cA Headphone Holiday – It Gives Me Time!c

A client of mine is quite busy. She runs her own holistic healing clinic, is married and the mother of two teenagers. Everyday at lunch she takes what she calls her “headphone holiday.” She goes into one of her treatment rooms, closes the door, lies down and listens to one of the recordings she has from our hypnotherapy sessions, about 40 minutes long. “Lisa,” she told me, “it gives me time. The tension in my back is gone and I have more energy and feel more positive in general. I’m getting things done easier. I’m not screaming at the kids and we’re getting along better. It gives me time!”

It doesn't have to be 40 minutes long, you can take a headphone holiday with 10, 20, 30 minutes too. A good place to start is with "Healing Relaxation," at only 20 minutes. Or "7 Minutes to Heaven."

cGetting Ready for a Good Night’s Sleepc

Probably the most important change you can make to improve your sleep is to turn off all your electronics – phone, computer, TV, games, etc. – a minimum of half an hour before going to bed. This gives your brain time to downshift, to quiet down and empty out a little so it can more peacefully transition to sleep time consciousness.

A high school student came to me recently for help with focusing and test anxiety. She’d been diagnosed with ADD and was worried about some important national tests she had to take. She also said she wasn’t sleeping very well. I recommended turning off the electronics half an hour before bed and she said her mother had been telling her that for a long time. Guess it takes hearing it from a hypnotherapist, because she took it to heart, reporting on her second session that she was sleeping much better. I asked what she’s doing now with the half hour. “I straighten up my room, I say goodnight to my parents and then I listen to the recording you made for me. I like it this way, it feels calmer. I told my mom what you said and she said, “I’ve been telling you that for years!”

And she passed her exams. “The tests went really really well! I was so focused and very calm. I didn’t get distracted at all by the other people, I was one pointed, just like you taught me.”

cRelieving Morning Anxietyc

A woman called for help with severe anxiety that was starting as soon as she got up in the morning. She couldn’t come in for a session right away, so I sent her a recording and suggested she try using that to start her day. I got an email from her a a couple months later:

“Listening to the recording you sent me, that 20 minute rest and relaxation body scan that resets your fight or flight response, has been LIFE CHANGING! I used to get up and first thing check my email, then I’d jolt my system awake with strong coffee. Now I have hot water with lemon and then I lie down on a heating pad {she has some muscle pain issues} and play the recording. Only after that do I check my emails and get started with work. I’m so much calmer now during the day. My pain levels have gone down and I just feel grounded and more focused and stresses roll off my back a lot easier.”

(FYI: She's listening to "Healing Relaxation," available in our store.)

cFrom State to Traitc

When a person enters into a calming state, such as meditation, yoga, hypnosis, relaxation, quietude, prayer, etc., on a regular basis, gradually the state of calm that previously was only experienced during the practice and maybe for a little while afterward, turns into a trait – a characteristic, an attribute, a quality – of that person. This is why regular practice over the long term is so crucial. If you want calm and focus to be a part of you all of the time, you need to practice it. That’s why it’s called a practice.

You could say that you've done intensive practice in stressing and over-stimulating your nervous system and you’re really good at that now. You might even say it’s second nature, you don’t even have to think about it anymore, like driving the car or brushing your teeth. Now spend some time with the practice of calming, letting go and emptying out the mental/physical/emotional trash.

cHypnosis and Meditation – What’s the Difference?c

This is a question I get asked sometimes, and it's one I've reflected upon frequently, having had extensive hypnosis training as well as years of Vipassana, also known as Mindfulness, and Rinzai Zen practice.

I think the first point to understand is that hypnosis is a state and meditation is a state. It is not the method(s) used to get into that state. There are many degrees within each state, from light to very deep.

Both often, but not always, involve a narrowed focus, such as focusing on breathing or body sensations, as is common in many schools of meditation, or on a spinning spiral or swinging watch, as is common in old school style hypnosis. The result is an overall tuning out or disregarding of anything else, and this generally puts one in a more passive, receptive state of mind. The everyday analytical, busy thinking state of mind is temporarily set aside.

Once this state is reached, you can call it hypnosis if you enter into it with a goal or outcome in mind and use suggestions to support that. Or you can dwell in that state for it’s own sake and call it meditation. The states are quite similar but what you do within that state can differ vastly.

