RELAXATION&

PROPER BREATHING

 

I think it helps to think of Wellness as a Journey, Not a Destination. I am among millions who are on this journey. I consider any type of illness, injury and pain as something that comes into our life to teach us something valuable. I believe they present us with opportunities to learn and grow. Whether we accept them or struggle against "what is" makes a huge difference in the quality of our journey.  

Intellectually, I always considered the breath important, but I still didn't quite grasp how significant the breath is to our well-being. The idea that proper breathing could lessen pain and that relaxation techniques could help heal the body was something I never quite believed, that is, until I became a Hypnotherapist.

 

When you trigger the relaxation response through your breathing you are in essence, telling your body that it is time for cell regeneration, repair and healing. Your immune system is refueled and strenghtened by proper breathing and relaxation so the more time we devote to this the more opportunity we give our body to heal and remain healthy.

 

The way we breathe normally is far more likely to signal our fight or flight mechanism than it is to signal our body to relax and repair, Implementing breathing and relaxation techniques can lead to profound changes in a person's ability to take control of their health by discovering the power of their own heart to create well-ness. 

I HELP PEOPLE USE THEIR BREATH TO STIMULATE THEIR BODY'S NATURAL ABILITY TO HEAL.

I never believed that breathing could help me manage my pain until I was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis. Bladder pain can be one of the most uncomfortable types of pain there is, but because many pain killers irritated my stomach I resorted to other natural alternatives. In my first hypnosis course for pain management I learned how crucial proper breathing techniques are for decreasing discomfort. I was skeptical at first, but after 5 years of personal experience I am a convert. 

Relaxation, triggered through the breath, blocks certain pain pathways to the brain and may help people learn to manage their pain better. 

 

  

 

PAIN MANAGEMENT

Pain always has a purpose. It should never be ignored. If it does not go away you should first consult your primary physician.  For this reason I require that any clients who would like me to help them manage their pain bring a referral from their doctor. I need to know that you have talked to your doctor and that he or she is okay with our sessions for pain management. 

Jeg trenger tillatelse fra din behandlende lege for å bruke hypnose til smerte håndtering eller smerte lindring. Uansett din medisinske tilstand må jeg be om å få skriftlig tillatelse fra legen din før vi starter vårt samarbeid. 

 

I DO NOT TREAT PAIN. I educate and teach people tools and skills they can use to help gain control over their discomfort and reduce their pain. I help them lessen their suffering  and improve the quality of their life. 

 

Jeg behandler ikke smerter. Jeg lærer mennesker måter og ferdigheter de kan bruke for å få bedre kontroll over ubehaget og redusere smertene. Jeg hjelper dem med å minske lidelsen og forbedre livskvaliteten. 

 

Medical procedures and injuries can cause pain and in some ways this pain is the easiest to treat because we understand why we have it. Pain becomes scarier when we do not know why we have it or why it isn't going away. I once lived with chronic pain so I know how easily it can take over our life. Physical and emotional pain can steal our dreams and leave us feeling hopeless and helpless. Pain can rob our present moment and damage our quality of life.  


Research shows that hypnosis is effective in lessening the intensity of pain. I recommend that my clients google hypnosis for pain mangement and read all the published studies that show this. 

Being able to use your mind to make your body feel more comfortable is a powerful thing. The right hypnotic suggestions may help change your body's response to pain, give you more comfort and may help you gain a sense of control over your pain, so you can feel better. I teach people struggling with pain how to del with it better so they can live a better life.

Hypnosis, EFT, NLP, Breathing Techniques, Relaxation, Cognitive Restructuring (changing the way we think about our pain)  and other more effective coping strategies can help people learn to decrease, control and manage their pain in significant and lasting ways.

 

Few people realize that we do not experience pain until the signals reach our brain. Once this happens many areas of the brain, the Thalamus, Anterior Cingulate Cortex, Insula, Prefrontal Cortex and the Somatosensory Cortex, involved in thinking, emotions and physical sensations are engaged. During hypnosis I use suggestions which target these areas and help improve the way you process your pain. in other words, your Pain Experience.  I develop suggestions using feedback I receive from you which may reduce the intensity of pain, and the negative role it plays in your life.

 

Two things happen when you injure your finger. First, nerve endings called Nociceptors are activated. These send signals which travel up through the spinal cord to the brain. Second, once these signals reach it you experience the sensation of pain. But how you experience that pain depends on how your brain interpreted that signal.

