Relaxation Techniques

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Send them a relaxation tape to practice relaxing

The practice tape concept works extremely well with pain clients and anxious clients. But don't call it a hypnosis tape because if they don't feel hypnotized when using it they might think that they can't be hypnotized. Call it a relaxation tape. I have rarely used this type of client preparation. But when I have, it works extremely well.

Self Directing the Brain toward Relaxation and Arousal

After passing through an initial stage of calming, they often move toward stages broadly categorized as either receptive or concen-trative meditation (see chapter 13). Recent fMRI studies have monitored the ways the brain directs itself'' as it participates in somewhat similar intentionally organized stages. However, in these studies, biofeedback techniques were used to induce either one of two goals a state of relaxation or more intensified levels of arousal.28

Progressive Relaxation Technique

Let's use a progressive relaxation technique. Progressive relaxation techniques are easy to use. Many psychologists and psychiatrists, who don't want to scare anyone telling them they use hypnosis, use this wonderful technique. Let's begin Each and every time during these exercises that I suggest sleep or relaxation to you, your relaxation will grow deeper and sounder than ever before. (PAUSE) Feel the relaxation growing in your arms and hands. It feels so good to allow your body to relax this deeply. (PAUSE) Each and every time I suggest sleep or relaxation to you during these nighttime exercises you will go deeper and sounder then ever before. Allow this wave of relaxation to go all the way down your legs to your feet. (PAUSE) Feel your feet relaxing now. Allow all of the muscles in your feet a sense of deep, perfect, relaxation. (PAUSE) Picture all of those muscles going loose, limp and relaxed. (PAUSE) When I reach the count of five you will be able to awaken. You will feel...

Example of a Progressive Relaxation Script

Starting with the forehead, I feel all my little frown lines, all the little worry lines in the forehead just seem to disappear. My forehead smoothes out, feels so relaxed and I feel this relaxation coming around my eyes. And as the relaxation comes down around the facial muscles now, all the muscles in the facial area just begin to relax. Relaxation comes further down around the mouth now, and all the hundreds of little muscles around the mouth just start to relax, so much so that the lower jaw becomes heavy and the teeth part. My jaw is so relaxed now. My mouth may even open up a little bit with relaxation as I continue to be deeper and deeper relaxed. I feel this relaxation now around my lower jaw, behind my ears so that all the little nerve endings behind the ears just seem to relax as I continue to go deeper and deeper, and even deeper as the sounds of the sea seem to say deeper and deeper, deeper. The relaxation goes to the back of my neck now (pause one second), down around the...

Progressive Relaxation Induction or Deepening Technique

PROGRESSIVE RELAXATION And now I'd like you to concentrate particularly on the feelings in your toes and feet. Just allow all the muscles and fibers in your toes and feet, to become very deeply relaxed. Perhaps even picturing in your mind's eye what that would look like, for all those little muscles and tissues to relax, loosely and deeply. Allowing yourself to get that kind of feeling you have when you take off a pair of tight shoes, that you've had on for a long time. And you can just let go of all the tension in your toes and feet, and feel the relaxation spread. Brief pause And now imagine that this comfort and relaxation, is beginning to spread and flow, like a gentle river of relaxation, upward, through your ankles and all through your calves. Letting And allow that comfort to continue, flowing upward, into your knees, and behind your knees and through your knees, and into your thighs, letting go of all the tension in your thighs. Perhaps once again imagining what that might...

Relaxation As A Strategy

Relaxation is always an aim in self-hypnosis. However, let's clarify what we do and do not mean by relaxation. The second meaning of relaxation describes a far more intense physiological state of complete relaxation. This is what you experienced with Exercise One, progressive relaxation. Dr. Herbert Benson, an eminent Harvard cardiologist, has studied the therapeutic benefits of complete relaxation for stress-related disorders such as high blood pressure. He has found that complete relaxation triggers a relaxation response directly opposite to the flight-or-fight response of stress. Strategic hypnosis employs profound relaxation in three ways. We elicit this relaxation response on a regular basis to experience its many psychosomatic benefits. As a tool, we employ deep relaxation to facilitate the cognitive restructuring necessary to cease thinking and feeling like an adult firmly anchored in reality. so that it becomes possible to slip into the...

Relaxation of a quantum harmonic oscillator

We next consider another example of quantum-mechanical relaxation. In this example an isolated harmonic mode, which is regarded as our system, is weakly coupled to an infinite bath of other harmonic modes. This example is most easily analyzed using the boson operator formalism (Section 2.9.2), with the Hamiltonian

Release Only Relaxation

Now that you've felt the difference between tensing and relaxing each muscle group, you're ready to move on to the next stage of applied relaxation training. As you might guess from its name, release-only relaxation cuts out the first step in progressive muscle relaxation the tensing step. This means that you can cut the time down by half (or more) that you need to achieve deep relaxation in each muscle group. With practice, you'll find that mental focus alone is enough to drain your muscles of their tension, with no need for you to tense them first. Developing this skill depends on your ability to recognize the difference between clenched muscles and deeply relaxed wes. Be sure that you're comfortable with progressive muscle relaxation before you begin he following release-only instructions. D. Roll your head gently and feel your neck relax. Release your shoulders. Just let them drop all the way down. Your neck is loose, and your shoulders are heavy and low. Now let the relaxation...

Breathing for Awareness and Relaxation

Your first step is to increase your awareness of your breathing habits and to learn how to use breathing as a relaxation skill. 8. When you become at ease with breathing into your abdomen, practice it any time during the day when you feel like it and you are sitting down or standing still. Concentrate on your abdomen moving up and down, the air moving in and out of your lungs, and the feeling of relaxation that deep breathing gives you.

Lesson Two Relaxation causes trance

There are many things that have been found to cause trance, these include confusion, shock, repetition, focused attention and relaxation. For the purposes of your studies we are going to be concentrating on relaxation, as it is the easiest to produce without offending your client.

Caycedos Dynamic Relaxation

Caycedo had the idea of developing a series of what he called dynamic relaxation exercises. He collected techniques from various eastern sources (yoga, Zen Buddhism, etc.), evaluated their effectiveness by measuring results on an EEG (electroencephalogram) and then organized the best of them into a three-step method. Why did he turn to the east for inspiration Simply because eastern philosophies seem more oriented towards exploring the workings of the inner mind than those developed here in the west - the separation of mind and body is so deeply engraved in our culture that, despite an overwhelming amount of research showing the fundamental link between the two, many people still cannot understand how physical exercise, for example, can have an impact on the way they think or feel. Dynamic relaxation, combining oriental and sophrological methods, is usually taught to groups. Entering a sophronic state greatly enhances the effects of physical movements, and makes them easier to learn....

Applications of dynamic relaxation

Many pregnant women suffer from so-called morning sickness as their body assumes its new shape. Nausea and vomiting stem from an unconscious rejection of the fetus, which is perceived as a foreign body. Dynamic relaxation helps future mothers become aware of their new corporeal structure, causing morning sickness to disappear. Athletes can improve their performance by developing an awareness of the physiological effects training has on their body, and by transforming equipment (skis, paddles, balls, javelins, etc.) into extensions of their own body. The process resembles what happens when you buy a new car at first, unsure of the vehicle's dimensions, you have to be extra careful not to run into anything when you drive. But in only a few weeks the car's structure becomes so deeply engraved in your brain that you can avoid obstacles by only a couple of inches with hardly any thought or effort. In other words, you develop an intuitive awareness of the car as an extension of your body....

