The music inspired imagery process known as the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music method was developed, researched, and validated by Dr. Helen Bonny in 1960’s. GIM is not relaxation with music, nor is it guided visualization with background music. Rather it is a method of music therapy which uses selected programs of classical music to elicit imagery and a personal journey for a client who is deeply relaxed yet focused in an alpha (measured slower brain waves) state of awareness. Imagery is unique to each person and can include visual (pictures in the mind’s eye), and/or kinesthetic (body felt) images, memories, and often spiritual epiphanies. The Bonny Method provides a rich opportunity to heal our body/mind. GIM is successfully used in healing trauma’s, working with addictions, anxiety, depression, self esteem, relationships, and life transitions. In assists in dealing with grief, loss, and life threatening and/or debilitating illnesses. The evoked personal journey offers guidance, clarity, and accesses invaluable inner resources to ground into everyday life. “Side effects” are stress-reduction, pain relief, mood shifts, physical healing, and assessing creativity.
A GIM facilitator requires extensive training and Sue has completed the training program in 2002 and has attained the status of Fellow in good standing with the Association for Music and Imagery.