Guided imagery is a relaxation process that creates a mind/body connection, which helps you put off the outside world of rational logic and bypass the censoring of the brain. Guided imagery enables you to see, experience, and learn from your intuitive, feeling and unconscious nature. Guided imagery is a directed daydream, a way of using the imagination to help mind and body heal, stay strong and perform optimally.
What happens during guided imagery?
When a therapist works with guided imagery, he or she induces a state of relaxation and then suggests that you visualize a scene. The therapist guides you through an experience that results in an insight. Pictures created in the mind provide a connecting link between the conscious and the unconscious mind; imagery is a dream in the waking state. Perceptions may come through any of the senses (sight, sound, smell, taste or touch). In this altered state, you are more capable of rapid and intense healing, growth, learning and changes. Guided imagery can give you a sense of mastery over events. It helps you to cope and be in charge of your life.
What are some of the uses and benefits of guided imagery?
Guided imagery teaches you to deeply relax the body. This decreases the blood pressure and the heart rate while cells increase cell repair. We all have the innate ability to heal ourselves. Some other healing benefits include help with:
- Pain control
- Surgical recovery
- Weight loss
- Issues from your past
Learn how to improve your health by harnessing the power of images you see in your mind's eye.
Chris Popa RN, CGIT, certified guided imagery therapist
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