A simple way to speed up relaxation

If you then use any of the above schemes to enhance relaxation you should find that they will work much more quickly and effectively. In this section we have laid a foundation for one of the most useful starting points in hypnosis how to induce complete muscular relaxation. You will have explored the process of inactivating the muscular system via the verbal, visual, emotional, musical, humorous systems, and perhaps some others. Consequently you should be aware of the fact that using the systems approach you will be able to tailor your approach to each particular person.

Programme for Safe controlled Relaxation

This programme is called Safe Controlled Relaxation. Starting from this moment onwards and lasting throughout my entire lifetime, I know that there are three accessing cues that only I can use to activate my programme for safe controlled relaxation. The first trigger is that I have the intention to enter safe controlled relaxation.

When Not To Recommend A Patient For Meditation And Relaxation

Patients falling under the following categories should not be or cannot be recommended for meditation and relaxation - (1) Patients with present or past psychiatric illness should not be recommended for meditation and relaxation, except when ordered and supercised by a psychiatrist. (2) Patients who are emotionally disturbed, having an unstable personality, a weak ego, schizoid personality, anti-social behavior, religious craze or practically anyone requiring psychological evaluation and psychotherapy (supportive or analytical) should not ne recommended for meditation and relaxation, except when ordered and supervised by a psychiatrist. (3) Patients below the age of legal responsibility or above the legal age, but judged by the doctor to be psychologically too immature to understand the techniques or to handle the side effects of meditation and relaxation, should not be recommended under the supervision of a team consisting of the parents or legal guardian, medical social worker and...

What Is Relaxation How Is It Classified

Relaxation and meditation is a life-style. It is a healthy way of living. It is an efficient way to take a good rest. It is a method to invigorate your body and your mind. It is a health adjunct. It is a health necessity. It is a classified with subshine, fresh air, a good night sleep, nutritious food and gentle exercise. To practise relaxation and meditation is like going to a health spa. Relaxation and meditatin is not classified as a mode of therapy at this time (one day it might). It is not psychotherapy. It is not hypnosis. It is not a drug. It should not be viewed as a method of diagnosing illnesses. It should not be employed to treat spcific diseases. Relaxation and meditation should be utilized to enhance goneral physical and mental health, the only indication and application for meditation and relaxation at this point in time. TO I GNORE MEDITATION AND RELAXATION IS TO DENY PATIENTS A PROVEN BENEFICIAL MEASURE TO ENHANCE THEIR GENERAL HEALTH.

The Meditation Relaxation Case Reports Project

Meditation and relaxation has been Known to benefit the general health and relieve the sicknesses of innumerable number of persons since thousands of years of human history. In recent years, thanks to Doctors Benson, Wallace, Elmer s Alyce Green and numerous other scientific and clinical researchers, the beneficial effects of meditation, relaxation and biofeedback have l been well documented and the side effects delineated. Yet, meditation and relaxation is not as widely utilized as it should.The National Clearinghouse plans to submit to the appropriate authorities (for example, the State Legislature, the A.M.A., and the Congress)an ongoing series of Meditation and Relaxation Case Reports, consisting entirely of articles written by people who have benefited from the practice of meditation and relaxation. We also want to present every possible side effect and complicating circumstances associated with meditation, relaxation, biofeedback, and related therapies. Please help to make...

Certification Course In Clinical Relaxation Counselling

Project is offering a certification course in clinical relaxation counselling. Enrollment is limited to physicians and nurses licensed in their own State, where they carry out their professional activities, in the respective professions. This limitation is necessary because at the present time, only physicians and nurses have the broad educational background, training and experience in the diagnosis and the management of a wide variety of pathological states, making it much easier and much more meaningful for them to master the techniques of Clinical Relaxation Counselling. The counsellor in Clinical Relaxation will not give instructions in meditation and relaxation he she will leave the teaching aspect to qualified meditation and relaxation teachers. The counsellor is the bridge between the busy family doctor and the meditation teacher. The counsellor is doing exactly what The Relaxation Clinic is set up to do that is, the counsellor will set up his her own relaxation...

Relaxation Inductions

The basic induction is called a relaxation induction. With a relaxation induction, you want to bore a person into the Alpha state. Imagine talking to someone and trying to bore her. Some people are able to do this naturally. Some people will start talking, and their listeners immediately get a glazed-over look in their eyes. That type of speaker would be an excellent hypnotherapist. If you are one of those people, congratulations Now you can help others with your natural ability to bore. During a relaxation induction, speak in a monotone voice. Stretch out your words. Speak slowly and methodically and enunciate clearly.

To deepen the relaxation

In a moment I'm going to count from one to five. With each number that I count, I want you to relax so much that by the time I get to five you have doubled your relaxation. One. Relaxation is beginning to double. Two. Relaxation is doubling more and more. Three. Relaxation is doubling throughout your entire body. Four. Your relaxation has almost doubled. Five. The relaxation has completely doubled from the top of your head to the tips of your toes.

Vibrational Energy Relaxation

An impurity molecule located as a solute in a condensed solvent, a solid matrix or a liquid, when put in an excited vibrational state will loose its excess energy due to its interaction with the surrounding solvent molecules. Vibrational energy accumulation is a precursor to all thermal chemical reactions. Its release by vibrational relaxation following a reactive barrier crossing or optically induced reaction defines the formation of a product state. The direct observation of this process by, for example, infrared emission or more often laser induced fluorescence teaches us about its characteristic timescales and their energetic (i.e. couplings and frequencies) origin. These issues are discussed in this chapter. Before turning to our main task, which is constructing and analyzing a model for vibrational relaxation in condensed phases, we make some general observations about this process. In particular we will contrast condensed phase relaxation with its gas phase counterpart and will...

A simple quantummechanical model for relaxation

In what follows we consider a simple quantum-mechanical model for irreversibility. In addition to providing a simple demonstration of how irreversibility arises in quantum mechanics, we will see that this model can be used as a prototype of many physical situations, showing not only the property of irreversible relaxation but also many of its observable consequences.

Progressive relaxation

If you would like to relax and have the sensations of what complete relaxation can be, make yourselves as comfortable as you can. Usually it is nice to sit loosely, limply in a chair, with your feet flat on the floor or in any other position that may be comfortable, with your hands on your laps or hanging down. Find a fixation point on the ceiling. Pick any point, but stick to it. Pay attention only to that point on the ceiling and to my words. Just pay attention effortlessly. Now, your eyelids should be getting quite tired from looking up at that point. Let your arms hang loosely and your legs hang loosely. Take a slow, deep breath and let it out very slowly, becoming aware of the comfortable feeling as you begin to breathe deeply. Then take another slow, deep breath and hold it while I count to five and then let it out slowly. Hold it now. One two three four five. Really enjoy that nice comfortable sensation in your abdomen. Now, with relaxation comes a feeling of heaviness. That's...

Relaxation Is Just A Breath Away

When a patient is obviously anxious about being in the dental treatment room and wants a quick procedure for experiencing a relaxing hypnotic state, the 5-minute relaxation exercise, developed by the author in 1982, is offered. The patient does this hypnotic exercise before the dental procedure is initiated. There is no need for the doctor to be present while the patient is experiencing the calming affects. Copies of this tape can be given to patients to practice at home, or the tape can be listened to as the first part of the dental visit.

