Traci Steinís New CDs on Creating Positive Change Now in the Warehouse! | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 21 April 2014

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Well, weíve got good news for all of you who pre-ordered Traci Steinís new recording for Creating Positive Change- itís in the warehouse now!  

This is yet another terrific hypnosis/guided imagery audio by Traci - this one to help people get unstuck from old patterns and ingrained behaviors that maybe once served some purpose, but are no longer functional.  And who doesnít need help with that??

When Bruce Gigax, our awesome sound engineer, played the finished mix, I knew we had another winning resource on the way.  Everything about it sounded just terrific.
Traciís other titles have been extremely popular, so weíve got no reason to think that this one wonít be flying out of here too.  It has a superb, psychologically sophisticated, emotionally attuned narrative, embedded in Traciís highly skilled hypnotic technique, and her voice is just wonderful for this kind of immersive listening.   So check out the sound sample, here.

Yoga Helps Fibromyalgia Patients with Pain, Fatigue, Depression & Quality of Life | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 21 April 2014

Researchers from the Department of Internal and Integrative Medicine, University of Duisburg-Essen in Essen, Germany, performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of the effectiveness of meditative movement therapies or MMT (Qigong, Tai Chi and Yoga) for fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS).

Data bases were screened for randomized, controlled trials that compared MMT to controls with FMS. Outcomes of efficacy were for pain, sleep, fatigue, depression and health-related quality of life (HRQOL).

A total of 7 out of 117 studies with 362 subjects and a median of 12 sessions (range 8-24) were included.

What Can Imagery or Music Do for Alzheimerís? | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 21 April 2014

Dear BR,

I work with patients with Alzheimerís and other types of dementia.  What can you say about using guided imagery with them?  And what kind of music do you think is best?

Joan D.


Dear Joan,

Alzheimer's patients and people with dementia tend to do well with guided imagery Ė any right brain practice, really - because itís apprehended in parts of the brain that are still responsive and receptive to it. 

Even if the person isnít able to track the meaning of the words and phrases, they still will pick up on the music, voice tone, pacing, emotional content and sensory feel of the experience Ė the flavor, so to speak.  So the imagery is very good for soothing agitation, calming upset or anger, and uplifting depression.  So is massage, and so is music by itself.

Imagery Offers Respite from Pain, Distress Following Thyroid Surgery | Print |  E-mail
Sunday, 20 April 2014

A woman is shocked to learn that her ďbenignĒ lump is a stage two cancerous thyroid gland, and endures the added distress of hypothyroidism while she undergoes treatment.

But imagery helps her enormously.  Here are her own words:

ďHi -- a little more than a year ago, I was wheeled into surgery for what we all thought was a routine removal of a benign lump on my thyroid. But when I came out of that surgery, it was without a thyroid and with the designation "cancer survivor,"

That "benign" lump was actually a malignant tumor, stage two. The shock of that, not to mention the severe hypothyroidism I had to endure during treatment in the weeks following the surgery was miserable.   I'd never been so tired or in so much pain in my life.   

A friend recommended the "cancer pack" and the vivid imageries, visualizations and guided meditations helped enormously.

For periods after listening to the program, I had enough energy to function and was even able to keep a positive outlook (for the most part) throughout the process.

Thank you for the wonderful program -- I'm going to order the relaxation programs shortly to deal with excess stress in my life.   God bless.

Virginia P.
Must We Pay So Much Attention to Terrorists and Mass Murderers? | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Hello again.  Some of you may have read how Adrianne Haslet-Davis, the dancer who lost part of one leg in the Boston Marathon bombings, walked off the set of Meet the Press just before the show aired, because producers reneged on their promise to not mention the bombersí names.
Good for her for having the wit and guts to walk away when they went back on their word.  Most people are thrown for a loop when the rug is pulled out from under them, just before airing, and donít know what to do.

But more to the point, I think she has a winning idea, something Iíve been thinking about a lot lately. Itís kind of obvious, so perhaps youíve thought of it too.

