Jo Ann Lederman, LMFT, MS Ed. Marriage & Family Therapist Jo Ann Lederman, LMFT, MS Ed. Marriage & Family Therapist

7800 Red Road
Suite 220
Miami, Florida 33143

(305) 666-8833
(305) 669-4694 fax

JoAnn@joannlederman.com

Jo Ann Lederman, LMFT, MS Ed. Marriage & Family Therapist Jo Ann Lederman, LMFT, MS Ed. Marriage & Family Therapist
Jo Ann Lederman, LMFT, MS Ed. Marriage & Family Therapist Jo Ann Lederman, LMFT, MS Ed. Marriage & Family Therapist Jo Ann Lederman, LMFT, MS Ed. Marriage & Family Therapist

Medi Media Downloads

Questions My Patients Often Ask

  1. My Medi Media download is a focused imagery exercise. What does that mean?

    Focused imagery is using the power of your imagination to produce changes you desire in your body and mind. I will show you how to focus your attention on different kinds of images using all your senses: seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, and tasting. By involving your senses, you will teach your body how you want to respond.

    Should your mind wander at any time during the Medi Media imagery exercise, that's OK. As effortlessly as a stray thought enters your mind, simply note that it is there, and then let it go, bringing your attention back to my voice and to the music. Everyone's attention wanders sometimes. As you practice this exercise, your mind will wander less.
     
  2. It is hard for me to form visual images in my mind. Will this exercise still work?

    About 25% of the population report that they have difficulty visualizing images in their mind'd eye. Try to imagine your kitchen. I know you can describe what is there, the color of the cabinets, what your table looks like. Our exercise will ask you to visualize that same way. And we will guide you to use your other senses as well: hearing, smelling, touching and tasting. I have included different kinds of sensory imagery for you to use as you relax and heal. You should feel free to edit or change any image so it reflects your personal situation.

    I like to remind my patients what good worriers they are. All they have to do is think of certain personal situations and their muscles tense, their hearts beat faster, they perspire, their heads ache or their stomachs ache. In other words, they can use imagery VERY effectively to create MORE tension in their bodies! The good news is that the same skill you use to worry is the same skill you use to relax and feel better! It's like taking a different fork in the road, that's all. You already know how to walk, you just have to walk in a different direction. Even if you've never knowingly practiced focused imagery, you already know how to use your mind-body connection!
     
  3. How should I prepare to use this Medi Media?

    • Plan a time that is best for you. Try to reserve that time exclusively for listening to your Medi Media.
    • Find a private place where you can be as undisturbed as possible.
    • Sit or lie down on a comfortable couch, chair or bed. Some people enjoy lying on the floor. Extend your legs in front of you. They should be uncrossed for better circulation. Your hands should also relax in your lap, by your side, or on the arm rest of the chair. Try a variety of positions until you find what is best for you.
    • You might try earphones or eye coverlets to minimize distractions.
    • Remind yourself that you have no place to go and nothing that you must do while you listen to the Medi Media. Simply listen and relax.
    • Many people benefit from using the Medi Media any time they want more control over their stress. So, feel free to play your MP3 over and over again.
    • DO NOT USE THIS EXERCISE WHILE DRIVING! You will be too relaxed to drive and your attention will not be on the road.
    This Medi Media is designed to help you relax deeply and focus your attention on your well-being. The exercise will teach you to let go of worries and divert your attention from stress and tension.

    Please do not use your Media Media when your attention is required for anything else.
     
  4. Tell me about the music I will hear.

    You will hear sounds and music blended in a calming and soothing arrangement of Pachelbel's Canon in D, which is composed in the 17th century. It is one of the most peaceful compositions ever written.

    I have rearranged the music to help your body and mind become peaceful and quiet.
     
  5. Is this a substitute for medicine, midical or psychological treatment?

    No. You may think of your Medi Media as an additional therapeutic tool.
     
  6. Is this something new that people are doing?

    No. In fact, this kind of exercise is very old. For thousands of years people have known how to access their body's natural healing resources. even Aristotle was aware that imagination contributes to both health and disease. Since ancient times, this knowledge has been passed down from generation to generation, often through direct teaching, stroytelling, or focused imagery.

    Using your imagination in a focused way can produce powerful and lasting changes in your body and mind. Think of all those times when you felt sick or emotionally distressed, and you made an appointment with your doctor or mental health professional. Once you arrived at his/her office, you probably felt better because you relaxed, knowing that you would be cared for. This was the powerof your imagination at work. You relaxed your body because you started the process of participating in your own treatment. You imagined yourself getting better with your health professional's help.

Take the first step.
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Jo Ann Lederman, LMFT, MS Ed. Marriage & Family Therapist
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