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Bonny Method Helps Cardiac Rehab Patients

23 Jul

Researchers from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia launched a small feasibility study to assess the impact of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music on six outpatients in cardiac rehabilitation, as part of their treatment plan to effectively marshall physical, psychological, and vocational strategies to restore and sustain optimal health.
Starting 6 to 15 weeks after cardiothoracic surgery, 6 study participants were recruited for 6 weekly music therapy (BMGIM) sessions.  Qualitative analysis of the patient narrative within a semiotic framework demonstrated that patients used music therapy to spontaneously explore their recovery process.

Five grand themes emerged: (1) looking through the frame, (2) feeling the impact, (3) spiraling into the unexpected, (4) sublime plateau, and (5) rehearsing new steps. The themes related to physical changes, adjustment after surgery, and anticipated lifestyle changes in the future.

The investigators concluded that the study demonstrated that music therapy (BMGIM) can be used to access and understand the internal recovery process of post-cardiothoracic surgical patients, and offer an additional clinical tool to augment the external rehabilitation process.

Citation: Short A, Gibb H, Fildes J, Holmes C. Exploring the Role of Music Therapy in Cardiac Rehabilitation After Cardiothoracic Surgery: A Qualitative Study Using the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 2012 Jul 9. [Epub ahead of print]

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award