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Changing How We Introduce Guided Imagery to the Military

02 Jan

Hello again, and welcome to 2011!
 
One of the things we’ll be working on, right off the bat, in this new year, is to change the standard intro tracks we have on the imagery recordings that go to our servicemen, vets and military families.  We’re working with several terrific people - caregivers and end-users from all over our armed services - to create a lead-in that will deliver even more buy-in than what we’re currently getting.  Right now it’s still pretty dependent on whom it is that hands that CD or download over to the service person.  I’m very excited about this and all the help we’re getting with it, because the right intro could multiply the “adoption rate” among troops by a lot.  I’ll keep you posted on this.

This has become especially important because the more Dr. Jennifer Strauss analyzes her data, the clearer it becomes how useful her imagery protocol is to our traumatized wounded warriors.
 
The most recent thing she’s discovered is that there were significant drops in all three clusters of posttraumatic stress symptoms from listening to either the imagery or the music only (which is what the control group did) a minimum of a half hour a day, 5 days a week, for 8 weeks.  Thirty-six weeks later, the ‘music only’ subjects trended back towards their baseline levels of symptoms, but the imagery subjects maintained their treatment gains.  How cool is that??
 
We’ll be presenting these findings to the Defense Centers of Excellence this month; Cindy and Jerry will be hosting booths at several upcoming military health conferences;  and I’ll be speaking at a host of tri-service gatherings over the coming year, to try and get the word out about the supreme efficacy and utility of guided imagery for our wounded warriors, vets and families. There’s a new receptivity to guided imagery as never before, and we need to show up as much as we can.
 
So, yeah, I won’t be doing those spa weekend guided imagery retreats in the near future, people!!   Gotta focus on our military, where we can do some serious good where it’s badly needed.  If I must, I’ll even get used to being called “Ma’am”.  In my advanced years, I’ll try to learn the language, the acronyms and the distinctions in rank. To all this I say: Hoo-ah!!  Or is it Boo-yah??  Oo-rah??  Or Hoo-yah!  All of the above!

Take care, be well, and all best,

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