Tell me – how has your Self Love Month been going? Have you treated yourself to some kindness and care? I hope so. It’s so easy in the hub-bub of everyday life to neglect to give ourselves even the smallest kindnesses. We forget. We get lost in the shuffle. And all of a sudden, three months have passed by and you have neglected taking care of your beautiful self.
This month, we have featured some amazing healers that I work with at Tula Yoga & Wellness in Saint Paul, MN. Why? Because they are so special and loving and I wanted to share them with you. Wherever you are, seek out some of the modalities that we featured here and treat yourself.
This week, I am focusing my loving eye on Stacy Dunn. Besides being an incredible massage therapist (her myofascial work makes my body sing), Stacy is a hypnotherapist. She is the first to say that her work isn’t aversion therapy nor will she make you cluck like a chicken (unless you’d like that I suppose.) But what she DOES do is help with stress, choosing healthy eats, avoiding things that harm you like smoking and alcohol, and choosing calm. This is Stacy
Stacy worked with a group of my clients to help with mindful eating and choosing healthy foods in healthy portions. And it was wonderful. What I love about Stacy is that it is all about Self Love. She creates a beautiful situation in your mind that you WANT to uphold and attain. She helps you to realize that the calm and centered feeling you feel when working with her, is attainable and maintainable in your life.
Here’s what she has to say:
Sarah: What is hypnosis?
Stacy: Hypnosis is a deeply absorbed state of focused relaxation. This state of absorption is one that you achieve everyday. If you’ve ever driven somewhere and wondered how you got there, you have experienced this state. Hypnosis is the ability of your unconscious mind to convince or unconvince yourself of anything.
Sarah: Are people in control of themselves during the session?
Stacy: You are completely in control during a session. You will not do anything under hypnosis that you wouldn’t otherwise do. Unlike the unfortunate “stage show”image of hypnosis, sessions are very peaceful.
Sarah: Can anyone be hypnotized?
Stacy: Everyone can be hypnotized, if they are willing. Like most things, practice can improve your self-hypnosis skills.
Sarah: What is a session like?
Stacy: Sessions use comfortable zero gravity chairs. The beginning of each session is a gentle, peaceful guided relaxation to help you achieve a calm and relaxed state. Once in this state, suggestions, metaphors, and images area all used to help you achieve your personal goals.
Sarah: Who can benefit?
Stacy: Everyone can benefit. Hypnosis has been clinically documented to relieve stress which can contribute to most medical conditions. For example, in a study on teeth grinding, which is significantly related to stress, 100% of participants experienced reduced grinding as shown on EMGs. A study on hot flashes showed almost ¾ of participants reduced their hot flashes. Hypnosis can help you unconvince yourself of harmful beliefs and convince you of beliefs that help you. I focus on easy relaxation skills that can be used in everyday life as a part of every session and using self-kindness as a gateway to achieving your personal goals. These skills can have a broad positive effect on many areas of your life.
Sarah: Why did hypnosis call to you as a healing modality?
Stacy: I became interested in hypnosis after I brought my daughter for 3 sessions. She responded easily and painlessly. I felt that hypnosis was a skill that is so painless, helpful and strengthening that it was underutilized. Several years later, I decided to attend a training and really found my niche when I started incorporating self-kindness as a gateway for all behavior changes.
My personal experience with hypnosis. I went to Stacy because I was irritated that I used wine as a crutch in awkward family and social situations. I felt that I wanted to not have ANY crutches and be able to be peaceful and centered and at ease in all situations…even ones that make me feel really uncomfortable. So – I went to Stacy. And we recorded the session and I did the work and listened at home to the sessions for 30 days, as she recommended. Result? Frankly, I know it’s crazy – but I’m not really interested in drinking anymore. It doesn’t feel like something I really want or need to do. I can’t figure out the ‘why’ of doing it…so I just…don’t.
Think on it – if there is something pulling you off of your center, or if you have never even FOUND your center, or if you lose your temper, or if you eat for comfort, or if you wish you could make a different choice in various situations…consider it. It was incredibly peaceful and I really just could listen to Stacy all day – I think she should have her own Pandora station. You can schedule with her by clicking here (for MASSAGE TOO!)
Much peace to you on your journey.