Pre Surgery Hypnosis: An Excellent Stress Reliever

As anyone familiar with the relaxation powers of hypnosis is aware, it leaves you feeling calm, soothed and worry free. Unlike other calming techniques or supplements, hypnosis is 100% natural and risk free. It does not interfere with any medications you may be taking, nor does it induce any “hangover” type feelings once it has worn off.

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Is Hypnosis a Paradox?

Hypnotizing WatchEvery hypnotist will quell one of your biggest fears surrounding hypnosis: What if hypnosis is like mind-control? Especially if you haven’t been hypnotized before, you are probably wondering if, during your trance, you’ll be at the complete mercy of the hypnotist. And every hypnotist worth his/her salt will tell you emphatically that hypnosis is indeed not mind control.

But wait a minute. How can hypnosis live up to its definition of conscious surrender at the behest of the hypnotist to create subconscious change and at the same time not be in a sense, mind-control? Don’t you need the hypnotist to control your mind to some extent for he to get beneath rational cognitive blocks you are having trouble changing? What gives?

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Can Hypnosis Relieve Pain During Childbirth?

Pregnant WomanWe’ve all seen Hollywood’s stereotypical child birthing scenes; The sweating mother grabbing a nurse by the collar hollering, “give me the drugs!” It seems that epidural pain killers have become somewhat of a given when someone thinks of a birthing scene.

But what if this didn’t have to be the case? I’m sure we are a long way off from a completely pain free birthing process but, hypnosis can most certainly “take the edge off”. Although it isn’t really replacing the epidural (yet!), the two methods seem to work extremely well together.

We recently found an article that discusses this issue…

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Comment on the Tragedy in Newtown, CT: Grieving and Moving Forward

After the terrible tragedy in Newtown, CT on Friday, December 14th, I don’t write this blog post as a hypnotist but as a father of two girls, both of whom were six years old several years ago.

What happened at the Sandy Hook Elementary School was nothing short of a horror. It is an event that evokes our deepest empathy and soul-searching. Most of us are onlookers to this terrible event, and as onlookers who care about our fellow travelers through this life we try to do our best contribute…to help those who are suffering and to somehow prevent future horrors from occurring.

We can contribute our ideas for policy change. We can contribute more time to our own parenting, and in many other ways as well. I have this “measly” little blog in which I can contribute my own thoughts on how to overcome grief. I’m a professional at helping people, and I’d love to contribute by sharing with you what I’ve learned.

Moving On and Moving Forward

There is a difference between moving on and moving forward. Moving on is a rather cold concept that suggests removing, or even forgetting the past incident that warrants moving on from. For the parents and close relatives of those fallen Angels in Newtown, CT, I don’t suggest they move on; instead I suggest they move forward.

When you lose someone so precious to you it is very hard to think of anything else other than the black hole that has become your heart, but you must continue to live as a dedication to them. Start a scholarship, travel the world, do whatever you need to do to bring color to your loved one’s memory. He or She is not gone, nor are you hopeless, if there is dedication.

We can’t make sense of that tragedy. It goes beyond sense. What about making sense of mental illness that causes tragedy to occur? We can most likely make sense of that…but then what? We end up plaguing the event with more questions. Why is mental illness so destructive? Why does this world or our society allow for child murder? Why my child?

No matter what, grief takes us to the unanswerable. My advice is…don’t let it. Don’t try to make sense of it and drag yourself down that dismal road. Blame it to the Gods, to fate, to psychosis, to coincidence, or what have you. The important thing is that you face your tomorrow with a certainty that is yours and yours alone.

Again, my thoughts are with those affected, both directly and like myself, indirectly. May those little Angels hop from cloud to cloud, forever bathed in warm light.

Hypnosis for PTSD: Helping Your Recover From Emotional Pain

Statue Three Servicemen Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that develops out of some kind of extreme psychological event that usually involved the threat of injury or death. This can be war, rape, assault, or domestic abuse, as just a few examples.

The symptoms usually show themselves as flashback episodes, nightmares, associating events in your life with that prior event, emotional numbing, despondency, hyper-vigilance, anger, and physical manifestations of headaches, dizziness, and agitation.

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