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Effects of guided imagery and music (GIM) therapy on mood and cortisol in healthy adults.

15 Aug
In a 1997 pilot study by McKinney, Antoni, Kumar, Tims and McCabe, 28 randomly selected adults were studied to see if the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) had an effect on mood and cortisol levels.

Subjects were given the POMS test (Profile in Mood States) and donated 15 cc’s of blood before and after a 13-week intervention period, and again at a 6-week follow up.

Subjects reported significant decreases in depression, fatigue and total mood disturbance, and had significant (and proportional) decreases in cortisol levels.

This study, published in Health Psychology 1997 Jul; 16 (4): 390-400, suggests that a short series of GIM would positively affect mood and reduce cortisol levels in heathy adults, which in turn could have promising health implications for chronically stressed people.

The title of the article is: Effects of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) Therapy on Mood and Cortisol in healthy adults.

Citation: McKinney CH, Antoni MH, Kumar M, Tims FC, McCabe PM. Effects of guided imagery and music (GIM) therapy on mood and cortisol in healthy adults. Health Psychol. 1997 Jul; 16(4):390-400.

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