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Tips To Keep Your Brain Sharp; Mixing Imagery & Massage...

09 Aug

Hello again.

Thanks to everyone for the honest, thoughtful, intelligent, nuanced debate about active troops using guided imagery downrange on last week’s update page.  I felt privileged and grateful to be part of it.

In the meantime, there’s a very compelling piece in Veterans Today by Bruce Levine about the Army’s training its soldiers in Positive Psychology. I wrote something similar for Huffington Post, but he says it better.  It’s here.

If you look at this week’s Q and A page, you’ll see a request for me to come up with some less ‘touchy-feely’ imagery for traumatized police officers.  There is, in fact, a certain percentage of first responders - police, firefighters, EMT’s, etc -  who would prefer a meditative exercise on their audio players that was less emotionally evocative than most of our imagery.  Same thing goes for some of our servicemen and women, along with newly minted vets (not so much the seasoned ones - they’re mostly fine with the imagery we have).  I’d love to know what you think about this.  And what you think should be on such an audio if we were to make it.
 
Have you ever tried combining imagery with massage?  It’s a very effective, synergistic combination that’s worth trying.  I ran across this article offering five tips on how to combine guided imagery with massage therapy.  Click here to see what licensed acupuncturist Nicole Cutler has to say about this.

And finally, if, like me, you’re noticing a little slippage in the old memory dept, Mehmet Oz has some solid tips on how to keep your weary, aging brain sharp over here.
 
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