Acu~Yoga is a holistic practice combining the breath, yoga postures and acupressure points to release tension, increase flexibility and balance the body’s vital health systems. Although acupressure and yoga are separate ancient healing methods, the intention of these two practices is similar. Both aim to bring balance to mind, body and spirit.

Acupressure is a holistic healing method that originated from China. It is a gentle, healing approach that works with specific points on the body which tend to collect tension. When the tension is released, the body’s natural life force energy (chi) is allowed to flow freely throughout the energy pathways of the body (meridians). This sets the stage for wellness and restoration. Yoga, developed out of India, is a mindful practice using the breath and body positions (asanas) to achieve flexibility, inner calmness and balance of the body’s regulatory systems.

Acu~Yoga, as the combination of the two methods, becomes a highly effective practice for addressing stress and stress related tension and/or symptoms. The unique combination of working with the acupressure points, the breath and the gentle postures supports the body to naturally and easily let go of muscular tension. The process of practicing Acu~Yoga additionally creates space for emotional balancing and mental clarity.

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Hypnotherapy Research

Research has shown hypnosis to be helpful for a variety of conditions including weight control, pain reduction, surgery preparation, decreasing stress and anxiety, and increasing self-esteem. Read on…

Hypnosis Subjects Lost More Weight Than 90% of Others and Kept it Off

Researchers analyzed 18 studies comparing a cognitive behavioral therapy such as relaxation training, guided imagery, self monitoring, or goal setting with the same therapy supplemented by hypnosis.

Those who received the hypnosis lost more weight than 90 percent of those not receiving hypnosis and maintained the weight loss two years after treatment ended.

University of Connecticut, Storrs Allison DB, Faith MS. Hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy for obesity: a meta-analytic reappraisal. J Consult Clin Psychol. 1996;64(3):513-516.

Hypnosis Reduces Pain and Speeds up Recovery from Surgery

Since 1992, we have used hypnosis routinely in more than 1400 patients undergoing surgery. We found that hypnosis used with patients as an adjunct to conscious sedation and local anesthesia was associated with improved intraoperative patient comfort, and with reduced anxiety, pain, intraoperative requirements for anxiolytic and analgesic drugs, optimal surgical conditions and a faster recovery of the patient. We reported our clinical experience and our fundamental research.

[Hypnosis and its application in surgery] Faymonville ME, Defechereux T, Joris J, Adant JP, Hamoir E, Meurisse M, Service d’Anesthesie-Reanimation, Universite de Liege, Rev Med Liege. 1998 Jul;53(7):414-8.

Hypnosis Has a Reliable and Significant Impact on Acute and Chronic Pain

Hypnosis has been demonstrated to reduce analogue pain, and studies on the mechanisms of laboratory pain reduction have provided useful applications to clinical populations. Studies showing central nervous system activity during hypnotic procedures offer preliminary information concerning possible physiological mechanisms of hypnotic analgesia. Randomized controlled studies with clinical populations indicate that hypnosis has a reliable and significant impact on acute procedural pain and chronic pain conditions. Methodological issues of this body of research are discussed, as are methods to better integrate hypnosis into comprehensive pain treatment.

Hypnosis and clinical pain. Patterson DR, Jensen MP, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA USA 98104 Psychol Bull. 2003 Jul;129(4):495-521.

Raised Self-esteem & Serenity. Lowered Impulsivity and Anger

In a research study on self-hypnosis for relapse prevention training with chronic drug/alcohol users. Participants were 261 veterans admitted to Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs (SARRTPs). individuals who used repeated self-hypnosis “at least 3 to 5 times a week,” at 7-week follow-up, reported the highest levels of self-esteem and serenity, and the least anger/impulsivity, in comparison to the minimal-practice and control groups.

American Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy (a publication of the American Psychological Association)
2004 Apr;46(4):281-97)

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