Esther Horowitz on Facebook
5 years ago
07/27/2015, 07:17 AM
I am so grateful to Shawn for empowering me with the tools of guided imagery and deep relaxation.
I began using guided imagery during the months before the birth of my son Mendel. Shawn taught me how to use guided imagery to slow down my “internal fan” (as Shawn describes it in his model of the brain) so that I can quickly go from a more tense, awake, revved up state, to a very relaxed state.
The relaxed state was very important for me during my pregnancy as it enabled me to fall asleep more easily as night. During labor, I used guided imagery to focus on bringing the oxygen I was breathing into the areas I needed it most in my body. Because of this I felt less pain and I was more calm and relaxed than in previous births. The fact that I was relaxed helped the birth along. It helped me relax in between contractions, as well. It helped me have an overall quicker and more positive birth experience.
In the weeks after my baby was born I had very limited time to rest. I continued to use guided imagery to help me fall asleep when I had the rare opportunity to nap; I fell asleep more quickly and slept more deeply.
The gift that Shawn gave me of the tools for deep relaxation is a gift that keeps giving! Thank you Shawn!