Hypnosis is a powerful word with many connotations that unfortunately can scare some people. So many other terms have evolved over time in order to utilize the power of that state without calling it hypnosis. Guided meditation, creative visualization, guided imagery, yoga nidra are only a few.

cGreat Results with Only 3 Sessionsc

Recently posted on a popular online review site. So interesting and varied are the results described by my client I thought it would be fun to post it here too:

"Honestly, I wish I could give Mind Matters more than 5 stars, they truly deserve it. FYI, if you're feeling somewhat skeptical by all of the 5 star reviews (like I was when I first looked into Mind Matters), stop. They really are legit.

I saw Lisa for a total of 3 sessions over the last month. I actually went to her for what I consider to be a bit of a TV addiction. As a person with ADD, I frequently experience periods when I just need to zone out and unplug b/c of over stimulation--for me this usually involves sitting in front of the TV for 3-5 hours  at a time (sometimes for a few days in a row) to sort of recover.

After 3 sessions with Lisa, I have experienced the following results:

1. My TV watching is much more under control. I haven't had any periods where I feel like my viewing is out of control.

2. I'm actually getting up earlier. I used to get up with just enough time to throw on clothes and run out the door to get to work. On average, I've been getting up an hour to an hour and a half earlier than I used to.

3. I feel much more confident and relaxed.

4. I cleared out my house of everything that I felt was clutter, distracting, or that I just needed to let go of. I even converted a long closet into a private meditation room where I can now go to relax w/o my dogs or husband disturbing me.

5. I am a generally positive person, but since I started seeing Lisa even the days where I just feel "down" for no reason have disappeared.

6. I'm actually exercising more frequently. B/c I'm not as exhausted after work, I find that there have been random days when I just feel like exercising!

7. I am more mindful in a way that it is truly difficult for people with ADD to be.

8. I've been outstandingly focused and productive at work.

If you're thinking about doing it but are feeling hesitant, I would encourage you to go for it. The work that Lisa does can help you open up doors that you didn't even realize existed, and can help you on your road to becoming your best self.

I'll say one last thing, about the price, which I'm sure is a deterrent for some people. It is a bit pricey (but not as bad as I was expecting--and for what she does I honestly think she could charge $500 a session and it would still be worth it), but when you break it down, it works out to about the same amount you pay for an hour for a private therapist so it's important to put it in context. You should also look at the price as an investment in yourself that will keep paying you dividends long after your sessions have ended."

cA Deep Experiencec

It's a funny thing. People often emerge from their Restorative Hypnotherapy session saying, "Wow! That was so deep, I don't remember anything! But I know I wasn't sleeping."

It definitely feels different than sleeping. Lots of times we hear, "I never take naps during the day, it makes me groggy and even more tired when I wake up. But with this I feel super relaxed and energized, I could run a marathon now!" A woman said to me recently, "I saw my brother at a family reunion and he asked, 'What have you been doing? You look 10 years younger.' "Restorative Hypnotherapy," she replied happily.

I have a few things to say about what's going on, which I'll go into in more depth later. But one thing we do know for sure -- they're not just falling asleep like they do at home. We wouldn't still be in business 16 years later if they were.

cRaising Your Frequencyc

Super cool thing number 2. The really deep relaxation we utilize through hypnosis, meditation and restorative yoga automatically raises your "vibrational frequency" to a much higher level. The Law of Attraction is real, though it's not simply a matter of changing your thoughts to more positive ones. Those positive thoughts have to come from a feeling place within you that naturally aligns with more positive thinking.

Remember those times you felt good, happy, relaxed? At those times you don't have to try to think positively, it just goes with that state. Similarly, after you experience the significant shift in how you feel that happens after a session of Restorative Hypnotherapy, you automatically think differently. That's why you start attracting a lot more great things into your life, even beyond what you came in to work on in the first place!


cBody-Brain Chemistryc

One of the super cool things that happens with Restorative Hypnotherapy is the way it changes your body-brain chemistry. Just as stress and tension are identified with chemicals such as adrenaline, epinephrine and cortisol, so deep relaxation has its own chemical signatures. Some of these are, in no particular order:

Serotonin, oxytocin, nitric oxide, anandamide, endogenous diazepamides, endogenous cannabinoids, melatonin and n-n dimethyltryptamine (also known as DMT).

No wonder clients often report after a session, "I felt high for days!"