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Can hypnosis really bring you pain relief?

For most people, the answer is yes. "Hypnotherapy offers relief in 75% of cases," according to Bottom Line Inc.

How is this possible?

Brain scans show that hypnosis enhances the parts of the brain that deepen the connections between the mind and the body.

This connection is the reason hypnosis is so effective for pain management.

Mark Jensen, a University of Washington School of Medicine psychologist has performed brain scans on clients who were under hypnosis to control pain. “During hypnosis, “ he told livescience.com, “you can ask people to imagine that the sensation that usually induces extreme pain is minor that it isn’t bothersome and you immediately see a decrease in activity in the prefrontal cortex and those other parts. In other words, my patients change the meaning that their brains give to the pain.”

Or as William Ray, a Penn State psychology professor who has also done EEG brain studies, says in the Penn State News: “ . . . hypnosis removes the emotional experience of pain,” he says, ”while allowing the sensory sensation to remain. Thus, you notice you were touched but not that it hurt.”

When you understand how pain works, this makes more sense.

All pain is processed in the brain. Without a brain, you might not feel anything. Imaging studies show that the sensory cortex, where you register the initial wave of pain, has less to do with how much you hurt than the parts of your brain (like the prefrontal cortex and the thalamus) that process your emotional reaction and give the meaning to what is happening.

In other words, how you feel about your pain has a lot to do with how much pain you feel.

Join this meetup to be introduced to hypnosis techniques to lower and possibly eliminate your pain. There will be group hypnosis sessions for pain management and you will learn self-hypnosis techniques you can practice at home.

This meetup is hosted by Mahesh Grossman, founder of Berkeley Hypnosis & Pain Management, who has a great deal of success using hypnosis to help clients relieve their pain. Here are what some clients say about him:

“I’ve been to other hypnotherapists, but my three sessions with Mahesh were the most successful I’ve ever had. He helped me stop smoking, and to eliminate my sciatica pain and my neuropathy. I would recommend him to anybody and I would go back to him if I had any kind of angst, whether it was physical, mental or emotional.”
~Maria I., Oakland

"Mahesh, when you told me that my physical pains would go away, I doubted that was possible. My knee– wait, where did it hurt? And my shoulder is virtually pain free. Miracle!”
~ David W., Oakland

Join this meetup now if you would like to experience pain relief that really works. And if you'd like to see how hypnotizable you are, take our quiz at: http://berkeleyhypnosis.com/pain-management-quiz/

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Lose the Weight with Hypnosis

Berkeley Hypnosis & Pain Management

Weight loss can be helpful in terms of dealing with pain. Hypnosis can make it easier to lose the weight. In this meetup, we'll use hypnosis to help you with some get control of what you eat through working with 1 or 2 common weight loss problems such as stress or emotional eating, problem foods, late night binges, and getting motivated to eat healthy foods, drink more water, and to exercise. Studies show hypnosis can double your weight loss and that it is 90% more effective than diets by themselves. Hypnosis is safe, relaxing, with no side effects. It's combines concentrating and using your imagination. It's like being engrossed in a good TV show or novel, where you are deeply involved with the story but still capable of being aware of the outside world when you want to be. If you haven't reached your weight loss goals with diet and exercise alone, and you want to explore something different that really works, this meetup is for you. Come join us. -- Best regards, Mahesh Grossman, CCHt Berkeley Hypnosis & Pain Management www.BerkeleyHypnosis.com [masked] P.S. Want to know if hypnosis will help you achieve your goals? Find out how hypnotizable you are at http://berkeleyhypnosis.com/hypnosis-quiz/

How to Let Go of People Pleasing & Live the Life You Want!

Berkeley Hypnosis & Pain Management

Are you a people pleaser? Are you frustrated because you automatically say "yes" to things you want to say "no" to (and vice versa) in order to make other people happy? Studies (and my own experience with clients) show that people who live with chronic pain also tend to be people pleasers. I'm inviting you to come to this meetup because I've found that as my clients put their needs first, their pain diminishes. If you are ready to begin to make choices based on what's best for you rather than what other people want, then this meetup is for you. I'll start by sharing practices to help you recognize when you're in people-pleasing mode and what it feels like when you're truly being yourself. Then I'll give you tools to help you be in touch with what you really want in any given situation. Finally, we'll explore what makes you uncomfortable expressing your needs and I'll provide you with ways to feel comfortable staying in your truth and expressing what you need when other people want something different for you. If there's time, I'll help you begin to discover and heal the original cause of your people pleasing, which will make it much easier to break free of this pattern for good. I'm Mahesh Grossman of Berkeley Hypnosis & Pain Management (BerkeleyHypnosis.com). I'm a clinically certified hypnotherapist who specializes in helping people break old patterns that don't serve them any more. I've helped people transform their lives for more than 20 years. I help people heal the deepest parts of themselves--including childhood trauma and PTSD-- with a combination of practices from hypnosis, NLP, body-oriented psychology, psychodrama, Internal Family Systems, mindfulness and shamanism. I've developed a system that gets to the core issues behind people-pleasing and other habits extremely quickly, in a way that makes it comfortable to explore them. Please join me at this meetup. It will be a night of experiences and practices you can bring home so you can finally act like who you really are instead of the person other people want you to be.

Lose the Anxiety with Hypnosis

Berkeley Hypnosis & Pain Management

One of the things that makes pain worse is anxiety--both fear about your pain (or future discomfort) and worrying about life in general. Hypnosis is a powerful tool that can help you overcome anxiety. The less anxiety you feel, the less stress on your body to compound your pain. An increase in serenity can often make a significant difference that makes you feel better. This meetup is hosted by Mahesh Grossman, a clinically certified hypnotherapist and founder of Berkeley Hypnosis & Pain Management (for more info see berkeleyhypnosis.com). He is also the author of the upcoming book, "The Caveman Anxiety Cure: Calm Your Cave Brain and Stop Anxiety and Panic Attacks for Good." Each meetup will include anxiety lowering techniques, including one or two group hypnosis sessions, plus an overview of how anxiety works, what its purpose is, and ways to retrain your "cave brain" to stop sending you anxiety signals. You'll also pick one activity that causes you anxiety and create an action plan (which will include the new techniques you learn) to help you feel more comfortable, more confident, and ultimately, anxiety-free (and in less pain) when you do it. Bring paper and pen to the meetup.

Lose the Weight with Hypnosis

Berkeley Hypnosis & Pain Management

Weight loss can be helpful in terms of dealing with pain. Hypnosis can make it easier to lose the weight. In this meetup, we'll use hypnosis to help you with some get control of what you eat through working with 1 or 2 common weight loss problems such as stress or emotional eating, problem foods, late night binges, and getting motivated to eat healthy foods, drink more water, and to exercise. Studies show hypnosis can double your weight loss and that it is 90% more effective than diets by themselves. Hypnosis is safe, relaxing, with no side effects. It's combines concentrating and using your imagination. It's like being engrossed in a good TV show or novel, where you are deeply involved with the story but still capable of being aware of the outside world when you want to be. If you haven't reached your weight loss goals with diet and exercise alone, and you want to explore something different that really works, this meetup is for you. Come join us. -- Best regards, Mahesh Grossman, CCHt Berkeley Hypnosis & Pain Management www.BerkeleyHypnosis.com [masked] P.S. Want to know if hypnosis will help you achieve your goals? Find out how hypnotizable you are at http://berkeleyhypnosis.com/hypnosis-quiz/

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