Imagery (used in healing) symbolizes what cannot been seen or experienced directly. Everyone has images as they are basic to the human mind and human nature. Images are thoughts that draw on the senses. (sound, taste, movement, vision, touch and inner sensation.)
There is receptive and active imagery, receptive as images bubble up and active as in constructing and taking charge of thoughts, choosing images. To speak to the body it is possible to do that via active imagery as the body responds more directly to images than to words.
By using imagery techniques we tune in and become sensitive to what is going on inside the body. We may send new or healing messages to the body, changing behavior and attitude. It works to reduce fears, anxiety and pain, gives relaxation and helps control of habits, gives mental preparation for treatment procedures, goal development and problem solving, completing or enhancing other therapies.