STRESSED? EXHAUSTED? OVERSTIMULATED? TRY YOGA NIDRA

Feel refreshed and relaxed in 20 minutes!

–and you don’t need to be a practiced yogi or meditator to enjoy the benefits.

You don’t even need to go to a class or pay a teacher with today’s audio downloads and smartphone apps.  All you need is a place where you won’t be interrupted for a short time and it can be done in any physical orientation (sitting, lying down, or even standing. Through guided imagery, breathing and body scanning, you submerge yourself into a restful, healing state that is a unique combination of alert awareness and deep relaxation-yoga nidra. Your brain waves slow to the alpha state or even theta, where you are able to tap into your subconscious mind and source of intuition, creativity and healing while remaining aware and conscious.

As you scan your body and explore sensations, emotions, and thought patterns you will be guided to move back and forth between feeling and witnessing, observing without responding, as your nervous system unwinds and comes into balance.

Through the integrative process that that balances the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, it quickly relieves anxiety and slows the fight or flight response. Stress hormones are reduced, blood pressure and heart rates decline and the metabolic system slows down.

Since Yoga Nidra has been shown to reduce levels of stress, hostility and anxiety in chronically-ill patients, veterans and school counselors it has been integrated into a program to treat vets with PTSD.

The benefits credited to Yoga Nidra practice include both psychological and physical-

  • Relief from insomnia
  • Reduction of depression and anxiety
  • Elimination of phobias
  • General improved well-being
  • Lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Improvement in immune system function
  • Pain relief
  • Asthma relief
  • Reduction in insulin dependence in diabetics

Quit Smoking by Using Your Mind!

Technologies of the Self’s Smoking Cessation Program is very effective.  If you are truly ready and motivated to quit smoking, you should be able to stop smoking with just one 2-hour session.  Most people do. Research shows that hypnosis doubles the effectiveness of any other approach, so combining tools intensifies its power!

We will be meeting 3 times in my office. The first time is a Prepare to Quit Session. We will explore your smoking history and related issues, as well as why and when you smoke. You will set your QUIT DATE and go home with a list of recommendations to prepare for success.

Your Stop Smoking with Hypnotherapy Session will then be individualized to fit your own particular motivations to quit smoking and what benefits you see that it will bring to your life. For some it’s to go backpacking in the mountains without being short of breath; for others it’s to prevent lung cancer, to have better smelling clothes or to avoid wrinkles. Whatever you tell me, I will use your own words to suggest them back to you, when you are in a deep state of relaxation and your subconscious mind is open to take in the desires of your conscious, rational, health-oriented  mind. During your intense session, you will be guided through a number of techniques and visualizations to gain your freedom from cigarettes and start your new healthy lifestyle with easy, clear breathing.

The program is $349, which includes-

1) Preparing to Quit meeting (1 hour)

2) the Stop Smoking with Hypnotherapy session (1 1/2 -2 hours)

3) a take-home reinforcement Stop-Smoking CD (20 minutes)

4) follow-up Reinforcement Session. (1 hour)

Payment may be made by check, cash or credit card.

Call 720-460-0758 to get started on your way to FREEDOM.

 

Mind/Brain Weight Loss Program

Imagine getting the benefits of a lap band without going through surgery, saving yourself thousands of dollars and no risk of side effects! My cutting-edge, scientifically-proven weight loss program offers you similar results at a fraction of the cost.

I am one of only a handful of Colorado weight loss specialists trained in an exciting new technique that I have added to my already successful weight loss program. The Virtual Gastric Lap Band works by convincing the brain that you have had the procedure to have a lap band inserted, reducing the size of your stomach. Clients report feeling satisfied with much less food and lose weight simply by the power of suggestion and weekly support and reinforcement. All of this with No drugs and No side effects.

Although many people are able to lose weight with dieting, only 5% will actually be able to keep it off! You probably know friends who have even regained their weight after a surgical lap band, yet still are dealing with the side effects. For permanent weight loss, one must find a way to change what’s going on inside, emotionally and mentally. Cutting down on calories and starting to exercise is great, but to maintain your desired weight, we need to look at your stress levels, associations to food and comfort, self-image, fears, cravings, metabolism, relationships, and sleeping patterns.

At our first meeting you will take some self-assessments to learn what type of eater you are and how knowledge about your brain can support you. As you can see, besides the lap band procedure, this is a Whole Person approach that will not only help you achieve your target weight, but enable you to create a new “Life Script” for yourself, bringing new vitality and enthusiasm to every phase of your life.

