Guided imagery harnesses the power of imagination to promote healing. This visualization technique uses images, suggestions, storytelling, and metaphors to enhance relaxation and promote wellbeing. Patients focus on creating positive images to help heal their bodies and alleviate some of their symptoms. Guided imagery can help relieve physical and emotional pain, ease recovery from surgery and even make it easier to sleep. Research studies have demonstrated that guided imagery can have an impact on major physiological control systems of the body, including:

  • Respiration
  • Heart rate
  • Blood pressure
  • Metabolic rates in cells
  • Gastrointestinal mobility and secretion
  • Sexual function
  • Immune responsiveness

Within Marin General Hospital, patients may view their choice of eight exceptional tracks on the TV in their hospital room. These tracks were created and produced by Dr. Marty Rossman, noted author and expert in mind-body health. The tracks include:

  • Relaxation Breathing – A 10-minute instruction in deep breathing to induce relaxation
  • Your Healing Body Imagery – A 10-minute reflection on the body’s innate healing ability
  • Relaxation and Guided Imagery for Healing – Deep relaxation that focuses on visualizing the healing process
  • Relaxation and Guided Imagery for Pain Relief – Deep relaxation and suggestions for easing pain and discomfort
  • Relaxation and Guided Imagery for Sleep – Deep relaxation and suggestions for inducing sleep
  • Relaxation and Guided Imagery for Successful Surgery – Reduces anxiety while preparing patients for surgical procedures
  • Relaxation and Guided Imagery for Healing After Surgery – Deep relaxation and focus on healing imagery after surgery
  • Relaxation and Guided Imagery for Wellness – Deep relaxation with a focus on images of health and wellness

Patients may access our guided imagery videos by asking their nurse for instructions.

Meet our Guided Imagery Practitioner

Corliss Chan, CMT has been inspiring people to actively participate in their own healing and wellness for over 25 years. An engaged and compassionate listener, she has helped patients cope with life and health issues, including: cancer, Lyme disease, heart health, diabetes, joint pain, anxiety and depression. Today, she leads our Guided Imagery, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Acupressure and Meditation sessions.