IS GUIDED IMAGERY?
Guided Imagery is a process which helps you to reduce your stress and tension
to such a degree that you experience a heightened sense of peace and calmness. It is in this state that you can help
rejuvinate and heal your body, calm your mind and renew your spirit. You are guided in a daydream-like
imagery to a restful place. As these images and actions are described, your mind begins to slowly accept
them as actual events and your body begins to feel as though you are actually experiencing these tranquil scenes.
As a result, general stress, tension and the feeling of burden begin to disappear
and a calm, tranquil state can be achieved. It is here that encouragement, support and positive reinforcement can lift
the listener up and out of the worry, depression, concern, fear and despair that so many of us face each day.
Guided Imagery and Relaxation Therapy can be used for medical conditions and
procedures, personal growth and professional/athletic achievement and for general relaxation. It can improve your mental and
emotional peace and the technique can be learned with practice, for everyday use.
Guided Imagery can also:
~ Assist with cardiac, stroke + other
~ Assist pre/post surgical events
traumatic stress symptoms
~ Assist with relaxation
for pregnancy during labor and recovery
~ Assist in coping with loss (death, divorce, employment, etc.)
~ Assist with Asthma and Insomnia
with life-threatening diseases
~ Decrease blood pressure and muscle tension
Decrease headaches and other pain
for a clear vision of your goals and coping skills
THE BEAUTY OF GUIDED IMAGERY
If you have ever heard a symphony orchestra or band tuning their instruments prior to the performance, you will
remember the discordant sounds produced by this process. It is a jumble of musical noise with little if any recognizable sounds.
A string of two or three notes can be occasionally heard, but disappear again into the noise. Then ---the beautiful music
begins. That is what Guided Imagery can do for your concentration, thought processes, focus and mental direction. It is designed
to provide you with a quiet and peaceful mind, and a pleasant mental location. This process reduces stress to such a degree,
that it is possible to tap into some areas of the brain not normally accessible, under everyday conditions. These higher critical
thinking functions can be accessed, with Guided Imagery.
WHAT IT CAN DO AND HOW IT CAN HELP YOU.
Guided Imagery can help you to create what you want in your life. The power of positive thinking is not just a catch
phrase. It holds the ability to teach us that our goals can become what we actually experience in our lives. Having a vision
or a goal to work and move towards, allows us to focus on what we want. It allows us to focus our considerable personal power
on creating those goals in our lives. Those goals can include better health, a clear vision of ourselves, a better version
of ourselves, the ability to love unconditionally, to be more aware of our own behavior, better self control, stronger self
esteem, hope, joy, clarity, focus and happiness. Anything we can imagine, we can create in ourselves. Stress, tension, anxiety,
anger, hatred, envy and despair can create situations that have the power to turn our lives into something that we never wanted.
They can create results that can not or might not be changed; results that we may have to live with for the rest of our lives.
Allowing ourselves the ability to learn how to step out of those feelings, for even a short time, gives us the
chance to look at the situation with fresh and peaceful eyes. It is difficult to make hasty judgments with slow deliberation.
Once we learn how to take a deep breath, center ourselves and look at the situation with a new perspective, we live a different
life. We live a more peaceful life. We live in a life that allows others to live comfortably in it with us.
Imagery can help us see the creative power and considerable strength within ourselves. It can help us learn to relax and enjoy
who we are and to like what we see inside. For more information, see additional pages on this website.