Hypnosis is often misunderstood and in Abu Dhabi it is no different - In the video we share below - we will be looking at what exactly hypnosis is and how it works. One common question people ask is whether hypnotherapy really works or not?

The reality is to understand why it works so well you need to understand how it works. So watch this video filmed by one of our associates Muneer Al Busaidi as he explains what hypnotherapy is and how it makes big changes.

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n the video above we covered that in order to make big changes we must address the most important part which is our mind. "It may seem strange but the mind is the starting point of all change." How Hypnosis works.

You mind has two parts--

1. The conscious mind                                                                                                                                                       2. Your unconscious/ subconscious mind

While the first one is the one we are more aware of, the latter is more important and powerful. Sort of like an iceberg-- we are much more aware of what is above the water but what is beneath the surface is so much bigger.

Our conscious mind is responsible for:

a. The thinking part of our brain/ decision making/ calculations                                                                                              b. Your short term memories                                                                                                                                              c. Will power

Your subconscious however handles

a. Your habits                                                                                                                                                                   b. Your emotions                                                                                                                                                               c. Your senses                                                                                                                                                                  d. Your beliefs                                                                                                                                                                  e. Your auto-pilot auto-pilot

Hypnosis is simply a focused state of attention which we use to to communicate with your subconscious mind. We all experience a form of hypnosis daily - just like we experience a form of excercise daily when we walk and carry shopping bags to the car.

Hypnotherapy is to your daily trance what a gym is to your daily walk with shopping bags. We concentrate natural things for a bigger result.

Why Hypnotherapy is powerful.

Sometimes our conscious mind (which makes decisions and has will power) wants one thing-- however our unconscious mind (which holds our habits, beliefs, memories and autopilot) may disagree. If your habits are always eating cake and you want to lose weight-- then there is a struggle because you are going against your subconscious mind.

When these two minds conflict with each other, hypnotherapy jumps in to help you out in aligning them.

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With today’s increasing costs, growing risks and the side effects associated with traditional medicine, consumers are looking for safer, more affordable healthcare options; options, which provide individuals more control over their wellness choices.

There has been a rising trend toward complimentary and integrative therapies over the past several years. Perhaps one of the main reasons for this trend is the patient/client-centered approach taken by most integrative practitioners. The uniqueness of the individual is considered in a comprehensive and holistic way. Employing the idea that chronic dis-ease in the body is created over time and is fueled by lifestyle, environment, trauma, and how one deals with and adapts to daily stress.

Below are seven integrative therapy choices that are making their way into mainstream healthcare and proving to be viable and effective treatment options.

1. Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)

Chronic back, joint and muscle pain is a daily fact of life for far too many in today’s fast paced work-a-day world. The causes range from environmental and lifestyle factors such as poor posture, sports injury, repetitive motion, lack of rest, and an unhealthy diet, to medical conditions such as autoimmune disease, (e.g. Fibromyalgia, and Multiple Sclerosis), Arthritis, and other inflammatory diseases, depression, cancer, as well as pain causing side effects from medications including statins which are prescribed to millions of patients globally, to lower cholesterol levels.

Neuromuscular therapy, sometimes referred to as neuromuscular massage, myofascial release or trigger point therapy, addresses the neurological systems effect on the muscular and skeletal systems. The therapist uses soft tissue, (skin and muscle) manipulation, and firm specific pressure applied using the knuckles, thumbs and elbows.

NMT assessments and examinations primarily address:

            Ischemia (tight tissue with reduced blood flow)

            Myofascial trigger points (hypersensitive points within muscles that give rise to referred phenomena, including pain)

            Neural entrapment (pressure on nerves by muscles and other soft tissue),

            Nerve compression (pressure on nerves by osseous and other bonelike tissue, such as cartilage or discs)

            Postural assessment (assessment of the position of the body as a whole)

            Dysfunctional gait patterns (manner of movement while walking)

            Perpetuating factors (hydration, nutrition, breathing patterns, and psychological stress)

NMT applies a synergistic philosophy, meaning that it looks at the client from a holistic point of view. The therapist works on the premise that pain and dysfunction is caused by a combination of these three groups, biochemical, biomechanical and psychosocial being out of balance. When the focus is concentrated on all three groups, significant relief is experienced.

