With Sheri O. Zampelli, M.S., CCH Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist An Interview By Laura M. Turner, CHHPI admit, I didn't know much about hypnotherapy, especially for weight loss. But the results are undeniable. So to find out more, I sat down with Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, "weight loss" coach and creator of Donate Your Weight (www.donateyourweight.com) to get the skinny. Here's what she told me:Q: Sheri, What is the background or history of hypnotherapy?A: Modern hypnosis is said to have been around since 1776 and has faded in and out of popularity and acceptance since then. Sigmund Freud used hypnosis in his practice and his theory of psychoanalysis was formed based on some of the things he liked and didn't like about hypnosis. Many therapists and doctors integrate hypnosis into their practice to help clients manage physical pain, break habits and resolve deep psychological issues.Q: What is your story as it pertains to hypnotherapy? Why were you drawn to it?A: I initially found out about hypnosis when I was desperately struggling with my weight and eating and went to see a woman named Dr. Nancy Bonus. She marketed a "non-diet weight loss program" and called her technique 'visualization'. It seems that many people call their technique visualization in an attempt to avoid any negative connotations previously associated with hypnosis. The truth is, many programs using 'visualization' are using some version of hypnosis. However, the term 'visualization' doesn't adequately describe the power of hypnosis.The goal with hypnosis is not just to see or imagine something in your mind. The power of hypnosis depends on the state you're in when you visualize an outcome and also the emotions you are able to experience as a result of being in a deep, relaxed, trance-like state. The goal with hypnosis is to get past the analytical or logical part of the mind and to access the part of your mind that makes automatic, impulsive, emotionally driven decisions. With hypnosis, you can help your conscious mind work in harmony with your subconscious mind so that eventually, you are automatically drawn to new behaviors without having to think about it or use willpower.Q: Why would a person choose hypnotherapy as a means of promoting weight loss?A: A good reason to choose hypnotherapy as a means of promoting weight loss is because hypnosis helps you get past the critical factor and access that part of the mind (the old brain) that's like a little brat and insists, "I want cookies, I want candy, I don't want to exercise." That old brain (amygdala) wants instant gratification and rewards, it doesn't care about consequences or logic. You can reprogram that part of the mind to look forward to health, fitting in smaller clothes, dancing, playing, getting off medication and all the other benefits of weight loss, suddenly you have its cooperation. Now your conscious and subconscious mind are working together. Your subconscious mind doesn't care about good or bad, should or shouldn't, right or wrong. In fact, the subconscious mind seems to rebel against rules, but it loves rewards.Q: What would a private session involve in terms of expense and time commitment? Do you offer private sessions via internet?A: Private sessions can range from $75 to $300 an hour. My per session fee is $150 but I prefer to offer six-session packages for $700. I do offer coaching over the phone and I will create a personalized hypnosis CD for the client after I've been working with them for about three weeks. The truth is, when it comes to weight loss, most people will not benefit from only one session. Weight and eating issues are very complex and sometimes begin in infancy. Solving your weight problem permanently usually requires work on emotional triggers, psychological triggers, habits, self-talk and self-esteem. It also includes making changes to your environment and mindset related to food, eating, fun, rewards and weight.Some clients have experienced trauma or abuse that is the root of their weight problem. Food becomes a friend and excess weight becomes a security blanket. Unless trauma is resolved, the weight and poor eating habits are likely to resurface again and again, especially in times of stress. However, it is possible to resolve these issues and take back your power if you are willing to commit to the process.Q: Could a person get the benefits of hypnotherapy on their own and how?A person can absolutely benefit from using a CD recording of a hypnosis session. CD's often work great for motivation and focus and staying on track with new goals. CD's can also help you break habits. A self-motivated person with little or no past trauma or abuse might find that a CD is sufficient to attain their goals. However if the CD alone seems to stop working or lose effectiveness it might be either time for a new CD or time to see a professional who can help you overcome roadblocks that might be standing in their way of gaining the full benefits of hypnosis. Self-sabotage can also be a factor in the effectiveness of hypnosis. If a person holds core beliefs such as "I don't deserve good things, I'm worthless, Why bother, People will think I'm snooty, slutty, selfish, etc." then hypnosis alone may not be enough to overcome those beliefs. My book, From Sabotage to Success offers a wide variety of tools for overcoming self-sabotage.
