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29 Sep

Researchers from Mashhad University of Medical Sciences in Mashhad, Iran, investigated the effect of guided imagery on maternal-fetal attachment in 67 nulliparous women (women with no children) experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. The average woman’s age was 24 years, and most had a high school education.

The women were randomly divided into two intervention groups (n=35) and a control group (n=32). Assessment measures included a demographic form and London, DASS 21, and the Cranley Maternal-Fetal Attachment Questionnaire.

22 Sep

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin examined the effects of a guided imagery intervention on the perceived stress of pregnant adolescents.

Thirty-five pregnant adolescents, recruited from a local alternative education program, participated in a guided imagery intervention, listening to a pregnancy-specific guided imagery recording on four separate occasions during their pregnancies.

15 Sep

Researchers from New York Medical College, Columbia University and Weill Cornell Medical College evaluated the impact of the Breath-Body-Mind Workshop (BBMW) (breathing, movement, and meditation) on psychological and physical symptoms, as well as inflammatory biomarkers in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Twenty-nine IBD patients from the Jill Roberts IBD Center were randomized to BBMW or an educational seminar.  Measures were taken at baseline and weeks 6 and 26, using the Beck Anxiety Inventory, Beck Depression Inventory, Brief Symptom Inventory 18, IBD Questionnaire, Perceived Disability Scale, Perceived Stress Questionnaire, Digestive Disease Acceptance Questionnaire, Brief Illness Perception Questionnaire. In addition, C-reactive protein, fecal calprotectin and other physiological measures were obtained as well.

08 Sep

Researchers from Duke University Medical Center and the University of North Carolina conducted a study where 151 outpatients with coronary heart disease were randomized to 12 weeks of either Comprehensive Cardiac Rehab (CR) alone or Comprehensive Cardiac Rehab combined with Stress Management Training (CR+SMT).

Biomarkers for stress and coronary heart disease were collected before and after treatment. A matched sample of eligible patients who did not receive CR made up the no-treatment comparison group.

All participants were followed up for up to 5.3 years (median of 3.2 years) for adverse clinical events, i.e., heart attacks.

01 Sep

Researchers from Geneva University in Switzerland investigated whether self-hypnosis for pain management is as effective with hospitalized older adults as it is known to be with younger populations. 

They compared the impact of hypnosis with massage with 53 hositalized older adults (mean age 80.6 yrs, 14 men, 39 women) suffering from chronic pain for 3 months or more. Twenty-six were randomized to the hypnosis group, and 27 to the massage group.

25 Aug

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.

18 Aug

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.

11 Aug

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.

04 Aug

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.

28 Jul

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.