Showing posts with label Relaxation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Relaxation. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

INSOMNIA: Causes and Cures

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Insomnia smiley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If you've been counting sheep till the wee hours of the morning quite regularly, you're a victim of insomnia. This condition can not only make you dread the night but also disturb your normal flow of life. And it’s common enough to afflict around 3.5 million people in the US alone! 

What causes Insomnia?
There are some known causes of insomnia, like chronic pain, restless legs syndrome, nocturnal disturbances, too much coffee, and the like. But, today, mental stress is one of the main culprits for this problem. Worries and tensions keep the mind engaged at night, keeping you wide awake. If you're stressed only for a few times, you can cope with sleeplessness. But, if you're a chronic worrier, chances are you're an insomniac too. 

How it can be cured? 
Of course, there are sleeping pills to put you to sleep. But, you know how harmful they can be if taken in excess. These over-the-counter pills do more harm than good, because of their terrible side effects. However, certain alternative therapies and exercises have proven effective against sleep disorders caused by stress, depression or other psychological factors. 

A non-drug therapy, showing promising results, is called cognitive behavioral therapy. The therapy basically trains the patients to calm their mind and regulate their thought patterns for a sound sleep. 

There are many breathing and relaxation techniques too that can promote relaxation and relieve stress. These techniques teach you how to breathe deeper and slower to become more relaxed and sedated. 

However, the cure making waves is a product called the All Natural Sleep Patch Rest Quiet™. This new approach to getting a peaceful night's sleep is really a godsend for insomniacs. Read what one of the users has to say, “The sleep patches are nothing short of amazing. They are going to help millions who, especially after the age of 35, have trouble sleeping. I used one. I slept more deeply and soundly than I have for years. I could not be more enthusiastic about them.”


The method allows a natural organic material to interact with the human body to improve relaxation and well being. The good news is it’s non-invasive, that is, nothing enters the body. Its new organic nanotechnology structures allow energy transfer between you and the patches. It’s believed that Rest Quiet™ helps the body in balancing its own natural meridians by the application of the Rest Quiet™ Patch to specific acupuncture points. And the result is a quiet, restful sleep!

Conclusion
Insomnia affects millions of people around the world.  There are many causes and solutions but for those interested in natural organic solutions, Rest Quiet™ is safe, effective and without any side effects. You may also try natural ways but don’t forget to consult your physician before you opt for any such remedies.



Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Stories of GUIDED RELAXATION

English: Engelberg-Titlis cableway (wallpaper)
Engelberg-Titlis cableway (wallpaper) - (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Online you can find videos, books, and audiotapes, which guide you to relaxation by telling your personal stories how the author achieved his or her goals. One of the primary methods used to relieve stress is yoga. Yoga has been in existence for centuries and has proven to promote guided relaxation. The idea behind yoga is to focus on breathing. Since breathing is our breath of life, it makes sense that learning how to breathe naturally will help relieve stress.

The most beautiful object in the world is nature itself. Nature provides us with exceptional surroundings, which include waterfalls, ocean views, wildlife, crystal blue skies, aquarium, mystic skies, lavishing green gardens and so on. Each part of nature has something incorporated in its beauty that attracts our attention and brings relief to our minds.

Millions of people realize how effective nature is, thus tech designers have created videos, audio, books and even DVDs that help us to find guided relaxation. Music is available as well to guide the mind to relaxation. DVDs today are handy since if you do not want to listen to the sound of music, you can enjoy the tunes of customized organic sounds with scenes that set off the guided effects of relaxation.

Screensavers are great-guided relaxation tools also. Rather, wallpaper on your computer can help you relax. You may enjoy wildlife, which you will find funny wallpaper, animal life and more online. Aquarium wallpaper is available as well, which some types of wallpaper include sound effects. Perhaps you may enjoy the ocean waves in the background as you work. The wallpaper items are great also since you can find freebies online. Just download the pictures of your choice and relax as you listen to the sounds of fish swimming in the pure blue waters. Bird chirps, yawns, and other sound effects are available as well.

How to find tapes, wallpaper, videos and more:
Online you will find a wide assortment of videos and more than guide you to relaxation. The tapes are designed to help you cope with issues you face each day. We have to live with daily stress. Some of us find it difficult since we live in a world of violence, wars, crime and so on. These issues can bring you down. It is difficult already that we have to stress family needs, children, jobs, bills and so on that, we would have to worry about world issues. The only way you can manage stress is to let the world issues go and deal with today and what you need to do.

Most people feel they do not have the power to change world issues. This is true, yet if people would stand up for their rights they would have more control than they believed. This is a continuing issue, and often people sit back waiting for someone else to handle the issues, therefore if you are not ready to stand up for your rights, let go of what you have no control over.



Children: 
Children these days are stressing parents around the world. The world is full of unruly children that lost their values, ethics, and standards. Because of media, television and Internet children now have access to anything they wish to view, or discover. Online you can learn how to make drugs, commit crimes and more. The Internet was intended for a good cause, yet that cause while good fell through the cracks. Therefore, we have added stress we didn’t need, which brings us to discover external resources combined with inner sources that help us guide self-to relaxation. We have control over self. It takes other people to change that they are.



Sunday, January 7, 2018

YOGA is your GUIDED RELAXATION

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Relaxation is something everyone needs in his or her lives and sometimes we have to be guided to reach it. Learning and practicing relaxation is an everyday thing to help relieve unneeded daily stress that is a part of our life. It will take awhile to see and feel better in mind and body but once you get there, don’t give it up.

