Guided Imagery is a unique, practical guide to using imagery in one-to-one therapeutic work with clients. Through numerous examples drawn from their own experience, the authors show how the techniques involved can be integrated into everyday practice. The authors describe the different processes of using guided imagery and working from a script and show how drawing can be used to augment imagery work. In addition to planned strategies for using imagery, they also show how images which arise spontaneously during sessions can be harnessed and used to enhance the therapeutic process. The practical strategies and techniques outlined in the book are examined in the context of a variety of theoretical frameworks (the person-centered approach, gestalt, existentialism and psychosynthesis) and research findings.
Chapter 8: Bringing the Body Alive
Bringing the Body Alive
I Sing the Body Electric
(Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass)
Therapists who use imagery in their work quickly begin to notice the connection between imagery and bodily sensation. Walking up a mountain path may produce sensations of tiredness in the legs. Floating in water may produce a feeling of relaxation. Confronting a monster prompts a drench of fear. A heightened sensation of a flow of energy becomes an electric current through the body. Asking the client to breathe a little more deeply can even exaggerate or heighten the sensations and feelings which are being experienced. It is these in the body experiences or sensations which provide the client with an extended range of data to understand and make sense of ...