Long before most clinicians understood the value of guided meditation and imagery, Belleruth Naparstek was creating a series of cassettes designed to help patients cope with disease and medical procedures including chemotherapy.
Twenty-six years later, her methodologies are in place internationally and in use at University Hospitals, Kaiser Permanente and more. Clinicians have discovered that her imagery techniques have resulted in lower use of pain medications, fewer anxious patients, lower blood loss and shorter hospital stays.
In fact, evidence-based results gleaned from medical, psychological and patient-based research, indicates that the materials created by her company, Health Journeys, effectively focuses on symptoms and the cause of illnesses. (Free downloads on the Kaiser Permanente website are available to its members. Eighty-four tapes have been published. Health Journeys also distributes tapes created by other companies with similar/compatible ideologies.)
Health Journeys will be relocating to the third floor of Building 44 in August. “We had heard from a happy tenant that the people leasing here are terrific, the management is responsive and that it’s a synergistic community,” Naparstek says. “The space is gorgeous. We can’t believe how pretty it is…and with a view of the Lake. We have been treated like a gigundo client, even though we’re not. It seems that’s the way everyone is treated at Tyler. We just love it.”