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New Imagery for Interstitial Cystitis, Pelvic Pain

05 Jul

Well, after years of getting requests for imagery for interstitial cystitis, pelvic pain and vulvodynia, I’m happy to say we’ve now got some research-vetted imagery in the warehouse, by Beaumont Hospital’s nurse practitioner Donna Carrico and narrated by hypnotherapist, Gail Elliott Evo.

The imagery is simple but solid and targeted, focusing mainly on healing the bladder, relaxing the pelvic-floor muscles, and quieting the nerves specifically involved in IC and other kinds of pelvic difficulties. The narrator has a nice, trustworthy voice and the music works well too.

The CD, called Guided Imagery for Relaxation in Women with Pelvic Pain or Interstitial Cystitis, has two tracks: the first is 20 minutes of breathing exercises and the second is more traditionally hypnotic relaxation focused on the pelvic area. The CD that’s entitled Guided Imagery to Enhance Healing for Women with Pelvic Pain, Interstitial Cystitis or Vulvodynia, has a first track that’s 18 minutes of restful relaxation, followed by a second track of 25 minutes of more traditional hypnosis relaxation, using a beach theme.
We didn’t find enough of a difference between the 2CDs to warrant selling them separately, and felt that doing so might generate confusion, so we’re bundling the 4 guided mediations together at what we hope you’ll agree is a reasonable cost.  It was the first title that was tested in the research with IC patients and which was found so helpful in reducing symptoms of pain and urinary frequency, but I suspect the second title would have yielded equally strong results.

And speaking of women’s bodies, the bodacious Christiane Northrup has just come out with a revised version of her groundbreaking blockbuster, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, this time focusing more on wellness and how to flourish in a female body, as opposed to just looking at how to avoid or treat disease.
In her own words, “When I wrote the first edition of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, which came out in 1994, the book was based on my many years as an OB/GYN physician. I had seen up close and personal everything that could go wrong with the female body. Because the body is so highly influenced by our beliefs, I knew that I had to introduce an entirely new way of viewing the female body if women’s experiences were to change.”

You can find this new, improved version of a venerated classic here.

Okay, that’s it for now.  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