NMT has been consistently proven effective for those living with chronic pain and is often successful in reducing or eliminating long-term chronic pain. Particular techniques can be used for acute injury as well as rehabilitation care following surgery. NMT is often used as part of training protocol for athletes to improve performance and to prevent and treat sport specific injuries.

I have been a licensed Neuromuscular Therapist since 2000, and have seen very few therapies as effective and life changing as NMT. When used appropriately, It’s safe and effective for people of all ages, with all types of pain and physical restrictions. For example; athletes returning back to their sport fully recovered just 4-6 weeks following knee surgery, or severe tendon/ligament damage. A 90-year-old man, who could barely walk with the aid of a walker, with-in 4 weeks of beginning NMT attended his granddaughter’s soccer game, walking from the car park carrying his own chair. There are many more similar stories; I believe you get the point -it works!

2. Laughter Yoga

It seems that the old cliché’ “Laughter is the best medicine” turns out to be true.

According to laughteryoga.org, Laughter Yoga has been scientifically proven to provide the following benefits:

            6% reduction in blood pressure

            28% drop in stress level

            Good Mood and More Laughter: Laughter Yoga helps to change your mood within minutes by releasing certain chemicals from your brain cells called endorphins. You will remain cheerful and in a good mood throughout the day and will laugh more than you normally do.

            Healthy Exercise to Beat Stress: Laughter Yoga is like an aerobic exercise (cardio workout) which brings more oxygen to the body and brain thereby making one feel more energetic and relaxed.

            Health Benefits: Laughter Yoga reduces the stress and strengthens the immune system. You will not fall sick easily and if you have some chronic health conditions, you will heal faster.

            Quality of Life: Laughter is a positive energy, which helps people to connect with other people quickly and improves relationships. If you laugh more, you will attract many friends.

            Positive Attitude in Challenging Times: Everyone can laugh when life is good, but how does one laugh when faced with challenges? Laughter helps to create a positive mental state to deal with negative situations and negative people. It gives hope and optimism to cope with difficult times.

 100 Laughter Yoga Exercises Video

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Dr Madan Kataria created laughter Yoga in in Mumbai India, in 1995. During his time as a researcher, he had come across a number of evidentiary resources, which supported the idea that laughter was particularly beneficial in promoting physical and mental health. Dr. Kataria, in his quest to find a way to incorporate laughter into the treatment protocol of patients as well as find ways for average people to use it to counteract the stress of modern day living, developed the technique that is now called Laughter Yoga.

Incorporating Yogic breathing with exercises designed to stimulate laughter, Dr Kataria and his wife, Madhuri, have included role-play as well as gibberish in the Laughter Yoga classes. 

I have attended a few of these classes in Abu Dhabi, and found them not only to be fun, but also more of a “workout” than I would have imagined. The exercises are not strenuous, but non-stop laughing for 45-60 minutes can work up quite a sweat, and burn a number of calories. I certainly feel it in my stomach muscles the next day. After the classes, I am so light and relaxed, usually for the rest of the day/evening. One hour of laughter can neutralize an entire day of tension. HaHaHa HoHoHo HeHeHe!!!

Laughter Yoga is available at Change Works AD Our Laughter Specialists; Kasey Conrad, Kathryn Armstrong, and Naser Al Riyami are available for Individual, Group or Corporate Sessions.

3. Sound Massage

Most of us are aware that sound can have a profound effect on us, for example hearing a police siren behind you while driving, a stranger’s baby crying, your baby crying, (there’s a difference, right), soft music, waves crashing onto the shore, these sounds stimulate specific emotions. Our emotions have influence over our physical and psychological well being at a cellular level.

We’ve all heard the term good vibrations. Our bodies are made up of approximately 80% water, taking this into consideration, we can imagine dropping a pebble into a still pond and witnessing the ripples moving out from the center, until the entire pond is in motion. This is how sound massage works. Tibetan singing bowls and sometimes gongs, are placed on or near the fully dressed body, then struck with a felt mallet, creating vibrations that reach every cell carried through the water in the body. This subtle vibration quickly brings relaxation and stress relief.

