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 «

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.

Phantom Limb Pain and Hypnosis

July 3rd, 2013 § Comments Off on Phantom Limb Pain and Hypnosis § permalink

Phantom Limb Pain and Hypnosis: Phantom limb pain is caused by the nerves that would normally communicate energy to an amputated or missing limb. Hypnosis can help rewire the brain.

Phantom limb pain is a very interesting phenomenon. It is the sensation that the amputated or missing limb is still attached to the body, and is actually moving with other body parts. Phantom pain happens when the nerves that would normally communicate energy to the missing limb cause pain. The pain sensations are generally described as burning sensations or other strange sensations that can be very agonizing for some people. Some experience temperature change in the missing limb,  itchiness, or the sensation that the limb is in an uncomfortable position and causing great discomfort.

A variety of treatments to alleviate phantom pain are available including  medication, physical treatment, nerve block, neuromodulation, and surgical treatment. Mirror therapy is another option for pain relief, and based on what we know about the subconscious mind, it makes a lot of sense. You may recall, from previous posts, that the subconscious mind does not discriminate between actually doing something and pretending or thinking about doing something.

In mirror therapy, a mirror box is used to trick the brain into thinking, and seeing, that the missing limb still exists. The patient places the good limb in a position that is reflected back in a way that makes the brain see two matching limbs. The patient then makes movements with the good limb, and the brain sees the reflected imagine of both limbs moving. Through the use of this artificial visual feedback, it becomes possible for the patient to “move” the phantom limb into a comfortable position.

Hypnosis is often used for pain management and in the case of phantom pain, it seems clear to me how valuable it can be to practice “seeing” the missing limb moving and responding in a way the helps to alleviate the pain. Again, the subconscious mind does not know the difference between doing and pretending. For those who are not visual, they can improve the degree of pain they experience by engaging in the “feeling” sense of the limb moving. The power of our mind is phenomenal, and hypnosis can expedite the desired outcome in many cases.

 

 

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