At VIVE, we work to help you boss your life across 5 areas. We have seen first hand the impact that visualisation has had across many aspects of our lives – now, we’re bringing it to all of you!
Train your Brain
Training your brain is all about developing mental fitness and emotional regulation. Our brains are not fixed, rigid structures; they are malleable. This is known as neuroplasticity and, through visualisation, you can proactively change the neural pathways within your brain.
By changing the chemistry within your mind, you can change your default thought patterns to develop new behaviours and mental fitness.
Nurture your Body
Nurturing your body means appreciating what is does and working towards your health and fitness goal. Contrary to popular belief, visualisation has the power to change the biology and chemistry in your body on cellular level.
Oakley Ray, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Psychiatry and Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University, puts it like this: “According to the mind-body or biopsychosocial paradigm, which supersedes the older biomedical model, there is no real division between the mind and body because of networks of communication that exists between the brain and neurological, endocrine and immune systems.”
Simply put, it means that your brain and body are connected so it’s time they started working together.
Level up Performance
Level up your performance. Whether it’s athletic, academic or anything else visualisation can take you to the next level. For decades professional athletes have used visualisation to gain the advantage in their performance.
In 1995, a study in the Journal of Neurophysiology demonstrated how visualisation can cause the same changes in the brain as physical practice. Three groups of participants were given a simple piano sequence to practice. Group 1 practiced physically for two hours per day for five days. Group 2 practiced for the same duration but used visualisation, never physically touching the piano. Group 3 were the control group, they didn’t practice at all.
After the five days, groups 1 and 2 experienced the changes the areas of the brain associated with controlling the piano playing hand. Group 3 had no such changes. In terms of performance, group 2 was significantly better than group 3 after the five days. And although group 1 initially outperformed group 2, group 2 was able to perform at the same level as group 1 with just two hours additional practice.
This study demonstrates the power of visualisation for levelling up your performance and gaining that extra edge.
Transform your everyday
Transform your everyday – emotions, reactions, relationships… everything. As explained in ‘Train your Brain’ above, your mind is malleable.
This can be used to understand your emotions, manage your reactions and create amazing relationships – romantic or otherwise.
Create your flow
Create your flow and unlock your creativity. Visualisation is sometimes referred to as creative imagery for a reason. As we develop of ability to immerse ourselves within a visualisation, we become more skilled in creativity and self-reflective contemplation.