Our thoughts affect our body!

Our thoughts affect every single cell in our body. Our brain and the immune system communicate with hormones that the brain regulates. Neurotransmitters and receptors are constantly sending messages to every single organ in the body.

The autonomic system controls functions, such as gastrointestinal, vascular, and reproductive activities. It was once thought that conscious control of autonomic functions was impossible, but hypnotherapy and biofeedback techniques have shown that theory to be incorrect and have demonstrated conclusively that people can learn to control autonomic functions. This discovery is extremely important with far reaching implications for the future of holistic and preventive health care.

The autonomic nervous system is divided into two parts: The Parasympathetic and the Sympathetic. During stress some of the characteristics of the Sympathetic nervous system are: tense and constricted involuntary muscles; tight throat; tense neck and upper back; accelerated heart and pulse rate; shallow respiration; blood shifting from the hands and feet to the head and trunk.

The adrenal pumps out cortisol, because it thinks there is an emergency. It prepares you for intense muscular action. This is called the fight or flight response which is our body’s way of handling acute stress by using stored glucose and fat so our muscles have the energy to move us out of dangers way. As the anxiety builds, even our immune cells began to react and the neurotransmitters tell our adrenal glands to produce cortisol. Since there is nothing to fight against, the cortisol stays in our system. Some researchers believe that if this fight-or flight response continues for a long time, we can even set ourselves up for a number of illnesses and even contribute to diabetes, hypertension and auto-immune diseases. Even our expressions are indications of stress symptoms such as: “cold feet,” “clammy hands,” and a “knot in the stomach.”
We live in an instant culture, from quick microwave meals to a quick fix pill for a headache. The emphasis has been placed on technology and drugs. There is constant pressure in our lives and most people feel the anxiety build inside from all the overload of daily living in a fast moving society.

Stress has been implicated in an entire list of symptoms, involving most of the body’s systems. Stress can cause tension headaches, jaw pain, muscle aches and pains, back pain, and grinding of teeth. It may be responsible for migraine headaches, dizziness, and difficulty in breathing, heartburn, nausea, hives, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, diarrhea, constipation, and sexual problems.

Research suggest that it may even result in anxiety, moodiness, depression, forgetfulness, frequent crying, fearfulness, nervous habits, sleep problems, inability to concentrate, and a wide range of other behavioral problems.
The Parasympathetic is an automatic compensating system that helps us regulate our Sympathetic back to a relaxed state where our bodies can conserve energy.

Hypnotherapy takes us from an anxious state to a very relaxed healthy
 state where positive suggestions are given to us.

It is important to feel that your life has meaning and you have some control over it. You take responsibility for your thoughts, feelings and choices because this is your life. If there are things about yourself that you don’t like, you have the power to change it and if it is unchangeable, you have the power to change the way you handle it.

Hypnotherapy gives you back control in your life.
It teaches you to activate the Parasympathetic system.

A hypnotherapist may teach a client to simply “think” a certain word, such as peaceful or quiet, and calm right down in a situation that once would have upset them. The situation is the same, but the person’s response to the situation has changed giving them control over their responses.

Take control of the present, the future and your life.

Don’t let Negative Stress control you.