Pain and insomnia are two of the most common complaints heard by healthcare professionals. Research has shown that guided imagery, especially when blended with deep relaxation, is a very effective solution for providing relief for these conditions. The class will cover understanding the ways stress and emotional upset amplify pain signals and impair sleep. A variety of imagery approaches will be taught including exploring and dialoguing with symptoms, creating an internal sleep dome, glove anesthesia, and the “internal pharmacy.” Distinctions will be made between working with chronic vs. acute pain. The format will include lecture, demonstration, and observed practice. The course will be half lecture, and half experiential.
Leslie Davenport, MFT, is a pioneer in bringing guided imagery to psychotherapy and integrative medicine. She founded the Humanities Program at Marin General Hospital, which became the Institute for Health and Healing. She is clinical faculty at the California Pacific Medical Center and is the author of Healing and Transformation through Self-Guided Imagery. She is on the advisory board at Five Branches University’s Mind-Body Department.
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Five Branches University Mind-Body Department
Five Branches University, Graduate School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, aims to provide a professional medical education in the art, science and practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine through classroom courses and clinical training. Our programs emphasize traditional Chinese medical theory and diagnosis, acupuncture, herbology, and Western medicine as applied to integrated healthcare. Providing a community of learning and TCM healthcare, Five Branches University is dedicated to making the views and methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine a part of world medicine.
The Five Branches University Extension Department offers valuable opportunities for lifelong learning, including certificate programs, continuing education courses for healthcare professionals, and community classes for the general public.