Hypnobirthing Classes Coming to Burbank California in December!!!!

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Attention Hypno-Moms:
Group Hypnobirthing Classes are Starting December 2nd in Burbank, CA! 
First Class is 50% off!!!

4 classes per week:
Mondays: 9am-10am & 3:30pm-4:30pm
Saturdays: 9am-10am & 1:45-2:45

Classes will be at the “Fitness Is Art” Fitness Studio located at 2019 W. Magnolia Blvd Burbank, CA 91506

Each class is $25 and you can bring your birthing-partner for free (They will learn to be a hypnotist!). We will cover hypno-anesthesia techniques, de-stressing techniques, relaxation and much more! 

For more info call 424-27-THINK (424-278-4465). I hope to meet you soon!

*I also offer a GREAT 6-week hypnobirthing program typically starting at 25-30 weeks gestation. This is perfect for expecting moms that want 1-on-1 sessions with me at one of my 3 office locations instead of the group classes. Call 424-27-THINK for more info!

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Hypnobirthing In The News!

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CBS News recently featured a great report on hypnosis and childbirth: Hypnobirthing is becoming famous for de-stressing moms, easing the pain of natural childbirth, greatly improving C-Section recovery, lessening the amount of medications moms need to take, and more!

I am a certified hypnosis and childbirth specialist serving the greater Los Angeles area, if you enjoyed the video and would like to learn more about how hypnosis can help YOU experience joyous labor and childbirth just pick up the phone and call 424-27-THINK (424-278-4465) to schedule an appointment today!

HERE IS THE VIDEO: http://www.losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/11/07/santa-monica-couple-champion-hypnobirthing-trend/

 

Needle Fears and Phobias: Are You Afraid Of Injections or Getting Blood Drawn?

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If you randomly ask any group of children if they like getting shots at the doctor, most likely they would all agree that they’d avoid it if they could. But anxiety, fears, and phobias surrounding needles and injections isn’t only for children. Every day a very large amount of adults also deal with the anxiety of those awful needles that live at the doctors’ office, dentists, and pharmacies. From getting vials of blood drawn during routine medical exams, to getting teeth pulled, even getting those annual flu shots at the pharmacy, the fact is getting injections is a part of life for us. Some people such as diabetics even have to endure self-injections multiple times per day in many cases. But thankfully a batch of new studies have shown that hypnosis can greatly aid those of us that are still a bit squeamish when it comes to needles. Lets take a look at what just a few of these studies found.

In a dental study a patient was taught meditation-hypnosis so that she was able to achieve good relaxation within just a few minutes. She was then instructed to practice the technique by herself at home. She stated that it helped her reduce her overall anxiety with very good results. The patient said that she was finally able to go to her dentist and have the local anesthetic injections for the tooth extractions. Dentures had been made and she was very pleased. The patient had been scheduled to come in for a final hypnosis appointment before the procedure but she said that it was not necessary as the relaxation technique was enough to allow her to have the necessary injections and dental work done!

Next was a case study of severe needle phobia in a 5-year-old boy who learned to utilize a self-hypnosis technique to facilitate intravenous (i.v.) cannula (a tube that can be inserted into the body, often for the delivery or removal of fluid or for the gathering of data) placement. He was diagnosed with Bruton’s disease at 5 months of age and required monthly intravenous infusions. The boy had received inhalational general anesthesia for i.v. cannulation on 58 occasions (poor kid!). Initially, this was because of difficult venous access but more recently because of severe distress and agitation when approached with a cannula. Oral premedication with midazolam or ketamine proved unsatisfactory and since these heavy-duty medications were not working hypnotherapy was finally considered. Following a 10-minute conversational hypnotic induction, the 5-year-old was able to use hypnotic switch-wire imagery to dissociate sensation and movement in all four limbs in turn (basically, the child learned how to turn certain areas of the body “off”). Two days later the boy experienced painless venepuncture without the use of topical local anesthetic cream. There was no movement in the ‘switched-off’ arm during i.v. cannula placement. This report adds to the increasing body of evidence that hypnosis represents a useful, additional tool that anesthetists may find valuable in everyday practice. 

The thing to remember is that everybody can benefit from hypnosis in one way or another – and in this case, it really was a life-changer for the participants of the studies. Hypnotherapy can really enhance your quality of life, and if you are experiencing difficulty I would love to be the hypnotherapist that helps YOU. You can always call 424-27-THINK to schedule an appointment, you can come to my office if you are local to Los Angeles or I also offer skype and telephone sessions. I look forward to meeting you soon!   

