I had a client who was paralyzed. All Gloria could do was talk and eat, when someone gave food to her.
But, boy, could she ever visualize!
She would actually visualize herself exercizing so well that she would make her muscles ache.
When I would see her, she would say, “Oh, I am so sore. I did fifteen repetitions.” She would tell me which exercise she had “done.”
Every time, I would say, “Gloria, if you would just “do” one, instead of fifteen, you would not be sore.” She would tell me that she knew, but it just felt so good.
She had done the movements only in her mind, yet she did them with such imagination and with such belief, that her body responded as though she was actually, physically doing them.
Research has been done with athletes who practice “only in their mind” while hooked up to monitoring devices. The monitoring machines show the same kind of muscle response that they would have if they were actually performing the exercise.
If you can put yourself into a relaxed state, a meditative state, you can visualize yourself doing things with your muscles that you might not yet be able to do very well. When you are that relaxed, your muscles won’t know the difference between really moving or imagining that you are moving. They will get the same message.
Your muscles will start to become re-activated. They will start to become strong.
What is visualization? It is “seeing” with your mind. Your eyes are closed, you are relaxed, and you are imagining what you want to do or be. Imagine yourself doing the thing you are thinking about perfectly.
If you want to move your arm in round circles, you can do it perfectly in your mind. The reality may be that you would have a more jerky movement doing it physically, but in your mind you can make it perfect.
What is meditation? Meditation is simply the act of relaxation with a focus. You focus on one thing. Your focus may be deep breathing or something specific that you want to do. “Counting sheep” is a form of meditation. It gives you focus.
Can your mind make you strong? This is one of those situations where it can, if you work with enough dedication. And, it can’t hurt to try.
If all you learn is how to meditate or visualize well, you will be ahead of the game. You will have learned new skills.
Being able to meditate can come in mighty handy when you have pain, to move through it. Visualizing can help you attain goals and become well.
Start visualizing your perfect, healthy, strong body today.