Vol. 3, Issue 6 (2018)
Guided imagery therapy: Alternative intervention for pregnancy induced hypertension
Author(s): K Suganthi, Dr. SKamala
Abstract: The future depends on what we do in the present - Mahatma Gandhi A deliberate kind of directed daydreaming, narrated by a soothing voice over relaxing music, it produces a calm state of focused, energized readiness that reduces discomfort while offering emotional support and a feeling of confidence in the body's inherent wisdom. Guided imagery: more than just relaxation: Guided imagery is an excellent intervention for the unique demands of pregnancy and childbirth, delivering a readymade, complementary therapy for childbirth professionals to include in their tool kit. More than just relaxing, imagery can set the stage for productive, confident labor; it can focus breathing and encourage a powerful alliance with uterine contractions; it can increase a sense of gratitude for the body and the miracle of childbirth; and it can enhance a feeling of connection with the growing baby. Imagery travels primarily via right brain sensing — perceiving, feeling, apprehending, and motor reactivity, rather than through left brain thinking— judging, analyzing, and deciding. Because of this, and the way that pregnancy and childbirth heighten the functioning of primitive, survival structures of the brain, it is an ideal intervention for pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Conclusion: A low-cost guided imagery therapy can help to lower stress and blood pressure, enhance an overall sense of emotional well-being, and improve the pregnancy outcomes.