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02 Jan

Hello all, and Season’s Greetings!

If you’re like me, this time of year may be when you more “formally” think about what you want to change in your life. But really, any time of year can be a good time for self-reflection, deciding what works for you, and what to finally toss, whether figuratively or quite literally!

Some of us may be contemplating a more significant shift – such as deciding whether to stay in a relationship, change careers, return to school, or move across country. Or, our primary goal may involve a habit change, such as eating better, moving more, quitting smoking, or leaving nail biting behind.  As you know, contemplating any sort of change can feel stressful, but there’s a lot you can do to remain calmer and more optimistic, and achieve those goals that are important to you. (Remember, there are probably very good reasons why you’ve set such goals in the first place!) Whether your goal is large or small, the steps below can help get and keep you on track, while remaining sane during the process.

26 Dec

Happy New YearWe thank you for all your loyalty, support and encouragement, and we wish you the very best in 2017!!!

From all of us...
Belleruth, George, Cindy, Cheryl, Elizabeth, Maggie, David, Bruce, Reed, Walter, Jon, Mike, Steve and Todd

19 Dec

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12 Dec

Hey, folks!

Just a reminder that any gifts that require ground shipping need to be ordered by Monday, December 19th to ensure they arrive before Christmas or Chanukah (both Christmas Eve and the first night of Chanukah begin on December 24th this year).

Now I want to talk a little bit about the advantages of using guided imagery for either chronic or acute pain. 

With all the sudden nationwide concern about the escalating addiction to opioids, I thought it a good time to remind people that guided imagery is a safe, effective alternative to popping meds, or, at the very least, it can help reduce their intake.

04 Dec

Hello there.

Here in Northeast Ohio, ‘winter depression’ actually starts around Hallowe’en. In fact, when I was a practicing therapist, no matter where I lived – Chicago, Boston, Washington DC or Cleveland - the phone calls for appointments always ramped up that first week in November, and stayed intense and plentiful like that for weeks. Sometimes the calls were from new people; sometimes from ex-clients feeling the need for a tune-up. But always, it was this time of year when the phone rang off the hook.

28 Nov

So, Thanksgiving has come and gone. Here’s hoping that went well.

(This is my best impression of my hero, Julia Childs, draping her very tall body over the counter top and grinning dementedly as she presents us with her latest production from the oven. I loved watching her from my treadmill at the gym!)

But now it’s time for the sometimes joyful, sometimes pesky (ever so rarely neutral) task of gift giving for the winter holidays.

Now, I’m here to say with all sincerity, we can make this job easier for you. Team HJ has assembled some awesome holiday gift sets that will make daily living a lot pleasanter for your peeps.

21 Nov

Hello again and hooray! It’s soon to be Thanksgiving, my all-time favorite holiday. 

I love the way the whole house smells delicious, and family and friends can kind of laze around and watch football and keep going back to the fridge to eat more, sharing juicy bits of personal information between bites, at their leisure.   

To me, there’s something very permissive and forgiving about Thanksgiving… maybe because it’s not a religious holiday, so whatever inherent tensions, guilt, divisions, crankiness or resentment that are normally embedded in those issues just aren’t evoked.

14 Nov

We’ve been hearing from a lot of distraught, anxious, disheartened people this past week, asking what they can listen to, to help them stabilize their mood and reconnect with their own inner strength.

I’m still wrapping my mind around all of this, so I have nothing illuminating to say. But I can suggest some audio resources with some conviction.

I’ve listed some guided imagery and meditation suggestions, to give yourself or someone in your life in need of some extra support.  If you already use some of these, you might want to try something fresh and new. Feel free to browse our catalog for new finds, too.

07 Nov

Hello, there. 

We often get asked for the best way to listen to our sleep imagery at bedtime, without waking up a spouse or partner.  This usually means ear phones, but most people complain that headphones and ear buds are too uncomfortable, and get in the way of sleep.  

I never felt I had a really good option for an answer, but I recently learned of a whole new industry that has suddenly sprung up like mushrooms after a spring rain – comfy, adjustable head bands with thin, flat headphones sewn into them. Of course!

They all get strong reviews and the pricing ranges from $10-$25.

31 Oct

Hello again. 

I just discovered as I was reading a study from the University of Michigan School of Nursing, published in 2013, that the intervention it tested was our Healthful Sleep audio. Go figure! 

We’ll post the results on this week’s Hot Research page, showing that it helped post-cardiac surgery patients sleep better in the challenging ICU environment, and helped reduce post-op inflammation, as compared with usual treatment. 

I was delighted to see this, but it occurred to me that this was the third study that I’d discovered in recent months that used our imagery – each time a complete surprise to me.

That’s perfectly within any investigator’s rights – our audios are commercially available, and people can do what they want with them.