Beneficial Effects Of The Relaxation Response

In his impeccably researched book THE RELAXATION RESPONSE published by Morrow Books, Herbert Benson M.D. shows you how a simple meditative technique can evoke the Relaxation Response and bring you inner peace and calm. The Doctor said that one can easily learrn this technique, which kone need practise only a few mintes a day, either at home, in the office, or even on the way to work. And no matter whether you are profoundly religuous or a non-believer, the Relaxation Response is congenial with your principles and way of life, the Doctor said. Dr. Herbert Benson is a pioneer in the clinical research into the medical application of practical meditation. In the Harvard's Thorndike Memorial Laboratory, Benson and Wallace produced the first scientific study on Transcendental Meditation. They found that the meditation training lowers the body metabolism decreases the oxygen use sighificantly reduces blood lactic acid (the stress-related blood chemical) increases the G.S.R. by as much as...

Thermal relaxation and dephasing

In the previous sections we have considered basic processes Absorption, relaxation of excited states, fluorescence, light scattering and energy transfer. We have taken into account the fact that highly excited molecular states are embedded in, and interact with, continuous manifolds of states that induce relaxation processes. Such processes affect the width of excitation spectra, the lifetimes of excited states and the yield of re-emission in the forms of fluorescence and light scattering. We have argued that modeling relaxation channels in this way amounts to assuming that the system interacts with the corresponding baths at T 0. We have also noted that a clear distinction between a coherent light scattering process and the two-step process of absorption of radiation followed by emission can be made only 18.5.2 Relaxation of a prepared state The rates k1 2andk2 1 satisfy the detailed balance condition k1 2 k2 1 exp(fi(E2 E1)) and both may depend on the temperature T. The limit of...

Fractional Relaxation Script

(Maybe even imagine an audible sigh of enjoyment in your mind here, or even let go a nice sigh of pleasant relaxation) And I notice quite how wonderfully still my body is feeling, I become more and more aware of the sensations in my arms and legs, I notice the weight of my head more and more acutely. I Notice just how relaxed my body is feeling and being, and especially I notice this deep, heavy relaxation is already in my eyelids, I can and do imagine this deep, heavy relaxation as a beautiful crystal blue colour, or a wonderful azure green,, maybe as a golden, glowing colour. Ifeel it, visualise it, or just experience this wonderful, relaxing feeling spreading easily and gently and naturally from my eyelids out over my eyebrows to my temples and forehead, relaxing, releasing, letting go progressively more and more and more. Spreading around my ears and over the top and over the back of my head, so that whatever it is that the back of my head is resting on, Ifind and can imagine more...

Practicing Relaxation

To reduce your stress and reap the other benefits of relaxation, try practicing this simple exercise for 15 or 20 minutes each day. Known as the Relaxation Response, it was developed in the 1970s by Herbert Benson, MD, a professor at Harvard Medical School, based on research into the benefits of Transcendental Meditation (TM).

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Progressive muscle relaxation will help you recognize the difference between tension and relaxation in each of the major muscle groups. Surprising as it may sound, these distinctions are easy to overlook. Once you can really feel the difference between a tense muscle and a deeply relaxed one, you will be able to identify your chronic trouble spots and consciously rid them of their locked-in tension. You will also be able to bring your muscles to a deeper state of relaxation after you relax them than you could have if you hadn't tensed them first. Follow the instructions under Basic Procedure described in chapter 4. Give yourself one to two weeks to master the technique, with two fifteen-minute practice sessions per day. Your goal should be to relax your entire body in one fifteen-to-twenty-minute session.

Rapid Relaxation

Rapid relaxation can bring the time you need to relax down to thirty seconds. Being able to relax that quickly can mean real relief during stressful situations. It's a good idea to practice rapid relaxation many times a day as you move through different activities and states of mind. In rapid relaxation, you will pick a special relaxation cue. Choose something that you see regularly throughout the day, such as your watch or a certain clock or the picture you pass as you walk down the hall to the bathroom. If you can, mark that special cue with a piece of colored tape while you're practicing this technique. When you're ready to begin, look at your special cue. Breathe in and relax. Breathe in and relax. Continue to look at your cue and think relax. Breathe in and relax. You are breathing deeply and evenly, and you continue to think relax each time you exhale. Let the relaxation spread throughout your body. Scan your body for tension and relax as much as possible in every muscle that is...

Relaxation Script

Now, while keeping the rest of your body relaxed, clench your right fist, tighter and tighter. Pause five seconds. Now relax. Notice the contrast between a tight muscle and a loose one. Notice a pleasant sort of burning that occurs when the muscle relaxes. Now try to relax your arm even more. Let the chair hold your arm up as you let go of the last bit of muscular tension. Now tighten your left fist, tighter and tighter. Pause five seconds. Relax and enjoy the feeling of looseness in your left arm. Really give yourself a chance to feel a difference between tension and relaxation. Pause. Now bend your elbows and tense your biceps. Tense them as much as you can and observe the feeling of tautness. Pause five seconds. Relax, straighten out your arms. Let the relaxation develop and feel the difference. Pause. Now turn your attention to your head and wrinkle up your forehead as tight as you can. Pause five seconds. Now relax and smooth it out. Let yourself...

Relaxation Exercises

What follows is not a specific Hypnotic technique but merely a very simple relaxation exercise. It is very very simple but extremely effective at calming you down and relieving tension. Don't be fooled by its apparent simplicity. Without going into all the physical details this little exercise alone can greatly help you reduce much muscular tension in the shoulders and neck and will help relax you ready for going into a trance.

Applied Relaxation

The final stage of applied relaxation training involves relaxing quickly in the face of anxiety-provoking situations. You will use the same techniques that you practiced in rapid relaxation, beginning your deep breathing the moment you notice a stress reaction setting in. Be patient with yourself. Applied relaxation is a skill, and as with other skills you will refine your ability with practice. Chances are you won't feel complete relief the first time you try to cut through a deeply stressful situation with applied relaxation. Notice the improvements that you do make. Most people are able to stop anxiety from increasing with relatively little practice. From that point, it's just a few short steps to actually decreasing the anxiety and replacing panic with a feeling of calm and control.

How to study this book

This book contains a wealth of information, and in certain sections, the information is very condensed. For light and easy reading, readers might try to pick a few case reports that interest them and go throgh them first. Then, the reader can study the chapter What the Doctors Say, to get a comprehensive look at the usefulness of meditation and relaxation. The, he she is in a position to look at the bad side ot meditation to look at the bad side of meditation and relaxation the Side Effects. Now, the reader is ready to ask How do I go about putting it into actual pracrtice That's when the reader should read subsection 5 of the appendix, the most practical sceps ever written for the patient, the doctor and the nurse in the clinical applilcation of meditation and relaxation. That subsection 5 should be read in conjunction with the chapter entitled The Relaxation Clinic, which tells you clearly and in simple terms, what is the place of meditation in medical and health care. The reader...

Meditation And The Diabetic

Lyn Walsh O.T.R., M.Ed., is an occupational therapist at the City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, CA . In the July August 1980 issue of Diabetes Forecast, a publication of the American Diabetes Association for the professionals as well as the lay public diabetic patients and family, Lyn wrote about the relationship between diabetes control and relaxation ff Reducing stress through relaxation can also help to lower blood-sugar levels and reduce the author said. RELAXATION IS A HEALTH NECESSITY FOR ANYONE'S MIND AND BODY, but people who have diabetes live in exersive stress, which means that taking time to telax each day is especially important. Whather you set aside five minutes or 50 minutes each day, doing relaxation exercises may be just what you need to give your day a lift. You might even improve your control.

