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02 Feb

Researchers from Baylor University conducted a systematic review to see if hypnosis was an effective intervention for comfort management during painful medical procedures. 

Results from 29 RCTs (randomized, controlled, clinical trials) met the inclusion criteria and were evaluated for this review. 

The investigators found that hypnosis did reduce acute procedural pain, compared to standard care and attention control groups; and that it was found to be at least as effective as comparable adjunct psychological or behavioral therapies.

31 Jan

We got a query about our Dialysis Guided Imagery from a PhD nurse and health manager representing a large health system that delivers hemodialysis treatment. It was a good occasion to go over how we research our guided imagery to ensure we’re giving accurate information, delivered in a clinically and emotionally sensitive way. It’s a lot of front-loaded work, but always essential to do. Here it is.

30 Jan

The Health Journeys staff members celebrated the implementation of the new HJ Player app last July, after fielding questions daily from iDevice users who were having problems navigating the old, multi-step process to sync the downloads they had purchased to their devices.  

Sometimes customers would get so frustrated they would simply give up and purchase our programs from iTunes, but not everything we carry is available there. 

We have a simple, easy solution for this!

Now, when you order one of our downloads, we’ll send you the link to our app – a free, top-of-the-line, Apple-style player, that lets you easily and quickly download our guided imagery.

27 Jan

We applaud this woman’s recovery from panic attacks, using guided imagery as a critical part of her healing. We discovered this post not long ago, on a review posted on Amazon. It’s an encouraging and inspiring guide for others.

Surprisingly, panic attacks and intense anxiety are very amenable to most mind-body relaxation techniques, but guided imagery adds an additional dimension of reframing and perspective. Check out this report:  

26 Jan

Researchers from Cardiff University, Trinity College and University College London in the U.K., conducted a pilot study investigating the impact of Neurofeedback (NF) and Motor Training (MOT) on the brain networks that could improve motor and non-motor symptoms in Parkinson’s Disease patients.

This 10-week small Phase I randomized controlled trial had 30 PD patients participating. Group One (n = 15) received real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging (rt-fMRI) with motor training. Group Two received motor training alone. 

24 Jan

We got this question from Alissa, who lives with a chronic sense of worry and fear. She wonders what resources might help her gather up her courage and muster her mojo to get beyond this. Her therapist suggested guided imagery. Check it out:

23 Jan

Wow. Guided imagery has come a long way. This past week we marveled at the dramatic and dizzying shift we were witnessing. We had an upsurge of requests for our content - from medical centers, academic researchers, app builders and universities.

Happy New Year to mind-body therapies!!

I remember when I first began making our “tapes” 27 years ago, in 1989. The only medical professionals who would help me with my research on specific illnesses and their remedies were the docs and nurses who were my friends and neighbors. I needed to have a correct understanding of the disease process and how the body naturally fights it, in order to write physiologically accurate imagery, so I had to have expert answers to my questions. Those answers came from friends.

19 Jan

Researchers from the University of Washington School of Nursing conducted a systematic review of studies using telehealth interventions that focused on well-being outcomes for family caregivers.

The initial search for studies produced 65 articles that met the inclusion criteria. The articles included 52 experimental studies, 11 evaluation studies, one case study and one secondary analysis.

Thirty-three articles focused on family caregivers of adult and older patients, while 32 articles focused on parental caregivers of pediatric patients.

18 Jan

We got this email from a person who has used our guided imagery with great success. It's a great story that we believe you'll enjoy reading.

Dear HJ,

On the advice of a medical social worker friend, I tried your pre-surgery program for an upcoming reconstructive operation. My friend said her hospital recommended it for all its pre-surgery patients, and that research has proven it to be effective.   

17 Jan

We got this question from Judith, who is having a high degree of post-election anxiety, including symptoms of chest tightness, face numbness and jaw pain. Her doc has diagnosed her with anxiety, and her usual coping tools aren’t working. We try to address what she can do.

16 Jan

Hello again. 

This week’s question about “severe, post-election anxiety” is one we’ve gotten many times over this past pre- and post-election year. I’ve also encountered a dramatic level of distress at workshops and training sessions I’ve been giving to professionals.

So I’m eager to post this Q and A and get your feedback on what your experience is. So if you’re up for it, please post how you’ve been feeling and coping with the massive political changes we’re all experiencing. I’m not after a political discussion so much as a conversation about our own personal reactivity and the search for effective solutions. 

13 Jan

Belleruth just got this gracious New Year’s note from an old-time guided imagery user.  

Dear Belleruth,

I'm a longtime fan; in fact, I first heard you on the radio speaking to the City Club of Portland (OR) -- that'll tell you how long ago it was (last century!).