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June 7, 2004

07 Jun
Well, my new book, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal, scheduled for an August 31st release, can be pre-ordered from us as a personalized, autographed copy..
Hello again.

This week, I’m very happy to report on some new research out of Australia that demonstrates how imagery solves a problem for some pain patients, while at the same time showing the world that imagining doing something in many ways can deliver the same benefits as actually doing something.

The subjects in the study - people suffering from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS1) - typically have trouble doing exercises to activate the cortical networks in the brain that serve their impaired limbs, because motor activity generates such intense pain. So the investigators wondered if these networks could be activated by just having people imagining limb movement, and if under these conditions, they could still get benefit.

Well, sure enough, imagining limb movement resulted in reduced swelling and pain and in fact allowed the subjects to go on to perform actual motor activity with much greater success. In other words, brain changes from imagining movement produced the desired benefits, but without the downside of the pain produced from real movement. This is very much in line with several other recent studies in the field of rehab, showing that imagining gets the job done. Very exciting stuff! You can find the abstract on this week’s Hot Research page.

Another study I’m less excited about got addressed this week in our Ask BR feature. Building bigger breasts with guided imagery?? I don’t think so.. But if you want the complete rant, click here .

Don’t forget to check out our ever-changing new stuff page and take a look at what we’ve added. You’ll also see that my new book, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal scheduled for an August 31st ship date, is posted there as well. I’m told that if you pre-order the book from us, the gang in Akron will arrange it so you’ll have an autographed copy - something Amazon can’t provide!

OK, take care and 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