The Penny George Institute for Health and Healing explains guided imagery.
What is guided imagery?
Guided imagery is a gentle but powerful technique that focuses and directs the imagination to ease stress and enhance well-being.
It uses words and images to help move your attention away from the worry, stress and pain and help you find your own inner strength and creativity to support healing. This brings the natural powers of the mind into health and healing.
How guided imagery works
Guided imagery helps relax your body by reducing muscle tension and increasing positive emotions. This can help:
- lower stress
- lower anxiety
- lower blood pressure
- you sleep better
- lower pain
- strengthen your immune system
Benefits of guided imagery
Imagery has a positive affect on heart rate, blood pressure, breathing and oxygen rates, brain waves, temperature, and hormone balance.
Guided imagery can help relieve symptoms caused or made worse by stress, such as:
Guided imagery in the hospital
While you are in the hospital, guided imagery can help you:
- become calm and focused before, during and after a procedure or surgery
- have a temporary, mental escape at a stressful or difficult time
- lower pain and anxiety
If you are interested in guided imagery during your hospital stay, ask your nurse.
Guided imagery at home
After your hospital stay, you can buy relaxation or guided imagery CDs or downloads to use at home.
You can also create your own imagery by writing down a relaxing scene. Include images of yourself becoming healthier, stronger and more successful. Put on quiet music. Close your eyes. Relax and imagine your relaxing scene.
For more information, talk with your nurse or doctor.
Where can I receive guided imagery?
The Penny George Institute for Health and Healing offers guided imagery services at these locations: