Anxiety and Chronic Stress Symptoms – Headache, upset stomach, tight chest, fast or irregular heartbeat, tremors, jaw clenching, irritability, and tense muscles are all common symptoms of stress and anxiety. Meditation and hypnosis can make a big impact on them.
Asthma, COPD – Anyone with breathing difficulties understands the fear and panic that occurs with it, which can make breathing worse. Hypnosis can help you control that anxiety and deal with it calmly. Hypnosis can also help you work on the mind-body connection to loosen the breathing airways.
Cancer – Lots of emotional and physical issues can accompany cancer, and hypnosis can help with many of them. It is also quite effective in dealing with the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, such as nausea, lack of appetite, constipation, fatigue. It is also very effective in relieving the anxiety many people have. It has been shown that hypnosis has been effective in shortening surgical recovery time. Some have been able to increase their blood count and improve their condition through the mind-body connection.
Diabetes – Orion Wellness helps with dietary compliance, weight reduction, eating healthily, pain management for diabetic neuropathy, medication compliance, blood sugar self-testing compliance, motivation to exercise, depression, fatigue, and other issues that come up. All of these improvements can result in better blood sugars and A1c. Ellen can also help you as a Wellness Coach with how to take care of yourself. She can coordinate with your primary care provider, your diabetic educator, and nutritionist to find out their prescribed self-care and help you with that, as well as doing hypnosis to help you with those activities.
HIV and AIDS – Hypnosis and complementary techniques can be quite helpful with symptoms such as pain, fatigue, weight loss, and anxiety. It can also help with side effects from medication. The study below showed that people with HIV who had hypnosis resulted in improved viral load, increased weight, decreased depression, decreased anxiety, better energy, improved sleep, and improved general state of mind. Some who previously couldn’t work, now were looking for jobs.*
Hospice Care – The dying person has a lot to deal with, often pain, fatigue, lack of appetite, side effects of medication, anger, fear, anxiety, and sadness. Orion Wellness does medical hypnotherapy and Complementary Medicine Techniques, so the focus is on relief of symptoms.
One can’t forget the burden on the family and caregivers. Hypnosis is a wonderful tool to help them with their own problems, as well as just plain have relief of anxiety. Many neglect their own self-care, which the session can also address.
Hot Flashes – Most women in menopause are very familiar with the feeling of uncomfortable hot flashes. In a study done by Baylor University hot flashes were reduced by 74% with hypnosis.
Hypertension – There are a number of things about high blood pressure that would be helpful for you to know: 1) Blood pressure can change from minute to minute; 2) Blood pressure is very affected by the tenseness in your body, which is usually due to the anxiety in your mind; 3) Blood pressure can go up if you gain weight; 4) Blood pressure can go up with certain things that you eat or drink.
Hypnosis can calm down your mind and body, which often lowers the blood pressure. Since blood pressure is so variable every hour of every day, hypnosis or meditation needs to be done daily or as often as possible. It’s not practical for you to have a full hypnosis session that often, so Ellen will teach you how to do self-hypnosis, meditation, and Emotional Freedom Technique.
Insomnia – This is not a disease but those who don’t sleep well would probably call it a serious medical problem. Besides being extremely frustrating, chronic lack of sleep can lead to physical diseases and mental conditions, poor judgment, poor memory, a lack of sex drive, and increased risk of death.
A study in Switzerland showed that people who had hypnosis for insomnia spent 2/3 less time awake and 80% more time in deep sleep. Hypnosis works for this problem by calming down the nervous system, as well as working on thoughts about unresolved issues. It can also help turn down your “Monkey Mind”, the constant chatter in your mind. In addition, we will discuss good sleep habits.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome/Crohn’s/Constipation/Ulcerative Colitis – The symptoms of these conditions, such as bloating, pain, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, have been successfully reduced or eliminated by use of hypnosis and other complimentary techniques.