 

Pain signals get sorted depending on our thoughts and emotions and the more negative our state of mind the more intense the pain experience becomes. You may not be able to do much about the fact that you cut your finger, but you can control how your brain will sort that signal. How? By remembering that your emotional state has an extremely influential role in how you feel pain. Our emotions, thoughts and behavior will all affect how much that finger will hurt. If the first thing you do is panic and fast forward to a bad case scenario involving Sepsis and terrible infections, like I used to do, then chances are it's going to hurt like hell. On the other hand, if you stay calm, breathe in a way that activates your relaxation response and deactivates the fight or flight, it will hurt a lot less.     

 

Relaxation and proper breathing can come to the rescue anytime, anywhere. The trick is to learn how to call these superheroes when you need them. Relaxation helps inhibit two pain pathways to the brain. The Delta and C-Nerve Fibers. So that the more relaxed you are the less pain you feel. 

What happens when we have chronic pain? From a neurological perspective this means that the more thoughts we have about our pain the bigger and stronger those pain neural networks in our brain become and the larger they become the harder it is to think of anything except the pain. Hopelessness is chronic pain's best friend. The attention and therefore, our energy is on our pain. Physics tells us that the more energy and focus we place on what hurts the more it will hurt and the longer it will last. This may seem hard to accept but what happens is that our body, on a chemical, biological, hormonal and physiological level, may become addicted to our pain, whether the root cause is emotional or physical. When pain captures our attention it seems to never want to let go.   

 

Our beliefs about pain can influence how intense it becomes and how long it lasts. Expectations play a role. If your pain gets worse in the mornings because that's what usually happens, then with time you start to expect it in the mornings. This expectation signals your brain to give it to you. It seems crazy, but pain is considered a behavior. Your body gets used to "doing it" just like when you eat too many sweets, or drink too much. To the body it becomes a habit.  Research shows that worst thing we can do is believe that our pain will not go away.  If we see it as the enemy, and constantly think about how terrible our life is, and all the bad things that will happen if the pain never goes away we create even more stress in our body which will make it worse. And as we experience more pain we become more anxious and this leads to more pain. This cycle is one that can seem impossible to break unless we learn how.

 

Hypnosis can help a person improve his attitude towards his pain, With a better attitude and better coping skills it is amazing how much better many people generally feel about their quality of life, even if they still have some pain.

Believe it or not pain can sometimes have good intentions. I help clients create a healthier understanding and attitude toward their pain because it can be an important messenger and a great teacher. Confronting our pain and accepting it can lead to some remarkable insight. Often when clients begin to improve their relationship with pain and their thoughts about it they relax and their pain goes away or decreases.

 

Avoiding exercise your doctor recommended and activities that once gave you joy  because you are afraid it might worsen the pain, becoming overly reliant on other people, or expecting doctors to fix the problem while you wait and do nothing may negatively influence how long your pain will last and how much you hurt. 

 

Part of what I do during a session for Pain Management is educate you about how pain works, what you can do to make it better, what you are doing that may be making  it worse. The way you feel and process pain is unique to you. Together we develop specific suggestions, unique to your situation, that reflect improved and more empowering thoughts, opinions, attitude and behaviors. During hypnosis we use these to change your Pain Experienc in a way that improves your quality of life.

Depending on the personal preferences of my client I may also incorporate techniques such as EFT or Tapping, MIndfulness and Somatic Healing Hypnotherapy, created by David Quigley.  All of these tools target the cognitive and emotional component of pain which may constitute a huge percentage to the overall experience of pain. 

 

STRESS MANAGEMENT

The Corona virus is now the tiger in everyone's backyard. The problem is that our body does not know when it will be safe again so we are stuck in survival mode. 

 

The stress hormones your body releases when a predator is present can save your life but they can just as easily harm you. When running away is not an option our body has to learn to live with the enemy breathing down its' back. And it does, but the price we pay costs us our life force. We may be breathing, but inside we don't feel very alive or free.

 

Since the body cannot tell the difference between the stressors in your life and a true predator it lives in a state of getting ready to run or fight. It doesn't know that the job you hate, the boss making you miserable, the feelings of guilt, anger or unworthyness inside you are not a bear ready to attack. The body goes into "emergency mode" and releases chemicals and hormones that help you deal with all the things you don't like and subconsciously pose a physical or emotional threat.