Under Adequate Treatment

General ill health is frequently associated with many major and minor medical conditions. It can occur status post major surgery, and during the course of treatment and convalescence. It sometimes persists to after the cmpletion of adequate medical treatment. In some instances, general ill health can ovvur even without assoviated organic disease. This condition of general ill health has been called by many different names --- neuraesthenia, deconditioning, general run-down, nervous exhaustion, physical exhaustion etc etc. the proper management is a comprehensive program invluding adequate rest, gentle exercise, sunshine, fresh air, adequate nutrition, supplementary vitamins and minerals. Meditation, supplementary vitamins and minerals. Meditation and relaxation can be a useful adjunct under such circumstances, not only because it can help alleviate the mild anxiety of chronic ill health and increase the sense of general well-being, but more importantly, like sunshine and fresh air,...

The Vision Of Clinical Meditation

She believes that in the future, meditation and relaxation will be used extensively will be used etensively along with conventional medical treatments for many of the stress-related disorders. Teaching patients before surgery, she believes that meditation and relaxation might be an excellent preparation for surgery, because a less stressed patient is know to be a better surgical risk.

The Scientific Mongraphs

Biofeedback and Self-Control (Aldine Publishing Company), an annual on the regulation of bodily processes and consciousness also has numerous reports on the beneficial effects of biofeedback, relaxation and meditation n hypertension, abnormal heart rate, headaches, chronic pain, asthma, insomnia, epileptic seizures, stroke patients, eating disorders and peripheral blood circulation. This annual is of a highly technical nature, consisting entirely of scientific papers. The Reports will bring you excerpts in layman languge in future volumes.

The Danger Of Exploitation

The other feature articles dealt eith the authoritarian threat, surrender and total submission to a guru (teacher), and total loyalty and total commitmet to a spiritual organisaton, about mediums, pasychics, cheating and nonsense from the other side (spirit world). All those hazards are very real and readers would benefit a lot by reading those feature articles. HOWEVER, TAKE NOTE THAT THOSE ARE NOT THE HAZARDS OF MEDITATION AND RELAXATION PER SE. THEY ARE THE HAZARDS OF THE POTENTIAL TOWARDS

The Beneficial Effects Of Biogenics

Transcendental Meditation, Biofeedback, Autogenic Training, Hypnosis and Progressive Muscular Relaxation. Progressive Muscular Relaxation advocated by Edmond Jacobson M.D. had achieved excellent clinical results in treating cardiac neurosis, sleep disorders, hypochondria, chronic tiredness and anxiety neurosis etc. . Autogenic Therapy introduced by the German Physician J.H. Schultz had great successes with common psychosomatic disturbances like insomnia, neuraesthenia, constipation, stomach ulver, headache, nuscular tension and irritable bowel syndrome on the other hand psychosis, depression, schizophrenia and epilepsy had responded well only when there is concurrent tight psychiatric supervision. Biofeeback has helped many people to loosen up, to reduce their worries, anxiety or frustration, and has provided them an alternative to alcohol or tranquilizers. Biofeedback has no khown adverse side effects while all drugs potentially have some. Finally, Dr. Shealy introduced his own...

Psychosomatic Diseases

Of mild tranquilizers ----- then, under such circumstances, meditation & relaxation can be added as an adjunctive measure. Please note that whtn the anxiety component is of such depth and ckomplexity that psychological evaluatin and psychiatric care becomes necessary, then the use of meditation and relaxation should be done under the supervision of a psychiatrist.

Professional Counselling And Monitoring Is Necessary

THAT'S WERE WE COME IN WE MAKE MEDITATION AND RELAXATION SIMPLE AGAIN, FOR THE DOCTORS AND THEIR PATIENTS WE TAKE THE RESPONSINILITY FROM THE DOCTORS, AND PROVIDE PROFESSIONAL COUNSELLING AND MONITORING FOR THEIR BELOVED PATIENTS IN THE FIELD OF MEDITATION AND RELAXATION. A BUSY MEDICAL PRACTITIONER CAN NOW REFER THEIR PATIENTS TO A RELAXATION CLINIC FOR CLINICAL RELAXATION AND FEEL REASSURED THAT THE CLINIC WILL TAKE GOOD CARE OF THEM PROFESSIONALLY. At a Relaxation Clinic, counselling and moni' toring is performed only by physicians an registered nurses. Physicians and nurses have the broad training in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases to make such counselling and monitoring useful and meaningful. The Relaxation Clinic is not a legal entity by itself. It can be a department, a subdivision or a subsection within an institution, like the eye clinic within the outpatient department of hospitals. It can also be a segment of the services provided by a private doctor in his medical...

Meditation Is Not Psychotherapy

On the other hand, readers are urged to dispell the popular misconception that meditation and relaxation is for the nervous nut, the emotionally unbalanced, in other words, somebody with psychological problems with or without affecting the physical body. Some readers might have the fears that if you have anything to do with meditation an drelaxation, your fiends will label you ---- this guy or gal must be sick in the head. Oh on Relaxation and meditation and meditatin can certainly help those with psychological and emotional problems, but that only constitutes a small percentage of those being helped. The majority who are helped are those

Meditation Is Not Mindcontrol

Teaders should also recognise another common misconception that meditation, relaxation and biofeedback works by mind control meditation, relaxation and biofeedback is self- GO, TAKE IT EASY, AND LET IT FLOW NATURALLY ARE THE MOST CURCIAL INSTRCTIONS IN MEDITATION PRACTICE. The term homeostasis and balancing of the body mind continuum better describes the psychophysiological status during meditation and relaxation. Any attempt to or any belief in manipulation and control of the mind and body will result in failure to attain the meditative state, and might open up onself to exploitation by selfish teachers and organisational leaders whol want to control your mind and body. The names The Relaxation Response and The Healing silence created by Doctors Herbert Benson M.D. and Harold Bloomfield M.D. respectively, correlats best with the true nature of meditation. Meditation is not mind control , is not mind over body , is not mind control , is bot mind over body , is not mind over matter and...

Meditation As Selfregulation Therapy

American Holistic Medical Asspcoation, an organisation of physicians devoted to the medical care of the whole person, has put meditation and relaxation among one of the seven core curriculums that a conventional medical doctor must study before he or she can become a Fellow in Holistic Medicine. The seven core curriculums are Nutrituin, Physical Exercise, Self-Refulation, Spiritual Attunement, Acupuncture, Environmental Medicine and Neuromuscular Integration. In this scheme, meditation and relaxation is classified under Self- Refulation-------- a good term that describes meditation and relaxation fairly accurately i.e.a.

Meditation And National Health Care Cost

Meditation and relaxation can produce wonderful benefits when used at the right time and in the right way. The national health care cost is so high nowadays if meditation and relaxation were utilized nationwide in a practical manner, with proper supervision and monitoring, then, by enhancing the general physical and mental health national health care cost in addition to improving the quility of life. DO YOU WANT TO BENEFIT FROM MEDITATION AND RELAXATION CONSULT YOUR PERSONAL PHYSICIAN TODAY MEDITATION & RELAXATION Numerous medical doctors, Ph.D.S, meditation teachers and new age writers have contributed recently to our increasingly extensive knowledge about the side effects of meditation and relaxation. In her book FREEDOM IN MEDITATION , Dr. Patricia Carrington Ph.D. dealt extensively and thoroughly with such side effects.

