Relaxation Guided Imagery CD
In my 15 years in private practice I have used relaxation guided imagery with virtually every client. I use it because it has extensive research to support its use (see below), I know from my clinical experience that it works and it is exceptionally pleasant. Clients love it. Additionally, it is effective in diverse situations with most clients. The common denominator was negative, distressing emotions. Clients do not come to me, or any other therapist, simply because something is amiss in their lives, they come because they are in emotional pain or discomfort. They want relief from the pain or discomfort. In most situations, we could resolve the primary issues, but that takes time. My clients wanted to feel better after the first session. The amount of relief varied from client to client; nonetheless, I believe it is essential to successful therapy that the client leaves the first session with hope, increased optimism and some relief in emotional symptomology. I discovered that Guided imagery was highly successful in achieving this humane therapeutic goal.
There are two distinct components to guided imagery. The initial experience encompasses reaching a state of deep relaxation. Our CD takes you through a powerful guided muscle realization. Then you are guided through relaxing, healing thoughts and images. Our CD has been used successfully to reduce stress and panic, relieve sleeplessness, reduce pain, lose weight and improve mood.
Here is some of the research supporting the effectiveness of relaxation/guided imagery.
Increased Immune ResponseRelaxation/guided imagery, according to an article in the International Journal of Neuroscience, June 2008, reduces stress and affects white blood count (important in immune response). Other studies, at Ohio State University and a Danish Study indicate that ?imagery can boost the immune system significantly.
Heart DiseaseCardiac research (Dean Ornish) indicates that relaxation guided imagery, hypnosis, yoga and stress management training, appear to reverse coronary artery disease (CAD).
ChemotherapyIn a British study from 1999 reported in the British Journal of Cancer, indicates that imagery ratings were correlated with clinical response. These simple, inexpensive and beneficial interventions should be offered to patients wishing to improve quality of life during primary chemotherapy. (British Journal of Cancer (1999) 80, 262?268. doi:10.1038/sj.bjc.6690349)
Recovery from SurgeryA relaxation technique called guided imagery helps to reduce pain and anxiety, making surgical patients feel better and heal quicker. In this low-cost, low-tech procedure, patients are guided to create relaxing images of a special place, in their minds to help them overcome the stress and anxiety that often accompany illness. They listen to audio cassettes designed to foster relaxation, help focus concentration, and relieve apprehensions about surgery and recovery. (USA Today -- Society for the Advancement of Education, Oct, 1996)
Other Research FindingsGuided imagery has proven to help people:
- Dramatically decrease pain and the need for pain medicine
- Decrease side effects and complications of medical procedures
- Reduce recovery time and shorten hospital stays
- Enhance sleep
- Strengthen the immune system and enhance the ability to heal
- Increase self-confidence and self-control
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Hypnotic sound effects and heavenly music lull you into a relaxed state and boy do they work.From the first time I listened to it I was startled by the effectiveness of this CD. Your kindness comes through in your voice and I feel safe, held and comforted in your hands. I love the music and the scripts. I would like to thank you for the wonderful job that you do and let you know that you have changed my life in many positive ways. Thank you. -- Carol Bridgstock Crime Fiction Author, England
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