You will learn how your brain affects your motivation to eat and then, through hypnosis, be guided through letting go of your emotional baggage, and increasing your desire to exercise and to spontaneously make healthier food choices

Each of the 8 sessions has a unique focus, with handouts and weight loss tools, such as a pedometer. In Phase One, including the “pre-op” visit and lap band procedure, the emphasis is on developing a healthier eating schedule, making healthier choices and reinforcing your motivation and reasons to lose weight.  Phase Two emphasizes eating only for hunger, increasing activity and making yourself a priority. Phase Three continues to tweak your eating and exercise plan, ensures sound sleep, and reinforces your desire to maintain your new healthy, happy, balanced lifestyle. The lap band will be virtually tightened in the 6th session and the final session will be individualized to your specific needs, offering support for improved sleep, anxiety, self-esteem, forgiveness, emotional eating, or pain relief.

Weeks before arriving at their target weight, clients report feeling “more excited about life,” or “I’m already feeling different about myself when I wake up in the morning” or even surprise that their favorite pastry no longer attracts them.

After our FREE complementary consultation, the package includes the initial 1 1/2 hour intake, 7 weekly 90 minute sessions, a weight loss journal, a pedometer, take-home information and a reinforcement CD.   $795

Call 720-460-0758 for your Complementary Consultation

 

 

Mind/Body Explorations-New MeetUp Group!

Denver area friends, wanted you to know that I have a new Meetup group that I think you’d enjoy-Mind/Brain Explorations for Living. To help you create the life you are meant to be living, we will learn, explore, meditate and create on our journey to wellness and personal/spiritual growth.Technologies of the Self

Topics range from learning self-hypnosis techniques, stress relief, meditation, pain management, brain optimization, weight loss, and recovery support, to sound healing. Are you the type that loves to keep growing? We will have a creative, rewarding time together. I will be sharing a lot of the same information from my workshops and leading you through some hypnotic visualization sessions. So, this is a very affordable way to experience and learn. Each session will give you take-home exercises, techniques and info to support your creation of the New You!

Our next session, this Tuesday evening, is about willpower, how to access it and how to strengthen it. It’s pretty surprising stuff, based on the work of Dr. Kelly McGonigal.

Besides looking at this fresh new approach to habit change, I will be sharing a very simple 5-minute meditation that anyone can do, in fact, she says it works even better if you’re not good at it!

Space is limited to 8, so make sure to RSVP through Meetup, the rest of the info is there, too-
Mind/Brain Explorations for Living

Is Asthma Part of Your Life?

Fortunately, studies consistently demonstrate significant improvement in the severity of symptoms with hypnosis for chronic or exercise-induced asthma with adults and children.Woman Coughing

A review shows a 50-74% improvement in the severity of symptoms, reducing the number of times a bronchodilator is used and length of hospital stays, less wheezing and coughing, that it helps to manage the emotional states that exacerbate airway obstruction, and stabilizes airway hyper-responsiveness. The same approach also helps with “habit cough”, also known as a “cough tic.”

Because my clients learn relaxation and self-hypnosis techniques to use at home as needed, they feel empowered knowing that they have tools to reduce the severity of bronchospasm. They feel more in control, so their anxiety doesn’t make things worse. A feeling of confidence contributes a lot to their day to day feeling of well-being.

If Depression can Lead to Illness, What Causes Depression?

So much more to learn about the relationships between the mind, emotions and the body!

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Dr. Esther Sternberg’s “groundbreaking work on the link between the central nervous system and the immune system, (explored) how immune molecules made in the blood can trigger brain function that profoundly affects our emotions, (and) has revolutionized our understanding of the integrated being we call a human self.”

Despite that now it is mainstream to believe that our emotions, like depression, can cause illness in the physical body, “we need to ask what the molecules and nerve pathways are that cause depressing thoughts.”

The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions looks fascinating, I just ordered it. If you are interested too,  the latest post at Brain Pickings offers a good summary.

 

 

Dark Days-10 Tips to Live Happier till Springtime

Evening GloomWhen the days are short and the nights are long, do you feel like crawling in a cave or at least under the covers until springtime? Do you feel like Lord Byron expressed-“I am always more religious on sunshiney days”?

Mood variation dependent on the amount of sunlight affects many of us, mostly women. Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, as it is called, mimic those of depression-fatigue, lack of interest in things that used to be pleasurable, cravings for carbohydrates and weight gain.

