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12 Jan

The team here at Health Journeys is excited to bring you more from iTunes!  As many of you know, nearly all of the Health Journeys’ series titles can now be found on the iTunes store; however, we now have a free, new podcast channel just for you!

Health Journeys Podcast Channel

We’ve begun with a few clips of your favorite audios, and hope that you subscribe and check in frequently for weekly updates.  Going forward, you can expect more guided imagery and meditation clips, as well as content from some of your favorite authors.  Some of these episodes will even include portions of talks, presentations, and short informational segments on topics related to guided imagery.

We would love to hear from you in the comments section below, with ideas for segments you’d like to hear in 2014.  It’s a grand new year, and we genuinely hope that our addition of a Health Journeys podcast channel will become a regular part of your audio experience!

09 Dec

Autumn is nearly over, and the holidays are approaching once more. Holidays evoke different feelings for everyone. I was born on Thanksgiving Day, November 25th, and it’s always been a special day for me. When I was young, I found myself disappointed in how all holiday celebrations flowed.  We did not have a warm and fuzzy family. I found my pleasure in a day off from school, in the scents of holiday food cooking, in understanding that a kind word, a hug from my grandpa, time playing outside in the chilly air, was all I needed in order to feel grateful. I discovered that these were more precious than anything that came in a gift box. I learned to be grateful for the earth, the sky, the waters and the wind. I found my gratitude in the feelings of freedom and joy that I felt when outdoors…when the formality of the family holiday dinners and the intensity of the family dynamics ended, and my siblings and I could go outdoors.

27 Nov

Almost before we consciously register a note, scents have the power to evoke another time for us, another way of being. I have long since stopped wearing perfume, but every time I smell anything by Estee Lauder, I can immediately identify it, so strongly have their fragrances been linked to memories of my maternal grandmother and her sisters – all women who were very influential in my upbringing. The link exists exclusively of any liking or not – even the perfumes I actively dislike are immediately and paradoxically associated with feelings of being cared for.

24 Nov

We love that you love our new Holiday Gift Guide, compete with bargains, gift ideas and goodies, but if you haven’t placed your order yet, be sure to do it soon, because the special packs and bargains are only here for the 2013 holiday season.
 
We are excited about our holiday offerings and the 2013 Health Journeys Holiday Gift Guide, and we know you are finding it helpful in choosing unique gifts for everyone on your list, including you. We had such fun here as we put together the special holiday packs and chose descriptive, festive titles for them, like our Kids Relaxation Station, which is suggestive of a magical holiday train ride. We are equally delighted to offer our Introduction to Meditation, because one of the best presents you can give is the gift of presence. Check out all our holiday packs and special offers in our gift guide (specials are also available in our online store at www.healthjourneys.com).

17 Nov

In support of the Great American Smokeout, Nov. 21, and as an incentive to quit, our Stop Smoking audio program is a whopping 25 percent off.

Whether you plan to quit smoking forever or just for the day, The Great American Smokeout, scheduled for the third Thursday of November each year, is a great time to become a non-smoker. Numerous surveys of quitters show that quitting for one day can lead to being smoke-free for a week, a month or forever.

According to the American Cancer Society, the benefits of not smoking begin almost immediately.

Twenty minutes after your last cigarette, your heart rate and blood pressure drop, and after 12 hours, the carbon monoxide level in your blood returns to normal. One year after quitting, the excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s risk. Five years after you quit, your risk of mouth, throat, esophageal and bladder cancers, are cut by 50 percent. The risk of cervical cancer is the same as that of a non-smoker. Your stroke risk can fall to that of a non-smoker in 2-5 years.

04 Nov

From the Health Journeys Elves

We are excited about the 2013 Health Journeys Holiday Gift Guide, and we know you will find it helpful in choosing unique gifts for everyone on your list, including you. We had such fun here as we put together the special holiday packs and chose descriptive but festive titles for them, like our Kids Relaxation Station, which is suggestive of a magical holiday train ride. We are equally delighted to offer our Introduction to Meditation, because one of the best presents you can give is the gift of presence. Check out all our holiday packs and special offers here, or in our gift guide (specials are also available in our online store at www.healthjourneys.com).