The vibration of the bowls can be focused to a particularly tense or painful area by placing the bowl directly on that point, the vibration moves through the area moving and rearranging stagnant energy, thus relieving the pain.

Sound massage is based on ancient healing therapies, dating back nearly 5000 years, whose premise is that humans were created out of sound. The rich deep tones of the bowls promote a feeling of being “in-Tune”, and this brings balance.

 The Sound of Zen - Sound Massage

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Sound massage can be effective for the following:

            Increased energy

            Pain relief

            Stress relief

            Meditation

            Creating balance

            Mental clarity

This video gives a lovely demonstration of a Sound Massage session, watch, listen and enjoy.

4. Ayurveda

When looking for holistic integrative medicine, Ayurveda ticks mind, body, and spirit boxes, arguably more thoroughly than any other, and is believed to be the oldest system of medicine on Earth. Ayurveda is made up of the Sanskrit words ayur, meaning life and veda, meaning science, literally meaning the science of life. Ayurvedic medicine has been practiced in India since before written records were kept, and is still today, the primary healthcare system of most Indian people.

Ayurveda stresses balance in all areas of life. Be prepared when you visit an Ayurvedic physician, as you will be asked a lot of very personal questions, (including questions about bathroom habits and frequency), all of which allow the doctor to identify possible causes for symptoms of imbalance and potential treatment options.

Ayurvedic doctors use concepts based on the body’s unique constitution, (prakriti), the life force, (dosha), a combination of Vata, (air and space), Pitta (fire and water), or Kapha, (Earth and water), and the connectedness of being one with the universe to create an individualized treatment plan for everyone. Treatments consider the whole person, incorporating prescriptions for herbal compounds, yoga, specific massage techniques, meditation, exercise, and lifestyle and diet recommendations.

Diet and nutrition play a large role in Ayurveda, in keeping with a need for balance in all things, to achieve maximum health. The following six tastes are to be included in each meal to assure nutritional balance.

            Sweet-nourishes tissue and promotes strength

            Salty-maintains balance in electrolytes and water

            Sour-stimulates and supports digestion

            Pungent-supports digestive absorption

            Bitter-stimulates the other 5 tastes

            Astringent-aids in and supports absorption

Ayurveda asserts that your level of balance, therefore your level of health, is equivalent to the due diligence you give to your diet and lifestyle.

Join Change Works AD on December 4th and 5th for FREE seminars on how you can incorporate Ayurvedic principles into your everyday life.

5. Cupping

 Chinese Cupping Therapy - Michael Phelps Olympics Bruise Mystery Solved | Pain Relief and Therapy

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If you watched any of the men’s swimming events during the 2016 summer Olympic games, you no doubt noticed US swimmer Michael Phelps sporting a number of circular bruises across his back and shoulders. Although, it appeared as if he’d been shot with a beanbag gun, he had actually had a session of cupping therapy.

Although relatively new and mostly unknown to many in the Western world until recently, cupping therapy has been been practiced in some form since1000 BC, some estimate as since 3000 BC. This therapy has been widely used and extremely popular, in China and other Eastern countries since its inception. 

Cupping provides a number of health benefits, including but not limited to reducing stress, improving circulation, reducing and alleviating muscle tension, improved digestion, and reducing pain. Cupping focuses on areas of soft tissue, using local pressure applied to swollen or tense areas, and pain points. The shoulders, back, and abdomen are good places for application.

Cupping, is a good adjunct to other therapies, in particular Aromatherapy, massage therapy and acupuncture. Cupping can be used when a client is undergoing traditional medical treatment, such a chemotherapy and radiation.

Cupping is traditionally done using thick sterilized glass “cups” of varying sizes. Cups can also be made from plastic, rubber, bamboo, ceramic pottery, and even iron, however glass is most common. A flammable material, (cotton, specially selected dried herbs, or paper), is soaked in alcohol, held by long tweezers and lit on fire. The flaming material is placed inside the cup for up to 5 seconds, until the cup feels warm to the touch. The fire burns all of the oxygen inside of the cup, which is immediately placed on the selected area. The lack of oxygen creates a vacuum causing the cup, as it cools, to suction to the skin. The suctioning causes the skin to be drawn up into the cup, stimulating blood flow, releasing deep muscle tension, and opening pores. This process carries fresh oxygenated blood to the area, which promotes healing. The below video is a clear demonstration of a cupping session.