How We Assist The Busy Doctor

(1) We explain to the patients what is ralaxation and meditation, what can they expect from relaxation & meditation and what they shouldn't expect from meditation, relaxation & biofeedback. a. Dangers arising from the practice of meditation and relaxation per se. (5) We give them a list of meditation, relaxation & biofeedback programs available, help them pick a teacher and continue to monitor their progress regularly. We help them and protect them continuosly while they voluntarily remain under our care.

How To Live With Angina

Whatever causes you to feel pressure in an unpleasant way is likely to bring on angina. Indentify everyday situations which make you angry. Practive of a relaxation exericse may help you control these situations. Modern ways of calming down include meditation & relaxation exercises. Some doctors suggest that you take two twenty minute periods per day to practice total relaxation of all your muscles. Others recommed that you try deep breathing, concentration on one thing, or relaxing all of your muscles, whenever you feel pressure building up from stress. Try to relax more and enjoy your leisure which is easy to say, but may be difficult to do. First, you should ask yourself what stresses in your life are the most unpleasant and make you feel the most tense and frustrated. If these stresses cannot be eliminated, perhaps they can be mininized, either by better planning or by using specific physical ways of calming down under stress like relaxation exercises of meditation . Some doctors...

Doctorpatient Relatinship In Meditation

The doctor-patient relationship related to the use of meditation and relaxation is no different from the usual doctor-patient relationship. A doctor always fully discloses the reasoning behind the use of a certain drug, procedure or surgery, the expected benefits and the possible side effects. The doctor does not guarantee cure of disease or relief of symptoms except that he will do everything possible according to the currently prevailing medical standard. The doctor arranges followup visits to monitor the progress of th epatient. Likewise, in the use of meditation and relaxation, a doctor fully discloses the reasoning behind the use of meditation, and he followup the patient for the patient for progress in the use of meditation. Futhermore, he explains to the patient that meditation and relaxation is not a form of A doctor can do the above counselling himself or train his nurse to do it. A busy doctor might prefer to refer this counselling and monitoring responsibility to A...

Simple Method To Prevent Side Effects

Understand and master the techiques of meditaton and relaxation by himself he does That is the attribute with will prevent and counteract most if not all of the side effects of meditation and relaxation. That is the attribute that all potential users of meditation and relaxation should cultivate and reinforce.

Legal Aspects Of Meditation

There is nothing illegal or unethical for licensed physician to refer a patient for meditation and relaxation. In a letter to H. Reid Shaw Esq., legal counsel for the Chief Editor, dated Sept.3, 1980. the State Education Department of New York State said, Relaxation training, youga or meditation therapy are terms which are not defined in New York State statute or regulations. A physician may, of course, refer a patient to unlicensed personsl for purposes which are not restricted by any licensing stature. Referrals to a clergyman would be one example. Since Providing instructions in meditation and relaxation is not delivery of medical care i.e. diagnosis and treatment of pathological states is not the purpose of meditation and remeditation and relaxation teacher is qite legal. Such referral is as legal as referring a patient to practise swimming every morning for half an hour in a Y.M.C.A. swimming pol. If the physician explains to the patient according to the section in this chapter...

Mild Anixety States Requiring No Psychiatric Consutation

Patients with mild anxiety with or without concurrent physical illness can benefit from meditation and relaxation when the private doctor has determined that formal psychiatric care or psychological evaluation & psychotherapy is not necessary at that point in time for that particular patient. Anxiety states associated with everyday stress, concurrent physical illnesses and pre-operative & post-operative situations fall under this category. The practice of meditations and relaxation might reduce the need for mind tranquilazers. If and when the anxiety state warrants psychatric care, the practice of meditation and relaxation and relaxation should be supervised by a psychiatrist.

Is Counselling And Monnitoring Really Necessary

RELAXATION & MEDITATION IS NOT A DRUG, Yes, Relaxation & Meditation is so simple that a doctor can easily tell a patient to go (1) Relaxation & Meditation is best learned from a good instructor, not through books alone. (2) There are so many relaxation and meditation programs that a patient can get lost easily in the myraid of techniques, theories, rituals and religious and semi-religious traditions & philosophies. (3) Meditation and relaxation has side effects frm the practice per se and from the selfish teachers and organisers. (4) Meditation & relaxation can be mistaken as the panacea and the patients would unwisely skip or delay medical care. So, meditation and relaxation is not as simple as it sounds.

The Place Of Meditation In Medical Care

Going over all the scientific papers and books written by the medical doctors and Ph.D.s on meditatin, relaxation, biofeedback, stress management and related therapies, on can safely conclude that meditation and relaxation has a place in maintaining the physical and mental helth of selected patients. Meditation and relaxation does not work on specfic diseases. It works by enhancing the general health of the patient. When the general health is improved, conventional medications and surgery works better and heals the disease faster and more effectively. The quality of life of many chronically sick patients can be improved also.

The Safe Limit

Benson in his book THE RELAXTION RESPONSE also warned that the Relaxation Response is not a panacea. From his own personal bhservations, many people who meitate for several house every for weeks at a time tend to hallucinate, as a result of sensory deprivation. DOCTOR BENSON REPORTED THAT HE HAD NOT NOTED ANY OF THE SIDE EFFECTS IN PEOPLE WHO BRING FORTH THE RELAXATION RESPONSE ONCE OR TWICE DIALY FOR TEN TO TWENTY MINUTES A DAY.

The Future

THE CLINICAL RELAXATION COUNSELLING PROJECT IS THE PROTOTYPE FOR A NEW GENERATION OF CLINICS --- RELAXATION CLINICS --- CLINICS THAT WILL BECOME AN ESSENTIAL PART OR ANY HOSPITAL, ANY AMBULATORY CARE DEPARTMENT. ANY HEALTH MAINTENANCE ORGANISATION 5 ANY MEDICAL GROUP, AND PROVIDE THE MUCH NEEDED SERVICE OF RELAXATION AND MEDITATION IN A PROFESSIONAL MANNER.

Biofeedback Programs

The legal aspects of using meditation and relaxation in clinical medicine is of interest to the licensed physicians, registered nurses, other licensed professionals who are not licensed to practise medicine, and unlicensed health professionals. Licensed physicians want to know about this legal aspect because they do not want to have their medical licence suspended for professional misconduct. Licensed professionals and unlicensed professionals also want to know about this legal aspect so that they don't get caught for practising medicine without a licence. The licensing of physicians, nurses and other health professionals is under the jurisdiction of individual State Education Departments. While the details may vary from state to state, the basic legal principles governing the practice of medicine should be quite similar. The editorial staff have therefore asked the Chief Editor, Lawrence Young M.D., and his legal counsels to check out the New York, State Education Law regarding the...

Psychological Data

Family, closer, happier 153 frustration, reduced *21 job improvement 140 loosen up *21 memory improvement 87 mind abert *21, *24, 183 blight 140 clear 106, 140, 173 nevous tension, see saxletg physical strength 138 rejuvenation, sensation of 99, 106 relaxation, deep *23, *25 relaxed *21, *24, 138. 173 rest, deep *23, *24 stress, deal effectively with *31 vitality, full of, 105, 106, 138, 153, 171, 176, 18l

Nationwide Programs

The Doctor Greens have a referral list covering all the states names of physicians, psychotherapists and clinical psychologists who have attended the biofeedback seminar and workshop at Menninger Foundation and who are qualified to counsel patients on meditation, relaxation and biofeedback.

