What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is the bridge to the Subconscious Mind. 90% of our behaviors are dictated by the Subconscious Mind. The Subconscious Mind is in charge of our emotions, intuition, imagination, memories, problem-solving skills, and instincts. There we can also find our limiting-beliefs and stuck emotions that prevent us from reaching our potential and developing a more successful and meaningful life. The superconscious mind is the source of our creative potential and our psychic abilities. It is the part of our mind that transcends time and space and access the quantum soup we live in. Time and space are a human construction. As Einstein explained these concepts are relatives. Although we are not aware of the superconscious in our awakened state, it is there holding all the resources we need to have a full and meaningful life. We naturally go into hypnosis seven to ten times a day. For example, when we daydream, when we go for a walk or running without any electronics that distract us, or when we are looking for the car key and it is in our hand already.
What is Integrative Hypnosis?
Integrative Hypnosis is a holistic approach to hypnotherapy that integrates the body-mind-spirit and superconscious concepts. It goes beyond the clinical approach; it includes the spiritual component that we all have. Hypnotherapy started in the medical field in the mid-1800s. By that time doctors would include the spiritual dimension to their practice. The notion of not only the subconscious mind but a notion of a superconscious mind was considered and addressed by the professionals. This type of hypnotherapy can be used to help with issues described in clinical hypnotherapy, but also includes contacting your Higher Self and your Angels, working with dreams, spirit releasement, past life regression, and developing inner peace.
How do I go into hypnosis?
First, you will experience what is called induction, which is relaxation. It allows the conscious mind to settle down to access the subconscious mind. Next, the hypnotherapist will flood the client’s subconscious mind with positive and healthier messages called suggestions. By the end, the hypnotherapist will help the client to come out of hypnosis in a gradual, yet fast process. The result is a wonderful feeling of well being. Eight to ten minutes of hypnosis is equivalent to three and a half hours of restful sleep. That is the reason clients feel so good and energized after a hypnosis session. It is important to remember that the client has total control over the hypnosis. The client is aware of what is going on during the session and will just accept suggestions that are in agreement with her/his goals.
What can hypnosis help with?
Hypnosis was born in the medical field. It has been used as hypnothesia by medical doctors to operate patients in situations where regular anesthesia was not available, for instance in wars, or where chemical anesthesia was too dangerous to be used. Hypnotherapy covers a broad spectrum of issues such as stress reduction, pain mitigation, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, phobias, fears, depression, fibromyalgia, sleep problems, and unhealthy habits, weight management, just to cite a few.
Do I sleep or become unconscious during the hypnosis?
No. You are in control the entire time. You will feel more relaxed and aware. But no one has any power or control over your mind or body. Some hypnotherapists say the word “sleep” during the induction (the relaxation phase), but it is just an expression. The word sleep can be substituted by “relax.”
What is Integrative Coaching?
Integrative coaching is a mindfulness-based approach to coaching that integrates the body-mind-spirit concept to manage stress, life changes, and challenges that we encounter in our everyday life. By becoming mindful (aware) of your wholeness you develop self-awareness and self-knowledge. You also develop a compassionate mentality that helps you to better understand yourself and others. In turn, you live a more mindful and meaningful life. It becomes a lifestyle; a mindful way to experience life in all its potential.
What is Restorative Yoga?
Restorative Yoga is the art and the science of rest! Restorative Yoga is for everyone! There is no need for previous experience with yoga. It is a practice that aims for total relaxation of the body and mind through resting poses. The emphasis is on the quality of the poses rather than the quantity. The poses are held between 3 to 15 minutes, so the physical body has enough time to restore and rejuvenate itself. Thus, the student will learn to keep relaxed which is a protective factor against distress and its unhealthy consequences.
What can Restorative Yoga help me with?
