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Preparing for Surgery: Guided Imagery Exercises for Relaxation and Accelerated Healing Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook

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Book Description

Martin Rossman, M.D., presents Preparing for Surgery, a series of simple yet effective imagery techniques proven to benefit patients with shorter hospital stays, fewer complications, less pain, and less bleeding after an opertation.

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Guided imagery has been recognized by the medical community since the early 1920’s as a successful adjunct to modern medical treatment. From cancer and pain management centers to sports performance programs and university medical schools, guided imagery is being incorporated into healing programs worldwide.
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Product Details

  • Series: Guided Self-Healing Practices
  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated; Abridged edition (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591791405
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591791409
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.8 x 4.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #468,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ADDED a few weeks after the surgery: I don't know how much to blame Rossman for this, but I am now "famous" at the hospital for my unbelievable pain tolerance. Truthfully, the pain wasn't nearly as bad as I expected. The main issue was getting them to believe me & reduce the narcotics so I could think!

Have been listening to this every night since I got it a week ago. Rossman's imagery is neutral & "nondenominational," which works for me. Rossman offers 3 separate sections for pre-surgery, day of, & healing after. I begin at presurgery when I go to bed at night & continue to listen to all 3 parts. Sometimes I wake up at points when Rossman suggests it, but not always.

Listening to "Preparing for Surgery" has made a difference already in how anxious I feel about the upcoming major surgery, which is extremely invasive & not optional. I expect it to be harder than the last time, when I was 20 years younger & quite fit. I was pretty scared about how hard it would be this time. Rossman helps.

I also tried Belleruth Naparstek's "Meditations to Promote Successful Surgery," which does not work for me. Naparstek's imagery on CD 1 is not compatible with my Buddhist beliefs. (Angels & "guardians"? Really?) Naparstek's CD 2 is music I do not care for.

If you're not an "angels" person, go with Rossman. You can make your own music playlist for during the surgery. I'm going to.
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I was facing henia repair sugery. When facing proceedures like this, I tend to have a fair amount of anxiety - the "what if" kind. Dr. Rossman takes you through a deep relaxation technique, and then focuses on the positive benefits of surgery. He talks the skill of your surgical team, and about your body and its healing mechanisms.

I got this CD thee weeks before my surgery and played it almost every day.

I had a much more positive attitude and greatly reduced anxiety. The operation went well, and I only needed two pain pills afterwards. I can't say enough good things about this CD!
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I used this cd for the month before surgery, day of surgery and recovery time. It helped me tremendously and I highly recommend it to anyone facing surgery or procedures of any kind. I think pre-op dept should be offering this cd to their patients.
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Being that this was my first major operation, I wanted it to go as smoothly as possible. I listened to the instructional CD as soon as I received it and followed the suggestions. Three days before my surgery I listened to the guided imagery and it helped me to relax and anticipate nothing would go wrong during or after the surgery.

The voice was very calming and the exercise was very easy to follow. It had me so relaxed I didn't need as much pain medication before or after.

I very much recomend these relaxation exercises to anyone who is contemplaing surgery.
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I found this CD very helpful. His voice is very soothing & his visualization methods worked for me very well. I listened to it for about a week before surgery and plan to share it with any friends or family who will be going through surgery. I am myself, a certified clinical hypnotherapist and thought this CD was extremely helpful & highly recommend it.
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Preparing for Surgery is a meditation for relaxing but it is my impression that it does not go beyond relaxation to prevent and clear fears about surgery.

Here are some of the statements in Track 3, preparing for a successful surgery. Track 4 for your day of surgery is very similar.
Let yourself begin to relax in your own way. Let your breathing get a little deeper and fuller but still comfortable and with every breath in notice that you bring in fresh air, fresh oxygen, fresh energy that fuels your body. And with every breath out imagine that you can release a little bit of tension, a bit of discomfort, or a bit of worry.... And notice the intelligence that’s there in your feet and notice what happens when you silently invite your feet to relax.. Invite the intelligence of the low back, pelvis, hip, and genital area to release and relax... And to go deeper imagine that you go inside to a very special place, a very beautiful place where you feel comfortable and relaxed yet very aware.... What time of day does it seem to be there?... Allow yourself to become aware of anything here that feels especially healing to you. It may lead to beauty.... And simply relax and know that while you relax in this place your body's natural healing systems can operate at their highest efficiency without distraction and without needing to be told what to do. The same build-in abilities to heal wounds, to repair injuries, to eliminate infections, and to destroy cancer cells that have been with you all your life can now function at full capacity without any diversion of your precious energy... Imagine the procedure going beautifully and that you recover rapidly and completely....
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I purchased this for myself a little over a year ago and was amazed at the level at which my anxiety dropped going into surgery and during my healing process!! I purchased this recently to give to my sister in law as she faced a major surgery. She was stunned and amazed at her decrease in anxiety,fear and dread. She was told by numerous friends as well as her therapist, and medical professionals that she seemed "unusually calm" with the surgery date just a short time away!!! I might add, she is one of the most high strung and anxiety ridden people I know and just to hear the calm in her voice made me realize this was the best gift I could have possibly given her!!! Her surgery was successful and she continues to listen to the cd during her healing!!!
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