Medical studies show that people who prepare for an operation have less pain, fewer complications, and recover sooner. They are less anxious before, during, and after their procedures.
Why? 1. Being in an unfamiliar setting, especially a hospital, can make you feel out of control and powerless. Learning relaxation and imagery techniques return the power to you. You temporarily tune out everyday concerns and your surroundings to concentrate on what YOU choose.
2. Relaxation and feeling peaceful strengthens your immune system and creates the complex bio-chemistry that enhances healing.
3. The body responds to the mind like a robot. What the mind sees, the body believes. Healing statements and suggestions will be on your personal tape and reach your mind even while you’re anesthetized. For example, phrases such as “...my incision is healing comfortably and well..” are repeated. The result? Your incision generally heals faster and with less discomfort. Being in an unfamiliar setting, especially a hospital, can make you feel out of control and powerless. Learning relaxation and imagery techniques return the power to you. You temporarily tune out everyday concerns and your surroundings to concentrate on what YOU choose.
Steps to success: 1. Schedule your appointment with Jane several days or weeks before your surgery. Even if you have only one day’s notice, surgery preparation will help you! The appointment is one to 1 1/2 hours. At your appointment you and Jane will address your concerns and decide on what you would like to listen to before, during, and after surgery. Jane will then make a relaxation recording/CD just for you.
2. Listen to your recording/CD once or twice a day before your procedure. Repeated listening to your recording/CD increases your ability to relax and to imagine positive outcomes, and calms preoperative jitters.
3. Let your doctor and hospital staff know that you are using surgery preparation so they can support you.
4. Surround yourself in the love of family and friends to feel calm before surgery.