Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Hypnosis & Smoking Cessation


Congratulations on your decision to join the ranks of the non-smokers! 

So many of my clients are concerned with weight gain when they are ready to give up the smoking habit. FYI...I also incorporate weight management into my scripts for smoking cessation to ensure that my clients do not turn to food and begin overeating once they become non-smokers. The focus is on replacing addictive behaviors with new healthy life choices.

"You can’t get rid of a bad habit, but you can replace it with a good habit." - Dr. Mehmet Oz

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Reiki Shown to Improve Health

Reiki Shown to Improve Health http://www.massagemag.com/News/massage-news.php?id=8036
(Please click on this article  which was posted in massagemag.com, or cut and paste the link)

Reiki: A Brief Overview

Reiki is an ancient Tibetan method of natural healing that was rediscovered by a Japanese physician and widely taught as a technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy”. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it’s high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. Reiki provides an avenue to remove blockages and imbalances, and to facilitate health and personal growth. It is used to re-align and balance the chakras.

A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body (physical), emotions (emotional), mind (mental) and spirit (spiritual) creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. It is a pure energy form that supports our natural ability to heal on all levels. Many have reported miraculous results.

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery. Reiki provides a source of restoring energy while one is ill, under treatment, or in recovery. Reiki energy has a mind of its own and goes where it is most needed.

An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an “attunement” given by a Reiki Master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of “life force energy” to improve one’s health and enhance the quality of life. The Reiki process does not deplete the practitioner of energy, as they are a conduit rather than the source of the energy. In the Reiki healing process, the energy fills the practitioner’s body first, and then flows out through the practitioner’s hands into the recipient. Its use is not dependent on one’s intellectual capacity or spiritual development and therefore is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of all ages and backgrounds.

While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it. While Reiki is not a religion, it is still important to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others. Dr. Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki System of natural healing, recommended that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures.

Eugenia E. Karahalias, LCSW-R, CASAC, CCH, Reiki Master, Magnified Healing Practitioner and Teacher (516) 456-4490, and Louise Scalza, LMT, CIMI, Reiki Master (631) 332-1112

Reiki Circle every Monday night @ The Balance Health and Wellness Center 672 Wellwood Ave. Suite 1 Lindenhurst, NY 11757 631·Balance (225-2623).  Begins @ 7PM cost $20.00.  Bring a friend and receive $5.00 off.

Reiki Circle every Thursday night @ Fitness Incentives 157 Deer Park Ave. Babylon, Ny 11704 (631) 587-5766.  Begins @ 7:30Pm cost $15.00.


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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Is Your Job Compromising Your Spiritual/Emotional/Mental & Physical Health?

Please read the following article recently published in Career Builders.  Consider the fact that you spend more time at work than you do with your friends and family.  An unhealthy work environment can have a  deleterious impact on your spiritual, emotional, mental and physical well-being.  If this article resonates with you it may be time to seek professional help to get un-stuck.  Just dealing with one item on the list can be very trying.  If you are finding that you are being barraged by several items on the list below, it's time to take action.  If fear of the economy is paralyzing you and keeping you stuck in a toxic work environment, please consider the long term effects this will have on YOU and YOUR FAMILY.  Allow me to teach you stress-relieving techniques and assist you through the process of making positive change in your life.

"10 Signs It's Time to Quit"

Filed under: Job Advice, Work Life BalancePrint Article
Posted Sep 25th 2009 12:22PM
by Kate Lorenz, CareerBuilder.com Editor

"I like what I do. I just don't like where I work." Sound familiar? From unbearable co-workers to depressing work environments, there things that can make even the best job a living hell. Here are some signs it's time to look for a new job.

Sign No. 1: Your co-workers are annoying.

Obnoxious people can invade your work life. Let's face it, not everyone gets along perfectly. But you need to have some sort of harmonious relationship with fellow employees to get the job done. How are you supposed to get any work done when these guys keep getting in the way? They are distracting and impede productivity. Most offices have a Gossip, that one person who has the "scoop" all the time and is not afraid to share it. Misery loves company, and finds it often in the Whiner, who isn't afraid to complain and bellyache. And everyone has the Neighbor whose noisy distractions include his cellular ringtone, speakerphone and radio.

Sign No. 2: The environment is toxic.

Everyone experiences job highs and lows, but discontent could also be a sign of a chronically depressing work environment or even a company in peril. A bad work environment is reflective of the culture of an entire business. Do you work in a less-than-nurturing atmosphere? Is morale constantly low? Have you been complaining for two solid years? It could be an organizational problem that applying feng shui to your cube just won't fix.

Sign No. 3: You're mentally exhausted by the end of the day.

Stress can cause low morale, decreased productivity and apathy towards work. Plus, it can spill into your personal life and even have a negative effect on your health. Today there are fewer people who are taking on more and more work. American workers experience burnout at an alarming rate. According to CareerBuilder, 68 percent of workers feel burnout at work, and 45 percent said their workloads are too heavy. Yes, we all have to pick up some slack and "take one for the team" from time to time. But if there's no end in sight, do yourself and your health a favor and dust off your résumé.

Sign No. 4: Your boss is a nightmare.