Kundalini Casauties

In its Perils of the Path special issue (March 1978), New Afe magazine had several feature practices. The only side effects really related practices. The only side effects really arising from meditation, relaxation, and certain body therapies and human potential techniques are those mentioned in the feature article Kundalini Casaulties - numbness, pain, heat, light and various other bodily sensations, illusions and hallucinatins. People who are emotionally run into trouble. Itzhak Bentov concluded in the interview that it all boils down to You should choose a rate that you can sefely release stress without harming yourself.

Free Listing

The mission of the National Clearinghouse for Meditation Relaxation and Related Therapies is to bring to the attention of the lay public and health professionals the important role of meditation and relaxation in health maintenance and the treatment of diseases. We are therefore most happy to list any and all meditation, relaxation, stress management and biofeedback programs that are

Forward

Meditation and relaxation as means for improving human mind and body have been practised by Chinese, Indians, Jews, Arabs and Christians for centuries. This was especially true of Tao-ists in China, who called it, Chi Kun9 (Cultivation of Energy in humans) . Indians have what is known as Yoga . In Western Europe, and the Araericas, many Christians, both in the Catholic and the Protestant churches have for a long time practised meditation and relaxation mainly for religious and spiritual purposes, with or without a conscious intention of improving the mind and body. In the Republic of China and Mainland China, various forms of meditation and relaxation including Tai Chi, sometimes in the Western world known as Shadow Boxing, or a special kind of Kung Fu (martial arts), have been increasingly popular during the past three decades. Today, with the rapid improvement of communications, peoples of the world have daily grown closer. The arts of Tai Chi , Kung Fu and Chi Kung (meditation and...

Conclusion

In conclusion, the experiences of Mastf Chia and his educational endeavors in the Hi search Center for Holistic Health is a valuabi contribution to our knowledge about meditation relaxation and the Life Energy of the huma mind body continuum --- but it is by no meanfl unique. Life Energy had been reported thousands of years ago in the Indian, Egyptian and Chine esoteric literatures and experienced by innume able sages at different times of human histo and in different parts of the world. More and more are experiencing it everyday in this Aquarian Age of Spiritual Awakening. Some have flreaded the uncontrollable disastrous

Acknowledgement

MEDITATION & RELAXATION Numerous reports on the beneficial effects of practising meditation and relaxation had been circulated among the lay public in the form of books written by M.D. and ph.D The authors of those books and been very cautious and conventional. In general, they inculded only beneficial effects that had been observed repeatedly and therefore considered as fully documented. The less frequently seen effects had not been addressed to in those books as yet.

Research

The National Clearinghouse for Meditation Relaxation S Related Therapies has contact with many meditation teachers who are health-oriented and have been treating diseases for many years. Some of them are living outside United States. With the proper clinical research set-up, they can be invited to join us in research, and teach patients the practical form of meditation aimed at the treatment of specific diseases. The National Clearinghouse will volunteer to do all the groundwork to bring the Masters and the Clinical Researchers together provided that the research project is properly designed. Lawrence Young M.D., Director of the National Clearinghouse is most happy to make some stimulating and useful suggestions for the prospective clinical researchers and would be deli9hted to assist in whatever way he can. Interested parties please write to National Clearinghouse For Meditation Relaxation S Related Therapies Post Office Box 3184 New York, N.V. 10008

The Healing Silence

This book of Dr. Bloomfield is really a big step forward in the application of meditation in health and diseases and together with Dr. Benson's book----the MIND BODYEFFECT, force today in bringing meditation and relaxation to the lay public American.

Designing your own practice

When you begin to develop and direct your awareness in meditation, you're faced with the challenge of putting all the pieces together into an integrated practice that's uniquely suited to your needs. (For more on designing your own practice, see Chapter 13.) For example, you may find yourself drawn to forms of meditation that emphasize focused concentration and have only minimal interest in the more open, allowing quality of receptive awareness. Or you may cherish the peace and relaxation you experience when you simply sit quietly without any effort or focus, not even the effort to be aware. Or you may have a specific purpose for meditating, such as healing an illness

Research into Coma Esdaile and Sichort States offers New and Surprising Insights for our Profession

The induction begins at 4 40 and continues until 5 47 and that induction was a modified group Elman induction and a progressive relaxation followed by a gradual deepening with a few 10-1 counts. Once everyone was past somnambulism Chris didn't know if some may be in coma or a deep trance at this point.

Neurophysiology Of The Hypnotic State It Takes Effort To Be Hypnotized

Hypnosis involves an amplification of focused attention either towards or away from an internal or external event (e.g., Hilgard, 1965, 1986 Krippner & Bindler, 1974). Since the nineteenth century hypnotically responsive persons commonly report profound physical relaxation (for exceptions, see B nyai & Hilgard, 1976) and alterations in perception following a hypnotic induction. In this physically relaxed state, they report their experiences as being more involuntary and effortless (e.g., Bowers, 1982-83), yet, somewhat paradoxically, at the same time more intense and involving than in a nonhypnotic condition. Such paradoxical reports suggest a dissociation between awareness of attentional effort (perceived workload) and perceptual awarenesses. If we view hypnotizable persons as active and 'creative problem-solving agents' (Lynn & Sivec, 1992) who can draw upon their abilities (including absorption, imagery, giving up of reality testing and focused and sustained attention) during...

Variation of Candle Induction

Now, I imagine that I am that candle, a candle of total relaxation and, as I picture it, as the muscles in my body, helping me to relax more and more completely. I picture that which I am sitting in or lying on as a candleholder, and that my muscles, like the wax of my candle of relaxation, are melting into the chair, and that I am becoming, myself, a candle of relaxation.

Rehearsal Technic For Surgery

During a typical rehearsal session for abdominal surgery the patient is told Now your skin is being sterilized. At this time the abdomen is swabbed with an alcohol sponge. I am now stretching the skin and making the incision in the skin. The line of incision is lightly stroked with a pencil. Now the tissues are being cut. Just relax. You feel nothing, absolutely nothing. Your breathing is getting slower, deeper and more regular. Each side of the incision is being separated by an instrument. The skin and the muscles are being pulled laterally from the midline. Now a blood vessel is being clamped. A hemostat is clicked shut. You will feel absolutely no discomfort. You are calm, quiet and relaxed. Your breathing is getting slower, deeper, and more regular. Just relax Now I am going deeper and entering the abdominal cavity. For the peritoneum, suggestions of relaxation and assurances of complete pain relief are repeated several times. Just relax. You are getting deeper and deeper relaxed...

What does focus of attention mean

You should then simply continue on these lines making suggestions of movements to the fingers so that they move up or down, together or apart, in any pattern that you suggest except crossing. While at the same time you are suggesting sleep and relaxation to the mind. You could, if you chose, start to use some sort of visualisation such as the trip on the boat that we met in an earlier chapter to take the mind further into a relaxed and distant state. Your goal is, in effect, to train the fingers (or rather the mental subsystem that controls them) to attend to your instructions while the remainder of the friend's mind is getting as sleepy or distant as you can manage. You have a constant measure of how well the finger system is attending because you can see them move. You have less of an idea of how the rest of the person's brain

Breathing to Release Tension

Use the following exercises to enhance relaxation and release tension. Breath Counting 4. Take eight to twelve of these relaxing sighs and let yourself experience the feeling of relaxation. Repeat whenever you feel the need for it. 2. Breathe in deeply into your abdomen and say to yourself, Breathe in relaxation. Let yourself pause before you exhale. 6. You may find it helpful to use your imagination to picture or feel the relaxation entering and the tension leaving your body.

