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Anti-Aging Strategies And Ideas From Chicago Health Coach

Vibrant health is one of life’s greatest gifts. Many strive towards this state of high-level wellness. This is where our whole being of body, mind and spirit is in balance and harmony. Energy, peace and gratitude flow as we feel connected to the present moment. Many consumers are seeking ways to achieve this level of health with the use of integrative medicine, a melding of holistic and prevention modalities along with the crisis care of allopathic medicine when appropriate, in order to reach their vision of high level wellness. They are interested in anti-aging approaches for full vibrant health now and as they age.

A friend of mine, Rev. Barbara Pescan of Evanston, IL once wrote:

We are more than our ailments, more than the sum of our addictions, co-dependencies, operations, scars and lapses. We are whole. It is an interesting conundrum that when we pay more attention to the health in our lives and less attention to the illness, that is where the healing begins – in refusing to let the illness determine the value of our lives. Find a way to act subversively today on the side of health. And may you find blessing.

Imagine individuals and our nation paying more attention to true health, rather than disease. Allow yourself to be a bit of a rebel and act subversively today on the side of your health, and the health care in our country. How can you do that? Embrace the new science that is based on an energy paradigm. When you see your body, your thoughts, your prayers, your world as energy, it opens up many new choices for health and healing. Within this new energy paradigm, the complementary, preventive and alternative modalities make sense for effective healing as well as for cost-effectiveness. It’s time for a health revolution.

Our current allopathic medical system based on Newtonian physics and reductionism (the science of breaking things down into mechanical parts, often into the smallest parts possible) is outdated. Yet it has been very beneficial for isolating factors which cause disease, and has created some pharmaceutical drugs and surgeries which border on the miraculous; but it is an ineffective match for chronic diseases. Drugs and surgery should rarely be used as the first choice in that physicians take the oath of Hippocrates: “Primum, non nocere (First, do no harm).”

Allopathic medical treatment, which is expensive and focuses on disease rather than health, also is often unsuccessful in healing the leading causes of death, especially chronic conditions which compose the majority of health complaints. In fact, failures and mistakes in our current allopathic medical system are now leading causes of death in the U.S.

The proposed plans to insure all Americans fail to recognize that they are still linking up a very broken and ineffective profit-based medical system to a broken and inefficient government that can easily be [and is] bought by special interest groups. The time is now to create a cost-effective integrative medical system that allows access to true health care. This new medical system would keep in balance the health of the whole person and the health of the system with reasonable profit. It’s time to be that rebel and act subversively on the side of health!

We are in a major paradigm shift that extends across the sciences. The new science of energy physics, a la Albert Einstein, proposes an energetic paradigm for the universe. The New Energy Physics give scientific credence to a new way of thinking and being in the universe: one that honors science and spirit, energy and matter, mind and body, emotions and spirit as part of the energetic, mysterious, ever-changing, dynamic, participatory whole.

The energy of thought/prayer/intention comes into this system. Matter changes in this participatory universe. The mind-body connection makes scientific and spiritual sense in this system. What opens up is a vision for a medical system based on the new science, incorporating the concept of each person as an ever-changing energetic whole of body-mind-spirit, moving towards greater health and wellness. Health is portrayed as a process moving towards balance, vibrancy and wholeness by way of awareness, seeking education, holistic modalities and growth for the whole person. Health and wellness can begin from the place where the signs and symptoms of disease have manifested—or before any signs of disease have manifested, thus preventing much dis-ease. The old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” rings even more true now.

Larry Dossey, M.D. has done a lot of work and research on the role of prayer and healing. He sounds the clarion call for a marriage of science and spirit. He teaches that in modern medical education, there has been a clear bias toward the logical, analytical, rational approaches to disease; and bias against any other approach deemed “right-brained,” irrational, religious or unscientific. But now the choice between science and spirituality appears increasingly artificial, even from a scientific perspective.

Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., spoke in Chicago on the topic of spirituality and healing. She has done decades of work and research in the mind-body-spirit field. Many researchers who initially were intrigued by the mind-body connection, have been drawn more deeply into exploring the role of spirituality in health. Take notice of this trend of moving from body to energy to spirit in some of our popular physicians and researchers such as Candace Pert, Ph.D., Herbert Benson, M.D., Christiane Northrup, M.D., Bernie Siegel, M.D., Andrew Weil, M.D, and others. I have also noticed this trend in my own personal and professional process and practice.wellness-coach-chicago

The National Wellness Association reports that doctors are finding some surprising evidence that spirituality can promote health. And the shift to the wellness model has been supported by research in chemistry, psychology, neurophysiology, psychoneuroimmunology and quantum physics. So, let’s “act subversively today on the side of health.” And may you find blessing.

Gina Orlando, MA, CH is a health coach, prevention specialist, anti-aging consultant and certified hypnotherapist with 29 years in the holistic health field.

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What The Hypnotic State Is… and Isn’t by Gina Orlando, MA, CH

It’s wonderful that you are interested in tapping into the power of your mind to create some powerful and positive changes in your life and your health.  It’s a pleasure and an honor for me to work with you to make these great changes in your life. Remember, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis.  Your unconscious mind is so powerful.  You create these positive changes, while my role is that of a coach, a facilitator.  I’m really good at what I do, I love what I do, and have great success with my clients.  I look forward to helping you.