 

The bad thing is that there is no energy left over to heal and repair. When you constantly live like the bear is just outside your home you don't breathe right and you don't get enough oxygen and you unconsciously tense your muscles 24/7 in preparation for the next bad thing to come along, whether it's a headache or a bank statement.

 

But what happens inside of us when we feel threatened? Well, our bodies release cortisol, the stress hormone, because it is secreted in higher levels during moments when we want to fight, hide or run away. Too much cortisol can contribute to all sorts of not so good things. It can worsen the pain of Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritic, cause fatigue, migraines, back pain, nail biting, digestive problems, and skin problems, but you probably already know this from experience. 

 

When we constantly repress emotions such as fear, we unwittingly stress the body in ways that open the door to disease and chronic pain conditions. Hypnosis can be a way to find old, accumulated emotions that need to be processed and released. During a session it's amazing the many layers of stress that can be released from the body, leaving my clients feeling more free and light hearted than they ever thought possible.  

 

Stress Management involves finding ways to manage all the chronic stressors in our life so that our backyard does not become a breeding ground for tigers. Keeping cortisol and adrenaline levels normal can do a lot for our well-being and there are many things we can do to make sure our bodies produce more of the pleasure hormones. 

I teach clients Acceptance and Mindfulness, Relaxation and Heart breathing  and Self-Hypnosis.           

 

If your body lives in a self-perpetuating, never-ending, cycle of tension and fear you run, when you should be walking towards a solution. The hormones of stress scramble our brain literally. Our brains emit High Beta brain waves that make clear, good thinking impossible. For example, I teach students valuable techniques so that they can bring their tired, panicked brains down to mid range beta right before an exam. In this state the brain finds logical solutions and stored information much easier to retrieve. A brain in high beta forgets what it memorised a moment ago. 

Any physical or mental stress whether it is caused by overwork, an injury, the toxins in our environment or the food we eat ends up affecting us emotionally. If our stomach hurts or we become overtired, we feel the consequences. I teach clients valuable tools that help them deal effectively with emotional stress.  

 

 

 

 

IMAGINING CHANGE

I CAN TEACH YOU TO USE YOUR IMAGINATION TO EMPOWER YOUR MIND, YOUR BODY AND YOUR LIFE

 

The greatest gift we have is our imagination, and it is one we have yet to completely unwrap. Imagining change is the first step towards changing anything.

 

Discipline and desire are not always enough to create change. We have to mentally rehearse our way towards change.

 

If you are wondering why using your imagination has not worked for you it is because not all imagining is created equal. Effective imagining is crucial to change work because it influences your subconscious mind in very real ways.

 

The best way to change is to rehearse what that change is going to look and feel like everyday. When you practice doing things differently, feeling the way you want and thinking about what you want instead of thinking constantly about what you don't want, all in the privacy of your imagination, CHANGE HAPPENS.

 

The key is to convince our brain and body that things are already different.

 

Thoughts create a biochemical and physiological response in the body. Just visualizing eating a lemon, the tartness of it, the juiciness of the pulp and this simple imagining triggers a salivary response in your body. If done properly, this technique can create powerful change in your body.  

 

When most people visualize about anything, they are really looking at themselves or the object of their imagination on a T.V or movie screen. But in order to use our brain to make change we need to learn how to visualize effectively. If you can't step into the body of that actor in your own mental movie, you are not doing it properly. 

 

If you want to visualize your way to better health or any change you have to channel your emotions and senses to turn images into fantasy. Smelling, hearing, seeing and touching makes it real in your mind.

It's like thinking about a nice vacation in Italy as opposed to fantisizing about it! The fantasy has you seeing, smelling, tasting and hearing the buzz in the restaurant as you eat that delicious pizza!

The phrase, fake it til you make it, is what effective visualisation is all about. What people don't realise is that the perfect training ground is in your head. Once you learn how to create visually, there is no such thing as faking it. Because as far as your mind body is concerned, it´s happening for real!

 

The visualization I teach is a kind of mental rehearsal with 3 steps. It's you setting the intention for the change you want to see in your life, practicing it in your head, speaking better, feeling better etc...Experiencing the change. In other words, not just seeing yourself doing it, but feeling yourself doing it, thinking it. To visualize with purpose is to experience something in your head that feels exactly like it does when you experience it in real life. How do you feel when achieve something in reality? When you finally break that habit, or get well? The sicker or the more addicted you were then the happier, more relieved and grateful you feel. So then, when you visualize you have to feel just as joyful and relieved and blessed.   

