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April 23, 2007

18 Apr
We’ll be all over Israel starting next week, presenting and demonstrating the benefits of guided imagery to clinicians working with PTSD there, from north to south and east to west..
Hello, everyone.

I’m getting ready to do a considerable amount of PTSD training in Israel in early May. Fania Chazen, our gifted translator/narrator on our Hebrew version of Relaxation & Wellness will be co-facilitating. We will be presenting to staff from the Israel Trauma Coalition in the north, (Kiryat Shmoneh), where so many were bombed, evacuated and traumatized; also at the Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma in Jerusalem; and at NATAL in Tel Aviv. We’ll also be meeting individually with many PTSD clinicians. They have a lot of work to do! Aside from all the bombings, the most common cause of PTSD in Israel is from auto collisions - the driving no doubt being another indicator of how stressed people are there.

In addition, we’ll be introducing guided imagery to the ISHA program, a women’s empowerment initiative, involving many ingenious, community-based programs, focused around health and mental health for Israeli, Arab, Bedouin, Druse and Ethiopean women. To this end, we’ll be bringing along scores of our Hebrew CDs to dispense. We’re pretty pumped about it.

I also want to call your attention to the Hot Research abstract for this week, courtesy of the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. What this research shows is very important, with potentially huge practical implications - that a relaxation & imagery program, dispensed to chemo patients via audio and video resources, produced the same effect sizes as the same material given out by a live counselor. It supports the idea that you can hand out relatively inexpensive, portable, self-administered imagery materials to people and they can get the same help from them as from a therapist - outcomes we’ve also been finding to be true in our PTSD study of veterans at the Durham V.A. Medical Center. This becomes really relevant when we talk about dispensing guided imagery to soldiers via iPods and MP3 players - lots of promising possibilities there!

If you have a minute, do check out our brand new Stress Less Spa at Home Kit - a terrific gift, for yourself or somebody else, at home, on the road or anywhere else. It’s got high-end lotion, mineral bath salts, bath and body oil, an aromatherapy candle (all in lovely, calming blends of lavender, chamomile and sage), plus a wooden massager, all in a very endearing little portable, see-through bag. And the price is definitely right - $20 - for this terrific little kit.

OK, that’s it for now. Be well!

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