There are many types of therapy for stuttering available these days, in this article I describe life after overcoming a stutter. I hope you enjoy the read.My name is Steve Hill and I had a speech impediment known as stuttering from the age of four. The stutter continued to have a damaging affect on my life for eighteen years. At the age of twenty-two, I had had enough and started looking into different forms of stuttering therapy. In the end, I formulated my own stuttering cure techniques and after nearly a year of practice and dedication, managed to overcome the stutter.I was then able to order food and drink for example, without the fear of stuttering, speak on the telephone with confidence and am able to enjoy going out with my friends and family on social occasions. I have become a much happier and positive person, life which was once a struggle is now a pleasure. I now appreciate my new found fluency and am talking far much more than I ever did in the past. I have even been accused of talking too much, but this is something I will never apologise for as I am sure people will understand.A few years ago I met my present girlfriend, Sharron, who has an eleven-year-old daughter, called Taryn. Together we have a son who is five years old, called Ethan.During the years when I had the stutter, I always accepted second best. I left school because of the stutter, dated girls which to be truthful, not only did I not feel attracted to, but did not particularly find interesting and certainly did not love. My stuttering mind convinced me that I could do no better. I was unhappy where I worked, but just accepted it; I did not feel able to put myself through the interview process again.I now only accept the best and my life has improved tremendously.In general, what fluency has given me is:1. Confidence 2. Happiness 3. Contentment 4. Optimism 5. Success 6. Relaxation
Herbal programs may work more effectively when the pH is in balance. Get more from your supplementation program by balancing your pH. Your body is able to assimilate minerals and nutrients properly only when its pH is balanced. It is therefore possible for you to be taking healthy nutrients and yet be unable to absorb or use them. If you are not getting the results you expected from your nutritional or herbal program, look for an acid alkaline imbalance. Even the right herbal program may not work if your body's pH is out of balance.Note that a food's acid or alkaline-forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. For example, lemons are very acidic, however the end-products they produce after digestion and assimilation are very alkaline so lemons are alkaline-forming in the body.Likewise, meat will test alkaline before digestion but it leaves very acidic residue in the body so, like nearly all animal products, meat is very acid-forming.The correct ratio of acid and alkaline forming foods is difficult to know since the balance is altered by chewing, food preparation, individual lifestyle, genetics, exercise, and mental outlook. However, those prone to infections, viruses, excess mucus problems and other toxic acidic conditions need to increase their alkaline diet.The Saliva PH test is a simple test you can do to measure your susceptibility to cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, and many other degenerative diseases.There is a simple way of measuring saliva pH. First, you must wait at least 2 hours after eating. Fill your mouth with saliva and then swallow it. Repeat this step to help ensure that your saliva is clean. Then the third time, put some of your saliva onto the pH paper.The pH paper should turn blue. This indicates that your saliva is slightly alkaline at a healthy pH of 7.4. If it is not blue, compare the color with the chart that comes with the pH paper. If your saliva is acid (below pH of 7.0) wait two hours and repeat the test.Some health food stores and pharmacies stock pH paper. What you are looking for is narrow range pH paper measuring pH 4.5 to 7.5 or pH 4.5 to 8.5. These pH strips to measure acid/alkaline balance pH belong in every family medicine kit, right beside the thermometer to measure body temperature.pH paper for the test are relatively easy to acquire. Some health food stores and pharmacies stock pH paper. What you are looking for is narrow range pH paper measuring pH 4.5 to 7.5 or pH 4.5 to 8.5. These pH strips to measure acid/alkaline balance belong in every family medicine kit, right beside the thermometer to measure body temperature.