Everyone says yoga: 
Yoga is not an exercise it is a way to teach you how to relax and become a healthier you. Yoga will help teach you to relax and relieve some of that stress you don’t really need.  You have many different types of yoga practices to enjoy, starting with beginners to advance.

Beginners of yoga: 
It is smart to start with, beginner programs if you have spent too much time inactive. In addition, you should consult with your doctor before starting practices of yoga. The three most important things yoga will teach you are how to breathe, meditate, and exercise. The body has to be strong and in shape to feel healthy and dispose of some of the stress by teaching you to relax.

Learning to breathe with yoga: 
Learning breathing techniques before you can learn to meditate is helpful. Breathing properly will train your mind to relax. Once you are relaxed, meditation is easy. You then can move to control the body and mind. The movements of yoga are the exercises that strengthen the body, helping you to relax the mind. The focus of yoga includes inhale and exhale breathe while focusing on your inner powers.

In order to learn guided relaxation, you need to practice each day to rid some of your stress that could take over your mind and body. Yoga can help you learn and teach you to breathe into relaxation and moving your body to relieve the tension respectively.

Yoga means to practice and learning to put it into your everyday life. Yoga will help a person find the guided relaxation we all need every day to be a healthier and a better person. Yoga teaches us self-control and self-respect. You will learn how to think before you speak, clean your inner thoughts and attitude towards yourself and other. Clean our your outer self by keeping it in a clean environment.

Once you practice and learn to meditate and relax along with the movements, you’ll see yourself become a new you. As the new you come out in the open, you’ll feel it because you won’t be stressed.

The stress in your life will take over, which depression can set in. Try relieving some of the stress and learn to relax. You’ll find self, sleeping better and waking up looking forward to the new day ahead.
Because everyone has stress Yoga can be a practice for everyone from children to your grandparents. Classes are offered for many different age groups and capabilities.



Before taking a class, check it out and if need be to ask your doctor about whether or not it would be harmful to you. The library has a wide variety of books and video along with some CD’s that can guide you to the class and type of Yoga that would fit your needs.

When practicing at home you need to find an area where you can be alone and it is quiet to avoid distractions. It usually takes around 20 minutes to set aside each day for you to learn, meditate, and practice. Remember to stay with it; don’t give up, since you need this time for you to stay happy and healthy. Get your guided relaxation today.



Friday, October 6, 2017

Sit Back and RELAX: Using a Massage for Healing

The Thai massage is primarily based on an acup...
The Thai massage is primarily based on an acupressure system of
Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine with an added touch of yoga.
(Photo credit: 
Wikipedia)
The growth in medicine and technology has also made significant growth in possibilities to stay in good health.  There are medications for sleeping and staying awake, relaxing and gaining energy, headaches and an imbalance of systems.  All of these medications begin to pump various things into your system that your body then is forced to react to, sometimes not so naturally.  

If you want to take a different approach to your healing, why not try a more natural remedy?  Chinese medicine understands how the body can be naturally healed and has developed a variety of methods to help bring this into place.  One of the popular methods used is traditional healing massages.  Not only will this help you to heal by clearing up blocks that may be making you ill, but it will also help you to relax in the process.  


The Chinese traditional healing massage was developed over 2500 years ago in the Orient.  Through this development was an understanding of how the human touch, combined with specific pressure points could help to stop disorders.  Each of these touches would stimulate specific areas of the body that was not in tune with the natural flow of energy.  This would then allow one to begin there own healing process.  

Not only did massages begin to develop various reactions to touch, but they also began to develop into focus points for healing.  For example, many of the traditional massages for healing will be focused on the abdominal area in order to help balance out internal organs.  Other parts of the message will focus on the tissues and muscles that may not be receiving the proper nutrients or flow of energy.  

The idea of Chinese medicine is one that moves beyond the prescription pills and into a method of complete relaxation.  By doing this, one is able to find an alternative method to begin healing and developing a holistic approach to health.  The various massages that have been developed through Chinese medicine are a great way for you to stop taking the extra medications, and instead, sit back and relax.  


Monday, October 2, 2017

Adventures with HYPNOSIS RELAXATION

In 1949, I had a real problem with a dental phobia. Four dentists had turned me down as a patient. I had two abscessed teeth and a mouthful of other cavities. My dental phobia was so bad that it had forced me to go to a hospital some years earlier in order to have three abscessed teeth removed while I was unconscious.

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“Behavioural” experiments under hypnosis at the Budapest clinic of the Department of Mental Health and Pathology. (a) Hypnotic suggestion of praying. (b) Hypnotic suggestion of suicide. (c) Hypnotic suggestion of swearing an oath. (d) Hypnosis produced by the tuning-fork. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I went to a dental convention where I found the recommended dentist who did hypnosis. He couldn’t work on my teeth, but he said he thought he could help me. So, at the lunch break, I went to his room with several other dentists, and he hypnotized me with a “standard” induction technique. Then, he taught me a psychological trick of relaxation. If I raised my left hand whenever I felt my right hand becoming a fist, indicating tension, the dentist would stop, and I would relax my right hand, and lower my left hand.) I didn’t believe it would work, but I made an appointment with the last dentist who had turned me down and had recommended hypnosis.

For the first few minutes, I kept raising my left hand, and he stopped immediately. After that, I didn’t need to raise my left hand much at all, and he worked fast.