Study Shows Hypnosis Can Help You Look and Feel Younger!

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Every day new and amazing scientific information comes out that demonstrates how powerful hypnosis is, but a new study says that hypnosis can actually make you look and feel younger! 

This study looked at whether or not hypnosis could be used to lower the stress-related hormone cortisol and raise the anti-aging hormone dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEA-S). Not only did it work, at the end of the study it was shown that the hypnosis group had increased their DHEA-S levels by 16% and reduced their cortisol levels by 12.3% when compared to the other group. It was also noted that those in the hypnosis group now had DHEA-S levels equivalent to someone who was 5 to 10 years younger!  

Twelve healthy subjects were recruited and randomly assigned to one of two groups – One group got hypnosis and the other one didn’t. Those in the hypnosis group were brought together and taught self-hypnosis and mental training to reduce cortisol levels and increase DHEA-S. They were then asked to integrate these techniques into their daily life for the next six-months. The authors conclude that frequent application of a self-hypnosis program several days a week was successful in changing the adrenal secretion of DHEA-S and cortisol – and can have a beneficial effect on stress reduction, emotional stability, performance and health.

So why is it so important to increase DHEA-S and decrease cortisol??? The study authors note that the most important stress hormone in the body is the adrenal hormone cortisol and DHEA-S has been considered as a marker for biological aging. Not only is DHEA important for looking younger but falling concentrations of DHEA-S have been observed in both mental and psychological stress and physical illness, so having more of this means you feel younger!  Low concentrations of DHEA-S in blood have been correlated with many age-related diseases and increased plasma DHEA-S has been connected with a reduction in age-related diseases and alleviated chronic stress-load.

Participants in the self-hypnosis group were taught basic relaxation and self-hypnosis techniques. These techniques are very simple and can bring major benefits. If you are interested in how hypnosis might be able to help YOU just pick up the phone and call 424-27-THINK to schedule an appointment. I offer convenient Skype and telephone sessions, or you can come to my office in Los Angeles, CA. You may also be interested in an audio recording – If so you should check out my 15 minute “Rapid Relaxation” mp3 available HERE for only $5!!!

Free Hypnosis and Fitness Class November 19th 2013!

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Spectrum Fitness Clubs Invites You To Join Us Tuesday November 19th at 7:00 P.M. For A Special Guest Presentation: 

Self-Hypnosis & How It Can Help You Reach Your Fitness Goals!

Hypnotherapist, Speaker, and Author Christopher S. Harris will be demonstrating various tools that YOU can use to put yourself one step ahead of the game. Learn how hypnosis works and find out for yourself why famous athletes around the world from golf star Tiger Woods to basketball legends Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant have called hypnosis their “secret weapon”!

This is a FREE event and attendees will also receive one (1) complimentary Hypnotherapy session (a $150 Dollar Value) with the guest speaker just for attending!*

To Reserve Your Spot In The Class Call 424-27-THINK Today!

Spectrum Canoga Park
22235 Sherman Way
Canoga Park, CA 91303

*Complimentary Hypnosis Session must be claimed within 90 days of event. Office is located at 18607 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 310, Tarzana, CA 91356

Hollywood Hypnotherapy: A List of Famous People That You Didn’t Know Used Hypnosis

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Being a Hypnotherapist in Los Angeles, CA means you see all kinds of interesting people for many different things – But you’d be surprised how many A-List Celebrities use hypnosis to reach their goals. You don’t have to be famous to benefit from hypnotherapy, but check out this list of well-known people that used hypnosis and had great success:

The legendary physicist Albert Einstein regularly used self-hypnosis techniques to help him to develop his ideas. Some claim that the theory of relativity came to him during one of his sessions.

Ashton Kutcher is a big fan of hypnosis, using it for various issues that we know of. Firstly he used it when he first got into acting to help him to focus, and to visualize his own success and stardom. It worked. More recently he used a stop smoking hypnosis cd, and yes, he did successfully quit.

Kevin Costner, actor, became seasick while making the movie “Waterworld.” A hypnotherapist helped him to overcome his problem.

Matt Damon, Drew Barrymore, Billy Joel, Ben Affleck, Samuel L. Jackson and Winona Ryder stopped smoking with hypnosis. Matt Damon went on national TV and told Jay Leno that using hypnosis was “the greatest decision I ever made in my life”.

Movie star Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean series) used hypnosis for weight loss. As a child his mother took him to see a hypnotist to help him to overcome his addiction to chocolate and also to help him to lose weight and get into shape.

