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Imagery and Self Healing: Using the power of your mind

Healthcare What exactly is imagery? It has been described as a flow of thoughts you can see, hear, feel, smell or taste. It is a window to your inner world, a way of viewing your thoughts, perceive your inner feelings. Imagery has a profound effect on physiology, it may stimulate body healing responses and changes in many bodily functions usually considered inaccessible to conscious mind. Imagery is an interface between what we consider our body, and what we consider our mind. “Imagery of various types has been shown to affect heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory patterns, oxygen consumption, carbon dioxide elimination, brain-wave rhythms and patters, electrical characteristics of the skin, local blood flow and temperature, gastrointestinal motility and secretions, sexual arousal, levels of various hormones and neurotransmitters in the blood, and immune system function” (1) The healing potential of imagery goes far beyond its simple effects on physiology. It is more than simple imagining, it connects you to your inner self so you may recover from symptoms and illnesses, and help you see what changes in your lifestyle, attitudes, emotional state and relationships need to be made, and how you can go about making them. Different approaches, such as biofeedback, hypnosis, and meditative steps demonstrate the remarkable human self regulatory capacity over physiological functions;. Using focused imagery in a relaxed state of mind seems to be the common factor among these approaches. Imagery can help you, whether you have a simple tension headache and need basic relaxation, or a life threatening disease. Through imagery you learn to relax and be comfortable in any situation , whether you are ill or well.

A session is worth a thousand words.

How can I explain what Guided Imagery can do for you, and what it is all about?. In guided imagery you learn to use your mind to relax and heal yourself. As it is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, in this case a session is worth a thousand words. While there are many explanations as to how your mind plays an important role in your general well-being; here are some facts:

1. Insurance coverage for imagery techniques jumped from 16.1% to 51.5% in 1997, reflecting the growing understanding in both public and professional circles that imagery can be an unusually powerful way to influence health and one that requires being handled with respect.

2. Margaret Caudill, M.D., developed a ninety-minute group intervention for people with chronic pain problems. After meeting for only ten weeks, this group showed less pain, less psychological distress, had 36 percent fewer medical visits over the next two years, and saved $35,000 for a total cost of $11,000 (See Caudill, M. Journal of Clinical Pain, 1991)

3. At Stanford University, Kate Lorig started groups for people with arthritis, led by peers who also had the disease. Groups addressed issues related to the disease and taught relaxation, coping , and communication skills. During the next two years, patients had 43% fewer doctor visits, 20% less pain, and greatly improved physical and psychological functioning.

You are welcomed to try a free demonstration session on guided imagery. It may help you relieve stress, a simple headache, or a more complicated condition.

(Editor's Comment: Ruben contacted me about his services and I was skeptical. He explained guided imagery to me, told me his personal background, history, education, and training, and gave me a free demonstration session. It was like a "coached meditation" kind of thing, and very cool. Ruben emphasizes that guided imagery is a tool you can use as a supplement to traditional, conventional medicine but never as a replacement. In short, I'm becoming a fan of guided imagery. I would describe it as "neat" "cool" "interesting" "different" "relaxing" and definitely a good tool for stress-busting. Check out a free session, and you'll see what I mean. Dkw)

Contact Information:

Call Ruben Chan at 223-4659 or 214-6599
Cellular: 6616-0968
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(1) International Review of Mental Imagery, vol.1 A. Sheikh (New York: Human Sciences Press, 1984.)
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