The Valley Hospital’s Center for the Advancement of Holistic Knowledge and Practice has prepared the meditations below to help ease the stress that may be experienced by an illness, a hospitalization or simply the challenges of life. Please see the eleven topics below.
Click anywhere in the row and the audio controls will appear. Click on the play button and the audio will begin. Click on “Download Audio” to start the process for downloading the meditation to your computer. For Windows users, you will need to unzip the file; for Mac users, the file should automatically unzip itself. You can then drag the mp3 file into iTunes or any music player.
This integrative approach to healthcare focuses on the healing of the whole person: Body/Mind/Spirit. These programs offer you a simple and easy tool to use in easing stress and anxiety during your hospital stay and to enhance healing.
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What is Guided Imagery?
Guided imagery is a natural mind-body technique that uses mental images and simple relaxation techniques to promote a positive outcome. In addition to easing stress and assisting in your recovery, guided imagery can help you get in touch with your feelings and emotions, which can help facilitate the healing process.
Things to Know
- Imagery involves visualization and using all your senses.
- Imagery can evoke emotions and sensations that assist in your healing.
- Imagery is used in combination with other forms of your medical treatment.
- It may be possible for the imagery CD to accompany you in the OR.
Please speak with your physician concerning this request.
History of Guided Imagery
Throughout history, imagery has played a significant role in healing the body, mind, and spirit. The founding fathers of medicine, Aristotle, Galen and Hippocrates, incorporated imagery in diagnosis and treatment of their patients. This ancient, traditional form of healing has been used in many cultures for centuries and is still being used today.
Benefits of Guided Imagery
Recent clinical research studies have shown guided imagery:
- decreases pain and the need for pain medication.
- enhances sleep.
- promotes relaxation.
- reduces anxiety.
- decreases blood pressure.
- can shorten length of stay.
- boosts the immune system.
Achieving Your Goals with Support
For optimal outcomes, it is important to gather together your support system. This may include: family, friends, caregivers, healthcare providers or clergy. A goal you might want to consider for bariatric surgery is to fully commit to healthy lifestyle changes necessary to achieve personal goals.
Self-Healing Through Guided Imagery combines music, imagery, and relaxation techniques to enhance a feeling of well-being.
Our audio program contains a deep breathing and relaxation exercise to bring you to a level of peace and calm. Along with music, which increases the effect of imagery, the imagery script guides you to a safe and tranquil place. This mind-body connection enables you to decrease stress and anxiety allowing you to become more centered and tranquil.
This empowering audio program will enable you to take an active role in your recovery. Listening to the CD twice a day, a week or two before hospitalization, provides the best results. However, using the audio program the night before or day of the procedure can produce positive effects.
Never listen to the Guided Imagery program while driving or during activities that require your strict attention.
Use of the Self-Healing Through Guided Imagery CD
- Find a quiet, peaceful place.
- Get into a comfortable position.
- Allow yourself approximately 40minutes, free from interruptions.
- Close your eyes and surround yourself with the music and imagery as it guides you to a place of peace and calm.
Guided imagery can be used before, during, and after your hospital stay. Our Self-Healing Through Guided Imagery Program is very effective, well-researched, and safe to use as an integrative part of your treatment plan.