Time to Get Serious About Hypnosis

TIME TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT HYPNOSIS

Thanks to the antics of performers pulling audience tricks and turning the therapy into entertainment, it has caused an underlying fear in people of saying and doing humiliating things when in a hypnotic state. This isn’t the case, however, says Julia Lorent.

MELBOURNE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA — Hypnosis is a genuine therapy and should be given the respect it deserves. However, when dealing with the public’s and Hollywood’s misconceptions (see the recent runaway film Get Out, a psychological thriller), many fear the practice and therapists have a lot of frustration to contend with.

Films such as Get Out and Trance, as well as novelty performers, make a mockery and spectacle from a very respected science, and that’s important for people to understand. These contribute to the collective myth that hypnosis is something to be feared and avoided, when in actuality, it’s an immensely beneficial practice.

Two main types of therapeutic hypnosis exist: Suggestion Therapy and Patient Analysis. Both are merely guided relaxation techniques and are aids to psychotherapy. Suggestion Therapy uses the relaxed state in order to allow a patient to be more open to suggestions, like weight loss, pain control, or to kick a bad habit such as smoking or nail biting. Patient Analysis employs a relaxed state to delved deep into their subconscious and find the underlying psychological root cause of a disorder or symptom.

Practitioners should be formally qualified and registered with an industry body in order to administer hypnosis. As long as a therapist has been properly trained, there’s nothing at all to fear from hypnotherapy, only benefits to be gained. We promise no self-respecting professional will make you dance like a chicken or bark like a dog—or become an art thief. That being said, hypnosis should always be avoided by someone with psychotic or schizophrenic tendencies, such as hallucinations and delusions.

 

 

 

Language – Watch What you Say to Yourself

LANGUAGE

Some may say that if you talk to yourself it may be a sign of madness! But what if I was to tell you that the language that you use is SO important that it can be detrimental to your health and crucial to happiness?

Language is such an important part of our lives, and I am not talking about foreign languages here, I am talking about the language we speak to ourselves.  The language you use to yourself influences everything you do, from changing negative or self-sabotaging behaviours to reinforcing them.

When we engage in negative self-talk, it impacts our thinking, and these negative thoughts create feelings of anger, irritation, frustration, hopelessness and disappointment.

I wonder how many times a day you are reinforcing beliefs and behaviours that you are otherwise trying to change or eradicate?

So I have a little exercise for you to do, let’s see where your self-talk is at!

Sit down quietly, write down the behaviour or belief you want to change.  Then make two columns. In the first column you will list what language you are using currently – i.e.,  I can’t do it, I don’t have enough training, who am I to think I can have that?  In the second column list the affirmative and opposite of this result language, i.e.,  I am enough, I can have anything I want, I am worthy, I can learn anything I desire.  Etc.

 

You get the picture.  Then repeat these affirmative language phrases daily, if you catch yourself slipping back to old negative thinking, quickly re-affirm with your affirmative language. We all know that to train a dog, you need to do some repetitive training and use affirmative language so that the dog knows it has pleased you.  Well, you need to use the same tactics with yourself.

 

 

According to a study done back in 2012 at the University of Lethbridge positive self-talk can have some startling results. The aim of this study was to teach grade one students how to rethink their negative self-talk and turn it into positive self-talk. The students engaged in a year-long series of lessons about self-talk and learned how to identify specific negative and positive words and affirmations. This study revealed that the new strategies learned impacted the students’ abilities to rethink negative statements to positive statements successfully and to consider the value of doing so in their lives. (https://www.uleth.ca/dspace/handle/10133/3202?show=full)

 

You change the way you think with processes and exercises like the one above. You may have been taught and conditioned to think a certain way, but the good news is the brain is “plastic”.

We now have science confirming that the brain is malleable and able to be changed, moulded if you like, into a happier version of you. The real and authentic you, unencumbered by conditioning or negativity. It is fascinating stuff; it’s the kind that makes me love what I do!  The lightning bolt moment when someone realises what drives them, what blocks them and how it can be released and transformed positively is beyond words.

 

If you would like to make a session time to help change your language, be sure to get in touch here: https://www.savvybariatrics.com/book-an-appointment/

Relax Instantly with Your Breath

A Drug of Choice- and it’s Free!

Part of our Restorative Action Series involves, you guessed it…BREATHING. You need to live, (yes captain obvious-) but it has so much more of an impact on your entire system than you realize.  There are effects certain breathing can have on you to get you in the chill zone!