 

Without emotions  anything we imagine remains inert. It is like plugging a phone into a defective socket. It will not charge. Your imagination will not charge suffciently to trigger change or attract the desired outcome. 

 

For sport athletes there is so much riding on a win and years of discipline, hard work and determination may not be enough. Mentally rehearsing the win is a skill that needs to be learned and practiced. Emotions are the proof that you won. They give your body the knowingness, not that it can win, but that it already won! However, being able to create feelings of happiness, amazing gratitude and the thrill of success is not always as easy as we may think. I help clients find the resources to do this. 

 

If hard work is not getting you the results you deserve in your chosen sport then contact me about taking the right steps towards finishing first! 

 

In Quantum Physics there is something called the Observer Effect; the more we observe an outcome the greater the probability that it will happen. But, how do we observe something that has not happened yet? Well, we can in our imagination! Remember, that when we fantasise properly, our mind and body do not know that what we are observing is not real! So we increase the chances of a desired outcome. 


Change work also involves taking desired change into the future. I believe that time is not linear, the future you affects the present you and the present you affects the future you.  In hypnosis you can learn to repeatedly visualize going into the future you wish, living life as the person you aspire to become. Having made the changes that allow your future self to behave, think and feel the way your present self would like.   

 

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SELF-HYPNOSIS

 

 

Selv-hypnose er en trygg og veldig effektiv måte å oppnå forandringer i helsen, oppførselen, tankegangen og følelsene hos personer med normal mental tilstand. 

 

Hypnotists are often accused of brainwashing people on T.V and in books, but the truth is we brainwash ourselves into thinking all sorts of things that may not be true. We can go about our day repeating negative thoughts about how undeserving or imperfect we are without realizing what we are doing. We can mindlessly auto-suggest how awful, guilty, broke, scared, tired and angry we are. The brain learns by repetition and you become more of what you keep telling yourself you are.

 

Think of self-hypnosis as positive, mindful brainwashing. We can use it to brain wash ourselves into thinking, feeling and behaving the way we want. perhaps more happy, healthy, loving and confident. I practice self-hypnosis everyday, and it makes me a strong believer in what any of us can achieve when we use the power of our mind to create better health and a better life. 

The best way to change is to rehearse new behaviors, feelings and thoughts in your imagination. And that is basically what you do during self hypnosis. Hypnosis puts the imagination to work in a very specific and goal oriented way. 

Hypnosis is really about the power of suggestions we give ourselves. My special area of interest is teaching people to use self-hypnosis to improve their emotional and physical health. 

The beauty of learning self-hypnosis is that you intentionally feed your super computer, the subconscious mind, data, in the form of phrases that tell it what you want and who you want to be. Not what you don't want.

We can work together to create powerful, life changing suggestions that your mind and body can absorb 100%. We tend to complain about how little control we seem to have over what shows up in our life. Invest in your present moment by learning and adding a daily practice of self-hypnosis. It can be an amazing way to take control of your life by feeling differently about who are, where you have been and where you are going. 

The Power of Intention is a fascinating thing, as the book, The Intention Experiment by Lynne Mctaggert clearly demonstrates. 5-15 minutes of self-hypnosis practice sends a clear, meaningful intention about the reality you want to create, manifest and attract in your life.

 

Dr. Joe Dispenza helps people understand that what you imagine mirrors what shows up in your life. When you do self-hypnosis you create the perfect background for improving your imagining skills, skills which trigger and maintain good change. And the more you mentally rehearse what "has already changed by having what you want", the more "true" it becomes in your life. . If you don't believe me book an appointment and prove yourself wrong. 

The first thing I help clients with is goal setting. We are experts on what we don't want, but often we need practice defining a precise, clear goal of what we do want, imagining that we have achieved it and feeling those emotions of happiness and empowerment.  

 

One of the things I ask clients to do when they practice self-hypnosis is to experience their future self so clearly, that their body is tricked into thinking the changes have happened. Your future self can become your body's greatest resource, 

 

WELLNESS JOURNEYS

 

I custom make wellness journeys for individuals based on their personal likes, dislikes, life situation and health issues. These inward journeys invite our body's deepest, most divine intelligence to communicate and show us or tell us what we need to do to bring physical and emotional wellness into our lives.  

