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Pre-Surgical Terror Turns Jocular, Thanks to Guided Imagery

05 Jul

My friend gave me this CD (Successful Surgery) when I discovered I needed open-heart surgery. Open-heart surgery!  I'd never been admitted to a hospital nor had I had any medically invasive procedures in my fifty-three years of life.

I was so anxious I had shortness of breath.  I know it was anxiety, because I was asymptomatic from my aneurysm. But I started listening to the Successful Surgery CD 3 weeks before my operation, and I listened to it during the surgery, and it was amazing.  I was so relaxed that I was joking with the anesthesiologists. I experienced minimal pain, zero complications, and 9 weeks later, my recovery is going amazingly well.

This is the first review I have done in my life, but this CD is a-must-have. I am now listening to the Wellness CDs, and I am recommending Belleruth to anyone who listens! I am so grateful. I can't imagine having gone for surgery without Belleruth's coaching.

[Ed. Note: This supports the findings from both Blue Shield of California and Mehmet Oz’s research on this, that the more anxious a person is before a scary procedure or surgery, the more they benefit from using guided imagery. It’s not what we would have expected, necessarily, but it’s a consistent finding.]

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