If you are Sleepless or  Stressed or like lots of Humans- BOTH

Now this drug of choice is the 4-7-8 Breathing technique, now before you roll your eyes and walk away, scroll down and keep reading and find out how to reach your bliss!  You simply breathe in through your nose for four seconds, hold your breath for seven seconds, and exhale through your mouth for eight seconds. The studied combination of numbers has a chemical-like effect on our brains and will slow your heart rate, calm and relax you, and even help you to get to sleep.

How it Works

When you feel stressed or anxious, adrenaline courses through your veins, your heart beats at a rapid rate, and your breathing becomes quick and shallow. So before I get into the specifics of how the 4-7-8 breathing trick works, I want to explain what it feels like when you try it.

The effect of the breathing technique has an impact not dissimilar to a sedative drug because to hold your breath for seven seconds and then to exhale for eight—when your breath is so shallow and short—your body is forced to slow your heart rate. It has no choice. Holding your breath, and then slowly, deliberately exhaling for eight seconds, causes a chain reaction. It feels like going from a mad-dash sprint to a finish line to a slow, leisurely, calming stroll through the park.

When you first start, you’ll be desperate just to take in another breath, or you’ll want to speed up your counting, but if you stick to the numbers (or at least try to) and don’t take any breaks (in other words, consecutively repeat the 4-7-8 without resuming regular breathing), you can literally feel your heart rate slow down, your mind gets quieter, and your whole body physically relax. It washes over you like a calming, relaxing drug.

Now to the more technical details: People who are stressed or anxious are chronically under-breathing. Stressed people breathe shortly and shallowly, and often even unconsciously hold their breath. By extending the inhale to a count of four, you are forcing yourself to take in more oxygen, allowing the oxygen to affect your bloodstream by holding your breath for seven seconds, and then emitting carbon dioxide from your lungs by exhaling steadily for eight seconds.

The technique will effectively slow your heart rate and increase oxygen in your bloodstream, and may even make you feel slightly lightheaded which contributes to the mild sedative-like effect. It will instantly relax your heart, mind, and overall central nervous system because you are controlling the breath versus continuing to breathe short, shallow gasps of air.

How it Can Work For You

Not only is it free, but it also works for many different instances:

Use it to fall asleep in a pinch; you can practice it if you wake up in the middle of the night and find yourself thinking about something you have to do the next day.

Use it to fall to back asleep.

If you are nervous before an event (like a wedding, or giving a speech) this a handy tonic to calm those nerves.  

If you are angry about something and want to calm down.

Nervous flying in a plane? Use it before flights and during if the plane encounters turbulence.

BUT…  you have to do it!

 

 

Walking Can Save a Marriage

WALKING CAN SAVE A MARRIAGE

Making a small amount of time with each other, in what can be a hectic lifestyle for many in 2017, could actually be a building block to saving your crumbling marriage, according to Australian therapist, Julia Lorent.

MELBOURNE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA — Walking is a low intensity exercise with great benefits, but did you know that by jointly participating in physical activity (outside the bedroom, that is) that couples also claim feeling more satisfied with their relationship?

According to Mind Body Green, “Pushing your physical body to the limit of what you believe is possible and sharing the moment with your partner is a great gift to treasure.” It’s positive reinforcement at its best and ripples throughout your relationship, fostering closeness and intimacy.

Walking daily increases your energy and self-confidence, gets you out in nature, improves your mood, adds years to your life, and gives you a more positive outlook on life. Each of these can also bolster a marriage. Why? Because due to its low intensity, talking simultaneously is an easy task and lends itself well to communication—the cornerstone of any good marriage. Walking gets you talking.

“Doing this can be a transformative process, it is so simple, yet again and again, I get reports of reconciled marriages and relationships due to the time the couple spend walking together. It can also bring romance into a relationship “ says Julia. “Think of long walks along the beach at sunset, bare feet on the soft grass in a park. You both receive the mental boost of physical activity, plus the renewed connection via communication in a gorgeous setting away from modern-day distractions like television and cell phones that can take attention away from our significant others during conversation.”

Walking takes a couple out of the normal day-to-day environment, where conversation tends to naturally flow—no expectations, no pressure. “I have seen firsthand the results of couples who walk together, talk together, and stay together,” says the Melbourne therapist who dedicates her life to transforming the lives of many in positive and long term ways.