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Guided Imagery Doubles Weight Loss in Pilot Study at Canyon Ranch

17 Sep

Jeff Rossman, PhD, Director of Behavioral Medicine at Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires in Lenox, Massachusetts, conducted a study with 16 staff members as part of a general behavioral/educational program for weight loss.

As with a study at the Joslin Clinic in New York, half the group used the Health Journeys Weight Loss imagery; the other half just listened to the music that scored it - Steven Mark Kohn’s Music for Meditation.

The group that listened daily to the weight loss guided imagery while attending an 8-week weight reduction program, lost an average of 8.5 pounds. The group that listened daily to just the music alone, while participating in the same program, lost an average of 4.25 pounds - exactly half.

Rossman says that at superficial glance, the guided imagery group seems to have done extremely well.   (This exploratory study is not published at this time.)

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