What is Self Hypnosis

Self hypnosis includes a variety of experiences that involve shifting your state of mind from one state to another. Self hypnosis encompasses the creation of inner reality and fantasy using the power of the imagination for purposes as wide ranging as simple relaxation to killing cancer cells. Self hypnosis can include experiencing one, two or all of the senses in the mind's eye. Self hypnosis can be experienced with your eyes open or closed. There is no single definition of self hypnosis because the varieties of methods of altering states of consciousness, the depths of the changes in conscious experience and the intention of the changing of states make the simple term self hypnosis too limiting to describe all

Retrieving Positive Experiences

The basic intervention for retrieving positive experiences is quite simple, yet it eludes most depressed clients. After explaining the importance of retrieving and indulging in positive and desirable experiences as a counterbalance to their emphasis on the negative, I ask clients to begin the hypnosis session by becoming relaxed. If necessary, I lead them through an exercise in systematic relaxation. I then ask them to recall a time when they felt the experience of being safe or some other similarly positive experience. Some depressed clients will claim that they cannot recall any positive memories. They usually can recall a few, however, when they are given sufficient reminders of common enjoyable events. It is permissible to ask them to imagine what it would be like to feel a positive and desirable experience. Clients can use their imagination and pretend to have one, if necessary, although pretending is usually not necessary. If a client can only produce one such positive...

The Meditative Approach to the Dissolution of the Self

Meditation teaches both brain and body its personal nuances, ways that seem to help their mutual processes of relaxation flow back there again spontaneously. One of zazen's functions is to ease the meditator so many times into the states approaching pure awareness that moving back and forth through this interface then becomes the natural, habitual, neurophysiological response. So natural, in fact, that the meditator no longer struggles to maintain a toehold back in that old subjective maelstrom, the state we call ordinary consciousness.

Special Considerations

If you make a tape of the basic procedure to facilitate your relaxation program, remember to space each procedure so that time is allowed to experience the tension and relaxation before going on to the next muscle or muscle group. 2. As with all relaxation techniques, regular practice of progressive relaxation will enhance the speed and depth of your relaxation. 6. While initially you will learn progressive relaxation in a quiet place, eventually you will be able to use at least a shortened version of it any time during the day when you notice you are tense. Bernstein, D. A., T. D. Borkovec, and H. Hazlett-Stevens. 2000. New Directions in Progressive Relaxation Training A Guidebook for Helping Professionals. New York Praeger Publishing. Jacobson, E. 1974. Progressive Relaxation. Chicago The University of Chicago Press, Midway Reprint. Out of print.

How Your Mind Stresses You Out and What You Can Do about It

When you have a working knowledge of how your mind is structured, you can begin to notice how those thoughts and feelings distort your experience and keep you from achieving the happiness, relaxation, effectiveness, or healing you seek. Then you can discover how meditation can teach you to change all that by focusing and calming your mind, and ultimately by delving more deeply and unraveling the habitual stories and patterns that keep causing you suffering and stress. Who knows You may not need to have a lobotomy after all

Advice to Abide in the Natural Disposition That is Absence

The image of an idle old man stretched out basking in the sun covers nonaction as instruction for nonmeditation and contrasts to the frenetic activity of super-achievers on the mundane stage or rather, to babes in the playground of life acting out their pointless games with body, speech and mind (see canto 31). All ambition is based on discrimination and is a futile attempt to change or recondition things. The nonaction of Samantabhadra in contrast is relaxation into the natural perfection of nondual reality that is our original disposition without stirring or departing from it. (The manner of 'gazing at the uncontrived sameness of all experience' is presented in canto 25.) In brief, 'absence' is nothing less than gnosis disclosed by effortless relaxation in the natural state

The Attachments of the Cingulate Gyms

In human studies, stimulating the cingulum region produced brief negative responses. One fifth of the patients became anxious and tense. But there were no changes in heart rate, respiration, or skin resistance. However, positive responses did occur if the cingulate cortex was stimulated much farther forward. And among these responses were relief from anxiety and tension, plus feelings of well-being and relaxation. These positive experiences could last for a half a minute to two minutes. They were elicited repeatedly by stimulating sixty times a second.2 Again, as in the septal region, one observes that when the brain is stimulated in certain more anterior and midline regions, there occurs a relief from anxiety and a sense of well-being.

Do a brief demo of what hypnosis may feel like

Then, I like to add that some people on their first session only go into hypnosis at a light level and will not feel any differently than when in the normal conscious state. However, some do go deeper and if they do they might experience certain subjective sensations such as tingling, heaviness, lightness, dissociation or extreme relaxation. Most of your clients will report having had one of those experiences during the session. That will help to build confidence in the client that they are doing well.

Suggest that the session will be brief a waking suggestion to set up time distortion

One of the best convincers that you can use is the time distortion test. There seems to be a tendency to underestimate the time spent in hypnosis. Especially if it is a Direct Suggestion session filled with positive suggestions and deep relaxation. Let's use propensity to underestimate the time to our advantage. While your client is in hypnosis, suggest that you have only spent a few minutes doing hypnosis with her. This will increase the time distortion. And, go one step further to increase the chances of time distortion, suggest before the session that the session will be brief the first time around. Increase it even more by making the suggestion as one of the last suggestions you make to the client just before you emerge her.

David Spiegel MD and Herbert Spiegel MD

Anxiety patients are taught to concentrate on developing a physical sense of floating relaxation, a sense of floating in some setting they associate with comfort, such as a pool, a bath, a lake, or a hot tub. They are then instructed to picture an imaginary screen in their mind's eye, with the picture on that screen initially a pleasant scene. They are thus taught that they can use their reservoir of memories and experiences to produce psychological relaxation and physical comfort rather than anxiety. They are then taught to picture what concerns them on this imaginary screen, using the center of the screen as a problem or receiving screen where they choose what particular anxiety-related problem they wish to work on. Then they are instructed to move some particular problem on which they wish to do further mental work

What are some of the Advantages of Self Hypnosis

Self hypnosis is not a synonym for relaxation although relaxation is one benefit of self hypnosis. Self hypnosis is relatively easy to learn. Once you know how to use self hypnosis, you can literally change your life for the price of a few books and audio tapes in contrast to thousands of hours of therapy and counseling. There is a time for therapy and counseling but the one drawback to therapy is that you can't take your therapist with you everywhere you go. You can take the power of your mind with you everywhere and always.

Doctor K demonstrating

Well, for a few more, first of all, it's always a good idea to tell the patient that hypnosis is a learning process, that we will start with simple, elementary suggestions. Some of these suggestions are Close your eyes start counting to yourself your legs are getting heavy. I have no way of knowing that you are going to count to yourself, but if you're willing to cooperate on these simple, elementary suggestions, then of course you will be willing to accept the more complicated suggestions that you so ardently desire, assuming that you are a patient coming in for, say, pain relief or for the relief of illness. The sequence is important, doing exactly what you are told to do, or what I suggest that you feel. If you do these, then you are going to be in a complete state of relaxation, which we will call hypnosis. Would you like to ask any questions

Thumbnail Sketch of the Mind and Brain

Reducing the symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, panic attacks and other emotional problems tends to raise tolerance to pain. This can be done through medication, psychotherapy, relaxation, increased or decreased interaction with people, or even hypnotherapy (A combination of the above is normally the most effective overall therapeutic plan of attack.)

