About the Author: Dr. Gabrielle Soucy, D.C., is co-owner of Amazing Life Chiropractic located in Mill Creek, WA. Dr. Soucy graduated from New York Chiropratic College in 2012. She practiced a few years in Montreal before settling in Lynnwood, WA, in 2015. Practicing in a Family wellness health Clinic has been her dream since starting Chiropractic College. This led Dr. Soucy to open her health clinic and specialize in women's health issues, pediatrics and pregnancies, while her husband, Dr. Kochelayev, is certified in sports injuries. practicing in an environment that uses a holistic approach is a no-brainer for thes two practitioners.
"Women come to see me either for prevention, or as a LAST RESORT in cases where their bably is in breach position (anything that is not head first) and they are trying to avoid a C-Section. To me, being able to permit a natural birth for these women is one of the most rewarding things." -- Dr. Soucy
Dr. Soucy is proficient is a variety of techniques and modalities including: Diverisified Adjusting, Thompson Drop Technique, Webster Protocol, instrument assisted adjustments (Activator), Myofasial Release Technique and Kinesiotaping. Her purpose is to help families in her community be healthy, to thrive and to live amazing lives. When is is outside the clinic, Dr. Soucy likes to go to the beaxh, camp and whitewater raft. She also enjoys reading a great book and going to the movies with her husband. Visit www.amazinglifechiropratic.com to find out more about her practice.
Sitting Can Make You Sick. Did you know the average adult sits 8-10 hours every day? If you consider the amount of time spent sitting at an average job, in the car, at the dinner table, and perhaps watching TV, it adds up quickly. But there’s a problem. Sitting for long hours may be hazardous to your health!
If your day requires sitting for long periods of time, try to get up and move around for 5 minutes every hour. See if you can occasionally work while standing up and moving around your area. Even if you cannot change the amount of time you spend sitting, proper posture and some ergonomic adjustments to the areas where you sit can reduce your risk of serious health problems. Plus, you will be much more comfortable.
Today we will look at ergonomics for the lower body. Ergonomics is a scientific word for arranging your area to help you have the best comfort and posture for your health. Making ergonomic changes to the way your lower body is positioned while you sit can prevent back problems, leg pain and fatigue.Be sure to check back for our next article about ergonomics for the upper body.
Position of your Back
Problem: Constant leaning, reaching, and poor posture while sitting can alter the natural curves of your spine and cause damage to your discs and nerves.
Try This: Find a good chair with lower back support, or add a back-rest cushion to the chair. Try to keep all important equipment and documents within arm’s reach.
Position of your Legs
Problem: When your legs don’t reach the floor properly, it can put stress on your lower back and the nerves that go down your legs.
Try This: When sitting, your thighs should be parallel to the floor and your legs should be slightly bent with both feet squarely on the floor. When using an adjustable chair, first stand next to it and change the height of the sitting surface so it’s just below your kneecaps. If your feet do not reach the ground and your chair does not adjust, try putting a low stool under your feet. Avoid crossing your legs. When driving, remember to position your seat so your legs are slightly bent when your foot is on the pedals.
Chiropractic Coaching and Care for Sitting Stress. Our team at Amazing Life Chiropractic is specially trained to aid in prevention of spinal, muscular or neurological problems related to extended sitting. We can also coach you through stretches and ergonomic adjustments you can use at home or at work to improve health and reduce the stress caused by sitting all day. We look forward to helping you have happier sitting and a healthier life!
About the Author: Kate Olson, CPC, CHt, is a Life Coach, Clinical Hypnotherapist, EFT & NLP Master Practitioner & Trainer and Reiki Master with a practice in Seattle, Northern Lights Life Coaching & Embrace Change Hypnosis & NLP. She offers workshops & classes, as well as, individual and group coaching. Her emphasis is on assisting clients in finding path, purpose and peace. Kate focuses on integration of mind, body, spirit wellness. It is her mission to help clients find joy through connection, creative expression and change facilitation. She is passionate about creativity, travel, personal growth and living with joyful purpose. She has another wellness-related business offering Salt Therapy, Salt Works Saltariums. Salt Therapy offers an all natural treatment solution for respiratory and skin problems. All three businesses operate as Dba's under Total Well Resources, LLC.
