FeatureThe Lived Experience of a Mind-Body Intervention for People Living With HIVAndrade, Stephanie K., RN, BSN; Anderson, Elizabeth H., PhD, APRN, BCAuthor Information Stephanie K. Andrade, RN, BSN, is in the Emergency Department at Bridgeport Hospital, Connecticut. Elizabeth H. Anderson, PhD, APRN, BC, is at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care: May 2008 - Volume 19 - Issue 3 - p 192–199 Buy Abstract Stress and anxiety are significant problems for individuals living with HIV. Mind-body therapies such as progressive muscle relaxation training and guided imagery (PMRT-GI) are effective in treating stress and anxiety in chronically ill persons. The purpose of this study was to identify key elements of an effective and culturally acceptable PMRT-GI intervention for economically disadvantaged persons with HIV. PMRT-GI was provided to 24 participants from African American, White, and Hispanic backgrounds. Using Colaizzi's phenomenological method, participants were interviewed about their experiences with PMRT-GI. Responses were tape-recorded, read, and reread; significant phrases and sentences were identified; meanings were formulated; and results were validated with participants. Five themes emerged: another world, feeling content, ease in muscle tension, one-on-one, and soft music. Background information and past experience with complementary and alternative methods were obtained. © 2008Elsevier, Inc.