He pulled the two bad teeth and drilled and filled a dozen more in one single hour and a half session. I had Novocain for the bad ones and didn’t need it for the others. Both the dentist and I were amazed at this, and he asked if I were really twins

To me, a 22-year-old engineering student, this was a genuine “miracle”, and I started to learn all I could about this miracle cure. I read everything I could find, from the 1700’s literature about Mesmer, Coue, etc, up to Erickson, Barber, etc.

I became an electronic engineer and pursued this as my major career, but my avocation continued to be hypnosis, and by extension, psychology. (Much of behavioral psychology is similar to hypnosis). I used it professionally, taught it in a major university to doctors, and continued to learn about it. I performed some “shows”, and considered a career as a stage hypnotist, but was more interested in using it for helping people, as it had helped me.

In 1979, I left electronic engineering and turned to psychology. I went back and obtained a Doctorate in Psychology based on my education, life experience, and my doctoral dissertation. I became a successful Behaviorist Psychologist for years in private practice in Florida. I gradually converted to an Orthomolecular practice when I found that these types of therapies worked better than any “talk therapy”, although talk therapy is sometimes used as well.




Hypnotic Relaxation

During this many year of study, and later career as a psychologist, I realized that what that original dentist who hypnotized me had actually done. With hypnosis, he had simply given me a “new” conscious tool of relaxation. Using this simple tool, I could actually change something in my unconscious called a “phobia”. It wasn’t really a miracle, though I had thought so at the time. Adding this knowledge to my knowledge of Pavlovian “conditioning responses”, I came up with what I called the Bate Relaxation Technique.

This is very simple, yet it can be very powerful – much more powerful than most realize because of its simplicity. It starts with a general hypnotic induction technique of relaxing the body muscles, starting with the toes and going up to the scalp and face. Then, in a state of muscle relaxation, ask the subject to visualize a very beautiful relaxing scene he/she is in. Describe the scene. Ask them to concentrate on how beautiful and very relaxing it is.

Then, ask the subject to memorize the feelings of relaxation and concentration they are feeling at that time. Have them put these feelings into their memory like a photograph. Then, give them a post-hypnotic suggestion that they can now recall those feeling anytime they simply count to three. End the session, and have the subject stand up, take a deep breath and simply count to three.

It’s simply amazing how the shoulders often slump 2-3 inches or some other muscles that the subject usually tenses from stress relax. I describe the “strange” feeling as sort of a “blah” feeling. (As subjects stand up from the session, their “normal” pattern of muscle stress takes effect, and the “instant” relaxation is definitely experienced.)

I then tell the subject that they now have the pattern, but it up to them to use it often, several times a day, even if not needed, for the next week or so. This will set this pattern into their unconscious as a “conditioned response”. (Remember Pavlov’s dog?) Now, they have the same tool I got from the original dentist, but it is much more enhanced and valuable. It instantly relieves the stress of any kind.

Driving a car a long distance is very stressful. My wife and I recently drove over 20 hours straight thru, with me driving about 14 of those hours. At 78 years old, that’s not “usual”. The secret – we both simply count to three every so often and are able to relax behind the wheel. Muscle tension is very tiring, and few are able to relax this muscle tension behind the wheel.

This relaxation technique is very useful in many ways in helping to solve psychological problems of phobias, compulsions, and even some serious physical problems. I was able to solve dozens of Asthma problems in all persons between 7 and 15 years old and was often successful with older persons as well. (Kids in this age range are very suggestible; some adults are too cynical.)

The system is simple but effective. First, teach the relaxation. Then, have the patient emulate a really bad asthma attack. “Come on, get really bad, your throat is closing more and more.” It’s getting worse and worse.” When the patient really starts to become in distress, say, “Now, count to three”. As he gets to three, he relaxes, and says, “Now, it’s gone, and you are in control”.

Many years ago, I did this routine on the 14-year-old son of lifelong friends. When I was visiting them a few years ago, I walked into the store of the son, and he recognized me immediately. I was surprised as it had been over 20 years since he had seen me. He said, “Do you think I could ever forget the man who cured my Asthma?”

It was another great day for my ego.

There’s nothing magical or even mysterious about it. All you are doing is teaching a new “trick” to the unconscious mind. This “trick” of instant relaxation is learned as a conditioned response by repetition and use. It becomes a tool for the conscious mind to use in all types of situations to reduce stress. As everybody knows, stress ages us diminishes the immune system and helps to kill us.

The various forms of yoga and other meditation techniques are similar, yet different. They relieve the stress of course but are of little use in immediate stressful situations. This relaxation is immediate.

This also can be used for self-hypnosis, positive statements, and visualizations.

I also used it for patients that wanted to stop smoking as a “substitute” for that instant craving that comes to an addicted smoker.

One idea makes a lot of people “afraid” of hypnosis. The idea that another person has “control” over them, and can make them do literally anything. Every experiment ever conducted has shown that this is simply not true. Hypnosis cannot force a person to do anything that is against his/her moral code. The unconscious mind is very protective and is what we are working with either with hypnosis or subliminal training.

There is some possibility of “indirect” misuse of hypnosis. I once witnessed a hypnotist demonstrating this. He had a very attractive woman who was very hypnotizable (instantly into somnambulism by snapping his fingers). He hypnotized her and told her to take off her clothes. She awoke instantly and was embarrassed, but had no conscious memory of why.