Hypnosis is a heighten state of suggestibility and therapy modality, as well as, a self-help technique and a stage entertainment. It has been around for a long time and there are many methods of use for hypnosis. It is actually a very natural state that we have all experienced. It can be used in a therapeutic setting to help us in dealing in many ways. Over the years, the portrayal of hypnosis in stage shows and in movies and television or books has led to many myths and misconceptions about hypnosis. It has a mysterious reputation in many regards that is not deserved.
I would like to clear up some of those myths and provide a better idea of what hypnosis is and what it is not. As a double certified Master Hypnotherapist, hypnosis is one of the most valuable tools I use in helping clients to move forward and make the changes they want to achieve their dreams and goals or find a sense of peace in their lives.
#1 – Only those who are weak-willed or gullible can be hypnotized.
False: Anyone with an IQ over 70, a willingness to be hypnotized and the ability to focus and follow simple instructions can be hypnotized. Recent studied have confirmed that different people may need different methods to induce hypnosis, but if they are willing they can be hypnotized.
#2 – Hypnosis is mind control and may cause you to loss conscious or have amnesia.
False: In hypnosis, the client is never under the control of the hypnotist. They remain totally conscious and generally have a heightened sense of focus and awareness. The hypnotist is simply a facilitator guiding the client through the process. It is extremely difficult to get someone to do something under hypnosis that they do not want to do. That being said, stage hypnotists do get people to do some strange things. The explanation for this, is that those who volunteer are generally inclined to be more extroverted and in a state of exhilaration caused by the show and stage excitement. They are inclined to go along with silly suggestions, much like those who behave out of character when intoxicated of in a party atmosphere.
#3 – Hypnosis is like a truth serum and you cannot lie while hypnotized.
False: This is blatantly false. People can and do lie as easily when hypnotized, as not and cannot be made to confess or tell the truth, if they are otherwise inclined.
#4 – Hypnosis is dangerous and you might get stuck in hypnosis.
False: Once again, blatantly false! Hypnosis is a natural state that we have all experienced and go in and out of every day. Just before falling sleep, upon waking and while watching TV, movies, sometimes while driving on the highway or reading a book are common times when people enter an “environmental hypnosis”. It is not possible to get stuck in hypnosis even if the hypnotist does not count you out, you will emerge from hypnosis as soon as your body and mind enter a new state and can be done by yawning, stretching or move to a new position.
#5 – Hypnosis is a “Miracle Cure” that works for everyone and everything.
False: While hypnosis is very effective there is nothing that works for everything and everyone and it cannot be guaranteed to work. It is highly dependent on the motivation of the client whether it will be effective.
#6 – Hypnosis is Sleep!
False: Even though the Hypnotist may say “Sleep!” while inducing hypnosis, the client is not asleep! They may have their eyes closed, but they are aware of their surroundings, have a heightened sense of focus and will generally remember everything that is happening.
#7 – Hypnosis is witchcraft or against religion.
False: Hypnosis has no links to witchcraft or black magic and is not mentioned in the Bible or has no connection to any religion. It is a natural state and will with heightened focus and awareness and will not make any inclined or susceptible to any evil or negative influences that they would not otherwise, be inclined toward.
#8 – Hypnotists are flamboyant or weird!
False: While this may be true for some individuals or stage hypnotists, it is definitely not a characteristic or requirement for the field.
#9 – Hypnosis will retrieve lost memories
Maybe: While it is possible to retrieve some lost memories through hypnosis, memories are fragile and “not always even true”. There is no guarantee that memories will be retrieved or that what you recall is exactly how things happened. It is always a recalled perception. Hypnosis is, however, effective in many cases at helping to retrieve desired memories.
#10 – Self-Hypnosis is the same as hypnosis by a professional Hypnotist.
False: While self-hypnosis is a useless state and can be of value, it is not the same and can take you to the same level of hypnosis and professional guided hypnosis.
These are some of the top myths about hypnosis. I hope I have cleared up some misconceptions and you have a better idea of what hypnosis is and feel more comfortable with it. It can be a valuable tool in helping people get past trauma and make desired life changes or build positive habits. It is one of the modalities I use in my Life Coaching and is amazingly fast and effective. Are there any other beliefs you might have about Hypnosis that you are not sure about? I will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you might have or set up a “Discovery Session” to see if hypnosis would be useful for you.