Jackie Kennedy Onassis used hypnotherapy to deal with the tragic events of her life.

Sir Winston Churchill used post-hypnotic suggestions in order to stay awake and carry out his duties as Prime Minister during WWII.

Thomas Edison used self—hypnosis on a regular basis.

Aldous Huxley used trance—like states to explore the nature of Consciousness. 

Sylvester Stallone worked with the famous hypnotherapist Gil Boyne while filming Rocky in 1975.

Jack Nicklaus & Tiger Woods have BOTH credited hypnosis and visualization techniques for success in golf.

Frank Bruno, WBC Heavyweight Champion used hypnosis before beating Mohammed Ali.

Players from the New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, and athletes such as former baseball player Rod Carew of the Minnesota Twins, used hypnosis to improve their performance and manage pain and injury.

Tennis star Andre Agassi worked with Anthony Robbins, Utilizing NLP and Hypnosis.

Soccer pro David Beckham visited a hypnotist privately to help him to confront some of his personal issues

Phil Jackson, coach of the Chicago Bulls and LA Lakers used hypnosis on his basketball teams, including Michael Jordon, Kobe Bryant, and Shaq O’Neal.

NASA, BMW, and IBM computers employ several NLP Practitioners to train their sales staff – so do MANY other fortune 500 companies and other top corporations around the world.

The band “Cold Play”, known for creating many #1 top music singles uses hypnosis and trance states when recording their albums. 

It is said that Lord Tennyson Alfred, a famous poet in his time, wrote entire poems while under the influence of hypnosis – tapping into his creative side with the help of trance-like states.

Pop star Fergie quit biting her nails, and stopped a meth addiction with hypnosis.

Lily Allen (a singer from the UK) used weight loss hypnosis successfully – she lost so much weight she dropped 3 dress sizes. 

Martha Stewart used hypnosis and stopped her nightmares of jail.

If hypnosis helped all of these people don’t you think it can help you too? You don’t have to be a famous Hollywood actor to benefit from unlocking the power of your mind, if they can do it so can you! If you’d like to find out more about how hypnotherapy can help YOU, just call 424-27-THINK to schedule an appointment today. Thanks for reading 🙂

Is Hypnosis Real?

One of the most common things I am asked when people find out I am a hypnotherapist is: “Is hypnosis even real”? The answer is yes, and although it isn’t like what we are used to seeing in the movies what may surprise you even more is that it is a naturally occurring aspect of the human experience. What does this mean for you? It means that you enter into hypnosis multiple times every single day and you don’t know you are doing it!

Here are some examples: 

*Have you ever yawned when somebody else yawned? 

*Have you ever cried or seen someone else cry during a sad movie?

*Have you ever driven home and been so occupied by your thoughts that you missed your exit on the freeway, or arrived home and realized you were essentially driving on “auto-pilot” and didn’t necessarily have to “think” about the commute at all? Many people do this every day.

*Have you ever performed your work or a hobby with intense focus?

*Many athletes talk about being “in the zone” on some games where they play exceptionally well, have you ever experienced this?

*Have you ever had a smell, taste, or other sensory stimulus cause you to remember feelings, or something that happened several years ago, sometimes even bringing up memories from childhood?

*Have you ever met somebody that you instantly did or did not “like” or get along with?

*Have you ever walked, talked, or eaten food in your sleep?

*Have you ever saw an advertisement for food on TV and thought “Oh man that looks good”?

*Have you ever purchased a product that was “on sale” for a lower price?

*Have you ever had a song get “stuck” in your head?

These are all examples of hypnotic phenomena occurring without the use of formal hypnotic inductions. There are so many examples of hypnosis without hypnosis as most people understand it that if I were to try to list them all I could fill a book with only examples of people being hypnotized while they have no idea they are hypnotized. As I said earlier, you enter into and exit out of hypnotic states multiple times every single day.

Trance states like the ones we usually think of when we think of hypnosis have been documented for thousands of years in every culture of the world. Everything from Temple Sleep in Egypt to the Oracles of Delphi in Greece are all examples of real hypnotic phenomena.

So remember: The question isn’t “is hypnosis real or not”, the question is, “have I been hypnotized yet today and just don’t know it” 😉

Have a great week guys, and remember if you are curious about how hypnosis can help YOU all you have to do is just pick up the phone and call 424-27-THINK and schedule an appointment with me today. Even if you aren’t in the greater Los Angeles area I do skype and phone sessions. Change is inevitable but growth is an option, I look forward to meeting with you soon! 

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