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May 26, 2008

23 May
Mayo Clinic Advances Guided Imagery Audios as Part of Their General Patient Care, Inside the Hospital and Outpatient Too

We tip our collective hats to the Mayo Clinic for doing so much to make guided imagery and other mind-body therapies part of general patient care in their health delivery system…
Hello again, Everyone.

I wanted to take a minute to acknowledge the Mayo Clinic for being such a strong advocate of guided imagery and other mind-body therapies. For patients needing some "high touch" in the high tech world of modern medicine, there''s no one better.

In spite of the fact that Mayo came on board with mind-body medicine relatively late in the game, when compared to other major medical institutions, they''ve sprinted far ahead of most in getting critical information and resources to their patients.

They''ve supported research on imagery, acupuncture and therapeutic massage, and even sent out press releases on the usefulness of these practices. A recent Mayo press release about the importance of guided imagery for help with sleep had a huge impact, generating interest across the United States and indeed a lot of the world. Even Franciscan Skemp, one of the many hospitals in their huge system, has its own guided imagery page.

surgerysleepOnce committed, Mayo was wholehearted about using imagery. Last year alone we had a tremendous number of orders and reorders of our CDs from Mayo - especially Successful Surgery, Healthful Sleep and Betty Mehling''s Magic Island. From the rate we’ve been replenishing their CD stocks, it’s abundantly clear how effective they’ve been in persuading patients to try them. And they’ve shown equal enthusiasm for massage therapy, music therapy, stress reduction classes, acupuncture, and much more. magic island

So hats off to you, Mayo, for not only wholeheartedly adopting these cutting edge therapies for your patients in such a system-wide way, but for being so effective and accomplished at it.

OK, take care and be well.
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