He then hypnotized her again, and this time, told her that she was at home in her bathroom with the door closed, and she was going to take a bath. She calmly started to take off her clothes. He stopped her before she got too far, but she was obviously going to completely strip.

It was interesting how he stopped her. He told her that someone had come into her home, and was near the bathroom door. She said, “Don’t come in. I’m not dressed”.

He then had her get dressed and woke her. She had no memory of the incident.

When I was a young man, I had a girlfriend who I had sex with once or twice. And she had been hypnotized several times as well. One night I wanted sex, but she didn’t. I used the cue that hypnotized her but to no avail. She refused, even hypnotized. So, the idea that someone can make you do something you do not want to do is false. I can testify to that personally. Our unconscious mind is very protective of us in all ways, even though some ways may be wrong.

Of course, if you work with either hypnosis or subliminal training, or virtually any type of serious psychology you have to be aware of the unconscious mind, as that entity is always what you are trying to influence.

Hypnotic Age Regression

This is a very useful tool for a psychologist, or, for that matter, any doctor of any stripe. Under even “light” hypnosis, it can be used to “pull” details from the life of the patient that he/she has forgotten consciously. (The unconscious memory has everything in it.)

There are several “tricks of the trade” involved. After my Relaxation Technique, I used a “deepening” technique that went something like this, “Now, I want you to imagine and visualize yourself going down an escalator as I count to ten. One, imagine yourself stepping on and feeling the steps from under your feet. Two, as you move down, relax even more. Three, as you go down further, concentrate more and more. Four, and as you relax more, you can concentrate more. Five, this positive circle of concentration and relaxation continues as you move down.”

Continue with similar repetitions thru nine, and then, “Ten, step off the escalator into a room. This room is yours alone. It is only in your mind, and no one else can ever get into it. You can make it anything you want. In this room, you can do anything or visualize anything that will help you to be a better person. In this room, you can remember anything you want.”

Next, I would start the questioning. For example, a man came to me to try to find a lost valuable diamond engagement ring. He and his fiancĂ© had broken up, and she had returned the ring to him. He remembered taking the ring, but when he got home, he couldn’t find it at all. I did the above technique and then started.

I said. “I want to you to go back in time to the moment when she handed you the ring. Where were you and she at that time?”

He replied, “We were in her living room.”

“Alright, see yourself taking the ring. What did you do with it?”

He said, “I’m putting it into my small watch pocket of my jeans.”

“OK, now you are leaving her. What happened next?”

“I’m getting into my car, and driving home”

“Good, what happens next?”

“I’m going into my bedroom, and changing clothes.”

“Why?”

“I have to go to a baseball presentation dinner.”

“OK, what did you do with your jeans?”

“Oh NO! I had put them in the washer!”

That was the story. He went home and found the ring stuck in the washer. (The usual story of such is that it gets caught in the “U” drain under a sink.) This illustrates the value of “age regression” as a memory aid.

Of course, it’s also useful to uncover the beginnings of phobias and compulsions. A woman came to me with a cat phobia and asthma. I did the usual as above, and with a couple of other useful techniques found the problem. One “trick” is to say, “OK, now you are going back in time. It is your 15th birthday. You are awake in that morning. Do you have asthma?”

She replied, “yes.” (She had earlier said on intake questioning that her asthma had started very early. I start well past that so as to get the patient used to go back.)

“Ok, now you are ten years old, just waking up on your birthday. Do you have asthma now?” Same answer.

“OK, you are now five years old, on your birthday. Do you have asthma now?” Same answer

I worked back thru 4 and 3 and 2, 1, and started back in months. I got to the ninth month, and she didn’t have asthma. Still, she had no memory of anything that was related. So, I went to her tenth month, and went backward, day to day with the same question. I got to the day when she did have asthma. Now I asked her, “What happened to you during the last day that caused you to have asthma? I am going to count to three, and when I get to three, you will remember everything. One, you’re starting to remember. Two, memory is coming back. Three, you now remember everything.”



She then related, “I was lying on my back in a crib, and the cat jumped into the crib and lay across my mouth. I couldn’t breathe, or call out, and I was scared. I don’t know what happened, but I think I hit the cat, and she went on me.”

It was two birds with one stone. Cat phobia, and asthma caused at that point. Asthma is often a “protective” device used to keep oxygen in the body. Most can easily breathe in but have real problems breathing out. This was her case.

Then, we get to the really interesting part. Age regression to past lives. As an agnostic, I don’t really know if the many stories I have heard from many persons are true, or something from the universal mind or what?

Probably the single most impressive story is the man who came to me with two lifelong phobias that he had had since earliest memory. He was deathly afraid of fire and water. He thought that these phobias might be from past lives, and asked me to try to find out.

He was easily hypnotizable, and with little urging went back thru birth to the previous life. He had been a circus clown and been burned to death in a circus fire. It was then simple to go back to a previous life to that. It seems that he had stolen a horse, and was caught. The vigilantes didn’t have a tree, so they hanged him from a bridge. The rope broke, and he drowned. Of course, it took much more time to go thru, and some suggestions from me. He was cured according to a phone call a week later.

I’ve had several such interesting cases. Another was fascinating to me. Under hypnosis, a man kept saying, “All I can see is a bird”. I kept after him about this bird for 10 or more minutes, but he couldn’t see much more than this bird. Finally, he said, “It’s a black bird, and it’s on my shield”.