Restorative Yoga is a delightful practice, which enables the students to learn about the seven types of rest: physical, creative, spiritual, emotional, sensory, social, and mental. By practicing relaxation, the stillness of the body and mind, meditation, and breathing techniques the student allows healing and restoration to take place. Restorative Yoga is helpful for people who are going through undesired habits recovery and life transitions, which cause a lot of stress. It is highly recommended for those who are dealing with chronic stress and its devastating effects. According to Judith Hanson Lasater: “…during deep relaxation, all the organ systems of the body are benefited, and few of the measurable results of deep relaxation are the reduction of the blood pressure, serum triglycerides and blood sugar levels in the blood, the increase of the “good cholesterol” levels, as well as improvement in digestion, fertility, elimination, the reduction of muscle tension, insomnia and generalized fatigue. When you stop agitating it, the body starts to repair itself.”
In general, the benefits of Restorative Yoga are:
- Decreases cortisol, the stress hormone
- Improves sleep, digestion, and immunity
- Releases tension in joints and muscles
- Teaches conscious control of relaxation
- Increases concentration and improves focus
- Creates balance within the nervous system
- Activates relaxation response
- Gateway to mindfulness
Why meditation? Simply because we deserve it! We deserve time to be with ourselves. Meditation is not about getting something; it is about letting go of what does not serve us, what brings us illusions. Meditation is a process of coming home in the now. The world is facing many challenging changes at this moment. We, human beings, are naturally afraid of changes because we are dealing with the “unknown.” But the unknown can be good if we give ourselves a chance to explore it from a different perspective. Anxiety and depression are generated in a fearful mind. It is okay to be sad due to sudden and catastrophic events in life or to be anxious when living under strong uncertainty. It becomes a problem when the human mind starts dwelling in fear of the future and constant mourning of the past. I appreciate the way Mark Williams, PhD., an Oxford University professor and Danny Penman, Ph.D. describe the human mind. It is didactic and helpful. They say the mind operates in two different modes: the doing mode, rational and analytical, and the being mode, intuitive and emotional. The problem arises when the doing mode wants to resolve emotional issues, such as fear, grief, sadness, despair, anxiety, depression, and so on. It is like trying to clean oil spill just with water. In fact, it worsens the problem rather than improve it. Thus, we feel trapped.
What is Mindfulness Meditation?
Mindfulness Meditation is a relief for a busy mind. It is the awareness of what is going on in our mind, moment by moment, without any kind of judgement. It soothes the mind, reinvigorates the soul, and relaxes the body. By learning how to switch from the doing mode of the mind to the being mode, we become aware of our inner world and all the resources we have to cope with any situation in our lives. When we meditate, we travel to the present moment, our real destination. When we meditate, we undress the worries or escapism of the future as well as the regrets or resentments from the past that our minds carry around, and just be.
How does the Mindfulness Meditation work?
It seems easy, but actually, it is not that simple. The mind’s nature is to wander; to jump around like monkeys as Buddha used to say. Contrary to what is believed meditation is not emptying the mind. We would be exhausted doing that because thinking is the natural state of the mind. Meditation is about being aware, being mindful of what is happening in the present moment. It brings awareness to many levels. This awareness of the present moment is called Mindfulness.
We starting by paying attention to our breathing. Surely, the mind will wander. And every time it happens, gently and compassionately you bring your attention to your breathing. By doing that over and over again you become aware what is preventing you to be present. It can happen due to emotionally charge thoughts (negative or positive thoughts); it can be emotions and feelings or body sensations, including pain. Mindfulness Meditation takes you out of the automatic pilot mode and put you fully in the present moment. So, you can be aware of what is happening and how to deal with it.
What are the benefits of practicing Mindfulness Meditation?
Mindfulness-based Meditation can be practice in many ways, for example, by sitting comfortably in a chair, walking, doing chores, and so on. It can reduce stress symptoms, such as chronic pain, anxiety, depression, improve mood and relationships. Studies have shown that mindfulness meditation improves the immune system and helps to prevent colds, flu, and other diseases (Chiesa, 2010; Williams & Penman, 2011). Mindfulness also decrease, ruminative thoughts, reduce stress arousal, and increase positive state of mind.