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Help for Parkinson’s – Impact of Yoga & Imagery

12 Apr

We got this email recently: 
I want to praise Carol Dickman’s Seated Yoga video and Belleruth’s Parkinson’s Disease imagery.  My husband who has been disabled and depressed with his illness for several years responds well to these.  He works with both each day.  He is less depressed, sleeps better and we both think he has gotten somewhat better at getting himself to move when he is “stalled”, which is what we call it when there is a gap between when he wants to use his muscles and when they respond.

Having something he can do for himself to improve his symptoms is therapeutic in and of itself, we have concluded. This has been quite a difficult journey for us.  We are very happy to have new tools he can use to improve his sense of agency over his life.  As his wife and caregiver, it is therapeutic for me as well.  There is nothing worse than helplessly watching the man you love suffer. 

In the future I will be looking for more tools for him, to keep this “roll” going when he tires of these two tapes. For instance, now that he has the energy for it, we may try some gentle, graded exercise.  We read on the site that this can be helpful for PD too - which reminds me, thank you for posting the new research every week.  And thanks to all the staff in the office.  The woman who answered my phone call was notably kind and patient.

Canadian Caregiver

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