Hijama, is an Arabic form of cupping therapy, and is mentioned in the Hadith. Hijama is alleged to be “…a cure for every disease if performed in its correct time.”

6. Homeopathy 

Homeopathy is not a new practice, it was discovered in the 1780’s, by Samuel Hahnemann a German physician, and has been a staple of compimentary therapy ever since. However, due to a few of the reasons mentioned above, it is gaining renwed popularity among the mainstream population, looking for something outside of mainstream medicine. Homeopathy is said to be a complete system of medicine, safe, gentle and effective.

The word Homeo means similar, Pathos means suffering. Homeopathy is based on the principle of ‘like cures like’ or The Law of Similars, which states whatever causes the malady will also cure it. There are over 4,000 remedies created from plant matter, animal matter, and minerals. Some of the remedies are actually created from diseased tissue (Nosode’s). When being treated by a Homeopath, each person is viewed as an individual, unique in. Homeopathy treats each individual as unique and whole person, mind, body, and emotions so for each individual.

Homeopathic remedies are prepared using a process of Dilution and Potentization, which renders the substance harmless while retaining its healing properties. When this substance is given in Homeopathic form it can antidote or alleviate the symptoms and restore the body to optimum health.

According to Triona Coppinger, a 20 year Licensed Homeopath, “Homeopathic Medicine stimulates the body’s own healing, the potentized remedy acts to set this in motion and in doing so antidotes the state and shifts the person in their physical and emotional health back into balance in the person. In Homeopathy there is a Law called The Law of Similars (Meaning a similar substance that produced the same symptoms in a healthy person during the Proving as the client presents with is and this is given in a homeopathic form). Medicine uses the opposite eg Antibiotics, Anti-hypertensives, antihistamines, anti-inflammatories, anti-depressants etc..(often suppressing the dis-ease in the body). This Homeopathic law never change’s, it’s been the same law for 250 years whereas in Orthodox medicine the theories are always changing.”

7. Aromatherapy

"Aromatherapy is a caring, hands-on therapy which seeks to induce relaxation, to increase energy, to reduce the effects of stress and to restore lost balance to mind, body and soul."  Robert Tisserand

Whenever I smell pipe smoke, it immediately sparks memories of my Grandpa Gus. My grandpa was a cigarette smoker; he had a heart attack when I was about 12 or 13 years old. His doctor told him he had to give up cigarettes, (which he actually never completely did), so he began smoking a pipe. His tobacco of choice was a cherry-vanilla blend that smelled heavenly. Once memories are triggered, emotions are triggered. I feel at once full of love and joy, followed quickly by a feeling of sadness and loss.

The science of smell is called osmology, from the Greek word osme, which translates to smell. Studies have proven that we as humans can differentiate approximately 3000 different smells, and our sense of smell is 10,000 times more sensitive than our sense of taste. Imagine.

Our sense of smell is one of our greatest tools for survival. If you are in a deep sleep, your sense of smell will alert you to the fact that your house is on fire by recognizing the smell of smoke. If you’re about to eat or drink something that has soiled, your nose will alert you and save you from at the very least, an unpleasant few hours.

Most of us, whether aware of it or not, use Aromatherapy in our everyday life in a number of ways. Burning fragrant candles or incense, using aroma diffusers, placing bowls of colorful potpourri around our homes. All of these lovely aromas serve to make us feel good. Who doesn’t like to walk into a room and be met with a pleasant fragrance?

Aromatherapy uses essential oils, made from a variety of plant material, including flowers, leaves, stems, bark, seeds, roots, and the peels of citrus fruit, and is based on the theory that the inhalation of essential oils triggers the part of the brain that is connected to the sense of smell, the Olfactory system, which in turn sends a signal to the part of the brain that holds memory and controls emotions.

