Guided imagery is a program or session of directed thoughts and suggestions that guide your imagination toward a relaxed, focused state.
Guided imagery is based on the concept that your body and mind are connected, and that one affects the other. In Western medicine, this concept has resulted in a new discipline of medicine called “Psychoneuroimmunology”, which is the study of the interaction between psychological processes and the nervous and immune systems of the human body. Oriental Medicine has utilized this perspective for thousands of years, and utilizes a wholistic approach to medical care.
Guided imagery is a powerful tool to harness the important connection between body-mind-heart. In a guided imagery session, and using all of your senses, your body seems to respond as though what you are imagining is real.
You can achieve a relaxed state when you imagine all the details of a safe, comfortable place, such as a beach or a garden. This relaxed state may aid healing, learning, creativity, and performance. It may help you feel more in control of your emotions and thought processes, which may improve your attitude, health, and sense of well-being. Studies have shown that guided imagery can result in important outcomes such as shorter hospital stays, faster recovery, and lower infection rates for those undergoing heart surgery, for example.
Why Use Guided Imagery?
Guided imagery has many uses. You can use it to promote relaxation, which can lower blood pressure and reduce other problems related to stress, such as insomnia. It can help modulate immune response in auto-immune conditions. You can also use it to help reach goals (such as losing weight or quitting smoking), manage pain, and promote healing. Using guided imagery can even help you to prepare for an athletic event or for public speaking.
It is also very effective for those recovering from trauma, including PTSD.
Is Guided Imagery Safe?
Guided imagery is safe. No known risks are associated with it. Guided imagery is most effective when the person teaching it has training in guided imagery techniques.
You can use an instructor, tapes, or scripts to help you through this process. Dawn-Starr Crowther, L.Ac. has trained with several experts in the field, including Belleruth Naperstek, and brings 22 years of personal experience with guided imagery to her work with patients.
We also sell cd’s of guided imagery for your use.