Is Hypnosis Part of Your Health Care Strategy?

January 31st, 2014 § Comments Off on Is Hypnosis Part of Your Health Care Strategy? § permalink

Is Hypnosis Part of Your Health Care Strategy?

The use and acceptance of hypnosis as a viable method of complementary health care is on the rise. I recently read a newspaper article from the 1970’s, entitled Police Told Perils of Hypnosis, which gave the strong impression that hypnosis was dangerous and not to be messed with. Thank goodness, things have changed since then!

Thanks to TV and radio ads for hypnosis, and the barrage of “Groupon” type discounts for hypnosis, the public in general is becoming less skeptical of its value and legitimacy. The word “hypnosis” is becoming more mainstream, less suspicious for many. » Read the rest of this entry «

The 6 Most Popular Weight Loss Topics

December 11th, 2013 § Comments Off on The 6 Most Popular Weight Loss Topics § permalink

After working with hundreds of weight loss clients over the years I have identified the 6 most popular weight loss topics. This article explains them.

I’ve written about weight loss before, but I’d like talk about it in more detail today. There’s an old saying that goes something like this, “Until your disgust and dislike of the status quo is greater than your disgust and dislike of making change, nothing is going to change.”

It sounds obvious, but for a lot of people who want to lose weight, the idea of actually changing their behavior is unacceptable. They want to lose weight, to be smaller, to look better, but not at the expense of changing their eating habits, and for many, certainly not if they have to exercise! It just seems too hard, and for many, after repeated attempts and failures, it’s just not realistic.

This is where hypnosis comes in. Hypnosis is NOT a magic wand, but for those who understand, and accept, the fact that they need to change their relationship with food, it can make that transition much quicker, more enjoyable, and permanent.

After working with hundreds of weight loss clients over the years I have identified certain patterns and similarities in regard to weight loss obstacles. I’ve narrowed these patterns and similarities down to six and created not only a 6-pack of hypnosis recordings addressing each topic, but also a 12-hour weight loss workshop that addresses each topic in detail. (If you are interested in more information about the 6-pack of hypnosis recordings and/or the corresponding workshop, just click here: 12 Week Self-Guided Hypnosis Weight Loss Program download, Weight Loss Workshop) » Read the rest of this entry «

Starting Over with the Help of Hypnosis

October 31st, 2013 § Comments Off on Starting Over with the Help of Hypnosis § permalink

Starting Over with the Help of Hypnosis – A guest post by Caroline East, Consulting Hypnotist, on the use of hypnosis to manage the stress of change.

Starting Over: The act of recovering from, or adjusting to, an event which has affected one’s life in such a manner that life never returns to its previous state of “normal”.

The one common factor, no matter how varied the circumstance, is that each one of us, at multiple times in our lives, experiences an event, or events, which causes us to have to “start over.”

The most common events are: Birth of a baby, loss of a loved one, marriage, divorce, a traumatic event, surviving a long-term or serious illness, being diagnosed with a devastating illness, losing a job, starting a new job, moving, or changing careers.

All of these events, viewed either as positive or negative, generate stress by causing our life to veer off track in a different direction. We struggle through the transition, often floundering, trying to adapt to the changes that come with life’s new direction. Sometimes we can use help to deal with the stress related to “starting over.”

Do these common symptoms resonate with you: Fatigue, grief, focus and flexibility, pain, fear, performance anxiety (job, sports or academic)? I see, and address, these issues daily in my practice as a consulting hypnotist at Intuitive Hypnosis in Portland, Oregon. » Read the rest of this entry «

Using Hypnosis to Break the Cycle of Negative Thinking

September 4th, 2013 § Comments Off on Using Hypnosis to Break the Cycle of Negative Thinking § permalink

You know what it’s like to get a song stuck in your head. It’s annoying, but eventually it fades away and you forget that it was there in the first place. If only it were that easy to get rid of repetitive negative thinking! While it might not be as easy as letting that song fade away, it is possible to put an end to the cycle of repetitive negative thinking, and hypnosis can help.

It has been estimated that we have anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 thoughts a day, and many of them are repetitive. When I work with clients in regard to breaking the cycle of negative thinking, I often start by having them think about their brain in the following way:

Your Brain is Just another Organ

Think of your brain as just another organ in your body, like your heart, your liver, your lungs, and so on. Each of these organs has a very specific job to do. Your heart is responsible for the circulation of blood, your liver’s job is to filter this blood, your lungs do all the breathing, and the job of your brain is to think thoughts. That’s just what it does, it thinks thoughts. Here’s the important part, and a big “ah-ha” for a lot of people   You are not your thoughts! It’s true. You are not your thoughts; you are the witness, the observer, of your thoughts. You are the awareness behind the thoughts, just like you are aware of your heart pumping and your lungs breathing.

This change in perspective is the first step in the understanding that you have the ability to control your thoughts. Our emotions are the result of the thoughts we are thinking, so it makes sense that as you learn to control your thoughts, you also learn to control your feelings.   » Read the rest of this entry «

A Good Night’s Sleep is Icing on the Cake

July 17th, 2013 § Comments Off on A Good Night’s Sleep is Icing on the Cake § permalink

I recently wrote an article about the importance of a good night’s sleep, and how hypnosis can alleviate sleep issues. What I didn’t know at the time was about the added benefits of adequate sleep. According to this article A Good Night’s Sleep Increases the Cardiovascular Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle sleeping well enhances the benefits of an already healthy lifestyle.

I have noticed with a handful of clients, an almost “macho” attitude about surviving on minimal sleep, as though it were something to be proud of. Not only can sleep deprivation decrease the health benefits of a healthy diet, exercise, moderate alcohol consumption, and abstinence from the use of tobacco, it can result in an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

There are a variety of reasons for not getting sufficient sleep. They can include environmental factors, health problems, side effects from medication, stress and anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse, or just plain bad habits. Regardless of the cause, hypnosis is a very effective tool for creating healthy sleep patterns. I have worked with many clients who have suffered with insomnia for years, and with just one hypnosis session have successfully changed their sleep patterns.

There is nothing like a good night’s sleep! It’s normal to have occasional bouts of sleeplessness, but if you experience persistent issues with your ability to get a full night’s sleep, give hypnosis a try. It’s easy, it’s safe, and it works.

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    Debbie Taylor
    Consulting Hypnotist
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    Debbie Taylor is both a consulting hypnotist and a certified hypnosis instructor. She has a Masters degree in Organizational Management and over 20 years experience working with children and families in public and private education as both a teacher and principal. As the owner of Intuitive Hypnosis in Portland, Oregon and the Portland School of Hypnosis she has expanded her ability to help others by utilizing hypnosis to assist people in empowering themselves to lose weight; stop smoking and/or quit chewing tobacco; reduce stress and anxiety; improve performance in sports, academics, and much more.  Read More...
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