Saturday, March 13, 2010

How Your Brain Can Turn Anxiety into Calmness

Interesting lecture, given at the University of California, San Francisco. Rossman has a site called The Healing Mind, which seems to be a marketing effort as much as anything else. However, in all fairness, he is offering a complementary approach to the medical model, using the mind's own power over the power the body as an adjunct to healing - seems good to me.

Here is a blurb from his site:


Mind/Body medicine focuses on the interactions among the brain, mind, body, and behavior, and on the powerful ways in which emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and behavioral factors can directly affect health. It regards as fundamental an approach that respects and enhances each person's capacity for self-knowledge and self-care, and it emphasizes techniques that are grounded in this approach.

Dr. Rossman founded The Healing Mind in order to raise public and professional awareness about the power and effectiveness of high quality Mind/Body self-healing techniques. Renowned as a leading expert and pioneer in Mind/Body imagery, Dr. Rossman has taught clinical guided imagery to over 10,000 health professionals since 1982.

What is Guided Imagery?

Guided imagery is a Mind/Body technique that teaches you to use your imagination to reduce stress, relieve pain, change lifestyle habits, and stimulate healing responses in your body. It's a power that has been researched more than all other approaches to health combined, and it's complementary to all of them. It's safe, effective, inexpensive, and has side benefits instead of side effects! While you already have this power, you may have never been taught to use it.

The Healing Mind has developed a series of products, authored by Dr. Rossman and our team of experts, to help you manage many medical conditions and live healthier, fuller lives. Through these products you will learn to you to use your mind to deeply relax, find solutions to difficult problems, evoke healing responses in your body, and learn to listen to your body so you can better help it heal itself.

Listen now to Dr. Marty Rossman's description of guided imagery.

The site does offer a research summary in support of their approach - Download the Research PDF .

Anyway, here is the UCSF lecture.

Physician, author, speaker, researcher, and consultant Martin L. Rossman, MD, discusses how to use the power of the healing mind to reduce stress and anxiety, relieve pain, change lifestyle habits, and live with more wellness.

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