This year, we have a new lavender essential oil that we’ve added to some of the packs, and other goodies, like holiday stockings, festive gift boxes and some bargains even include a free CD of our De-Stress mini-program to keep holiday shoppers and planners on an even keel, provided as a special free gift with certain purchases.

14 Oct

Recent studies have shown that guided imagery can be an effective treatment, particularly when combined with other treatment modalities. For that reason, many guided imagery programs are used by people who have been referred by physicians and mental health providers. Health Journeys’ titles on depression, anxiety, panic attacks and post-traumatic stress are often used in conjunction with other modalities, including psychotherapy and medication.

Guided imagery users are cautioned not to attempt to replace existing therapy with guided imagery, but when their physicians are in agreement with the use of guided imagery, we are happy to provide titles, dedicated to the treatment of specific conditions.

Numerous hospitals, clinics, physicians and therapists are recommending guided imagery for their patients or using it in their programs, and an increasing number of studies are being conducted to test the efficacy of guided imagery.

23 Sep

“Natural forces within us are the true healers,” Hippocrates

Even Hippocrates, the world’s first medical scientist, believed the human body could only be restored to optimum health, what he called homeostasis, through the natural healing forces inside the body. Before his time, physical ails were treated mostly by casting out demons and removing evil spells. Hippocrates related the workings of the human body to the ailments of the patient by placing his head on the patient’s chest to listen to the heartbeat and studying the bodily fluids, including bile, urine, blood and sputum, to prescribe corresponding herbal remedies. His innovative way of treating illness by taking the practice of medicine from the mystical to the physical earned him a title as the Father of Medicine, but even Hippocrates believed true healing is a result of the body’s natural healing forces.

For example, most antibiotics don’t actually kill harmful bacteria. They simply keep the pathogens from reproducing, allowing the immune system to provide fighter cells that surround and kill the invading forces. In Health Journeys’ Healthy Immune System Belleruth explains this process, as well as the body’s ability to prevent pathogens from setting up shop and eradicate unhealthy cells before they can cause trouble. The rich imagery helps listeners make the most of those healing forces. The Healthy Immune System program is a favorite of people who want to preserve their good health, others who are facing physical challenges and those who are recovering after illness or surgery.

30 Sep

Imagine for a moment, your ADHD child completely relaxed and calm, breathing deeply and extremely focused on an amazingly vivid image being described. Now, imagine that the imagery not only helped your child be more in control and feel better about himself, but also helped improve grades, focus and concentration and even helped homework get done without the fuss. Imagine a happier, calmer child. This is the same child - your child - after practicing regularly with guided imagery, specifically tailored to ADHD and very active children.
 
Guided imagery works with the power of your child’s subconscious mind.  It works to heal broken or lowered self-esteem, and teach your child positive solutions for everyday living. It can help your child understand the gifts that lie beneath the label of ADHD.  Using specific imagery created for ADHD kids, nightly listening will help your child increase self-esteem and learn to manage everyday challenges. Your child will actually get to mentally experience situations and results in a positive way – learning how to respond and react in healthy ways that reinforce the gifts while lessening some of more challenging characteristics of ADHD. Children get to feel more in control, while learning how to be in control of themselves. They learn about taking responsibility for actions, thinking things through before acting, managing bodily movements and how to stay focused and concentrated – all by using relaxing guided imagery before bed.

03 Sep

Whether you are a grad student engaged in your own athletic program, a senior citizen maintaining an active lifestyle, a team or individual coach or a soccer mom hoping your children’s athletic pursuits will not interfere with their academic performance (while trying to keep up with your children and maintain your own fitness regimen) there is good news for you.

Numerous recent studies on the benefits of physical activity  and school athletics have been performed by heavy-hitters like The CDC, U. S. Department of Education, American Public Health Association, New York City Health Department, Columbia University and universities of California, Illinois, Central Florida and West Virginia, to name a few. Study results vary widely, but the consensus is that physical activity and athletic pursuits have a positive impact on classroom behavior, cognitive skills and academic performance.

 One after another study concluded that increasing students’ physical activity boosts their academic performance. Some studies involved only athletic or physical education programs, while others tested all extracurricular programs, including school bands and drama clubs, but the results were similar.  This news also shed light on the many aspects of athletic coaching.