disorders.

Ten children with RAP were enrolled in the study after evaluation by a pediatric gastroenterologist. They were trained in relaxation and guided imagery during 4 weekly 50-minute sessions. Pain diaries were completed at 0, 1, and 2 months. Children and parents also completed psychological questionnaires at enrollment.

22 Dec

A cancer survivor who marks the anniversary of her diagnosis by making chemo care gift bags for cancer patients, asks if any drug companies give out Health Journeys CDs for free..
22 Dec

Happy holidays! Say, if you’re stumped for a memorable gift and running out of time, we have wonderful guided imagery gift bags for adults and kids that we can ship out for you..
15 Dec

Our staff received this wonderful note last week about how some simple, stress-reducing imagery helped reduce a man’s back pain and shorten recovery time with a back that chronically goes out on him for weeks:

I feel compelled to write to you to thank you for the wonderful tape on Relieving Stress. For the umpteenth time, my back gave out on me. While a student at MSASS [Ed. note: This is The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University), a professor introduced our class to these wonderful healing tapes. After a few short days of using the Stress tapes twice a day, my back feels so much better. I can''t believe how much faster I recovered this time compared with other episodes of debilitating back pain in the past. Wow!

I am going to recommend these tapes to all my friends that lead hectic and chaotic lives. A few minutes out of the day to listen can be so beneficial to general well-being!

Thank you again!
MC

15 Dec

Kristine Kwekkeboom and her team from The University of Iowa College of Nursing studied which variables predicted the successful use of guided imagery as a pain management strategy for cancer patients..

Kristine Kwekkeboom and her team from The University of Iowa College of Nursing have been studying predictors of the successful use of guided imagery for some time now. This pilot study, with a one-group pretest-posttest design, examines whether peoples’ ability to effectively use imagery as a pain management strategy can be predicted for individual cancer patients.

15 Dec

A whole new world of powerful data on the human brain opening up, thanks to the dazzling capability of P.E.T. scans and M.R.I.s... and researchers like Bessel van der Kolk, Jon Kabat-Zinn and David Spiegel..
08 Dec

A new study shows that a brief mindfulness meditation training program produces significant increases in left-sided, anterior activation in the brain and increases in antibody titers to influenza vaccine.

Researchers performed a randomized, controlled study to discover the effects of an 8-week training program of mindfulness meditation on brain and immune function with healthy employees in a work environment.

08 Dec

I’m really excited about the new resources we’ve just added to our catalog, including a beautiful Spa Gift Pack for adults and an adorable Kiddie Comfort Gift Pack for kids..
01 Dec

BR gets a note from a retired distributor who reports on the positive effects of guided imagery on a young breast cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy, all the way over in Finland..
01 Dec

Most agree that Thanksgiving is one of the least neurotic of holidays, as it is primarily about feeling grateful, eating, and watching football. If family or friends start driving us crazy, we know we can just watch the game with greater focus..
24 Nov

Three different studies from the U.S. and the U.K. show the effectiveness of hypnosis for helping people lose weight, especially when it is used as an adjunct to a behavioral weight loss program.

This study examines the effect of adding hypnosis to a behavioral weight-management program on short- and long-term weight change. One hundred nine subjects, ranging in age from 17 to 67, completed a behavioral treatment either with or without the addition of hypnosis.

24 Nov

A woman asks what kind of guided imagery will help her to control her anger, and BR makes several suggestions about where she might start..