Guided Imagery for Sexual Desire Concerns
What is Guided Imagery
The mind is a very powerful tool. Through Guided Imagery, you learn to use your imagination with positive mental images to influence how you feel and create the state of being you want. Guided Imagery is a simple, self-awareness relaxation technique that uses positive words, images, sounds, and smells to evoke your inner creativity and activate feelings and experiences in your mind’s eye. It uses your inner creativity so that you can change how you are feeling and reach a desired goal.
One in three women report having sexual concerns, and the most common are low sexual desire and sexual dissatisfaction. A woman’s sexual interest and desire can be impacted by factors such as: physical changes, life stressors, psychological and emotional concerns, quality of relationships or attitudes regarding sex.
Research indicates that imagination and fantasy can positively impact sexual attitudes and sexual interest levels.
“Sensory images are the true language of the body, the only language the body understands immediately and without question. The body does not discriminate between sensory images in the mind and those that we call reality. Although images do not have to be intense impacts on the body, as with the real events, they do enlist the same essential quality of experience in the body” Belleruth Naparstek. Sexual arousal (and sensually focused awareness, desire/ interest) often operate in the same way. The body is just as enthusiastic about sexual fantasy, as reality, and sometimes more so. Here again, the body is responding as if the images are actual events.
How Guided Imagery Works and Why
Guided imagery uses a person’s senses, which allows a person to access deeper parts of their inner wisdom and to view their feelings and ideas in a profound way. This influences the mind and body connection and one’s internal wisdom. These physiological and psychological processes can then enhance healing and change.
Research has shown that guided imagery focused on relaxation, has the potential to positively impact an individual’s emotional well-being, sense of calmness, and overall relaxation and improve concentration.
Guided imagery also has the potential to create a better attunement to one’s desires and enhance the ability to give and receive pleasure.
Dr. Tiffany Stanley’s guided imagery recordings for Female Sexual Desire have been endorsed by William. A. Granzig, Ph.D., MPH, FAACS.
“Tiffany Stanley has created the best guided imagery resource that I have heard for anyone struggling with sexual desire / interest and sexual distress concerns. I recommended it without hesitation.”
– Dr. William Granzig
Dr. William Granzig is the President of the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists, a Sexologist Diplomate and President of The American Board of Sexology, a Life Founding Fellow of The American Academy of Clinical Sexologists and former President of The American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists. He was also the president of the Sixth World Congress of Sexology.
Dr. Tiffany Stanley’s guided imagery recordings and guided imagery program have proven to be effective in helping women with sexual desire concerns.
A 27-participant study was administered, using Dr. Tiffany Stanley’s guided imagery recording and daily journal exercises, over a 8 week time frame. The results indicated that the guided imagery recording had a significant improvement in the participant’s levels of perceived sexual desire/interest and lowered sexual distress, following treatment. A 50-point assessment scale was used to measure participants levels of sexual interest and desire before and after the guided imagery recording program. The scale measured the levels of sexual desire and interest for each participant. The assessment indicated that the participant’s levels of sexual interest and desire improved/ increased by at least 10 points.
Participants also self-reported significant reduction in their distress symptoms, such as fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression and an increase in feelings of happiness and relaxation, following completion of the guided imagery program.
The efficacy of the guided imagery program was clearly validated as a useful resource for low sexual interest and desire.