I pressed him harder about his shield and did he have a sword and a horse. He suddenly screamed, “There’s blood all around me, and all over me and my horse. I’m killing people all around with my sword, and they’re trying to kill me! ”

I questioned him closely, and it became evident that the date was 1066 at the battle of Hastings as the Normans conquered England.

Is the story true? I cannot say with any certainty, but it was impressive.

When I gave seminars and talks on hypnosis, I usually finished with doing my Relaxation Technique, and my deepening. Then, I would say, “In your room, sitting comfortably, I want you to let your mind go out of your body. Let it go out into space, and as you see earth behind you as that familiar blue and white marble, see space as almost velvety, with stars and planets being very clear and steady. It’s really beautiful out here in space. Now, you are coming to a white cloud that is getting bigger and bigger, and you are now entering it. On the other side, there is another blue marble world. As you approach, it looks like Earth, but as you get really close, you see no huge cities, but beautiful parks and lovely buildings that seem to be a part of the landscape. As you come to it, and walk about, you notice that the people are all friendly, and the animals are all friendly, and the gardens and parks all around are simply the loveliest you have ever seen. You are filled with the same sort of happiness that it seems everybody there has. You are at peace with yourself and that place.”

“Now, it’s time to leave, and we are going back into space again. Ahead of us is that same white cloud, and this time, as we enter it, we make a left turn, and we are now going back in time. The year is 1700 on Earth, and as we come back to Earth in that time, we are going to each go into a body in that time and place. I want you to look at your feet, and your clothes, and your surroundings, and have a sense of who you are in that body. Now, it’s time to return. We are leaving this time and place, and going back thru that white cloud, and back to that blue marble of earth, and back to that comfortable seat, and into your own body again. As I count to three backward, you are going to awaken, not drowsy or sleepy or affected by my voice at all, and you will remember everything you experienced.”

Then, I count, “Three, two, one, awake fully awake. Now, how many persons really experienced that beautiful planet?”

About a third or more really did visualize it clearly. (A few were somewhat angry with me for not leaving them longer!) Then I asked, “Now, how many persons experienced themselves in 1700?” Surprisingly, about one-third had very good and clear visualizations. One woman was indignant “I had bare feet and scratched legs, and I was a serving woman”. She had a very high opinion of herself in this life obviously. Needless to say, these stories were very interesting and varied. One woman impressed me with, “I was in a dark place waiting to be born.”

Of course, such stories do not prove anything. They could be products of imagination, or simply scraps of something from the unconscious or universal mind. However, or whatever they are, taken in bulk from honest persons with no known vested interest, they do prove something beyond our conscious knowledge.

An “Impossible” Story

Here’s a true story that is unbelievable to many people. In reading about hypnosis, I came across an article where a professional hypnotist had claimed that he had been able to increase a woman’s breast size using hypnosis. I dismissed that claim until in 1978; I read an article by Dr. Ted X. Barber in the Journal of Clinical Hypnosis about hypnotic phenomena. This article discussed many different hypnotic phenomena, including several experiments at several different colleges that had all done a similar experiment. As I recall (at this much later date), each college used 8-12 women, all of whom were somewhat flat chested, and all wanted larger breasts.

All were carefully measured, above and below the actual breasts, and across them at the nipples. Once a week for 12 weeks, they were hypnotized as a group and told to visualize things like, “See yourself in a mirror naked with larger breasts. Admire your larger breasts. See how good they look, and how good you feel with them. Now, see yourself dressed in a very becoming dress, and how well it looks on you with your new breasts. It increases your self-confidence as well. “

These comments were repeated several times. As I recall, the average for all of the various experiments was that 80% actually increased their breast size, and the average increase was 2.1 inches.

Let’s take another deeper look at this. The average success rate for losing weight by hypnosis is considered to be less than 65%. In other less reported breast size experiments, DECREASING breast size in women with overly large breasts, the success rate was negligible.

In addition, this suggestion is specific – add body cells to a certain part of the body only! We have no knowledge if actual mammary cells were added, or only fat cells, but still!!!

I’ve won two bets from other psychologists that this story was published in a reputable scientific journal. I made a hypnosis tape specifically for “breast enlargement”, and heard for a few of the women who purchased it that it did indeed work for them. Unfortunately, few people report either success or failure.

Why doesn’t hypnosis work better on the “lesser task” of losing weight, or losing breast weight? The explanation is difficult, but in my experience, the social “advantage” to women of large breasts inhibits the unconscious from losing this “advantage”. Some women are “punishing” their selves (or their husbands) by being fat. (Sort of “love me for me, not for my body”). Motives of the unconscious mind are often murky and difficult for our conscious minds to understand. The computer analogy of “garbage in – garbage out” applies here.




Harmful Unconscious Ideas

The unconscious mind can be a force for good or bad. It apparently doesn’t discriminate – again like a computer. If a virus gets in, it can distort many other programs in different ways.

Let’s examine a very illustrative case. A woman brought in her 8-year-old boy for hypnosis for bedwetting. I did the usual direct suggestion and told her to keep him off all milk products for at least a week.

Two days later, she and her son were back. No success. This time, I did age regression hypnosis. He went back (with a little urging) to when he was 4. He was in bed almost asleep when he heard someone trying to get in his window. He was so scared that he wet himself, and cried out. The burglar (real or imagined) left. The unconscious “logic” to this boy – urination protects from intruders in the night. It wasn’t difficult to remove this logic (computer virus), and his mother said that he hadn’t wet again a few months later.