Let me first explain what therapeutic hypnotism is not.  It is not what you see portrayed on TV, movies, cartoons, and on stage where a hypnotist appears to have control over someone.  This couldn’t be further from the truth. A hypnotist has no control over a client. In fact, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis.  In the state of hypnosis YOU are in control.  In fact, my role as a hypnotherapist is to help you get back into control around the issues you are working on, and facilitate this deep state of relaxation where your subconscious mind becomes available for positive suggestions for the change you desire.  You are in control and will respond to suggestions that you are open to, for changes you desire and deserve.

The state of hypnosis is a natural mind state between waking and sleeping.  It is a time when your subconscious mind becomes available for new positive suggestions for desired change.  In this state you become highly responsive to suggestions for the positive changes you desire. It’s very natural, given to you by a Higher Source to help you manifest health, joy, love and prosperity in your life.  It’s all good.  Nothing bad can happen to you in this state.  Also, the reason hypnosis is so effective for improving health is that the subconscious mind controls and runs the body’s millions of functions.  It’s also the place where your habits and emotions live, and where the invisible walls of resistance can reside. It’s an important place to access for change.

Here are the various mind states that you use every day, followed by a number representing the number of cycles per second (Hertz, abbreviated Hz) at which your brain is moving in that state.  I’m sure you’ve heard of all of them:

  • BETA = awake and alert  30-13 Hz
  • ALPHA = relaxed  12-8 Hz
    This is the  state of hypnosis or trance.
  • THETA = deeper hypnosis, imagery, near sleep  7-3 Hz
    This is a deeper state of hypnosis or trance.
  • DELTA = sleep, dreaming  2- .5 Hz

The state of hypnosis is the Alpha and Theta states.  You are familiar with these states because you flow through the Alpha and Theta brain wave states each night as fall asleep.  You also drift into alpha when daydreaming, during meditation and prayer, when watching TV, when running or playing in the “zone.”  It is an altered state of consciousness, just like sleep is an altered state of consciousness, but it’s not as deep as sleep.  So it’s deeper, slower and more relaxed than being awake and alert (Beta) and less deep, less slow than sleep (Delta).  Yes, it’s that natural, simple and normal.  Yet, you have not been taught how to use that natural mind state, a time where your subconscious mind becomes available for new positive suggestions for desired change, where you become highly responsive to these suggestions.  It’s inherently relaxing and refreshing.

So my role as a hypnotherapist can also be called a hypnosis facilitator and positive mind coach.  It’s great and effective work, I’m very good at what I do and I love supporting positive healthy changes in people in such a non-invasive way.  I am happy to share some of the many, many success stories when I see you.  –  Read the testimonials

I use a proven style of therapeutic hypnotism, using my trained voice and special licensed relaxing background music, along with encouraging you to use your breath to relax.  I don’t use any visual objects such as a watch and I don’t touch your body.  I don’t ask you questions when you are in the state of hypnosis.  Your job is an easy one… to sit back in a comfortable recliner and let the words flow, receiving the suggestions.  You don’t have to concentrate on the words.  Many people hear all the words. For others the words drift away, but the suggestions still get in.  Others get some “busy mind” but the suggestions still get in.  If “busy mind” occurs, simply bring yourself back to your breath, my words and the music.  In the state of hypnosis, you will feel relaxed.  Some people feel so relaxed that their arms and legs feel heavy.  Others feel relaxed in a way that they feel light and tingly.   You may experience time distortion, images, or some eyelid fluttering.  You will not be unconscious, in a coma, “out,” “under” or asleep.

As your body relaxes, your brain waves automatically will slow down and you’ll drift into a state of hypnosis.  It’s built-in to work, naturally.  Some people drift lightly, some people enter a deep state, and most are somewhere in the middle.  To measure the depth of the hypnotic trance, I use a 6-level hypnosis depth scale, with Level 6 being the deepest.  Yet all you need is a Level 1 depth for smoking cessation, weight loss, stress reduction, sports improvement or most medical conditions.  In private sessions I use a biofeedback monitor on your left palm to monitor this drifting into hypnosis.  It measures skin electricity (conductivity) and doesn’t put any electricity into your system.  It simply measures changes in the electrical conductivity of your skin.  Moist skin conducts electricity better than dry skin. When skin moisture increases, conductivity goes down.  As you relax, your skin moisture content decreases meaning that your electrical conductivity decreases as well – a highly accurate reflection of changes in your physiology.

What is so great about this relaxation data is that it gives both of us quantitative feedback to what would be a highly experiential or qualitative experience for you.  It helps me to help you very specifically.  Clients are all fascinated with the feedback they receive after their session when they see their body relaxation graph on the computer screen.

To guide my words in the characteristic flowing hypnotic style, I use scripts as an outline or guide to keep the flow going as I address your very individual and specific issues.  During the session I mostly look at the computer monitor biofeedback graph, so you are in your own private space in the recliner, relaxing with your eyes closed, so you can let go and flow with this deep relaxed state.  There is nothing to fear, you are always in control, you’ll always be able to stop this state of relaxation if you wish. You won’t know how deep you are.  The proof of the hypnosis will be in the results. Everyone seems delighted by the level of relaxation that they are able to achieve. I record the hypnosis session on a CD, which you then use daily to support your success so you achieve the positive changes in your life.  If we do interactive work in the session, you will receive a pre-recorded hypnosis CD that is specific for your issue.

Your life flows in the direction of your most dominant thoughts. Your subconscious mind acts on all thoughts and images that it’s given.  This hypnosis work helps you to put your focus and energy on what you want.  It’s time to use your mind for positive goals and vibrant health.  I will help you to learn to use your subconscious mind and positive thought which has such energy and power to create what you want in your life.  I wish you the highest and the best, and so look forward to working with you.

Healthy wishes,

Gina Orlando, MA, CH
(708) 524-9103