Researchers from France, Brazil and Madrid looked at how motor imagery improves performance in sports, as affected by varying states of fatigue. Specifically, they examined when dynamic motor imagery (dMI) (or imagined action with simultaneous movement of the body), provides greater benefit than traditional static motor imagery (sMI), or imagined action without its physical execution.
It’s good to see so much new research on the positive impact of guided imagery on people undergoing chemotherapy these days. It seems to be coming from all over the world. A few weeks ago we posted a study from Cyprus. Now here’s one from Taiwan.
Researchers from Mackay Memorial Hospital in New Taipei City, Taiwan, evaluated the impact of relaxation with guided imagery on patients with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy.
Check out this French study of young, elite tennis players. Like so many other investigations of “motor imagery” or “mental practice”, which is sports-related guided imagery, for a wide range of sports, the findings show it improves or maintains performance without straining or tiring the athlete.
Researchers from Institut Universitaire de France in Paris and the Université de Lyon investigated the effects of offering motor imagery (MI) during high intensity intermittent training (HIIT) sessions with young, elite tennis players, to improve or maintain groundstroke accuracy and ball velocity of forehand and backhand drives.
Being out on long-term sick leave is a health threat for the employee and a burden on family and employer. So any low-cost therapy that can reduce distress and speed up the return to work, is of great value.
This Danish pilot study showed that GIM™ (Guided Imagery and Music™) helped greatly with the mood, sense of well-being, and physical comfort of employees out on extended sick leave. It also reduced their levels of cortisol, a stress hormone.
GIM™ is a technique of guided listening to music that generates imagery in the mind.
It’s been a long time since a research team studied the impact of guided imagery on the symptoms and side effects suffered by chemotherapy patients – there were quite a few clinical trials in the 70s and 80s, but it’s been hard to find recent studies until now.
Researchers from Cyprus, Finland and Greece tested the effectiveness of Guided Imagery (GI) and Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) on a cluster of symptoms experienced by 208 chemotherapy patients - pain, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and retching, anxiety and depression.
In this small pilot study, researchers from the Tacoma VA Medical Center tested the impact of yoga nidra (iRest®), a form of guided mindfulness meditation, on women veterans suffering from symptoms of sexual trauma and military sexual trauma.
Ten women participants experienced nineteen 90-minute sessions, twice a week, for 10 weeks, except for one week with a holiday.
Participants completed self-report measures pre- and post-treatment: the Brief Symptom Inventory-18 (BSI), Posttraumatic Cognitions Inventory (PTCI), and the Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Check List (PCL).
A simple, brief, online guided imagery training with 273 volunteer health professionals seems to have yielded quite an impact. Investigators found significant changes in anxiety, perceived stress, empathic concern, sense of perspective and feelings of efficacy – and all this from less than three hours of online training. Surely this is worth studying some more.
Researchers from The Ohio State University studied the impact of brief online guided imagery training (up to three hours) on health professionals.
They measured changes in perceived stress, anxiety, empathy and feelings of mastery/efficacy.
Bariatric surgery is a pretty extreme solution for morbid obesity, although sometimes a necessary, life-saving choice. Still, there can be problems if something goes awry, and many people are too scared to go for it. That’s why it’s good to know this 12-week behavioral management program works for a certain subgroup.
Researchers from the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston looked at whether diabetes remission was possible without bariatric surgery through a 12-week intensive program for diabetes weight management called the Weight Achievement and Intensive Treatment (Why WAIT) program.
We’ve got an epidemic of prescription drug use among our military – a mess we helped to create through overprescribing downrange – and now we need to find ways to reduce drug dependency and find healthy, non-narcotic alternatives. That’s why this TM study is so important.
As you know, we have in production a wonderful, new Yoga Nidra meditation by Julie Lusk. And June is PTSD Awareness Month. And June 21st is International Yoga Day. So, hey, for all these reasons, don’t you think the study below is relevant and timely? Check this out!
A small pilot study out of the Tacoma V.A. examines iRest, also called Yoga Nidra, a form of guided mindfulness meditation, and its ability to reduce the symptoms of sexual trauma, including military sexual trauma (MST), in a sample of women seeking psychotherapy services at the VA.