The next in the series of cancer-education presentations at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center will focus on the subject of “Guided Imagery.” The event is scheduled for 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 in the St. Dominic Room at St. Rose. It is open to anyone who wants to learn about guided imagery, and how it can benefit people with cancer or other chronic illnesses.
“Guided imagery is a program of directed thoughts and suggestions that guide your imagination toward a relaxed, focused state,” said Moira Mulhern, who will lead the presentation. “It is a useful tool for lowering blood pressure, and managing stress, pain and other symptoms.”
Mulhern, Ph.D., is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Turning Point: The Center for Hope and Healing. Turning Point collaborates with the Midwest Cancer Alliance in making educational presentations throughout Kansas.
Guided imagery is often used as a way to get the emotional and cognitive parts of the brain communicating, Mulhern noted.
“You may have heard of people using guided imagery to relax by imagining a calming place,” she said. “People also use it to reach certain goals, such as salesmen imagining a sale or athletes imagining themselves being successful.
“We encourage anyone interested in guided imagery and its potential benefits to attend this presentation,” Mulhern commented. “It can help with overall relaxation and well-being. You will have the opportunity to learn about and experience the calming benefits of guided imagery.”
St. Rose is a member of the Midwest Cancer Alliance, which co-sponsors local ITV presentations each month.