The great master of hypnotic therapy, Milton Erickson, once had an almost comic situation that he solved in a unique way. It seems that a recently married couple came to him because each was a bed wetter. On their honeymoon, the bed was wet each morning, and each thought the other was very thoughtful in not mentioning it. After a few days, they each confessed and came to Erickson.

He made them agree to do exactly what he said and then told them to kneel on the bed when they were ready for sleep and each had to urinate, and then sleep in it. They came back several days later, and they had kept their word. He then told them, “Since you did as I told you, tonight you can go to bed normally without the urination, and come back tomorrow”. The next day, they said the bed was dry in the morning, so he “allowed” them another dry night. Then another, and then he declared them “cured”.

These two stories illustrate the immense power of the unconscious for both good and bad. One of the major jobs of the unconscious mind is to “protect” the physical body (home of the unconscious mind) from harm. If a threat is perceived whether real or imaginary, it goes into action, even if the action may be harmful to itself.



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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Stress Management through GUIDED RELAXATION

Is stress controlling you? Stress and tension are one of the hardest things that a person has to learn to deal with. Stress and tension will control you if you let it. Therefore, you need to learn how to reduce it as much as possible.

English: Stress Management for IT professionals
Stress Management for IT professionals
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Wikipedia)

How managing stress helps you to relax: 
To reduce the stress you will need a stress management program. The program may include walking, socializing, using music; bathing, fragrances, massages, videos and more that help you relax. You can use books as well. Books designed to teach you to relax will help you set up a stress management program.

Finding relief with books: 
If you enjoy reading, go to the library and pick up your favorite genres. Instead of rushing through the day, take a moment out for you and relax. Read your book and do not allow demands to take over you. For example, if your mind is telling you to get those dishes done, put it off. We are not promoting procrastination; rather we are saying that sometimes you just need to relax. If the dishes are bothering you, ask someone else to handle the task. Ultimately you can get it out of the way, and then take time out to read your book.

How dieting helps you to relax: 
It’s a proven fact that healthy diets with three balanced meals a day along with daily excise can keep stress at bay. When the muscles are tensed that the body lacks nourishment it needs to survive healthily, it causes stress. Isometric workouts, Pilate’s workout, and yoga are just a few types of exercises you can add to your stress management program.

Yoga will teach you how to maintain your body as well as help you to meditate. You can also get yoga books from your local library as well as any bookstore. You can even find yoga help guides online. All you will have to do is go and find a yoga web site and order what you want. Yoga is normally a self-teaching exercise.

Audio: 
Audio brings in new sound waves to relax the mind and body. Online you will find many audiotapes, which produce sound effects and images. Audio includes CDs that guide you to relaxation. Brainwave disks or CDs help you to relax through natural and sound. Online you can download free screensavers, MP3 images and sounds. The sites online offer exclusive musical audio. The musical and images help you to relax.

Some CDs online are free. You get free CDs with audio that helps you to channel into the mind. You can use the CDs that take you inside your subconscious arena, which starts you on the course to transform your mind and body, thus taking control of your life. The CDs are designed to help you unblock areas of the mind where information hides, preventing you from making necessary changes to take control of your mind.



You can learn to use your subconscious powers to set goals that you can achieve. Inside the subconscious arena are hidden messages that help you to heal the body and mind. The guided relaxation tools help you to use the creative mind, which guides you to taking control of your life.

So remember that stress is a self-controlling you can fight this if you are strong enough to do this, you have to be mentally as well as physically strong but you can fight it. There is help available you just have to find it you can get help through books and videos and support groups.




Saturday, June 24, 2017

Effects in FOOT MASSAGE to Guided RELAXATION

Has your feet ever been so tried that it hurt your whole body.  Like that, ole saying when your feet hurt your whole body hurts. Well this is mostly true, since the reason sets behind the fact that your entire nerve endings are in your feet. So when you are on your feet all day for whatever reason and they are hurting most of the time your whole body aches. What do most of us do when we get home? We sit down for a while or take a hot bath. One can indulge in foot relaxing baths or resting to take the weight off the feet. In fact, the first thing that hits the ground when you take a step is your heel, which is why many people experience heel pain. 

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How can I relieve my aching feet? 
You have recourses to test when your feet are aching.  Like maybe a hot bath if you have one. Foot soakers are available as well. The foot soakers allow you to soak your feet. Some of the foot soakers have massagers as well so you can get a foot massage while you are soaking your tried feet. You can let your feet rest as long as you want to or until they feel better. Once your feet feel better, you will also feel better.

Where can I get the foot massagers?
You can find food massagers nearly anywhere that sells items to relieve stress. Depending how much money you want to pay, however you can find Bubble Jet Foot Massagers at most department stores for around $20. It depends on the type you choose; yet, some have heating elements that helps massage your feet.

You will find foot massagers with tuning bars built inside of it to rest your feet on while the massagers works them. 

If you are having, problems with deciding what one to get for you so that you can pamper yourself, then check out the resources online. Go on the Internet, check out some web sites, and have them send you some information on these feet massagers.

 Most of the time, you will find CDs as well as videos to help you to decide what kind are the best for you. There are lotions and oils to get if you want to just have some one do it for you or even you do it for yourself. It will feel better if someone else does it for you. Just put a little lotion or oil on the feet and rub it. You will feel so much better.

