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Guided Imagery


What is Imagery?


Imagery is the natural language of the subconscious and is also our oldest language. It is the language we used before we had words to express ourselves. A typical Guided Imagery session can include active imagery or receptive imagery. Active imagery involves focusing on specific images to help control a certain problem. Receptive imagery involves a client allowing his or her imagination to create images that give them insights into a particular problem.


When researchers have monitored the brain during imagery exercises they have found that the same parts of the brain are activated whether people imagine something or actually experience it. This suggests that the brain cannot distinguish between imagery and actual activity. Thus, imagery can affect a number of functions, physiological and psychological.


When using imagery you can use all of your senses. While the vision is the most common you can also use your senses of hearing, smell, taste and touch. Imagery can be used alone or as a part of a hypnosis session. When used alone the inductions to produce the hypnotic trance are not used. Instead you immediately go into the imagery using your imagination actively.


The Benefits of Guided Imagery


Imagery can be used to bring about physiological changes. Many studies have shown that it can influence the autonomic nervous system, immune system and endocrine processes. It can also provide psychological insights and emotional awareness.


Some of the Applications of Guided Imagery are:


  • Pain Relief

  • Affect Blood Pressure

  • Aid in Cancer Treatments

  • Strengthen Immune System

  • Managing Chronic Illness

  • Mind/Body Issues

  • Sleep Disorders

  • Stress Reduction

  • Addictions


You can find great guided meditations and imagery at


For more information go to: Academy for Guided Imagery 



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