Essential oils are very versatile, and holistic, working on not only the emotions, but also the body and the mind. In the US, France, Canada, and a number of other western countries, Aromatherapy is integrated into mainstream medicine, used for their curative properties, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and antiseptic.

Below is a short list of the most well-known and available essential oils and some of their recommended uses:

            Lavender oil for burns, stress, headache, restful sleep, and muscle aches

            Peppermint oil for digestive issues, increased energy, fever reduction, headache, and improved concentration

            Eucalyptus oil for clearing congested nasal and other respiratory passages, sore throat, muscle soreness, joint pain, and inflammation

            Tea Tree oil for fungal infection, influenza, bacterial infection, acne, and inflammation

            Chamomile oil for anxiety, migraine, insomnia, and acne

            Geranium oil for depression, anxiety, hormonal and menstrual issues, circulatory issues, and eczema

Aromatherapy can be used in several different ways, as massage oil, (a few drops of essential oil mixed in a carrier oil), a few drops on a diffuser, a few drops in a warm bath, or a few drops on a sachet. Massage therapists, chiropractors, esthecians, and many energy workers use essential oils with their clients/patients during treatments.

It’s important to note that essential oils should not be taken internally, or applied directly on the skin. 

Change Works AD Associate and Certified Aromatherapist Kasey Conrad offers a number of Aromatherapy Workshops to teach you to safely use Essential Oils to improve your everyday life.

Find your BFF in the Mirror

Are you your own best friend?

If not, isn’t NOW a good time to change that?

 

The most important and longest lasting relationship you’ll ever have, is the relationship you have with yourself. If this relationship is out of balance nothing in your life can be in balance. Self-love and self-acceptance pave the way to stronger relationships with others and a greater acceptance of the world around us.

 Recognizing and appreciating that you are unique in this world, and you are who you are because of all the choices you’ve made up until now, is the first step in true self-awareness and becoming your own best friend.

In the age of smart phones and social media, we tend to become our online Avatars. Selfies and smiles fill Facebook and Instagram streams; it’s easy to get caught up in living vicariously through others. After 5 minutes on Fb I’m asking myself, “Why am I not packing for my next adventure, spending a month in a Thai forest learning to be a Yoga instructor or perfecting my meditation practice in an Ashram in India?”…then I realize, it’s because I CHOOSE not to be doing those things…and click off FB.

 Separating your true self from that person, that avatar, you feel the need to present to the world, (because who you really are isn’t good enough), becomes more and more difficult. A greater sense of self-awareness makes space for greater self-acceptance. Appreciating you for who you truly are, recognizing what motivates you as well as what stops you brings a deeper feeling of self respect and self confidence.

 To begin the self-awareness process, list 3 good things about you, 3 qualities you like in yourself. Once you’ve done that, write down 3 qualities you’re not too crazy about; be as honest as possible.

 Do you tend to focus more on the good or the not so good qualities when engaging in self-talk?

 Self-talk is a great way to improve your relationship with you. As cliché as it may be, setting aside time in your day, even 5 minutes will do, to say nice things to yourself has been proven incredibly effective in developing an improved self image, e.g. “I am enough”, “I treat myself well”, “I am perfect in this moment”.

 I often ask clients to answer these questions, “Who am I?” Paying attention to the honest and sometimes brutal, answers open the door to introspection.  An exercise to get you to the answers more quickly is to look at yourself in a mirror, directly into your own eyes, and ask the question, “Who am I?” This can be a bit difficult at first, stay at it, pay attention to all of the thoughts that come, this is your subconscious, or higher self, answering.

Think about the people who have been your “Best” friends over the years. Has there been one particular Bestie throughout your life, a true BFF, or have there been many? What have these people had in common? What was it that made or makes them best friend material? Could you trust them, did they encourage you, did they make you laugh?  What have they seen in you? What makes you best friend material? Go back to the 2 lists you made earlier of the qualities you recognize in yourself that are good, and not so good. Do the 3 good qualities match those you look for in a friend?

