Guided Imagery and music for use before surgery and during recovery
A set of powerful experiences to achieve the maximum benefit and a speedy recovery from surgery through conditioning your mind and body. Techniques on this recording have been shown to speed up post-surgery healing by up to 25%! Use before and after surgery to reduce swelling, pain, bleeding, infection, and the side effects of anesthesia.
First, the deeper mind is introduced to the idea of surgery through a clear visualization of the benefits you will receive. Next, you are guided through the procedure itself, programming organs of the body for the optimal healing response. Finally, after the procedure, imagery is used to speed healing, minimize pain and maximize return to full function.
Track 1, Rehearsing Your Healing. Listen daily for a week, two weeks before surgery. This is a psychophysiological training experience that will help you establish methods for exercising autogenic control over normally involuntary processes. It also aids in stress reduction, deep relaxation, and developing a positive self-image.
Track 2, Through Your Surgery – Relaxed – should be started one week after Track 1. Listen once or twice a day. Continue to use Track 1 occasionally, as well. This part will guide you to a state of deep relaxation, where you will mentally rehearse the surgical experience. The goal is to pre-program positive responses to the procedure. If the details of the procedures surrounding your surgery may differ from the imagery given, simply substitute images that are appropriate. The more detailed and specific your imagery is, the better.
- Will you be given sleep medication the night before surgery?
- What time of day will you be having surgery?
- How will you be transported to the surgical suite?
- What color uniforms will operating personnel be wearing?
- What kind of anesthesia will be used? How will it be administered and when will it start?
- Where will the surgical incision be and exactly what will be done?
- Where will you be awakening (recovery room, ICU)?
- Will you be having any form of physical therapy as you recover?
Track 1, Facilitating Your Healing Response – This part enables you to visualize the healing process from a relaxed state. Begin using this part two or three times a day, as soon as possible after surgery, listening three times a day. If possible, learn as much as you can about how your body will heal itself. This will help you to visualize more accurately. However, if symbolic imagery works well for you, that is just as powerful. Use the kind of imagery that seems easiest, clearest, and most attractive to you.
Track 2, Control and Elimination of Pain Begin listening to this part a week or two before surgery so that you can develop your ability to create numbness to the part of your body where the surgical incision will be made. Some people are able to totally eliminate pain and not need pain medication. Others feel “pain,” bus note that it doesn’t really “hurt.” Still, others find that while they still need some pain medication, the use of the recording helps them remain quite comfortable on smaller doses and that they recover very quickly.
Four exercises using deep relaxation, image rehearsal, and music to help:
- Learn autogenic presurgical techniques
- Minimize complications
- Enhance the healing response
- Control post-operative pain