Is there a beginner’s protocol for starting guided imagery?

Q: Is there a beginner’s protocol for starting guided imagery, a simple model for developing guided imagery tools?
A: YES! Do it your self as in self-reliance or self-directed guided imagery is doable IF YOU CAN BE:

  • Inspired by one’s self nature and experiences and not to rush at it
  • Healthy in optimism, congruent, and diverse.
  • "Grow out from inside" and be unique.
  • Unfold, like an organism, from the seed within.
  • Express the patterns / rhythms of site, sound, touch and the power of movement
  • Follow the flows and be flexible and adaptable.
  • Always exist in the "continuous present" and "begin again and again".
  • Satisfy physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs.
  • Celebrates the spirit of being where you are in youth, in elder-hood, in play.
  • Invite imagination using metaphoric juxtapositions and surprise.
  • Use a tone and manner expressing a positive voice

NO! If this list doesn’t call you to try it on your own. Feel glad and find a product that does call on you. Best is as with every new skill, PRACTICE allows the cellular structures of memory storage embed so healing will flow.

Explore the (www.thehealingmind.org) The Healing mind site: This site enjoys a thoughtful summary of the list contained here. It is insightful and thorough research on mind body and guided imagery effects on health and self-care for the following conditions:

Angiogram, Asthma, Back & Neck Pain, Child Birth, Coronary Artery Disease, Diabetes,
Headache, Hypertension, Insomnia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Preparing for Surgery, Sinus Pain, Smoking Cessation, Stress

The two examples shown here are pain and stress:
Also Dr. Martin Rossman’s site details his recommendations regarding: Back and Neck Pain

Pain, along with fatigue, is the most common complaint heard by any physician or primary health care professional. Chronic pain is pain that persists beyond the length expected from an injury, and can become a difficult problem in itself. A good deal of medical research shows that many people can reduce or relieve pain successfully with relaxation and guided imagery. Our Pain Relief CD will teach you three frequently effective methods of reducing pain through the mind/body connection, and the Guided Imagery for Self-Healing book and 4 CD set will teach you all the fundamental skills of using guided imagery to help stimulate healing from within. The book will explain the process, review the science behind it, and coach you through the common questions that people have, while the CD set guides you through the 9 essential guided imagery skills taught in the book. We recommend reading the book no matter what CDs you choose, but if you prefer to just listen rather than read, you may want to start with Self Healing with Guided Imagery, a 2 CD set featuring Dr. Andrew Weil. The first CD explains mind/body healing and guided imagery while the second teaches you three self-healing skills.

Back pain is one of the most common and disabling problems seen by any health professional. Over 80% of all Americans will have significant back pain at some time in their life, whether from posture, stress and tension, sprains and injuries, or herniated disks. Medical research shows that relaxation and guided imagery can be very helpful with back problems, reducing muscle tension and spasms, pain, and stress effects that can both cause or be caused by back problems. Our Guided Imagery for Self-Healing book and 4 CD set will teach you all the fundamental skills of using guided imagery to help stimulate healing from within. The book will explain the process, review the science behind it, and coach you through the common questions that people have, while the CD set guides you through the 9 essential guided imagery skills taught in the book. If you prefer to listen rather than read, you may want to start with Self-Healing with Guided Imagery, a 2 CD set featuring Dr. Andrew Weil. The first CD explains mind/body healing and guided imagery while the second teaches you three self-healing skills. Some people prefer to start with our Pain Relief CD or add it to the set to learn additional guided imagery skills specifically aimed at reducing or relieving pain. (See review section for Other CD reviews)

On Stress
The more that is learned about the physical mechanisms of stress, the more apparent is the mind-body connection. Stress-management programs using behavioral and mind/body approaches have found wide favor. Exercise, biofeedback, muscle relaxation, and psychotherapy have all been found useful.

Guided imagery -- combining deep relaxation and positive suggestion -- is a powerful stress management technique. Eight studies conducted between 1983- 1995 reported on groups of surgical, cardiac, and cancer patients, smokers, and others reporting high stress levels. After guided imagery sessions, they had significantly less self-reported stress; physiological measures of stress, and anxiety when compared to control groups. Effects were stronger when patients could practice on their own.

Results of a review of studies showed that relaxation, hypnosis, and imagery can protect the immune system against the effects of stress; hypnosis was even more effective when “targeted imagery” was used. Hypnosis is often used to good effect in combination with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for acute stress disorders and PTSD.7, Other mind-body approaches have also yielded impressive results. In a study of geriatric congestive heart failure patients, CBT lowered perceived stress, anxiety, and other measurements’. (www.thehealingmind.org)



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