Visualization or Guided Imagery is a relaxation technique designed to help release brain chemicals that act as your body’s natural brain tranquilizers, lowering blood pressure, heart rate, and anxiety levels.
Athletes use imagery to enhance their performance, sometimes without realizing it. A golfer may form a mental map of the fairway, imagining precisely where he will place the ball on each shot; a high jumper may visualize every split second of his approach to and leap over the bar; a baseball pitcher may run a mental film of the ball from the time it leaves his hand until it lands in the catcher’s glove.
Although it isn’t always curative, imagery can be helpful for many stress-related problems. Once medically cleared, a variety of conditions including anxiety disorders, reactive depression, phobias, sleep disorders, smoking cessation, weight and exercise management and many types of self-improvement for school, work and play can be treated.
Dr. Mongillo has studied guided imagery for over twenty years, under the tutelage of certified hypnotherapists. If you feel your child may benefit from learning relaxation techniques, please call the office and request an initial telephone consultation with Dr. Mongillo. Evening appointments of one hour duration can subsequently be scheduled. Read More…