Guided Imagery

guided imageryGuided imagery uses the power of the mind to aid in healing. It engages all the senses to heal from within.

Guided imagery involves the focused and intentional use of active imagination to add insight and to create desired outcomes and goals. Guided imagery has been used in many forms throughout human history. These include: religion, ritual, prayer, sports, medicine, and stress reduction.

How guided imagery can help you:

You will learn to use the imaginative capacity of your mind to improve physical, emotional or spiritual health, enhance peace of mind or prepare for surgery or other medical procedures. Guided imagery is particularly effective with:

  • Treatment of cancer including pain, quality of life, and other side effects
  • Preparation for surgery
  • Post-operative pain and recovery
  • Chronic pain
  • Management of anxiety and depressive disorders
  • Conditions exacerbated by stress
What the research is showing:

Of the many studies on guided imagery, only a few are controlled and these range from poor to good in quality. Nevertheless, results of these studies are consistent in showing benefit with guided imagery intervention, especially in the treatment of cancer (pain, quality of life), the post-operative state (pain, parameters of recovery), and chronic pain.

Practitioners:

Rates
Each visit: $130.

Insurance
The Osher Center is not contracted with insurance companies for guided imagery treatments. Following the visit, we will provide you with documentation if you wish to seek reimbursement from your health insurer.

Appointments
Please visit our Appointments page to schedule a visit.


Resources/References:

Websites:

  1. Belleruth Naparstek
  2. Health Journeys
  3. The Healing Mind

Citations:

  1. Barrows, Kevin, MD, Jacobs, Bradly, MD: Mind-Body Medicine; An Introduction and Review of the Literature. Medical Clinics of North America Vol. 86, Number 1, Jan. 2002
  2. Syrjala KL, Donaldson GW, et al.  Relaxation and Imagery and Cognitive-Behavioral Training Reduce Pain During Cancer Treatment: A Controlled Clinical Trial.  Pain 1995 Vol. 63 (2): pp. 189 –200
  3. Walker L, Walker M, Ogston K et al.: Psychological, clinical pathological effects of relaxation training and guided imagery during primary chemotherapy. Br J Cancer 80 :262-268, 1999

Books:

  1. Staying Well with Guided Imagery, Belleruth Naparstek, Warner Books, 1995
  2. Guided Imagery for Self-Healing, Martin Rossman, MD, New World Library, 2000
  3. Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal, Belleruth Naparstek, Bantam Books, 2004
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