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April 21, 2008

14 Apr
Kaiser Permanente Offers Free Guided Imagery Downloads to Members Nationwide

We salute Kaiser Permanente for offering free guided imagery downloads to all its members nationwide, through their website, by way of their doc’s web page..
We salute Kaiser Permanente for offering free guided imagery downloads to all its members nationwide. You gotta hand it to them, these Kaiser folks are consistently forward-thinking. Way back in 1989, it was Kaiser who became the first major healthcare institution to give guided imagery a shot on a broad scale, when they distributed our audios to HMO members facing surgery, right here in Northeast Ohio. In those days, that meant listening to quaint cassettes through sterilized headsets.

Sleep Now, here they are, breaking new ground again, by introducing online, digitized downloads on their website. Members go to their doc’s web page or a pod cast page, and access any of seven digitized guided imagery recordings: Healthful Sleep, Ease Pain, Pregnancy & Childbirth, Successful Surgery, pregnancy Mastering Menopause, Weight Loss, and Relieve Stress. It’s a great way for them to serve their members with something special, helpful and user-friendly and do some cool preventive medicine and health education at the same time. And for them, the beautiful part is, it’s not difficult or expensive for them to do, and it yields great promise for maintaining wellness in their members. It all began with holistic health giants, David Sobel MD, and Harley Goldberg DO getting behind it, after our plucky hero, nurse anesthetist Brad Larsen RN, finished his imagery pilot study with surgery patients at Santa Rosa Hospital. surgery

We get more and more queries about how to offer something downloadable like this, from hospitals, insurance carriers, HMO’s, Employee Assistance Programs, as well as colleges and universities. No question: pretty soon CDs will be going the way of cassettes, and all we’ll have is stuff coming to us through the air.


Do check out our Sports Performance Optimization Pack for a wonderful combination of resources at a dazzling $20 off list price. This kit combines some truly awesome resources, just in time to make spring training maximally effective for your favorite jock.

Headlining the 4 CDs is a brand, new title from those two master-coaches, Linda LeClaire and Bryce Young. Their audio program, From Anger to Athletic Excellence addresses and transforms the frustration and disempowerment that athletes feel when they hit a slump and get stuck in their own fear of failing. It’s a terrific CD that reflects their tremendous experience and understanding of what goes through an athlete’s head. In addition, we’ve got Emmett Miller’s Optimal Performance, which has been a favorite of professional athletes for years; David Illig’s Peak Performance Sports, which uses the extraordinarily effective hypnotic approach of Milton Erikson, with all its brilliance and subtlety; and Martha Howard’s powerful synthesis of imagery, hypnosis and affirmations, on her excellent Keys to Your Highest Potential CD.

I don’t know about you, but I’m very happy to see those jonquils again.
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