Guided Imagery

Guided ImageryResearch currently conducted on the mind and body shows a direct relationship between the two and how this relationship affects our health. In Guided Imagery, a specialist helps elicit the relaxation response and then guides the person's imagination in such a way that positively affects their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

What is imagery?

The mind is a powerful healing tool. Using our imagination, we can visualize almost anything. Imagery (or visualization) is a therapeutic technique that has been used for centuries. By creating images in the mind, a person can reduce pain and symptoms associated with his or her condition. Studies have also shown that imagery can help to improve relaxation.

Gail Elliott-Patricolo is the director of integrative medicine and Beaumont's Guided Imagery Specialist. She has been helping a wide variety of clients through Guided Imagery since 2002. Her practice includes clients from children to adults seeking Gail's services for a variety of needs.

Some uses of guided imagery include:

  • to reduce pain
  • to stop smoking
  • to reduce anxiety
  • to improve depression
  • to overcome a fear or phobia
  • to reduce test taking anxiety
  • to enhance pre & post surgery recovery
  • to help alleviate fear of medical treatments

Before making a private appointment, you can experience a general relaxation guided imagery session by purchasing a CD. The following prerecorded CD's are available for $15 plus tax. Call 248-551-9990 to order.