Learning to enjoy your own company is one of the surest ways to cement your self-friendship. Start slow, pick 2 things you enjoy doing with friends, and do them on your own. Go to a movie, shopping, or have lunch at your favorite restaurant, its completely up to you, how cool is that. Doing things you enjoy alone, realizing how nice it is to consider only your feelings and wants, putting you first, serve to strengthen your self-image and self-worth.

Cultivating a self-friendship may seem a bit awkward at first, and may take some time and effort. However once you understand that you are the quintessential expert on you, that there is no one else out there who knows your greatest needs, deepest desires, extreme fears, and biggest dreams better than you, you’ll begin to look within for support, comfort, and especially advice. Once this happens, you have truly become your own best friend.

A few tips on making friends with you:

  • Learn to love your own company
  • Learn to be ok alone
  • Understand your needs
  • Focus on you
  • Be honest and open
  • Be kind
  • Be forgiving
  • Be loving

 

 

 

 

 

Menopause is a natural physiological transition process, when a woman’s hormone levels begin to change and her menstrual cycles stop. The average age of menopause is 51, however can begin as early as the 30’s, and can last an average of 1-4 years. Menopause may be atypically triggered following chemotherapy, surgical removal of one or both ovaries, pelvic radiation therapy, or premature ovarian failure.

This phase, which has been colloquially described as “the change of life”, signals the end of a woman’s ability to have children. This idea can create a deep sense of loss, particularly in women who have not had children, even if they’d chosen not to.

Menopause occurs in stages. During the first stage, perimenopause, the production of estrogen and progesterone are significantly decreased, and mature egg production becomes irregular. This drop in hormone levels is what causes most of the common symptoms associated with menopause.

The most common symptom of menopause by far is hot flashes. Up to 75% of menopausal women experience this sudden rise in body temperature, in varying intensities and frequency. Experiencing a hot flash in the middle of an important event can create a feeling of being out of control, not to mention the embarrassment of the sweat dripping down your face and neck. Other symptoms may include; sleep disturbance, night sweats, fatigue, anxiety, feelings of loss, weight gain/slowed metabolism, irritability, and memory loss.

 Because menopause is viewed as a sign of aging, and not an illness, only 1 in 10 women seek medical or emotional support for their symptoms. Not surprising, in a time when youth is celebrated and we have sayings like “60 is the new 40”, (something I was told more than once recently, having just had my 60th birthday), that women are hesitant to admit that they’re experiencing menopausal symptoms. Most are not aware that there are other options, and just grin and bear it.

 The most common medical treatment for the physical symptoms of menopause is Hormone Replacement Therapy, or HRT. HRT has been effective for a number of women, although there is some risk involved, detrimental side effects or contraindications. Antidepressants, antianxiety or mood altering prescription drugs are most often the only suggestion for the emotional symptoms accompanying menopause.

There has been extensive research done that substantiates the significant effect hypnosis and NLP have on easing the challenges of menopause.Hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Psychology, (NLP), offer a safe, simple and effective adjunct, or alternative. Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation; combined with focused concentration, which means, it’s a natural and safe way to make affirmative changes. NLP will teach you to choose your thoughts, master your emotions, and use the language of the subconscious mind to create and achieve your desired outcome.

Because both Hypnosis and NLP are designed to directly communicate with and affect the subconscious mind, changes can be made more quickly and effectively. When used in conjunction, these profoundly relaxing, yet powerful tools easily, naturally, and efficiently, help control the unwanted symptoms of menopause.

Using Hypnosis and NLP we focus on developing coping strategies to help manage stress, anxiety and reduce the physical symptoms of menopause. Some methods that have proven effective are guided visualization, stress and relaxation management techniques, restful sleep techniques, anchoring, reframing, and self-hypnosis.

Each woman is unique, and therefore requires individual consideration before designing an action plan. It is very important to develop a program that can be easily followed and practiced as needed, without the continued need of a therapist or coach.

A sample of self-hypnosis exercise for hot flashes-menopause

Close your eyes
Take in three deep breathes
Count backwards from ten to one

Relax your body
Clear your mind

Imagine a gauge that measures body temperature the gauge ranges from 1-coolest to 10-warmest                                                                                                                           What number is the gauge registering now                                                            Imagine there’s a knob on the gauge that can be turned up or down                          Imagine you can change your body temperature by changing the gauge If you’re feeling cool, turn the knob to a higher number, if you’re felling warm imagine turning the knob down…5 a little cooler…4 cooler still…3 still cooler…2 feeling refreshed…1 completely cool

Repeat 3 times

When you are finished count yourself up from one to five...

