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Guided imagery and music

The healing power of music has been recognized since ancient times throughout the world.

Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) is a contemporary form of therapy that draws on this healing power.

It has a lot to offer patients, carers and the bereaved looking for psychological, emotional and spiritual support through difficult times.

What is GIM?

Guided Imagery and Music or GIM is a therapy that has been in existence for 30 years. It is widely used in Europe, America and Australia, both in palliative care and in other fields. It is gradually becoming established in the UK where it is available through internationally renowned Penny Brohn Cancer Care, for example, as well as here in Dorset through Weldmar Hospicecare.

GIM involves listening to carefully chosen programmes of classical music in a relaxed state. The feelings, reflections, body sensations or images elicited by this are worked with both during and after the music listening, with support from the therapist.

GIM can be of benefit to patients, carers, and the bereaved in the way of physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual support. Therapy involving music and imagery takes place at a deeper level than in conventional talking therapies. Because of this, GIM can often get to the heart of the matter quickly and effectively.

GIM works well alongside other complementary health approaches and conventional medical treatment. It can be especially effective in integrating body, mind and spirit to promote healing and wholeness, even when cure is no longer possible.

What happens in a GIM session?

You would receive a taster session to begin with. This is a chance to meet the therapist and ask questions. The session would include a brief music and imagery experience and discussion with the therapist to see whether you wanted to arrange further sessions.

If you did, we usually offer a series of six to begin with. They last approximately 1¾ hours and are held at Hammick House, Poundbury, Dorchester.

Sometimes people find that one or two sessions are enough. Sometimes, further sessions in addition to the initial six are needed, which can be arranged if necessary.

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