HypnoBirthing® Classes at Emerson Hospital in Concord, MA

If you are expecting a baby (or know someone who is), please consider signing up for this class! I am the HypnoBirthing® instructor at Emerson Hospital and will be teaching the next set of classes starting on February 10th, 2013.  Please call either myself (508-246-2721) or Emerson Hospital’s Childbirth Education (978-287-3268) for more information.

HypnoBirthing® Classes Now Offered Again at Emerson Hospital’s Tender Beginnings. HypnoBirthing® is a unique program that will support a natural childbirth experience using hypnosis. You will learn simple breathing, relaxation and guided imagery techniques to help you release tension and fears, and increase comfort throughout your pregnancy and birth. This is a five week class.

Location: Emerson Hospital in Concord, MA
Dates: 5 Week class starting Sunday, February 10th, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Tuition: $200/couple.

To register or to learn more, please call 978-287-3268.

http://emersonhosp.org/HealthResources/Birthing-Center-Classes.aspx

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Hypnosis to Rev Your Metabolism!

Hypnosis to Rev Your Metabolism

www.doctoroz.com

In my own hypnosis practice, I work with a lot of people to help them loose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  In particular, I specialize in helping people who need to loose weight for major medical reasons, such as those who have diabetes type 2 or who have had bariatric weight loss surgery.

British hypnotist Paul McKenna has been a guest on the Dr. Oz Show a couple times now, talking about how hypnosis can be used to boost your metabolism, control cravings, and keep the weight off.  If you have not already seen these episodes, you can find them on the Dr. Oz Show website.

To Watch the Videos, follow these links:

http://www.doctoroz.com/episode/hypnosis-weight-loss

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/hypnosis-rev-your-metabolism

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Past Life Regressions: Fact or Fantasy?

Past Life Regressions: Fact or Fantasy?

www.hypnosis.org

Here is an article written by one of my favorite hypnosis instructors, Roy Hunter, speaking on “Past Life Regressions — Are they Fact or Fantasy?”  Some interesting food for thought — on both sides of the debate!

As Roy says:  “Skeptics often claim that a PLR is the result of false memories, while believers claim that past life regressions provide evidence of reincarnation…  This article is written to provide some food for thought, regardless of your own views on this controversial topic.”

To Read More, follow this link:

http://www.hypnosis.org/free-hypnosis/hypnosis-hypnotherapy-articles/c-roy-hunter/past-life-regressions-fact-or-fantasy.php

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ABC News: Medical Hypnosis for Pain Management

YouTube Video: Medical Hypnosis

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On YouTube: An interesting segment that appeared on ABC News about Medical Hypnosis for pain management.  Recent study shows benefits of Medical Hypnosis include: less pain, shorter stay in hospital, reduced recovery time, and it saves money.  Specifically in this news report, they are talking about minimizing pain after breast cancer surgery using hypnosis.

To Watch this Video, please follow this link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZBFtgxlAgA&feature=youtu.be

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Smokers Who Successfully Quit Are Happier!

Smokers Who Quit Are Happier, Study Finds

health.usnews.com

“Smokers might believe that quitting will decrease life satisfaction or quality of life — because they believe it disrupts routines, interferes with relationships, leads to a loss of smoking-related pleasure, or because cessation deprives them of a coping strategy,” says researcher Megan Piper, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and its Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention.

But contrary to their concerns, the study found that those who did successfully quit experienced greater satisfaction with the quality of their life, both in regards to health as well as their emotions, both one year and three years after cessation, compared with those who continued to smoke.

The study was published online by the Society of Behavioral Medicine in the December 2011 issue of the Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

To Read More, follow this link:

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/brain-and-behavior/articles/2011/12/16/life-after-cigarettes-is-happier-study

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New Research Shows Smoking During Pregnancy May Damage Children’s Blood Vessels

If you are pregnant (or planning to have a baby in the future) and you smoke — Please call me! Hypnosis can help make quitting so much easier for you. Both you and your baby deserve to be healthy and happy. And then after, I can also teach you HypnoBirthing so your baby’s birth can be easier as well.

Smoking During Pregnancy May Damage Children’s Blood Vessels

www.webmd.com

Dutch scientists have conducted research that suggests smoking during pregnancy has long-term effects on the thickness and flexibility of their child’s carotid arteries, large blood vessels in the neck that supply blood to the brain.

Cuno Uiterwaal, an associate professor of clinical epidemiology at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care at the University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands, says, “with our findings, we think that smoking in pregnancy does play an independent role, although we know that exposure of children to [secondhand] smoke is damaging in many areas.”

“The challenge there was to show that it was really smoking in pregnancy and not exposure to cigarette smoke afterward,” says researcher Uiterwaal. “To further explore that, we did this study.”

