Creating SMART Goals, and Accomplishing Them with Hypnosis

December 30th, 2013 § Comments Off on Creating SMART Goals, and Accomplishing Them with Hypnosis § permalink

It’s that time of year again, time for New Year’s resolutions. Hypnosis is an excellent way to increase your chances of success when it comes to sticking to your resolutions. Creating resolutions that are realistic is an important first step.


There are lots of tips and tricks available to help us create goals that we can actually accomplish. One of my favorites is called the SMART system, and here’s how it works. » Read the rest of this entry «

How to Get the Most out of Self-Hypnosis

March 26th, 2013 § Comments Off on How to Get the Most out of Self-Hypnosis § permalink

OK, so you learned how to do self-hypnosis (Self-Hypnosis is Easy and Fun!), you know about creating positive suggestions for yourself, but, do you know how to get the most out of self-hypnosis and really get to the bottom of what you want?

In my practice at Intuitive Hypnosis in Portland, Oregon, I use an approach with my clients based on a Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) outcome frame. It is an excellent tool that I use with almost every client to help us narrow down exactly what they want as a result of their hypnosis treatment.

The NLP outcome frame has a lot of questions, all of which I use with clients in my office. I have narrowed down the questions to the most important, in my opinion, to include when combining with self-hypnosis. By learning to use this NLP outcome frame to create your outcome statement, you can learn to expertly define exactly what you want as you practice self-hypnosis. » Read the rest of this entry «

Treating Chronic Pain With Hypnosis

March 9th, 2013 § Comments Off on Treating Chronic Pain With Hypnosis § permalink

Nobody wants to live a life consumed with pain. The suggestion to “just relax” to alleviate pain can seem almost insulting to those suffering from intense persistent physical pain. However, having an understanding of what happens chemically in our bodies when we are experiencing pain can help in our understanding as to how simple relaxation exercises, via hypnosis, can go a long way to relieving our pain.

We know that cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal glands and sometimes called the “stress hormone” is activated in reaction to stress. Pain is stressful, and when we are in pain and under stress our bodies are flooded with stress hormones. When we are flooded with stress hormones we are actually in a fight or flight response. It takes a great deal of energy for our bodies to maintain the fight or flight response and there is an allocation of energy away from the viscera (our body cavity), to our arms and legs during this response. In short, this means our immune system is compromised, our digestive system is compromised, and we have a minimal amount of energy to allow the natural healing process to  proceed.

Through the use of hypnosis, one can learn to access a deep state of relaxation, thus keeping the cortisol and other stress hormones at bay. This allows the immune system to function properly, and provides a healthy environment for healing to take place in our bodies. Through the use of visualization in hypnosis, many pain sufferers find relief from the agonizing experience of chronic pain. Visualization is not for everyone, but everyone can benefit from the depth of relaxation experienced through hypnosis.

For further information on the physiology of pain and stress management see: Preventing chronic pain with stress management.

Modeling Healthy Eating Habits for Our Children

March 8th, 2013 § Comments Off on Modeling Healthy Eating Habits for Our Children § permalink

Modeling healthy eating habits for our children helps prevent them from becoming junk food addicts and has a greater influence than the mother’s eating habits while pregnant .

It is common knowledge that what we consume, or whether or not we smoke, when are pregnant will have an effect on our baby. So it makes sense that if a pregnant mother consumes a diet rich in junk food, that the baby may be effected by the quality of nutrients. The following study suggests that pregnant mothers who consume junk food actually cause changes in the development of the opioid signaling pathway in the brains of their unborn children. This change results in the babies being less sensitive to opioids, which are released upon consumption of foods that are high in fat and sugar. In turn, these children, born with a higher “tolerance” to junk food need to eat more of it to achieve a “feel good” response. (See  Eating junk food while pregnant may make your child a junk food addict)

While I agree that the consumption of junk food while pregnant is not healthy for mother or child, it seems to me that the eating habits and lifestyle of the family unit after the baby is born has more influence on whether or not a child becomes a junk food addict. In other words, modeling healthy eating habits for our children helps prevent them from becoming junk food addicts and has a greater influence than the mother’s eating habits while pregnant. Learning about nutrition is interesting and fun, and learning to like new foods can be enhanced with the use of hypnosis. Hypnosis is about behavior change, and eating is one behavior we have participated in since the day we were born! Almost all the clients I’ve worked with in regard to weight loss have had an addiction to one or more categories of junk food. Hypnosis is a very effective way to eliminate the cravings for junk food, thus eliminating the addiction.

I’d like to believe that it’s never too late to learn about nutrition, and model that behavior for our children and grandchildren. If you feel that you are addicted to sweets, or chips, or anything that is not good for you, hypnosis can help.

Fruits and Veggies Good for Emotional Health

March 7th, 2013 § Comments Off on Fruits and Veggies Good for Emotional Health § permalink

When it comes to feeding our families, it is easy to become overwhelmed with so much focus on gluten-free foods, food allergies, organic food choices, etc. Separating the chaff from the wheat (pun intended) can be quite a challenge. What a relief to know that sticking to a healthy, clean, and green regimen is still supported by scientific research as noted in Many apples a day keep the blues at bay.

As this report shows, there is a strong day-to-day relationship between more positive mood and higher fruit and vegetable consumption, but not other foods. That makes it easy to shop for your family, easy to plan meals, and easy to cook! In the early days of processed foods, they were seen as a convenience. Now that we understand the harmful effects of eating a diet heavy in processed foods, they don’t seem so convenient anymore.  Thank goodness for natural foods! After all, what could be more convenient than fresh fruits and vegetables?

However, some people don’t like fruits and vegetables. In the past four years, I have had the pleasure of working with more than a few clients whose desired behavior change was to learn to like fruits and vegetables. As adults we usually eat and enjoy more foods than we did as children, but that early childhood programing can often keep us from enjoying a wide variety of foods. Hypnosis can help by re-programming your mind, and your taste buds!

As parents, and grandparents, it’s important to remember to feed our children fresh fruits and veggies at a young age,  allowing them to develop a taste for what is healthy. Be a good role model for your children. Keep a fresh supply of fruits and vegetables on hand at all times, and eat them yourself. Children imitate what they learn at home. Eat fresh, clean, and green!

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