Guided Imagery Integrated Therapy
The YRMC Spiritual Care Department offers an integrated therapy called Guided Imagery which enhances the patient's healing process by assisting them with pain and stress management. Guided Imagery can also be used to help patients prepare for surgery.
What is Guided Imagery?
Guided Imagery uses healing images which are created from the patient's memories, daydreams or their imagination. This mind-body practice focuses on creating positive interactions between the patient's emotions, thoughts and behaviors to promote their overall health and well-being.
How is Guided Imagery used?
Combined with meditation, Guided Imagery can be used to help reduce anxiety, worry, depression, sadness, stress and/or the physical symptoms associated with illness or injury.
What is a Guided Imagery treatment like?
Read through the following example to get an idea of the types of images a patient is asked to focus on during a Guided Imagery session:
Close your eyes.
Breathe in deeply.
Then exhale deeply.
I invite you to see a beautiful place in nature ... A beautiful, peaceful place that you may remember from another time or perhaps remember from a picture.
Take a look around ... What do you see? What are the colors of this wonderful place?
Now listen ... What do you hear? Are there singing birds, or waves crashing or the sounds of the wind rushing through the leaves of the trees?
What do you feel? Take a step...Notice how the ground feels beneath your feet ... Is the earth soft with sand or do you feel the crunch of pine needles?
The breeze blows across your face and the temperature is just perfect for you. Notice how that feels ...
This place even has a taste ... Is it the salty air and ocean mist or the sweetness of blossoms? Immerse yourself using all of your senses in this wonderful place of peace. I invite you to stay for awhile and enjoy this soothing experience and when you are ready, you may take a lovely refreshing breath ... Breathing in deeply and exhaling slowly ... and then return to this room ... relaxed and refreshed.
What does it cost to have Guided Imagery therapy?
There is no charge for inpatients to have Guided Imagery treatments. If you are not a hospital patient, but would like to receive Guided Imagery therapy, please call the Spiritual Care Department at 928-336-2003 for information on appointment times and fees.
How can I experience Guided Imagery?
To request Guided Imagery therapy, ask your nurse or call the Spiritual Care and Patient Advocacy Department at 928-336-2003. Your session can be led by a member of the YRMC staff who is trained in Guided Imagery or the Spiritual Care Department can loan you a CD and CD player for you to use during your hospital stay.