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How Long Does an Effective Guided Imagery Session Take?

04 Jan

Dear BR,
How long or short a time frame do I need for a good, effective guided imagery session?
James

James,
The truth is, all most people need is about 15-20 minutes for getting maximum benefit or close to it.  For some it’s even less – maybe 10 minutes is all they need, because they can very speedily enter a deep, receptive trance state.

Of course, people who have trouble relaxing into this immersive, altered state probably can use the full 25-30 minutes, but that’s the minority. And even if they don’t start out accessing this state quickly or easily, over time, with practice, they get better and better at it, and then they require less and less time.

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