Zei Gezunt with Guided Imagery
Editor: Yael Rosenberg, RN, B.S.H
Description: Guided Imagery
Questions to ask the Practitioner
Products and Services
Books and Publications
Guided Imagery is an alternative or complementary therapeutic method that utilizes a persons imagination to achieve a desired physical or mental response. It is based on the idea that there is an interconnection between body and mind. Guided imagery may be self-directed or lead by another on a one to one basis or in groups.
The guided imagery procedure usually entails two parts. The first section involves achievement of a state of total relaxation using deep breathing and general muscle relaxation methods. It is during that phase that the ability to focus is heightened with the person reaching an altered state of consciousness.
Once the individual has reached the point of complete mental and physical relaxation, visualization can be incorporated and directed toward a desired response.
Since ancient times, many cultures and religions considered imagery to be a healing method. The Egyptians and Greeks believed in the connection between mind and body, and thus images within the brain aroused the heart and other parts of the body.
Statistical studies show the following:
The use of guided imagery has been progressive increasing in the traditional medical setting.
Clinical studies both in the United States and Europe have shown impressive positive results with the use of imagery in relieving symptoms of many illnesses.
Research done on breast cancer patients found that not only did the women have much lower depression but their natural killer cells increased.
Guided imagery cuts across barriers of gender, age, race and education, though children and women have a slight advantage since imagery relies on right brain activity.
Guided Imagery has been shown to be effective on its own or as a complement to other therapies in healing of many ailments. Guided imagery has been most beneficial with disorders and conditions that are a result of stress. The following are conditions that respond well to Guided imagery:
Respiratory conditions: Allergies, asthma, COPD, and more
Cardiovascular conditions: Heart disease, high blood pressure, recovery from heart surgery and more.
Digestive Disorders: Diarrhea, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), and more.
Skin disorders: Acne, eczema, wrinkles, wounds and more
Pain conditions: Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, menstrual cramps, migraines, muscle cramps.
Psychological conditions: Anxiety, depression, nervousness and more.
Sleep disorders: Insomnia, restless leg syndrome, and more.
Others: Obesity, chronic fatigue syndrome and more.
Questions to ask the Practitioner
How many years experience have you had
utilizing this healing method
What is your success rate
Certificates and Licenses
Seek the advice of your health provider before embarking on any form of alternative treatment.
Tell your health care providers about any complementary and alternative practices you use.
Inquire about the training and experience of your guided imagery instructor.
The guided imagery trainer will guide you and point you in the right direction towards healing
Guided imagery is most effective in a permissive, relaxed, unforced atmosphere.
Never attempt to use guided imagery while driving or operation machinery
Guided imagery is not recommended for those individuals with psychotic disorders, severe depression, or other severe personality disorders.
Guided imagery should not be used with patients with post traumatic syndrome as it may trigger flashbacks
List of Products & Services
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Serenity Guided Imagery Meditations Meditation
Books & Publications
Guided Imagery Self Healing - by Martin Rossman
Staying Guided Imagery - by Belleruth Naparstek
Healing Transformation Through Guided Imagery
Guided Imagery Healing Children Teens
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