If this is describing how you are feeling, here are 10 Tips:

  1. Get outside even if it’s just to rake leaves or shovel snow at least 10 minutes a day.
  2. Open all the blinds and curtains in the house to let all the sunshine in that is available.
  3. Take your laptop or book to sit by a window.
  4. Make sure you are taking enough Vitamin D.
  5. Replace your light bulbs with full (broad) spectrum ones.
  6. We are mammals. If you are getting sleepy earlier than usual, don’t fight it. Go to bed.
  7. If you must start your day before sunrise, set a timer on your bedroom light to come on a half hour before the alarm goes off.
  8. If possible, plan your vacations in January or February and go south to sunnier climes.
  9. Push yourself out of the cave. Get together with friends and do something fun. Join a Meetup group.
  10. Remember it won’t last forever. Each day from today on will have a few more minutes of sunshine!

3 Steps to a Happier Brain

Did you know that our brains have a preferential bias for the negative? Rick Hanson, Neuropsychologist, Rick Hanson, Ph.D., says that our brains are like teflon for positive experiences, but toBrimming Brain ensure our survival and keep alert for signs of danger, they are constantly scanning for the negative out there and then latching onto it like Velcro. No wonder we get depressed and anxious!

Thank goodness Hanson suggests three steps to overcome our negativity bias-

  1. Turn positive events into positive experiences. When someone compliments us or something good happens, we need to pay attention and not deflect it like teflon like we habitually do.
  2. More than just noticing it, we need to fully experience the pleasure, savoring it and intensifying the good feelings. As we allow our bodies to feel the positive emotion it gives the neurons more time to fire together and actually change the structure hardwiring of our brains.
  3. Now sense and focus intention on bringing this emotion deeply inside of you to the extent that you experience it becoming a part of you, ” becom­ing woven into the fab­ric of your brain and yourself.”

Positive thinking doesn’t just make us feel better, it actually changes our brains in visible ways, changing how it scans the environment and allowing us to see the world around us as kinder, safer, friendlier and happier. Read his interview for his book, Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom, http://bit.ly/1w559ca.

HOLIDAY PRESENCE

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Does your chest tighten and heart race, just thinking about the next few weeks? Do you wonder how you’re going to get everything done? Are you already dreading having to spend time with certain people? Are you worried about your finances?

No matter what our religious beliefs, December in America can run us through the gamut of emotions-love, joy and happiness, if we’re lucky, but also loneliness, anxiety, guilt, resentment and frustration. Just when we need it the most, we may also find ourselves not taking the time for our health and peace of mind.

Here are a few suggestions to make sure that you and your loved ones are able to enjoy the love and fun that the season promises and that you have time for spontaneity and to experience truly meaningful traditions.

1.  Take a few minutes to go back in time to 3 of your most beloved holiday experiences. What elements made it so special? Have you had any similar times in the last few years?
2.  Make a list of your top values and desires for this time of year.  To spend time with friends and  family, to show  generosity, to connect with your spiritual community, to have time for reflection  and for renewal?
3.  Now look at your to-do list and your calendar.  Are your desires reflected in your plans? Have you actually booked downtime?
4.  Now cross out everything that isn’t going to help you experience your truest desires.  Add back in time to get outdoors, listen to music, have a massage and visit some friends you haven’t seen for a while.
5.  OK, back to the list. . . of course there are some things that just have to be accomplished, but slow down and instead of viewing the holiday period as one long season, Wayne Dyer, in Holidays: How to Enjoy the Christmas & Hanukkah Season to the Fullest, suggests making every little facet a special experience. Be present and appreciate the acts of gift wrapping, decorating, and baking. Take in the aromas, sounds, textures and colors. Try to see it all again with the wonder and awe of a child.
6.  Don’t expect or even attempt perfection! Enter into the festivities with a light heart. Have you laughed out loud lately?
7.  Show by your example that it is not necessary to do anything for love and acceptance, starting with yourself!

HAVE A TRULY JOYOUS HOLIDAY!

My Gift to You-a Holiday Time Out Stress Relief Session

$25 off a 90 minute session (usually $125).  Available in my Northwest Denver office or for those of you further away, Skype and phone sessions are equally effective.

Call  720-760-0758 or email Victoria@technologiesoftheself.org  (Use by 12/23.)

 

 

 

 

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, by David D. Burns, MD

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, by David D. Burns, MD

The good news is that anxiety, guilt, pessimism, procrastination, low self-esteem, and other “black holes” of depression can be cured without drugs. In Feeling Good, eminent psychiatrist, David D. Burns, M.D., outlines the remarkable, scientifically proven techniques that will immediately lift your spirits and help you develop a positive outlook on life. Now, in this updated edition, Dr. Burns adds an All-New Consumer′s Guide To Anti-depressant Drugs as well as a new introduction to help answer your questions about the many options available for treating depression.

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