Count to five ...when you say five you will be awake and aware, fully present here and now.... Body.... Mind.... Spirit...and Emotions.... integrating...integrating...integrating into you... This process integrates into the very fiber of your being . . . and will continue on the inner planes through your visions . . .. even now the seeds of your future are beginning to grow. . .even now, and they will continue to grow moment by moment and hour by hour until they fill your life with more control over your body over your emotions…1…2…3…4…5 Eyes open refreshed and relaxed.

A qualified hypnotherapist will answer any and all questions thoroughly, help you realize what it would be like if you could naturally, reduce your menopausal symptoms. You cannot be made to do anything against your will; the subconscious mind automatically discards suggestions that make you uncomfortable, or are in contrast with your moral or ethical boundaries. You’ll not remain in hypnosis forever, if something should happen out of the ordinary, you would quickly become aware and come fully conscious, safely and effortlessly.

* Hypnosis and NLP are natural, safe, self-help processes. Hypnotherapy/NLP is not the practice of medicine or psychotherapy. The hypnotherapy/NLP services provided are for educational and self-improvement purposes and is not intended for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical or psychological condition.We do not represent our services as any form of health care, by law we may make no health benefit claims for our services.

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NAMS (North American Menopause Society)- https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopause-take-time-to-think-about-it/consumers/2012/10/26/the-power-of-suggestion-hypnotize-your-hot-flashes,

 WebMD- http://www.webmd.com/menopause/news/20121025/hypnosis_halts_hot_flashes, The Premenopause Book- Dr John R Lee, menopausenaturally.co.uk

 Menopause Naturally-http://www.menopausenaturally.co.uk/hypnotherapy-menopause-treatment.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My body is strong and healthy and become healthier each day.

I can be happy and optimistic at this time of my life.

I am going through menopause more easily and more comfortably with each passing day.

 

 

 

 

Kasey Conrad has been an Internationally Certified Aromatherapist since 1999 and is offering workshops on the everyday uses of Aromatherapy at Change Works AD

 Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a caring, hands-on therapy which seeks to induce relaxation, to increase energy, to reduce the effects of stress and to restore lost balance to mind, body and soul."  Robert Tisserand

Whenever I smell pipe smoke, it immediately sparks memories of my Grandpa Gus. My grandpa was a cigarette smoker; he had a heart attack when I was about 12 or 13 years old. His doctor told him he had to give up cigarettes, (which he actually never completely did), so he began smoking a pipe. His tobacco of choice was a cherry-vanilla blend that smelled heavenly. Once memories are triggered, emotions are triggered. I feel at once full of love and joy, followed quickly by a feeling of sadness and loss.

The science of smell is called osmology, from the Greek word osme, which translates to smell. Studies have proven that we as humans can differentiate approximately 3000 different smells, and our sense of smell is 10,000 times more sensitive than our sense of taste. Imagine.

Our sense of smell is one of our greatest tools for survival. If you are in a deep sleep, your sense of smell will alert you to the fact that your house is on fire by recognizing the smell of smoke. If you’re about to eat or drink something that has soiled, your nose will alert you and save you from at the very least, an unpleasant few hours.

Most of us, whether aware of it or not, use Aromatherapy in our everyday life in a number of ways. Burning fragrant candles or incense, using aroma diffusers, placing bowls of colorful potpourri around our homes. All of these lovely aromas serve to make us feel good. Who doesn’t like to walk into a room and be met with a pleasant fragrance?

Aromatherapy uses essential oils, made from a variety of plant material, including flowers, leaves, stems, bark, seeds, roots, and the peels of citrus fruit, and is based on the theory that the inhalation of essential oils triggers the part of the brain that is connected to the sense of smell, the Olfactory system, which in turn sends a signal to the part of the brain that holds memory and controls emotions.