When we show pictures of terrorists and shooters on TV, when their names are all over the media, and when we hear about their backgrounds in a reporterís attempt to figure out their motives, doesnít it encourage others to seek the same perverse form of Ďgloryí?  Arenít we just inspiring more of the same?

Mindfulness Beats Expressive-Supportive Tx with Stressed-Out Cancer Patients | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Researchers from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, compared the effectiveness of 2 evidence-based group interventions to help stressed breast cancer survivors cope - mindfulness-based cancer recovery (MBCR) and classic, supportive-expressive group therapy (SET).
This multisite, randomized controlled trial assigned 271 distressed survivors of stage I - III breast cancer to one of the two group interventions or a 1-day stress management control condition.

MBCR focused on training in mindfulness meditation and gentle yoga, whereas SET focused on emotional expression and group support. Both intervention groups included 18 hours of professional contact.

Measures were collected at baseline and post-intervention by blinded assessors. Primary outcome measures were mood and diurnal salivary cortisol slopes. Secondary outcomes were stress symptoms, quality of life and social support.

How Can She Control Her Own Overly Aggressive Social Behavior? | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 15 April 2014


Dear BR,

I feel the opposite of the person who avoids rejection by avoiding people. I think I'm TOO outgoing and turn off people by being too in the middle of everything. How can I balance my social need with more subtle behavior? Iím in my forties.


Amazing Mom Caregiving a Brain-Injured Son | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 15 April 2014

We got this exquisite, heroic message a few years ago, in response to my email request for input when I was writing the Caregiver Stress imagery a few years ago.  

I recently came across it and again marveled at the beauty, wisdom, self-awareness and courage of this rock star of a mother Ė itís an essential manual for anyone facing similar, heartbreaking circumstances.  

She helped me enormously with writing the narrative I eventually recorded, but more importantly, sheís just such a dazzling role model, who offers such excellent advice, even though sheís not trying to give it.

Guided Imagery Gets Its Due in American Journal of Nursing | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 08 April 2014

Hello, everyone.  

Well, the bodacious Traci Steinís new audio on Creating Positive Change is now available as a download.  The hard copies will be ready in a couple more weeks.

Do check it out if youíre feeling stuck in a habituated response or behavior that you seriously want to kiss goodbye. This is a really wonderful recording, and it can make all the difference in your quest for self-improvement and change.  

Itís got three tracks.  The Awake Track is straight-up self-hypnosis and imagery that encourages change through profound relaxation, imagining completed goals, and a heart-felt sense of well-being.  The Sleep Track fosters lasting change during deep, restorative sleep. And thereís a third bonus track that delivers potent Affirmations to bolster the entire process.  

You can check out a sound sample here.

On another note, I was really happy to see a lead article by Sylvia Foley in the online version of the American Journal of Nursing Ė it was on how guided imagery can be used to help kids with sickle cell disease cope with pain. 

Comparing Hypnosis, Meditation, Neurofeedback for Spinal Cord Injury Pain | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 08 April 2014

Researchers from the Department of Rehab Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle evaluated the effects of a single session of four non-pharmacological pain interventions, relative to a sham procedure, on pain and electroencephalogram- (EEG-) assessed brain oscillation, in order to determine the extent to which intervention-related changes in perceived pain intensity are associated with changes in brain oscillations.

Thirty individuals with spinal cord injury and chronic pain were given an EEG and were tested for pain before and after five different procedures (hypnosis, meditation, transcranial direct current stimulation [tDCS], neurofeedback, and a control sham tDCS procedure).

Each procedure was associated with a different pattern of changes in brain activity, and all active procedures were significantly different from the control procedure in at least three bandwidths.

How to Make a Living at Public Speaking and Change Lives for the Good | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 08 April 2014

Dear Belleruth,

I want to make a living at public speaking.  I am interested in the wholistic field and have a natural presence in front of an audience.   I feel that I could influence people in a positive manor.  I want to help change lives like you do.  What do you suggest?


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