Introduction And Indications

The absence of any direct logical communication is very important. Any logical communication that I might make alerts the patient's critical faculties to evaluate what I have said, and so defeats the purpose of the procedure, which is to lead the patient to stillness of mind. Even such simple, but logical, ideas as, Your arms are relaxed, have this effect, as the patient immediately thinks about the relaxation of his arms. Communication must be made in such a way that it does not provoke any intellectual activity in the patient. This is achieved by nonverbal phonation and by touch, and sometimes by single words or simple phrases which are merely reassuring and do not evoke critical mental activity in the patient. Thus the word, Good, spoken slowly in a long exhalation, has this effect. Again, the phrase, That's right, has a similar effect if spoken in a slow exhalation. Again, unverbalized phonation, a long natural, Ummm, has meaning to the patient in the way of reassurance, and the...

Total inactivity atonia

At the other extreme you can aim at total inactivity of the muscles combined with the impossibility of voluntary motion. This goes well with a relaxation approach. You aim to make it impossible for the subject to be able to use a given muscle or set of muscles. A simple example that you have met previously is involved in eye closure you are making the muscles that lift the eyelids feel so tired that it becomes possible for the subject to lift them to keep the eyes open. In the same area you could aim instead for full eye fixation making the muscles that control the movement of the eyeballs totally inactive and make their conscious control impossible. The subject may well then look a little like the popular cartoon representation of a hypnotised person staring fixedly forward. You may combine this with an inactivation of the blinking reflex so that the gaze is steady and unblinking. But you can get the same effect - of relaxation combined with loss of conscious control - in any other...

Get the hypnotic contract

Once this agreement has been made, almost any hypnotic induction or technique will work. Note that this agreement was accomplished implicitly when the client responded yes to wanting to do hypnosis with you. If the client has difficulty following instructions and thus experiences difficulty in going into hypnosis, you will have to be more explicit. Simply let them know that if they focus and follow the instructions they will get to enjoy a wonderful hypnotic relaxation. If there are any further difficulties, one of the previous conditions have not been met. You will have to ask yourself, have I done everything that I need to do to remove all of my client's fears and misconceptions about hypnosis and hypnotherapy

Lesson Four The Iron Man Induction Process

Now that you know that relaxation and focused attention are two of the keys to successfully induction, you are ready to learn the induction script. I have laid out a script for you word for word below, but these words are not some kind of mystical incantation, they are not a spell that produces trance, they are simply a suggestive list of instructions and commands that will produce a relaxed state. You can just as easily make up your own induction script using this one as a guide. The goal here is to get your client to relax, so use your imagination and embellish on what I have given you here.

Direct and Full Knowledge

Tension and falling with relaxation, one's consciousness must fall synchronously on the object as it arises, with mindfulness of the entire process of nama-rupa. For this, one need to mobilize one's mental energy to propel one's consciousness towards the object and face the object, resulting in mindfulness and concentration. Such is the correct practice. The immediate benefit is the abandonment of defilements. Due to synchronization of consciousness with the object and jhana-like concentration there do not arise any sensuous desires or evil thoughts. At this stage the rising is understood as rising or the tension as tension and the falling as falling or the relaxation as relaxation. Such is abhinna. Previously one encountered these phenomena casually but never in this manner of confrontation, when one's knowledge becomes clear and devoid of dimness or haziness. Such is knowing (parinnata or abhinnata) what must be directly known (parinneyya dhamma or abhinnaya dhamma). We may say...

Increasing Selfesteem Empowerment And Control

In discussing their clinical use of hypnosis for depression, Crasilneck & Hall (1985) state that 'our approach is to increase the patient's ego strength and to enhance his ability to deal with the problems leading to depression' (p. 324). Sachs (1992) describes the use of ego-strengthening achieved by hypnotically enhanced mental imagery, in conjunction with progressive relaxation in the management of cancer patients. McBrien's (1990) depression prevention programme utilizes self-hypnosis to produce an increased confidence in managing and reducing depressed feelings. Hypnosis is also used to increase the ability to experience positive thoughts and feelings that lead to an increase in pleasant events.

State inducing method 1 demonstration

Now, the interesting thing is as you enjoy that experience all over again, your unconscious mind will learn that relaxation about enjoying your life in so many different ways and I don't know just when you realise when your unconscious mind has made you into a more relaxed person. Someone more capable of enjoying life.

Ericksonian Induction No 2 Arm Levitation

We are now going to expand on the first induction by eliciting Arm Levitation during the client's trance. You will again be inducing trance simply by asking questions. This time, however, you will want to pay close attention to the client's breathing. For the questions you ask to deepen the client's relaxation, speak on the client's out-breath. For the questions you ask to elicit arm levitation, speak on the client's in-breath. In this way, you will be using the client's own breathing to reinforce your suggestions physiologically.

If you intend to touch the client get permission before doing the hypnotic induction

I am such a creature of habit that sometimes I feel like I would have to put a sticky note on the client to remind me not to touch (and I might put one on the chair) because I have done thousands of sessions where I routinely use touching (e.g., anchoring, testing for relaxation, and tapping).

Use the words as if to make some suggestions easier to accept

Using the words as if helps the analytical client accept suggestions more easily. For example, if I suggest to my analytical client that when I count from 1 to 5 her relaxation will double, my analytical client might struggle accepting the suggestion. He or she will think, What does doubling the relaxation mean How will I know when it is doubled So, I suggest that as I count down from 1 to 5 it will be as if we are doubling the relaxation. This approach gives the analytical client (or any client for that matter) some wiggle room. It makes the suggestion easier to accept and the client feels more comfortable, which aids in helping my clients go into a nice deep level of hypnosis.

Healing Effects Of Happiness

Happiness is something that does not happen every day, something that can be characterized by great satisfaction, bliss, relaxation, roguishness, pleasure, and enthusiasm. Happiness can also be thoughtfulness, and sadness, and especially love. It appears when human desire coincides with their wishes, love, passion, and the realization of this coincidence can be seen. In other words, happiness occurs when all that could make us happy is happens. In this situation, a brain emits a special kind of wave that creates positive changes in the aura. This wave, like the wave of life, moves around and changes its frequency from the lowest to the highest. During this process, it destroys the energy jelly. This process is fast and efficient. There is no healing energy more efficient than the WAVE OF HAPPINESS. Besides its healing effects, it energizes all the life functions stimulates all juices within the organism inspires enthusiasm, strengthens the will. If it is powerful enough, it can boost...

Use an appropriate induction for the client

I recommend that you know how to deliver a progressive relaxation induction (which should be used less than any other induction), a rapid induction (delivered in about 1 to 4 minutes), and at least one instant induction (delivered in a few seconds). Learn how to deliver the rapid induction and progressive relaxation induction in both a permissive and authoritarian mode. These, along with at least one instant induction, will give you nearly all the tools that you ever need to practice hypnosis with the vast majority of your clients.

Encourage and reinforce any positive response

Relaxing, point it out to her and tell her that she is doing well. For example, if I am suggesting relaxation, and see a leg release some tension and go more relaxed, I will instantly say, Perfect Now keep on going more relaxed. This is just the kind of reinforcement that your client is looking for, and she will continue to respond even better with this kind of reinforcement and encouragement.

What Else Does the Frontal Lobe Have to Do with

With respect to zazen, we may be using some medial and orbitofrontal lobe regions to help nudge our early modes of relaxation and more intensified levels of concentration along the continuum from bare awareness to arousal and focused attention. The frontopolar cortex may help forgetful meditators return, time after time, to being more mindfully aware.

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