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October 27, 2003

27 Oct
very happy to announce that our Mastering Menopause imagery will be available as a special, custom-packaged freebie from the makers of Estroven, a popular, over-the-counter herbal remedy…
Hello, everyone.

I’m very happy to announce that our Mastering Menopause imagery will be available as a special, custom-packaged freebie from the makers of Estroven, a popular, over-the-counter herbal remedy for the symptoms of menopause. Before even considering doing business with these folks, we vetted the ingredients with Dr. Christiane Northrup, whose opinions on these matters (along with those of the one and only Andy Weil MD) I hold in high regard. She gave its ingredients an OK.

So we’re proud to tell you of another inroad that introduces the benefits of guided imagery to the general public, and it’s free (I think you have to send in a coupon and it arrives at your doorstep). We already know that there’s plenty of research to show that relaxation, meditation and imagery can improve the degree and frequency of hot flashes, even out moodiness and alleviate insomnia. (For instance, take a look at this abstract over at our Hot Research archives.

So we figure the combination of a little kava kava, soy, black cohosh, vitamin E, etc, along with our menopause-specific guided imagery, will be an awesome combination to ease annoying symptoms. The imagery, by the way, includes some strong images for emotional support and some great suggestions for appreciating the intelligence and beauty of the 50+ year old body - something this culture seems to be pretty stingy about doling out, in case you haven’t noticed.

Another inroad: an unprepossessing but very popular weekly magazine called Women’s World - you’ve probably seen it in your local supermarket - will be featuring our Weight Loss imagery in its mid-November issue. They approached us and asked us to round up "success stories" of women who lost weight using our guided imagery, which Rich Coleman did. Of all the folks that Rich submitted, they chose three. So we’re eager to see the story, and the beaming faces of our 3 HealthJourneys poster gals when this issue comes out. And because this magazine goes to 2 million readers each week (yeah, really! who knew?), we figure another sizeable dent will be made in the general consciousness about the benefits of guided imagery… and to people who perhaps would not have heard about it otherwise.

By the way, I’ve just spent some long overdue time in the studio, re-recording the introductions to our Relieve Headaches audios, so they can finally be CD-compatible. People have been asking us to please make these Headache CDs for a very long time. Now at least we’ll be good to go for our next double CD production run.

I’ve also been having a great time exploring some new yoga books and toys for kids and new moms. You’ll be seeing those on the website in the weeks to come. Great stuff! And wait ''til you see what we’ve added to our next catalog! I’m very excited about the excellent resources and awesome practitioners that will be joining us.

And finally, if you have something to add to the debate that’s going on about doing kids’ homework or reactions to the Persephone parallel (as in this week’s ASK BR), please add your 2 cents worth on our discussion page - everyone else is, and that’s what it’s there for.

OK, that’s it for now.
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