 In addition, unbelievably once your feet stop hurting you will feel like a new person inside as well as out. Try it and see what you think and make sure you enjoy your foot massager. The massagers are great. It will make a big difference on the way your feet feel and that will make you feel better. 



There are all kinds of oils and lotion that you can get at your local stores like the family dollar or even Wal-Mart if you cant find nothing there you might want to try the bath and body works in the mall in your area. You will need to rub your feet down with lotion or something when you are finished with the foot soak. This will add the finish touch to the whole massage.

Some foot massagers have rub pads, which helps you to remove dead skin after massage. You have many options to choose from, so go online to check out the foot massagers that guide you to relaxation. 



Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Herbs that Rule GUIDED RELAXATION

Stress can cause many changes to our lives. It is known as the number one cause for many health issues. Relaxation is something we all need in our lives. Yet, stress can cause us many problems, making it difficult to find relaxation.  

With all the things going on around us, relaxation is hard to find at times. When we do not have resources that guide us to relaxation the body feels stressed and tense. The muscles tense, which the elastic joints feel weak and these joints cannot do its intended job.

The meditating monk
The meditating monk
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Wikipedia)

We lose the much, needed sleep that we all need to be able to get up the next morning and go about another day of activities. Without a good restful sleep, we have a hard time making good decisions and judgments.

There are many ways to help relieve stress but it takes time to teach our minds and bodies to learn the techniques. The brain has to be taught new things before they will help us.  Learning to relieve stress means to teach the brain by practicing everyday.

Candles are a good way to relax. Just setting candles out and lighting the throughout the house is very soothing and does a good job decorating the home as well. Light candles in the bathroom when you go in to take a bath and soak in the tub while you meditate.  Dream about things you’ve always wanted to do or places you’d like to go.

Herbs are another good way to relax. Many different herbs out will help you with many health issues including relieving stress to succeed to relaxation. Be sure you know what herbs your taking and if not sure talk to a professional before starting to take herbs supplements.


Meditation is good to practice learning in order to get the relaxation that we need.  Meditating is a learning process and has to be practiced everyday. When meditating you will need to be off somewhere, you can be alone and in a quiet area.  Materials to learn how to meditate can be bought anywhere that videos, books and CD’s are sold.

Writing a journal is helpful when your trying to relieve stress and when the stress lets up relaxation will come easier. Keep a journal for each day on all the things that has stressed you out that day.  Once your finished reread it and look for changes that you can make your days look brighter. Sometimes when you’ve reread your journal for the day it will look funny and silly to you the second time around.

Get involved in an exercise class. We all can use a little exercise 2 or 3 times a week.  Exercising is good for our health as well as relaxing. If you don’t want to join a class, find you a partner to walk with for 20 or 30 minutes a couple of time a week.  You will notice that having a partner makes it more fun and relaxing to you. You’ll begin to look forward to socializing with your friend and getting out of the house.

Try out a massage mat with sound effects. These come in different sizes from a pillow to a body size. They vibrate, have heaters in them to relieve the joint pains you might be having, some have MP3’s with speakers in them to help relax just make sure that it is soft quiet music. By using the remote, you can turn it on, off, or make whatever adjustments you feel you want.

Try of the relaxation guides you might find one that works for you.  Have fun and enjoy.  



Saturday, April 8, 2017

Become Your Own RELAXATION Expert

Meditation has been practiced around the world for thousands of years. It is a techiniqe used to quiet the mind and body, and release stress. It can also bring focus and clarity, and often, after meditating, problems that you have been struggling with, miraculously become solved. Meditation has also been known to inspire people to write, and to spur lucrative business ideas, as your subconscious comes to light.  

One simple form of meditation, requires you to sit in a quiet room, either on a pillow, or cross-legged on the floor, or in a comfortable chair, making sure your spine is straight. It is advised that you use the same place every day. It is also suggested that you personalize your spot, by beautifying it with candles, flowers, and pictures of the people that you love.
   
 The idea is to sit quietly, with your eyes closed, and focus on a point inside of your forehead. Try not to think of anything in particular, but don't try 'not' to think either, allowing your mind to become calm, and peaceful. If you find that your mind is 'chattering', don't try to control it, just let it finish what it is that it is working on, it will eventually quiet down. It is also recommended for beginners to begin with ten to twenty minute sessions, each day. After awhile of doing this, you will start to feel deep relaxation and joy during these sessions.
   
 The first step to this self-hypnosis is to sit in a quiet, comfortable spot, making sure you are facing a wall about eight feet away from you. Pick a spot or object on that wall, and make that spot or object your focal point. Looking at your focal point, begin counting backwards from 100, one number for each breath you exhale. As you do this, imagine yourself floating, and feeling very relaxed. You will begin to  feel your eyelids getting heavy, and may begin to blink. Let your eyes slowly close, and as you continue to count backwards, imagine yourself as limp as a ragdoll, totally relaxed, and floating in a safe and comfprtable place. Stop counting, and just float in your space. If any disturbing thoughts should come while in your space, just let them flow out again, and allow yourself to continue to feel safe and relaxed. This technique can help you to cope with stress, and discharge the tension that accumulates during stressful situations. 
   


When you are ready to come out of this self-hypnosis, you can either let yourself drift off to sleep, or you can count from one to three and exit. First, count one, and get yourself ready to exit. At two, take a deep breath, and hold for a few seconds. At three, exhale and open your eyes slowly. As you open your eyes, continue to hold on to that relaxed and comfortable feeling.
   
