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January 8, 2007

05 Jan
New research shows us that imagery and music help reduce Parkinson’s symptoms .. And do check out our New Year Sale Pack Bonanzas, starting with our Building The New You Kit, for meeting new challenges and goals..
Greetings, everyone.

I’m eager to share some exciting new findings on the effectiveness of both guided imagery and active music therapy (as in choral singing, dancing, etc) for Parkinson’s Disease symptoms. Both last week and this week, we’ve posted new PD studies - last week from Israel and this week from Italy - in our Hot Research section. Both research abstracts show that simple, mind-body interventions improve symptoms over and above standard care - well over, in fact .. significantly over... They especially show that what’s called bradykinesia - slowness at initiating movements - and freezing during movement - improve markedly with a little help from the very unique sensory pathway stimulation that these interventions provide. Very exciting stuff!

The citations are here:

Tamir R, Dickstein R, Huberman M. Integration of motor imagery and physical practice in group treatment applied to subjects with Parkinson''s disease. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 2007 Mar; 21 (1): pages 68-75. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pacchetti C, Mancini F, Aglieri R, Fundaro C, Martignoni E, Nappi G. Active music therapy in Parkinson''s disease: an integrative method for motor and emotional rehabilitation. Psychosomatic Medicine. 2000 May-Jun; 62 (3): pages 386-93. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

On a different note, don’t forget to check out our New Year Sale Pack Bonanzas. The team at HJ has put together some terrific combinations to match the self-improvement ardor of the season. For instance, there’s our Building The New You Kit, to help with meeting new challenges and goals, featuring our bestselling Self-Confidence & Peak Performance imagery to increase self-esteem, confidence and focus; plus Martha Howard’s Keys to Your Highest Potential, an ingenius program to help remove all those perverse, self-imposed blocks to success we place in our own way; and of course, the extraordinary Emmett Miller’s Optimal Performance CD, designed to motivate and enhance performance well beyond expectations. This is a power-packed $49.93 value, sale priced at $39.95.

We’ve also got the very effective Power Sleep Pack for those of you whose insomnia followed you from 2006 into 2007. And let’s face it, if you you’re not getting good sleep, your mood, energy, mental acuity and eventually your health is at risk. What’s nice about imagery is how easily and naturally it works to help people fall asleep, stay asleep and sleep in a deeper and more restful way. I kid you not. We hear this feedback all the time. So check this out: Team HJ has combined our popular Healthful Sleep CD, a well-established, deep-sleep inducer; KRS Edstrom’s superb guided relaxation and imagery, Sleep Through Insomnia, designed to dissolve the barriers that keep sleep at bay; and a superbly crafted and comfortable Sweet Dreams Sleep Mask.. a $44.88 value priced now at $29.95.

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OK, that’s it for now. Take care and be well and enjoy!

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