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What Does It Mean if I Get Headaches from Listening to Imagery?

05 Jul

I have something weird.  Whenever I listen to my guided imagery cd's, for sleep, trauma, stress, I always get a headache.  Am I weird or has this been heard of before?  Thanks, Carla

No, Carla

It’s not commonplace, but it’s not weird either.  Imagery will more often than not clear a headache, but every now and then, with some people, it can make one worse or even get one started.

An energy healer once explained it to me this way: imagery moves energy through the body, and it will often clear stuck energy*. That’s why imagery so often reduces or eliminates pain or discomfort, at least for a while. (That’s not to take anything away from the raised serotonin levels, which help substantially with pain, too.) But if there’s some stuck energy that won’t budge so readily, the energy set in motion by the imagery builds up behind it, and this can increase discomfort in the short run.

This healer recommended continuing with the imagery multiple times until the energy releases (unless it’s just too painful, of course); or combining the energy with body work, massage or acupressure, to assist in the release of the energy.

You might want to see a skilled, personally recommended massotherapist, acupuncturist or cranio-sacral practitioner, to loosen up those tight places in your head, neck or shoulders, which is probably where those headaches are coming from. I would.

I hope this helps.
All best,

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