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Woman with Parkinson’s Benefits from Yoga, Reiki, Imagery

03 Nov

My wife suffers from Parkinson’s Disease, which has left her with a loss of confidence in herself and a hesitation to go out the way we used to.  Our son recommended she work with a local yoga therapist and Reiki expert.  We had not heard of these techniques, but they have made a difference.  She looks forward to the sessions and feels energized by them. 

I believe it is because of these treatments that we are starting to visit art museums and galleries again – our great love for nearly 45 years.  We move a lot slower and plan more carefully, but we get there.  We both are extremely pleased to be doing a normal, pleasurable activity again. 

Sometime later, we began using the Parkinson’s imagery, also courtesy of our son.  This has added to our toolkit.  We both now say “Smooth and Steady” to each other when she freezes or has extra trouble with tremors.  This phrase from the tape calms her and allows her to proceed with less disruption.  

She asked me to thank you, so here I am.  I would also like to add that you are never too old to learn some new tricks.

Henry M.

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