What Guided Imagery Is
Guided imagery is a mind-body technique that is like directed daydreaming. It basically involves imagining a pleasant experience that you've had, for example a walk on a beach or watching a sunset.
The basis of guided imagery is that the body doesn't discriminate between images and experiences that are recalled and those that are experienced in real time. Pleasant experiences result in relaxation and the lessening or elimination of stress and other tension.
Guided imagery is safe.
Studies have found that guided imagery works for managing stress and anxiety. It has also been found to be helpful reducing the side effects of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. For information about additional research findings, see the website of Academy for Guided Imagery . Click on "research."
Guided imagery ideally uses all the senses: vision, smell, taste, touch and hearing.
Pleasant experiences are totally personal. So is the image that works for any particular person. The more senses involved in recalling the experience, the better.
Guided imagery can be practiced individually, in a group or with a guide.
How To Find A Guided Imagery Guide
Finding a guided imagery that helps you is as individual as the imagery itself.
- Go to the website of the Academy for Guided Imagery (AGI) or call 800-726-2070.
- See such websites as YouTube (www.YouTube.com ). Type "guided imagery" into the search engine. Bookmark the video you find interesting so you can return to it.
- Purchase a CD. CDs are available online. It is advisable to try to listen to the guide before buying a CD.