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About the Author: Lela Bryan is founder and Chief Learning Officer of Nicotine Solutions. Lela quit smoking—happily and permanently—on June 4, 1978. She has been successfully teaching others how to quit smoking and chewing ever since!
Originally a high school teacher, Lela found her true calling when—after 16 years of smoking—she finally discovered a way to quit that actually worked. Determined to spread the word, Lela decided to leave the school system and use her teaching skills to help people quit smoking instead. Since then, she has taught smoking cessation classes all over the world.
Nicotine Solutions program is taught as a teleconference so Lela can help anyone, anywhere quit smoking or chewing. The Nicotine Solutions program uses a multifaceted approach to quitting smoking or chewing by changing behavior and routines, learning to deal with stress, dealing with emotions and detoxifying from nicotine without using drugs or gaining weight. Students smoke while they go through the program so they do not experience the horrible side effects of cold turkey.
You can attend a free Tele-Seminar learn to quit smoking calmly, comfortably without drugs, or side effects at www.TheQuitQueen.com
If you would like to contact Lela, you can reach her at 425-444-6616 or email@example.com .
A big red flag goes up for me whenever I hear someone say a phrase like “I am giving up drinking, smoking or drugs”. What’s the difference between saying I am “giving up” something or I am “getting rid” of it? On the surface it doesn’t seem like a big distinction between giving up and getting rid of something, but it is.
Let’s say that you had a big bag of rat infested, slimy, smelly garbage that had been sitting out in the sun for a while. When you were finally able to throw away that garbage, you wouldn’t say, “I gave up the garbage”…no you would say, “I got rid of the garbage”, or “I no longer have the garbage”. The garbage was not precious or important to you so you wouldn’t be giving up anything, you would be getting rid of it.
When you give up something that is important to you, will you get it back? Yes, because it was important to you. So from now on when you are coaching a client or if you are working on getting rid of a habit or an addiction, say I am working on getting rid of this habit or I no longer have that addiction rather than say I gave it up.
There are other words that have power as well. When you say words like “I had a craving for a cigarette” or “I had an urge for a drink” or “I need a certain drug”, it sounds normal on the outside of your brain. On the inside of your brain you hear those words very differently. I call these words “punch words”. Inside of your brain you hear punch words in a booming, evil, controlling voice that sounds like Darth Vader! When you hear those words inside your head you are powerless and your control and willpower are overtaken and you have the strength of a rag doll.
How can you quit being controlled by punch words? You need to stop using words like urge, craving, need, desire and want and substitute the word ‘thought’. So you had a thought of a cigarette or taking a drink or a pill. Big deal….so you had a thought. Thoughts don’t grab you and shake you or control you or throw you on the ceiling and then drop you on the floor. You can say to yourself I had a thought of a cigarette or I had the thought of having a drink. Thoughts are random. Thoughts are like a butterfly. You can’t predict when or where a butterfly will land, just like you can’t control or predict when and where you will have thoughts of an addiction.
When you first change an addiction, a thought about that addiction will come unexpectedly. Remember It’s just a thought and will probably only last a couple of seconds. So if you aren’t going to use punch words and you are going to substitute thoughts what happens when you are trying not to think thoughts about something like having a cigarette. If I tell you don’t think of blue elephants, you know that you will think of blue elephants, right? So when you are dealing with an addiction such as quitting smoking and I tell you “don’t think of smoking”, what are you going to think of? If you said smoking, you are right, that’s all you can think about is smoking.
How do you deal with random thoughts of smoking when you don’t know when you are going to have the thoughts? Let’s say that when the butterfly lands that’s the thought of a cigarette. What you can do is to acknowledge that thought and say, “yes I had the thought of a cigarette”.
First you acknowledge that I did have the thought, and then you ignore the thought. What happens to any person or garden or thing that you ignore? It goes away or it dies. You can also acknowledge the thought and then laugh at it and make fun of the thought and then ignore it.
So if you are dealing with an addiction, quit using punch words like need, urge, craving, desire or want and instead say “I had a thought.” Then, when the thought shows up acknowledge that you did have the thought and then ignore it or laugh at it!
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