Depression seems at record highs in recent years – and there is evidence to support that. Some point to social isolation with increasing divorce rates and social media. Some point to the increased anxiety in our culture and lifestyle over the past ten-to-fifteen years. But there is also evidence that depression has always been a part of human existence, in every culture around the world.
Now, let me make a distinction between severe, clinical depression and what I call “healthy depression.” There is a healthy amount of mental and emotional reset that takes place when dealing with difficult problems or situations. It could be called melancholy, the blues, feeling down, or “a damp, drizzly November in my soul” (as Herman Melville phrased it). This sort of depression is, I believe, a natural and healthy response to circumstances, and gives us valuable information and motivation, when properly understood.
The practice is growing! In order to serve my clients better, I am teaming up with Vitality Pilates in the Mt. Baker neighborhood of Seattle, and opening a full-time hypnosis practice there.
I will start seeing clients at 3603 S. McClellan St., Seattle WA 98144 next week, and officially launching as of March 1st. (My West Seattle clients can still meet with me at 35th & Roxbury, if that is more convenient.)
I am really excited to be co-located in a vibrant and active wellness atmosphere that includes not only a busy Pilates studio but a thriving massage therapy practice as well. I will continue to focus on hypnosis in a wellness context, incorporating integrative wellness and life coaching, and still offer marriage preparation, self-hypnosis and spirituality, with a specialization in work with transgender individuals. Weight loss, quitting smoking, managing stress, sleeping better, and changing habits or limiting beliefs continue to be among my most rew...
The scope of issues that transgender individuals (and their loved ones) encounter is both broad and intense.
Because of the nature of transgender identity itself there are a myriad additional considerations and stressors at play within trans people. Layer on top of that the social and political questions, issues, stressors and difficulties, not to mention the usual variety of questions, soul-searching and exploration associated with growing up, and it is clear: being transgender requires an extraordinary wealth of strength of character, perseverance, and unusual insight. And the sad reality is that too many don’t make it.
I grew up non-conforming but cisgender. I always understood my “difference” as a rejection of a social norm, but never gender identification. I don’t assume to know the transgender experience. I say this up front only to be honest about where I come from: I am not transgender myself, though I have deep sympathies for anyone strugg...
Have you ever overreacted? I mean, like out-of-the-blue lost it without even realizing why you were so upset? Sure, whatever happened sucked, but the level of anger, anxiety, fear, sadness or frustration you felt wasn't really appropriate to how sort-of-bad that one situation or "thing" was, right? Sure, we've all been there.
Some of us live there.
This happens all the time because when we are responding to something in our lives in the present or even in the future, we are reacting to every other time we've ever felt that way in our entire lives - we just aren't consciously aware of it.
This concept is "resonance." A lot of us know the word in music - if a guitar and a piano are in a room together (and both tuned to the other), if I strike a "G" on the piano, the G-string on the guitar will start to play, responding just to the vibrations in the air. Sympathetic resonance. Most of us know the idea in met...
"You are getting very sleepy - soon you will be in a deep trance - soon your warts will disappear." Hogwash? No, hypnosis. And it may be a formidable weapon against warts.
According to psychiatrist Owen Surman, M.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, "Hypnosis does seem to be a scientifically validated tool for treating warts. Why it would be is subject to guesswork. Currently, people are very interested in this area called psychoneuroimmunology. It's attractive to think that mental phenomena could affect immune function."
In one study, Dr. Surman hypnotized 17 people who had warts on both sides of their bodies for a series of five sessions. and told them that their warts would disappear from one side only. Another 7 people were not hypnotized and were instructed to abstain from using any wart remedies of their own. Three months later, more than half the hypnotized group had lost at least 75 percent of their warts. The people who hadn't been hypnotized still had their warts.
There has been a lot of publicity around the idea of giving "experiences" instead of "stuff" to friends and loved ones. Smaller carbon footprint, lasting memories, and more intimacy than a store-bought item can generally convey, are all benefits of giving experiences.
One kind of experience, however, stands to change people's whole lives forever. I'm not talking about sky jumping or a night at the theater (however awesome those are in themselves). I'm talking about offering your friend, spouse, parent or kid a short course of hypnotherapy sessions.
Not only is hypnosis a pleasant and useful experience, it can genuinely change the shape, color or nature of a person's experience of their world. Quit smoking. Lose weight. Stop stuttering. Overcome anxiety. Be free from a phobia. Get to sleep faster, sleep deeper, or sleep well alongside someone who snores. Relax. Release negative thoughts or change self-defeating behaviors...
For one month, I am extending the "friends & family" discount to all first-time hypnotherapy clients. From the middle of October to the middle of November, every new client can book the first three sessions for $125. That is HALF OFF!
I just spent the last weekend in silence. Or, at least a few moments of it. Actually, I was at a wedding, but my sister's family had booked us all at a beautifully rustic log cabin next to a small lake. Early in the morning and late at night (when the kids were asleep, mostly), it was awesomely quiet.
Then I come home to this article trending among my friends. Science backing up what I knew in my gut already. The best kind. (In addition to the kind of science that blows your mind and reorients you to the universe.)
Turns out, we introverts aren't antisocial - we're on to something. Periods of silence actually encourage growth in an important areas of the brain. Silence causes new neurons to grow in the brain, and also for them to integrate meaningfully into existing functions. Silence allows the brain to process information and to calm itself, while also rebuilding cognitive resources ("thinking juice") for following activity.
Rawpsiration is great. It is a cookbook, mini-auto-biography, lifestyle digital-party. It is down-to-earth, fun, easy and deeply healthy.
Written by a 25 year old starting out on her journey with a radically healthy lifestyle, it is written like she is your best friend, chatting, sharing what she’s discovered, her enthusiasm and passion resounding on every page. Rawspiration ($15 e-book) is the fruit of years of research, experimentation and play with a raw plant based diet, including recipes, make-up, kitchen utensils, brands and more. It is a crash course in going vegetarian, or vegan, or raw, or healthy, or sustainable, or all of them at once.
I first met the author, Anne Meinke, a couple years ago, then with a brand-new baby and a fire in her for personal transformation. Right away I was excited about what she was learning, what she was trying, and how she was putting it all together. She had already begun a vibrant online c...
If your weather is anything like Seattle's right now, youneed toget outside. It is glorious. And it's healthy.
Any physical activity is beneficial for our minds and bodies, especially when so many of us spend so much of our day sitting in front of screens (for work or for fun). But being outdoors is particularly rewarding.
Of course there's the views, the vitamin D from sunlight, the fresh air, the chance social interactions, local wildlife and flora. Those delights are obvious, even if quickly forgotten.
But did you also know that serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps to regulate one’s mood, rises when you are outdoors? Runners who run outdoors are less anxious or depressed than those who run indoors on a treadmill. They also have improved levels of post-exercise endorphins, those feel-good brain chemicals associated with "runner’s high."
Exposure to nature helps in the reduction of pain...