Essential oils are very versatile, and holistic, working on not only the emotions, but also the body and the mind. In the US, France, Canada, and a number of other western countries, Aromatherapy is integrated into mainstream medicine, used for their curative properties, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and antiseptic.

Below is a short list of the most well-known and available essential oils and some of their recommended uses:

  • Lavender oil for burns, stress, headache, restful sleep, and muscle aches
  • Peppermint oil for digestive issues, increased energy, fever reduction, headache, and improved concentration
  • Eucalyptus oil for clearing congested nasal and other respiratory passages, sore throat, muscle soreness, joint pain, and inflammation
  • Tea Tree oil for fungal infection, influenza, bacterial infection, acne, and inflammation
  • Chamomile oil for anxiety, migraine, insomnia, and acne
  • Geranium oil for depression, anxiety, hormonal and menstrual issues, circulatory issues, and eczema

Aromatherapy can be used in several different ways, as massage oil, (a few drops of essential oil mixed in a carrier oil), a few drops on a diffuser, a few drops in a warm bath, or a few drops on a sachet. Massage therapists, chiropractors, esthecians, and many energy workers use essential oils with their clients/patients during treatments.

It’s important to note that essential oils should not be taken internally, or applied directly on the skin. 

It seems that the old cliché’ “Laughter is the best medicine” turns out to be true.

According to laughteryoga.org, Laughter Yoga has been scientifically proven to provide the following benefits:

  • 6% reduction in blood pressure
  • 28% drop in stress level
  • Good Mood and More Laughter:

Laughter Yoga helps to change your mood within minutes by releasing certain chemicals from your brain cells called endorphins. You will remain cheerful and in a good mood throughout the day and will laugh more than you normally do.

  • Healthy Exercise to Beat Stress:
    • Laughter Yoga is like an aerobic exercise (cardio workout) which brings more oxygen to the body and brain thereby making one feel more energetic and relaxed.
  • Health Benefits:
    • Laughter Yoga reduces the stress and strengthens the immune system.
    • You will not fall sick easily and if you have some chronic health conditions, you will heal faster.
  • Quality of Life:
    • Laughter is a positive energy, which helps people to connect with other people quickly and improves relationships.
    • If you laugh more, you will attract many friends.
  • Positive Attitude in Challenging Times:
    • Everyone can laugh when life is good, but how does one laugh when faced with challenges?
    • Laughter helps to create a positive mental state to deal with negative situations and negative people.
    • It gives hope and optimism to cope with difficult times.

Dr Madan Kataria created laughter Yoga in in Mumbai India, in 1995. During his time as a researcher, he had come across a number of evidentiary resources, which supported the idea that laughter was particularly beneficial in promoting physical and mental health. Dr. Kataria, in his quest to find a way to incorporate laughter into the treatment protocol of patients as well as find ways for average people to use it to counteract the stress of modern day living, developed the technique that is now called Laughter Yoga.

Incorporating Yogic breathing with exercises designed to stimulate laughter, Dr Kataria and his wife, Madhuri, have included role-play as well as gibberish in the Laughter Yoga classes. 

I have attended, as well as taught these classes in Abu Dhabi, and found them not only to be fun, but also more of a “workout” than I would have imagined. The exercises are not strenuous, but non-stop laughing for 45-60 minutes can work up quite a sweat, and burn a number of calories. I certainly feel it in my stomach muscles the next day. After the classes, I am so light and relaxed, usually for the rest of the day/evening. One hour of laughter can neutralize an entire day of tension. HaHaHa HoHoHo HeHeHe!!!

Check out Dr Kataria's 100 Laughter Yoga Exercises at the link below, then call Kathryn or Kasey at Change Works today, to begin laughing yourself to better health.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fq4kTZuLops

Because Sundays are for rejuvenation…

To break my Sunday cycle, I started off by telling myself this: You are a beautiful, hard-working, selfless being, and you deserve this time. Treat yourself.

So I did. Three things, every Sunday, for myself. I’m sharing them to give y’all some ideas, and hopefully inspire you to take a day off — completely — and cater to your needs. Follow along with this series if you feel like your “you” time is missing.

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