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Guided Imagery, sometimes known as "visualization," is a technique in which a person imagines pictures, sounds, smells, and other sensations associated with reaching a goal. You might be asked to imagine being in a certain environment or situation that can activate the senses, producing a physical or psychological effect.
Studies have shown that practicing guided imagery may be able to:
. increase feelings of well-being
. relax, calm and elevate mood
. lower blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels
. speed up healing from surgical wounds
. elevate immune functioning
. reduce pain and headache
. lower symptoms of anxiety and depression
. reduce the craving for food and drugs
Guided Imagery can be done in group or one-to-one sessions. In a typical guided imagery session, the facilitator will use one of a variety of techniques that will lead you through imagined experiences in your mind.
Usually, the facilitator will guide your imagination to places or situations that will help you feel peaceful, safe, calm and secure. Gentle background music is often used to create a relaxed atmosphere and help you avoid distractions.
For Example: an individual dealing with a cancer diagnosis may be asked to imagine something, such as a warm healing light on the area where the cancer is or images of the immune system attacking cancer cells.
The facilitator will describe sounds, smells, tastes, or other sensations that might accompany what you're imagining. While you focus on the imagined situation, you might start to experience sensations and feelings, such as warmth, lightness, contentment, or strength.
Prior to your first session, you will be sent a Confidential Intake Questionnaire. We ask you to fill it out in advance and return it by email or bring it to your first session. To ensure optimal success and outstanding results, we take a holistic approach in helping all clients and ask you to be prepared to implement basic, yet important healthy changes in your lifestyle to achieve your goals. You will receive resources about sleep habits, nutrition and exercise, all in an effort to build a solid foundation which will support your wellness journey.
Your first session will last approximately 90 minutes. Follow-up sessions are typically 60 minutes in length.
Upon your arrival, you will find a tranquil and professional office located in the beautiful Desert Lotus Healing Sanctuary in Mesa, Arizona. There is a beautiful waiting room and additional relaxation room where you can rest before and after your session.
**Please arrive a few minutes early so we can begin your session promptly, with little or no wait time. Clients who arrive 15 minutes or more late, will be charged for the session and will need to reschedule.
Prior to experiencing the relaxing experience of Guided Imagery, we will review the Confidential Intake Questionnaire together and explore any obstacles that might have hindered you from achieving your goals in the past. During this conversation you will also learn how Guided Imagery works and can ask questions.
After the intake consultation, you will start the Guided Imagery session. The appointment usually begins with selecting something positive to focus on. After determining the focal point, you will be asked to become aware of your breathing and to visualize characteristic things that bring you feelings of happiness. For clients dealing with pain, pain assessments are done at the beginning and end of each session. It is an excellent way to track progress.
After your session, for additional support and guidance, we will email you positive affirmations and resource articles at your request.
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Source: Pain Pathways Magazine - September 2012
“In essence, Guided Imagery is one of several relaxation strategies to alleviate acute and chronic pain,” explains Gordon Asmundson, PhD, Professor of Psychology at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada. “The therapist, for example, may help the individual use narrative to visualize a comfortable, relaxing place, and this narrative can be as simple or as complicated as needed. With every breath, the individual is thinking of this wonderful place and working toward a state of relaxation.
“Most people soon realize that they can utilize guided imagery in ways they didn’t think they could and that it doesn’t have to take a lot of time,” Asmundson says. “If a person is motivated to try cognitive and behavioral techniques, it is a good tool to have in the treatment toolbox.”
Clinical studies suggest that Guided Imagery can be used effectively by a variety of clients. In addition to aiding relaxation therapies, Guided Imagery can help manage emotions or responses to negative situations. The technique can also help individuals eliminate undesirable personal habits, adjust to new situations or control phobias, anxiety and/or pain.