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An Ingenious Use of Guided Imagery to Help Integrate a Healing Session…

21 Jan

Our good friend, colleague, tireless advocate for veterans, and gonzo guided imagery champ extraordinaire, COL  Jill Chambers, passed along this note to our Akron team…

It describes a really smart way to use guided imagery…
This was from the redoubtable Ana Yelen, who works with the Healing Warriors Program, where body-based treatments, such as Healing Touch, Cranio-Sacral work and Acupressure are offered to wounded warriors.

We love what she figured out to do when these interventions were provided in the context of a public space..  Check it out: 

Dear Jill,

Thank you again for your time, and your service.  You are now on our email list for our bimonthly updates.  We also have a FB page, where we post a lot of the studies and such that come through.

We also love guided imagery.
When I was doing the volunteer events at the museum, we had an area outside the “treatment” rooms that we called re-entry.  It was designed so that after a treatment session, the person could go and sit quietly in a comfortable chair, be given water and a light snack, then put on a headset to listen to one of Belleruth’s CDs.
I had a volunteer mental health professional staffing this area in case support was needed.  I felt it was important for the person to spend some quiet time integrating the session and moving through things that were coming up before having to get back into the hubbub.  I give away a lot of Belleruth’s CDs!

We’re moving it forward!
Thank you again,


And thank you, Ana, for your service and hard work, your heart and skill.

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