To Read More, follow this link:

http://www.webmd.com/baby/news/20111223/smoking-pregnancy-may-damage-childrens-blood-vessels

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Harvard School of Public Health: Nicotine Replacement Therapies Not Effective

Nicotine replacement therapies may not be effective in helping people quit smoking

www.hsph.harvard.edu

Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRTs) have been available as over-the-counter smoking cessation medications since 1996.  However, a recent study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health shows that people who used an NRT to quit smoking – like the nicotine patch (placed on the skin), nicotine gum, nicotine inhaler, or nasal spray – are just as likely to relapse as those who quit cold turkey.

“This study shows that using NRT is no more effective in helping people stop smoking cigarettes in the long-term than trying to quit on one’s own,” said Hillel Alpert, a research scientist at HSPH.

In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics show that in the past five years, the adult smoking quitting rates have remained the same (rather than improved as one would expect given the popularity of NRT use).

Lois Biener of the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Center for Survey Research said that “using public funds to provide NRT to the population at large is of questionable value, particularly when it reduces the amount of money available for smoking interventions shown in previous studies to be effective.”

To Read More, follow this link:

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/nicotine-replacement-therapies/

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HypnoBirthing for an Easier Childbirth

HypnoBirthing takes the hard-labour out of Childbirth

www.thebirthingsite.com

Here is an excellent article about HypnoBirthing written by a fellow practitioner over in the UK.  Please have a read!

Jacqueline Grimsley writes: “MENTION labour and delivery to an expectant mum and the chances are her heart will begin to race at the thought of what’s to come. But HypnoBirthing helps mums-to-be overcome their fear and tension with a different way of birthing … HypnoBirthing enables mums to eliminate the ‘fear-tension-pain’ syndrome, resulting in a comfortable, relaxed birthing experience whilst being in complete control.”

To Read More, follow this link:

http://www.thebirthingsite.com/birthing-assistance/item/441-hypnobirthing-takes-the-hard-labour-out-ofchildbirth.html

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Rehabiliation Expert Urges Doctors to Consider Hypnosis for Chronic Pain Management

Hypnosis to tackle problems of chronic pain: International expert

www.news-medical.net

Presenting at the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, Annual Scientific Meeting in Brisbane, visiting rehabilitation expert Professor Mark Jensen, Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington, urged healthcare professionals to consider Hypnotic Therapy as a ‘mainstream’ treatment option in the management of chronic pain, and to discuss this option with their patients.

“Pain management for patients, particularly those with long-term illness or injury requires a considered and holistic approach,” Professor Jensen said. “Imaging studies have shown that Hypnotic Therapy influences all of the cortical areas and neuro-physiological process that underline pain. Helping patients manage pain can have a significant psychological impact. What people do to manage pain and what they think about pain, and their social environment, can all influence pain and its negative impact on functioning.”

To Read More, follow this link:

http://www.news-medical.net/news/20110915/Hypnosis-to-tackle-problems-of-chronic-pain-International-expert.aspx

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Imagination Stimulates the Brain to Help You Heal Faster from Injury

The healing power of imagination

www.theaustralian.com.au

Doctors working with burn patients at Adelaide’s Neuro Orthopaedic Institute (NOI) use images of moving body parts and a mirror box to stimulate certain parts of the brain. An injured hand is placed in a box out of sight behind a mirror, and the healthy hand is moved and reflected in the mirror.

“The brain thinks both [hands] are moving and it changes the swelling and the healing [in the injured hand],” says Fiona Wood, a British born plastic surgeon, director of the Royal Perth Hospital’s burns unit.

She wants to take the technique a step further, using an avatar of the person on a computer, to see if giving a patient’s brain the image of their working, undamaged body parts will speed up the healing process.

“I sort of fancifully say we can think ourselves whole. We need to understand how visualization impacts healing.”

To Read More, follow this link:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/the-healing-power-of-imagination/story-e6frg8y6-1226118237818

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Targeting Stress Reduction Helps Prevent Addiction Relapse

Reward-Stress Link Points To New Targets For Treating Addiction

www.sciencedaily.com

Being as I am someone who knows the power of hypnosis to reduce stress levels (and that hypnosis is also known to raise dopamine and endorphin levels in the brain without any drugs) — I couldn’t help thinking while reading this article of just how much recovering addicts can benefit from hypnosis!

It has been widely accepted that stress is a major factor when an alcoholic or drug addict relapses, even when they have been abstinent for a very long period of time. It is also known that drug or alcohol use causes an increase dopamine levels in the brain, which make a person feel good. It makes sense that the mind then associates alcohol or drug use with relieving stress.

The following article discusses new findings in brain research targeting the actual mechanisms of the dopamine-CRF interaction which lead to relapse. Understanding this process could lead to new approaches for silencing this cell interaction.

“The findings suggest a new target to consider for therapeutics that might address stress-induced reinstatement,” says Danny Winder, Ph.D., associate professor of molecular physiology & biophysics at Vanderbilt University. “Such a therapy would be extremely valuable. Essentially all of the pharmacotherapies for addiction to date help people get through the withdrawal phase. There’s really nothing available to reduce the likelihood of relapse.”

(But I would say hypnosis is available as one very good option!)

To Read More, follow this link:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081216201414.htm

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