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Archive for November, 2010

Free Talk – The Magic of Imagery (with Cancer) Greenbrae, CA

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 5:30-7pm Marin Cancer Institute, 1350 South Eliseo, Greenbrae, California 94904

The Magic of Imagery
with Kathleen Colloton, RN and Susan Ezra, RN

Susan Ezra, RN

This is the last in a series of talks offered by Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, California in the Integrative Oncology Speakers Series. The theme is The Power of the Imagination for Health and Healing.

The series covers integrative modalities. The talks help the patient choose an integrative therapy and practitioner for support during treatment and beyond into Survivorship.

To reserve your place, please call 925-7787

Everyone is welcome. Please pass the word on to any of your patients or clients. Click to download the information on The Magic of Imagery with Cancer.

Best regards,

Susan Ezra
(415) 925-6327

Belleruth Naparstek Rants about Military One Source

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

We are pleased to honor Belleruth Neparstek as Imagery International’s Imagery Person of the Year for 2009.  One of our reasons is her work to support our soldiers and veterans. This is her latest complaint about her inability to cut through the barriers on the government side and provide cost effective support to recovery from trauma.

New Rant to Military One Source: Dude, Your People Love Our Stuff! (Why Not Make It Easier?)

Hello again,

Belleruth Naparstek

I can’t tell you how many times we’re asked by people who work with the military, “How come your stuff isn’t available through Military One Source??”.

We get asked this by active troops and their families; by social workers and chaplains on bases; by docs at military hospitals; by mental health and health professionals who work with the various Transitioning Warrior and Wounded Warrior programs; and by staff at crisis call centers set up for returning warfighters.

And the irony is that while some heavy hitter DoD people – at DICoE and NICoE, at Walter Reed and Bethesda Naval Hospital – ask this question, too, it appears that the hold-up is somewhere in the bowels of the very same DoD that hosts these institutions – lost in some bureaucratic hell perhaps?

It makes us crazy.

To read the rest of her story click here.

Let us know what can we do to reach soldiers in need?

Leslie Davenport on Guided Imagery in Hospitals

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Creating and Sustaining Hospital Based Imagery Programs
by Leslie Davenport, MFT

Leslie Davenport, MFT

Healthcare is in need of healing — as is the environment, food production, finances, and education.  We human beings, with our evolving minds and emotions, have such a marvelous capacity for inventiveness. Yet it is tragically easy to recognize that most of our systems are radically out of balance.

Part of the reason we careen down these dangerous paths is that most of us are not using our whole brains as we navigate decisions. As guided imagery enthusiasts and advocates, you are well aware that the area of human perception where images arise is underutilized and undervalued in our culture. Many of the subtle, intuitive, and soulful aspects of life which would provide life-affirming balance within our institutions are blind to the analytical lens we see through so much of the time.

The benefits of guided imagery in a hospital setting are multilayered, because imagery is not only powerful in helping people heal, but also in transforming healthcare.  Patients who are introduced to imagery experiences in the hospital are awakened to their natural but dormant imaginative domains. Becoming empowered through imagery goes home with them, and some people are intrigued enough to continue developing imagery skills for a range of life experiences beyond their medical concerns. In this way, imagery grows organically into their lives, and the excitement of this valuable discovery often spills over to their work, and circle of family and friends. Physicians and other hospitals staff also become educated to the power of imagery as patients spontaneously report the benefits of their sessions, such as reduced side effects, deceased anxiety and overcoming insomnia.

We are fortunate that the guided imagery services, which are part of the Institute for Health and Healing, are well integrated into all medical units at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. A team of twenty-four imagery practitioners provide imagery sessions in maternity, pediatrics, oncology, cardiology, transplant, surgery, palliative care and hospice. The imagery practitioners also participate in medical rounds, provide staff in-services, and facilitate imagery-based community support groups.

I began offering guided imagery in a hospital in 1989, and have since launched imagery programs at five hospitals. I would love to see more of these kinds of programs take root, and am excited to share what I have learned over the last twenty years.

You can visit the Institute for Health and Healing website to learn more about the Guided Imagery/Expressive Arts certification program. A student in the program has written about her experience here.

Imperial Thomson Innovative Wellness – November

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Maureen Imperial and Janine Thomson share more than their hypnosis practice called Imperial Thomson Innovative Wellness. They are also mother and daughter. Although they work individually with clients, they both are united in the belief that each individual they see for hypnosis should be treated with kindness, respect and compassion.  Their goal is to empower each client by giving them the tolls needed to make positive lasting change.

They were keynote speakers at Imagery International’s 2010 conference. What a dynamic duo!

November workshops offered by Imperial Thomson Innovative Wellness in the Long Island, New York area:

Maureen Imperial

Meditation with Maureen

This meditation circle we will explore different sounds and vibrations you can use with your meditation. This will also help you choose specific meditation mantras to use on your own.

When: Tuesday November 16 @ 7:00pm
Where: Step Into Wellness – Bellport Village, NY

Instructor: Maureen Imperial
Email if you want to attend.

Janine Thomson

Incorporating EFT and Reiki

Combining  Reiki and EFT offers amazing work that can be done either assisting others or doing self-work.

When: Sunday November 21, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Where Step Into Wellness, 10 Station Court, Bellport Village, NY

Introduction To EFT

Where: Truth Seeker Meeting – Patchogue
When: Friday November 19th,  7:00 – 9:00pm

Instructor: Janine Thomson EFT adv.
Email me for more information

Maureen and Janine practice in Long Island, New York.  If you live near them check their website for upcoming events and subscribe to their newsletter