Even though this person is your boss, it doesn't give him license to do anything he wants. If you have a lousy boss, even the best job in the world can make life a living hell. Your relationship with your supervisor plays a big role in your overall professional happiness and success. Fighting to have your boss removed or waiting for your boss to change or get fired are rarely successful tactics. If you are working for someone who is always absent, unavailable, self-absorbed or untrustworthy, it's time to look for a better supervisor and a better opportunity.

Sign No. 5: You're watching the clock... every 10 minutes.

Though you might not like to work, it's even worse when you are bored while you're there. One can only watch so many videos on YouTube or bid on unneeded things on eBay. If you aren't feeling challenged, that's a sign that you need additional responsibilities or a change roles. And be warned, if you don't have any responsibility or find yourself with nothing to do, management might be trying to phase you out and you might be in danger of losing your job.

Sign No. 6: You get no respect.

Does any of this sound familiar? Your ideas aren't taken seriously; there are no opportunities for advancement; the boss ignores you; co-workers alienate you; you're discouraged from improving skills with a course or seminar; you're passed over for a promotion -- again; or you're excluded from key projects and strategizing sessions. So why are you still giving this organization your time, energy and great ideas?

Sign No. 7: Your co-workers act like animals.

They live for themselves and only themselves. They irritate you. They offend you. They have no manners or ethics. And you work with them all. There's the Office Thief who steals your ideas. The Shirker arrives late, leaves early and disappears whenever work is near. The Buck-passer unloads her work onto everyone else and blames others for her mistakes. The Procrastinator delays things until the last possible minute, slowing you down by not having the information you need to meet your deadlines. The Interrupter stops by your cubicle 10 times a day to chat about her latest boyfriend despite your ringing telephone and pressing deadlines. And don't forget the infamous Elevator Person who rides up only one floor instead of taking the stairs.

Sign No. 8: Nobody communicates.

Although we live in a world of e-mail, cell phones, instant messages, Blackberries, WiFi and, yes, even face-to-face conversation, there can still be a complete lack of communication. Whether it's a co-worker who's not returning your voice mail or the CEO not conveying a company's goals and accomplishments, the breakdown of communication can be frustrating and detrimental to your job. It can cost you an account, make you to miss a deadline, cause you to lose a client, and even get you fired.

Sign No. 9: You're not valued.

Forty-three percent of workers do not feel appreciated, and one-fourth of workers feel that they are just a "number" within their organization. You need to realize that you deserve credit for your successes. Recognition is important, and good companies implement programs to let employees know they are valued. Is your company doing anything to reward your efforts? Do you ever receive bonuses, perks or positive feedback? If your boss has never heard of positive reinforcement verbal or otherwise, find a company that will value your talents.

Sign No. 10: You feel stifled.

What kind of quality of life do you have? Is your 40-hour week turning into a 24/7 grind? While salary may seem like the end all and be all, your quality of life determines your overall happiness. How much time you spend on the job, working conditions, supervisors and subordinates can positively and negatively impact your job outlook. If you dread the time you spent at work, it should be a clear indicator that it's time to break free. A job shouldn't stifle you creatively, mentally or physically.

Bottom line:

Considering what you don't like about your current situation should give you insight into what you are seeking in future endeavors. If you know what your priorities and preferences are and actively seek them, work can be an enjoyable experience. If, however, you've answered yes to more than four of these signs, then you might want to get started on a new job search.


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Saturday, October 17, 2009

I am my own Boss!

My Hypnosis mentor, Debbie Lane @ wisdomhypnosis.com, reminded me that it was National Boss Day yesterday.  It reminded me of this quote by Confucius: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. And those are words I live by. 

I am very passionate about the career I have chosen.  I have chosen to be of service to others.  My wish is that everyone unleashes their full potential.  When I am in session and one of my clients has an epiphany, a huge breakthrough, I feel blessed that I can be present to witness the event.   

I remember being in jobs in the past where I was expected to raise up my client's quality of life while mine was being diminished.  I am so grateful that today I can dictate how to run my business.  If I choose to overbook, that is my choice.  If I choose to take a day off to attend a conference or to just goof off, that is my choice.

So I thank my Boss (me) very much for having the courage to go out on a limb with determination and perserverance to build a thriving private practice where I can be of assistance to others in helping them get unstuck and moving again while also living abundantly in every area of my life.


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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Are you taking your stress out on your teeth?


Is your jaw and face sore when you wake up in the morning? Are you experiencing earaches and headaches? Are you anxious, stressed out and overly concerned about your finances and the current economic situation?


Bruxism (teeth grinding) is a subconscious muscle activity caused by the release of flight or fight hormones. The released stress hormones mobilize energy which in turn cause muscle movement. Did you know that some nocturnal teeth grinders will grind their teeth up to 40 minutes of every hour of sleep?

What are you doing to relieve stress in your life? How are you promoting good sleep hygeine? Are you still watching the news before bedtime? Do you know how and what to do to relax? Or are you just taking it out on your teeth?

Rather than get fitted for a night guard, why not come in and have a hypnosis session that will induce a calm, peaceful, relaxed state? I will teach you relaxation techniques such as progressive muscle relaxation and review tips and guidelines for reducing and managing stress in your life. Stop taking it out on your teeth today!