Hypnosis & Guided Imagery are wonderful supports for the Eating with Grace journey.
Ways To Use Hypnosis and Guided Imagery in Eating with Grace
In Eating with Grace, we identify the particular roadblocks that hinder you in healthy eating and healthy self-care. Common roadblocks can be physiological or psychological, and include
- allergies/sensitivities/cravings around certain foods
- hormonal and/or neurotransmitter imbalances
- negative thought patterns and self-talk
- people/places/times of day that are difficult for you to deal with
- stress at home/work/in relationships
- difficult feelings, such as fear, shame, boredom, loneliness and anger
- core beliefs ingrained from childhood
Hypnosis and Guided Imagery allow you to deeply access the roadblocks and use your creative wisdom and whole mind, conscious and unconscious, to envision new, healthy, positive ways to be in today’s body, with yourself and in your life.
And an important part of hypnosis and guided imagery is the anchoring process. At the end of each session, while you are still in trance, we embed your new ways into your future, one breath at a time, so that you bring the new ways with you breath by breath, and they are always accessible.
For an example of the use of hypnosis in Eating with Grace, here’s a blog post:
What Is Hypnosis?
I like to think of Hypnosis and Guided Imagery as ways to learn about and contribute to the whole landscape of YOU. This is the holistic, integrative view: YOU are more than you think. YOU are your body – atoms, cells, fluids, bones, muscles, organs – all of it miraculously teaming in your life-in-the-body-here-and-now. YOU are your feelings – sensations, emotions – your complex emotional life. YOU are your senses – taste, touch, sensation, sight, hearing, and some would add intuition, the 6th sense. YOU are your mind – thoughts, memories, images, analysis, creativity – and beyond that, dreams.
Talk therapy is an exploration about you and your questions using dialogue and deep listening. Hypnosis and Guided Imagery go into your very present-time experience of sensations, images, sounds, and words. Hypnosis and Guided Imagery are therefore a wonderful way to augment and facilitate talk therapy, as well as to go BEYOND talk therapy into deeper insight and more rapid transformation. And talk therapy is a wonderful way to integrate the insights and shifts that occur in hypnosis and guided imagery.
So, how do we explore? We clarify what YOU want from the hypnosis session, what your questions are, what the desired outcome is. I guide your body and mind to become deeply relaxed, while at the same time your conscious self stays awake and aware. And from the place of deep relaxation I invite your body and mind to enter into the trance state that is just right for your work in that session.
Once you are in trance, the unconscious parts of your mind/body work with your consciousness to reach your intended goal or outcome. Before coming out of trance, we anchor the learnings and healings into all parts of your body/mind and affirm that it all comes with you, breath by breath, into the future.
“While hypnosis is often described as a sleep-like trance state, it is better expressed as a state characterized by focused attention, heightened suggestibility and vivid fantasies*” IN WHICH THE HYPNOTIZED PERSON IS IN A CREATIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE UNFOLDING OF WHAT HAPPENS, AND CAN HAVE AS MUCH CONTROL OF WHAT HAPPENS AS THEY NEED.
To learn more about hypnosis, go to the website of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis: http://www.asch.net/Public/GeneralInfoonHypnosis/DefinitionofHypnosis/tabid/134/Default.aspx
What Is Guided Imagery?
Guided Imagery is simply a particular form of Hypnosis in which we focus more exclusively on the qualities of imagery to shift symptoms and bring healing (cooling and calming irritable bowel, or imagining tissues healing, for instance).
Here’s a fun exercise: Imagine a lemon in great detail–the smell, the color, the texture of the peel. Continue to imagine the smell of the lemon, and imagine cutting a slice. Feel the wet juice. And then see yourself squeezing some juice from the lemon and feel the juice squirting into your mouth. Many people salivate when they do this! What a wonderful demonstration of how connected our body and mind are – and this is the power of hypnosis and guided imagery!
What Is Guided Imagery Used For?
Anya uses Guided Imagery by itself, and at the beginning of hypnosis sessions, to guide people into deep relaxation. Relaxation itself is good news for the body and the mind—relaxation can lower blood pressure, reduce stress, help us sleep, and calm cravings! Ahhh…….
Guided Imagery is a powerful ally in any healing. In a deeply relaxed state, we can travel into any cell or organ or tissue in the body, and imagine healing. In fact, the body is very good at telling us just what it needs when we listen closely!
Are Hypnosis & Guided Imagery Safe?
Hypnosis & guided imagery are safe and effective, when the person guiding the process is a professional with training and expertise. Anya has been training in and working with these modalities since 1988.