 

Good, healthy communication is at the root of healthy relationships. This is certainly true when it comes to the relationship we have with our body. It has valuable information to share about how to heal if only we would take the time to learn how to listen. 

 

Your body has a divine, inner intelligence and wisdom that can help you heal or find peace or solutions to conflicting or confusing issues. I can help you tune into it so you can benefit from its' messages.  Everyone has an Inner Healer and their own Wise Counsel; how that being reveals itself to you is unique. With my help you can take yourself on a journey to find and communicate with it.  

 

I use powerful techniques that I have learned speed healing and help people take control of their own physical and emotional health. Paul Aurand, Director of the Holistic Healing Center in New York City developed a technique called Body Wisdom which stimulates the body's natural ability to heal. David Quigley, creator of Alchemical Hypnotherapy, developed a technique called Somatic Healing which allows your Subconscious Mind to help you heal.  

 

Illness can bring it own message and wisdom, and during hypnosis I can help you enter into a dialogue with your body and tap into its inner wisdom.  

 

SPIRITUAL

WELL-BEING

Spiritual well-being is important because it has direct bearing on our physical and emotional health. Spiritual health adds enormously to our energetic health which is essential, because we are at our most fundamental level, energy! 

 

At some point as humans we experience a restlessness and yearning that feels soul deep. But often we are just to busy doing, achieving, surviving financially and meeting all our other obligations to pay attention to that feeling. Pain may be a necessary part of being human, but as I have read, suffering is optional. It doesn't seem that way, but it is more a choice than we realize. I believe that people with strong spiritual foundations feed an inner wisdom that spares them deep suffering. 

There is a type of happiness called Eudaimonic happiness. This comes from feeling a sense of purpose and direction in life. Researchers have discovered that it is this type of happiness is associated with very positive activity in immune cells. 

When we get lost in our lives and lose sight of the bigger picture we tend to suffer more. Hypnosis often facilitates an inner journey that provides people with more clarity and renewed focus on their soul's intent.

 

I love when clients come to me with the goal of learning more about the reasons why they decided to come into this world. What were they born to do? Are they fulfilling their life's purpose? As we age these questions become more urgent and significant. Often we feel like we are just cruising through life with no real purpose; accomplishing many things on a human level, but somehow not attending to the even greater agenda of our soul. Ticking many boxes, but not the one that counts.

The hypnotic journey can give you a very effective means of connecting with your soul. I help facilitate in-utero journeys for those who wish to travel to the very begining of their present life. While in the womb it is far easier to connect with our soul, ask questions, get more clarity and steer our lives in a better. more focused direction.

Many people suffer from inexplicable pain or fear. For those of you who believe that the answers to your current challenges lie in a past life, I can facilitate a Past Life Regression. Many of my clients who have chosen to explore their past lives have greatly benefited from learning what lessons and challenges their past selves went through. Including a soul review that revealed what they did well and what they could have done better.  All this information helped them make sense of things in this life they could not understand, and it and gave them a clearer picture of the "why" of many situations they had experienced in this life.

 

The insights gained during this type of regression have an enormous potential for healing, positive change, and for creating the greater inner peace we all seek. 

 

7TH PATH

SELF-HYPNOSIS

The 7th Path Self-Hypnosis (copyrighted) system is a holistic, Mind-Body-Spirit approach to making powerful positive changes in your life. It was developed by Cal Banyan, Board Certified Hypnotherapist and Certified Instructor of Hypnotherapy and CEO at the Banyan Hypnosis Center for Training and Services in Dallas, Texas. As a certified 7th Path teacher I am able to offer this amazing, life changing self-hypnosis program to people who would like to work on their own emotional and behavioral challenges at their own pace and in the privacy of their own mind.

Our past can often influence our daily life in negative and unconscious ways. When we overeact often we bring anger from the past into the present moment and into our future without realizing it.

7th Path allows us to work through all the situations and events from the past which are still unresolved and release buried emotional stressors that may be contributing to addictions, habits, unhappiness and poor health. You can use it to make any change and achieve any goal. It removes limiting programs that result in you living a limited life and "re-program yourself for success". 

It is perfect for people who want to feel better about themselves and want to release the guilt, anger, resentment and fear that holds them back. Practitioners of 7th Path are able to stay connected to a force greater than themselves to make positive changes that extend from the deepest parts of their soul to every area outside their lives to think better, feel better and do better. 

For more information please contact me. 

TREAT YOURSELF TO CHANGE