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Archive for April, 2011

Podcast April 2011: Susan Ezra, RN, HNC

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Imagery and It’s applications – is an interview with Susan Ezra, RN, HNC by Juliet Rohde-Brown, PhD on Juliet’s radio program Emotional

Susan Ezra, RN, HNC

Ezra talks about her  extensive experience working with Integrative Imagery – a client centered approach to working with symptoms.  She says that through this process patients find out what healing resides inside.

To hear the podcast click here.

Susan is a co-director with Terry Reed, RN, MS, HNC of Beyond Ordinary Nursing. They founded the training program with a deep desire to share the gift of imagery with the world.   They also wrote a book titled “Guided Imagery and Beyond: Stories of Healing and Transformation



Breakthroughs in Mind-Body Research

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Breakthroughs in Mind-Body ResearchAn Interview with Ernest Rossi, PhD by Rebecca Aponte on excerpted here:

Ernest Rossi, PhD

Rebecca Aponte: As students of psychology and psychotherapy, we think and read and talk a lot about the mind—perception and memory, identity, and cognition. Can you convince me that it’s important in psychotherapy to think about the body?

Ernest Rossi: You say you want me to talk about the importance of the body? Wow. About time somebody asked. Well, ours is a fantastic generation. We’ve discovered what the mind-body connection is really all about. This comes from the middle 1990′s—neuroscience found that experiences of novelty, enrichment, exercise, both mental and physical, turn on activity-dependent gene expression, and that turns on brain plasticity, modulates the immune system, and activates stem cells throughout the body. And we’ve just completed a study, published last year for the first time—we used DNA microarrays to evaluate therapeutic hypnosis in psychotherapy. For the first time, we’ve established that therapeutic hypnosis in psychotherapy does change gene expression—specifically activity-dependent or experience-dependent gene expression.

Aponte: What are DNA microarrays?

Ernest Rossi: DNA microarrays are a new genomic technique of measuring in a single test with a few drops of blood (or other body fluids) all the genes that are being expressed in a moment of time. Our Italian-American team was the first to use DNA microarrays to determine a “molecular-genomic signature” (something like a genetic fingerprint) of therapeutic hypnosis. Other researchers have also used DNA microarrays and found that meditation, music, and Qi Gong can also turn on experience-dependent gene expression.

Click the link to read the complete interview with Ernest Rossi on Mind/Body Therapy.


“Welcome to the Team” – Shantha Sri

Monday, April 11th, 2011

As our association grows and integrates new members who offer new ideas, we are enlivened and inspired.  Today we are delighted to introduce the creator of Imagery International’s signature music “ Welcome to the Team – Australia based Shantha Sri – Healing Music Artist:

Shantha Sri

Shantha Sri is a Buddhist yogi and sound healing music artist dedicated to creating specially designed music soundscapes that resonate with the subtle energy centers of the mind and body. He draws from the inspirations of Ayurveda, Dharma, and nature to create music that brings peace and tranquility to the listener. Using various world instruments to produce resonant tonal frequencies and sparse cycling melodies, Shantha Sri’s music assists listeners in finding peace within themselves and oneness with the universe by stimulating the mind toward higher states of conscious mindfulness and concentration.


He produces specialty soundscapes for yoga, meditation, spiritual focusing, relaxation, spa and natural therapies, massage, and sleep therapy, as well as self-help guided visualization programs with healing collaborator, California-based integrative clinical psychologist Dr. Juliet Rohde-Brown.


About Guided Imagery

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Guided Imagery defined

Dr. Jeanne Achterberg, a leader in imagery exploration and application, refers to imagery as “the thought process that invokes and uses the senses: vision, audition, smell, taste, the senses of movement, position and touch. It is the communication between perception, emotion, and bodily change.” Guided Imagery can evoke change through the senses both physical and imagined by skillful guidance.

Guided Imagery Experienced

A definition does not capture the experience of working with a trained Guided Imagery practitioner.  And most people who have not had experience with this approach want to know about research on efficacy of Guided Imagery for changing symptoms, behavior before deciding to try it out.  Imagery International’s professionals have written about their work over the years and through articles in Imagery International’s newsletter – ImagiNews –  discuss how they have incorporated their Guided Imagery training into their practices.

Our membership is comprised of diverse licensed and certified professionals who show how this work is useful to virtually all types of work.

To see these articles that range from relevant research citations to treatment of symptoms and behavioral problems visit our About Guided Imagery page.

All types of professionals are not represented here.  We will be adding information as articles are submitted.