Guided Imagery Pocket Guide

Guided imagery is a mind-body practice that uses the imagination and sensory memory to induce a state of relaxation and physiological, emotional and attitudinal responses. A common example used to illustrate the power of guided imagery is imagining eating a lemon. By describing eating a lemon using the five senses a person will begin to salivate as though they had just taken a bite from the fruit itself; the body responds to the imaginative description in a realistic manner. In a similar manner, imagining being in a relaxed space through all of the senses can create a physiological experience of being relaxed – turning on a relaxation response in what is called the parasympathetic nervous system.

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