 You may then want to increase the length of your sessions to thirty minutes, or maybe even an hour. In our highly active lifestyles of today, it is imperative that we include a brief time for meditation in our daily schedule. For more self-help techniques and tips, please visit my website.




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Friday, March 3, 2017

What Are Some Similarities and Differences Between RELAXATION and MEDITATION?

Mahasati Meditation Basic Rhythmic Movements
Mahasati Meditation Basic Rhythmic Movements

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Relaxation and meditation may feel similar sometimes yet a line can be drawn between the two.

Let me share an experience. I decide it's time to have a meditation practice - for whatever reason or for no reason at all except it's time to sit. After 1 minute of sitting in an upright posture my mind is drawn to my tight shoulders. The muscles are screaming - "Please release me. I've been trying to get your attention for a long time."

Relaxation supports a meditation practice. We need silent muscles.

Meditation is a practice that ultimately helps us get a handle on the mind. A mindfulness meditation practice makes us aware of the mind. We may realize it is busy or heavy; scattered or focused. Or it could be dull or alert. The key is awareness; being aware of the quality of the mind without judging.

Relaxation as a practice is usually done lying at the end of a yoga class. The pose is called Shavasana - the corpse pose. The intention is to release tension in the muscular and the psycho-physiological system. The pose develops awareness of the body.

Practice of both relaxation and meditation can be formal or informal. With a formal practice there will be a time period. We might practice every morning before the regular activities. Or at night before going to sleep to help us unwind.

An informal practice occurs as we go about our day. We notice our shoulders creeping up to our ears and move them down. Or feel our hands in fists and soften them. It's an awareness of the body that grows out of the formal practice.

The same is true for the mind. We notice thoughts like a pattern of being critical, or the beginning of anxiety. We accept what is and have a choice to create a new thought or simply witness feelings and thoughts.

Mind versus Body
Life happens and sometimes the body may be forced to be inactive because of an injury. The mind however remains as active and engaged as before and now we notice. In this situation, if the formal practice of meditation is new, being inactive and having a scattered mind might be disconcerting.
Relaxation and meditation practices both help us befriend the body and mind. Our awareness and appreciation for these parts of ourselves deepen and we experience more of our inner world.

    By Heather Greaves
    Heather Greaves is an avid yoga student and the owner of Body Therapies Yoga Training. She organizes yoga and meditation retreats and workshops in Ontario and Barbados, and has been helping yoga enthusiasts learn to teach therapeutic yoga in a certified program. For more yoga tips or to sign up for our monthly newsletter visit http://www.yogatogo.com
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Sex in GUIDED RELAXATION

Amazingly, studies recently showed that those who are actively sexual could reduce stress. This does not mean to run out and have sex with multiple partners, rather to engage in intimate relationships with someone you trust. In recent studies, couples were asked to define how sex relieved stress. According to results, the couples claimed that sex relaxed the mind and body. The couples felt less stress after and during math tests and public speeches they were able to relax and stay alert. 

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A couple performing sexual intercourse from a seated position. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to the studies outlined by news reports intercourse relaxed the body and mind. The studies showed that masturbation relieved stress to a degree more so than those who did not engage in such actions did. Still, those who had intercourse relieved stress more so than those who masturbated did. According to the studies blood pressure quickly returned to its normal level after intercourse. 

In the studies, it showed that the men and women who did not have sex had higher blood pressure than those who did. Sex has proven to relieve stress. It makes sense. Men and women were intended to express intimacy in a life long relationship. For this reason, sex is involved which should be enjoyed at both parties convenience. Of course, both couples must enjoy the activity to relieve stress. Some people do not enjoy sex, which causes them stress to think of engaging in intimacy. 

After sex, a person often feels relaxed. During night, the person finds it easier to sleep. Morning sex is enjoyable, yet it can drain the energy, thus strenuous sex in the wake hours should be avoided. Enjoy mild, soft and passionate sexual relations at this time. 

Sex is relaxing. If you enjoy sex experts, tell us that engaging in this activity twice daily is great exercise and helps to relax the mind and body. If this is true then we have guided relaxation through intimacy. So why is people still searching for answers to relieve stress? 

In the periodical that exposed that sex relieves stress, the authors mentioned that oxytocin when released could promote healthy functions, such as that of the physiology aspects. Oxytocin assists organisms. It is clear that when a person releases through organisms that tension expels from the body. The person feels a sense of relief. Still, what about the psychological aspects, i.e. what happens to the mind if a person engages in elicit sexual release. It is evident by past records that illicit sexual encounters only lead to disaster. We see this in disease, divorce and so on. Thus, we see that engaging in sex requires that we uphold morals, standards and values that make us humans. 



To uphold the rules of humanity we see that stress can be relieved through intimacy. Intimacy is between a man and woman. At what time the two join in intimacy they express love, affection and desire for the other. If you noted love, affection and desire you would see the positive influences that leads them to guided relaxation. When sex is relentless, or when love, affections and intimacy is not involved, how can it relieve stress? 

Logically you would see tension build when emotions start to recall emptiness inside. For this reason, we must consider the aspects of sex that makes us feel relaxed. Those aspects again are love, affection, and a desire to love one another. When you have positive influences during sex, you have a guarantee that stress will relax. To learn more about sex and guided relaxation, women we encourage you to learn how sex can help you live longer.