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Got Some 10-Minute Imagery To Use with Physical Therapy?

14 Jul

Hello! I am a student physical therapist and am working at one of my clinical rotations right now. I have noticed several patients could benefit from guided imagery to help them relax. Do you have any short sessions, between 10-15 minutes? Patients will often have a hot or cold pack, etc for 10-15 minutes and I would love to try a guided imagery session at the same time, since we shut the lights off anyways to help promote relaxation. Thank you for your time.

Karl

Dear Karl,

That's a great idea, and yes, there are several short pieces I can suggest to you. Many physical therapists like to use guided imagery to augment the work they're doing with their patients.

For one thing, health psychologist and hypnotherapist Carol Ginandes PhD has a terrific set of hypnosis and guided imagery exercises for Rapid Recovery from Injury, designed as a 6-week sequence to help with pain and healing. There are several shorter exercises on this that would dovetail perfectly with what you're trying to do.

You can also use our Guided Imagery Mix, which offers several short (8-10 minute) relaxation and imagery exercises.

And we mustn't forget the awesome and prolific Emmett Miller's Ten-Minute Stress Manager, as a good bet and, as promised, is only 10 minutes;

2366bDavid Illig's Reduce Stress & Anxiety, is Ericksonian hypnosis at its finest, and, as such, you can really start it and stop it wherever you like, because it's not like there's a hard-and-fast sequence you have to follow.

Tracy Carreon also has three lovely guided imagery meditations that are brief and very effective on her CD, A Moment's Peace.

And don't forget Steve Kohn's soothing, calming music just by itself – some people prefer it to a guided imagery narrative – and it's great stuff. Any one of the three in our collection (http://www.healthjourneys.com/Store/Products/Health-Journeys-Music-Combo/469/) will do it, but you may want to listen to samples of each to find the one that most appeals.

I hope this helps! And have fun with your new career!

All best,

Belleruth

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award.