December 14, 2016

Visualisation (mental imagery)

This technique involves creating images in your mind while you are in a state of relaxation or meditation. For example, you might imagine that:

  • you’re lying in a field full of beautiful flowers
  • you’re healthy and strong
  • the sun’s rays are shining on you, warming you and giving you strength.

The theory is that by imagining a peaceful scene, you will feel more relaxed. Various studies are looking at whether visualisation can be of any benefit to people with cancer. Some studies have found that women having treatment for breast cancer have improved their mood using visualisation. Other research has shown that, for some people, it can reduce the symptoms of cancer or the side effects of treatment.