Weight training has become a fad nowadays. Individuals who engage in this activity often make the mistake of lifting too much weight too soon. Weight lifters should bear in mind that weight training should be done in moderation to truly achieve its health benefits. Excessive weight training may lead to fatigue and cause injuries. People who want to lift weight should not increase the weight until they can easily complete the eighth repetition of an exercise routine. Weight should gradually be increased to challenge the muscles until it feels hard to complete repetitions. Individuals who cannot lift eight times in a row should use lighter weights because lifting too heavy too soon may stress the muscles and cause injury. In addition to this, the same set of muscles should not be worked out on consecutive days because the body needs time to rebuild itself. For a complete workout routine, cardiovascular exercises like running, brisk walking, or swimming should be done after weight training or on days where one does not have to lift weights. Some tips on proper weight training include the following:Do warm-up exercises. Repetitive, slow, and gentle movement such as walking for a few minutes or slowly going through the motions of a couple of the weight-training exercises, minus the weights. This may help circulate blood to your muscles and reduce the risk of an injury.Stretch your muscles. After you have completed all the exercises in the sequence, gently stretch all of the muscles you have just worked on.Do slow repetitions. Perform each exercise slowly 810 times. A slow repetition means taking about 3 seconds to lift the weight, 1 second to rest, then 3 seconds to lower the weight. Repeat for the opposite leg or arm, when necessary. Dont hold your breath. Breathe regularly during weight training. For example, take a deep breath in, then breathe out slowly as you lift the weight; breathe in as you lower the weight. Do not hold your breath while lifting or lowering the weight.Pain should not be felt. You should need to exert strong effort when lifting the weights in these exercises, but remember to stay within a range of movement that does not cause you pain. Pain during exercise may be an indication that there is something wrong with one's exercise routine. Rest. Do resistance or weight training exercises three times a week. A non-weight training day between weight training days should be done to give the muscles ample time to rest and recover.Injury during weight training is inevitable. Some of the precautions that can be done when one encounters an injury is taking a rest from weight lifting and undergoing physical therapy. Tramadol, a synthetic pain reliever may be taken to relieve the pain and discomfort that can be experienced with injuries. Tramadol side effects are milder compared to other pain relieving drugs out in the market. These side effects may include nausea, constipation, dizziness, headache, drowsiness, and vomiting. Individuals should consult their doctors before taking this medicine. Though Tramadol side effects are mild and bearable, may not be used by individuals with certain health conditions and medical history. This drug may also interact with other drugs which may lead to development of more unwanted side effects. Before engaging in fitness programs like weight training, individuals who want to improve their health are encouraged to seek the advice of doctors and other health specialists. Engaging in weight training exercises not approved by health professionals may do more harm than good. Understanding proper weight training may lead to improved overall health and well-being.
The best quit smoking support you can provide is to offer patience, understanding and love and make the smokers life easier in the first few days. So you will find some advices about how you can support a smoker who wants to quit.UnderstandBecause of giving up cigarettes the smoker may have severe emotional outbursts, be depressed, irritable, and even irrational. It is crucial with your "quit smoking support" that you do not encourage the smoker to take a cigarette rather than act like that (this is the worst thing you can do, because theyll do just that). You must understand that smoking is not a simple little annoyance, but a powerful and deadly addiction. They are confronting with a physiological need as well as an ingrained psychological dependence. So you must encourage the smoker as you know better and try to tolerate their temporary emotional outbursts. You will have a great satisfaction when they will return to normal and you will know you helped them over a great challenge of their lives. Why do people smoke?You must understand that the reason people smoke is not because they are stupid or mean or obnoxious or they wish to hurt their friend and families, but because they are human and they make mistakes. Smokers can be found guilty of experimentation with a highly dangerous and addictive drug nicotine. You have to understand this point when you are trying to help with your quit smoking support, most people began smoking before they knew the risks and when they realized the dangers they tried to quit.Ex-smokers supportAn ex-smoker may offer more than understanding, patience and love he can be a credible source and highly supportive with the individual who is trying to quit smoking. He/ she know what smoking it was like and how much better the life as an ex-smoker is and can share the knowledge. If you are an ex-smoker and you are offering quit smoking support dont be afraid to share your thoughts with the quitters. If you still think of smoking a cigarette tell them, but explain them what the thoughts are like. They occur quite infrequently and when they do they last only seconds; are passing desire rather than painful episode like those encountered during initial cessation.Deal with new situationsPeople who give up cigarettes want to know the natural evolutionary process from smoker to ex-smoker. After the first two weeks the urges they encounter are no longer physical withdrawal effects, but rather they are reacting to a psychological trigger. For the first time they are experiencing a new situation without a cigarette, but after the urge will pass they will know how to face all future experiences with no discomfort. Every smoker who is trying to quit need some support so even if you are not an ex-smoker and you cannot totally understand what the smoker is going through patience and understanding can help.