Neuro-Muscular or Degenerative Conditions – Hypnosis has shown to be helpful with the symptoms for some people with strokes, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, spinal cord injury, brain injury, ALS, and seizures.
There is some work being done with hypnosis helping to create neuroplasticity, which refers to the brain’s ability to move functions from a damaged area of the brain to other undamaged areas. This is promising for the future.
Pain – Hypnosis, along with other Complementary Techniques, are often helpful for chronic pain, which may be caused by cancer, migraines, post-surgery, burns, injury, back problems, arthritis, neuropathy, fibromyalgia, and many more issues. The effectiveness has been proven in numerous research studies*. Ellen will discuss Integrative Health Techniques with you.
Raynaud’s disease – This condition is characterized by intermittent narrowing of the blood vessels, which causes decreased blood flow to the body, usually the fingers and toes affected the most. The symptoms are often brought on by cold or anxiety. Hypnosis can help with increased blood flow, feeling warm, and being calm in the face of stress.
Sleep Apnea – Hypnosis can help by helping you to keep clear breathing airways, have a clear mind for sleep, and remind yourself to sleep on your side. It can also help those who feel claustrophobic wearing the mask, as well as CPAP noncompliance. You should not discontinue use of your CPAP or BIPAP unit until you have been tested and told by your physician that you no longer need it. Weight loss can also help reduce sleep apnea.
Smoking - Hypnosis has been shown in studies to be the most effective way to stop smoking. BUT, for it to be effective, you must be committed to wanting to quit. Hypnosis will not change your mind into becoming a nonsmoker if you are really undecided. In fact, Ellen will do a free consultation with you to determine if you are a good candidate, since she only will accept those who are and she is confident that she can help you. Hypnosis for this purpose is not going to convince your subconscious mind to stop smoking unless you are consciously truly ready to stop. If you are still not sure, then you aren’t ready for this—yet. If you are certain you want to quit smoking and don’t understand why you have not been successful with it, then this program can help you. Nicotine in your bloodstream has very little to do with the challenge of quitting, since it leaves your system in 1 to 3 days. Hypnosis and other Complementary Medical Techniques that you will be taught can help with breaking the habit and with eliminating cravings.
Occasionally Orion Wellness runs hypnotic smoking cessation groups, so you may wish to consider joining one. It has the advantage of being less expensive than individual sessions and having support of others who are also in the process of quitting. However, if you have tried and been unsuccessful with stopping smoking in the past, then individual sessions have the advantage of delving into why you continue to smoke.
Surgery – Hypnosis helps prepare someone for surgery and post-surgery, its effectiveness proven by research. It can help the person go into surgery mentally and physically prepared and recover well post-surgery. They go into surgery calmer, have less bleeding and improved results during the operation, and need less anesthetic medication. They also have less pain and nausea and faster recovery after surgery. Studies show that patients who had hypnotherapy to help with the surgery had shorter hospital stays and more rapid healing. Usually one or two hypnosis sessions are all that is needed. A session can be done after the surgery if you prefer it or feel that you need it. Hospital or home visits can be done, but a travel fee will apply. Please check the Groups section of this website to see if a Preparation for Surgery Group is being offered at this time.
Tinnitus – This is a sound the person hears but no one else hears it. It can be a high pitched tone, ringing, crickets, whooshing, pulsing, ocean waves, buzzing, dial tones, or even music. Hypnosis can help the person tune it out and stop it from being so annoying.
Weight loss using hypnosis is very different from will power, which generally doesn’t last very long. Hypnosis reaches the subconscious mind, which is where true long-term changes are made. It is a wonderfully natural experience that helps you make the right decisions which allow your weight to lower on a regular basis. It also can help delve into deeply buried reasons why you have held onto the weight and can help if your subconscious mind feels torn about eating properly. As well as hypnosis, you will learn other Integrative Health techniques that can help with cravings, hunger, and other unwanted feelings, so you will have a number of tools available to you.
Typically, four to eight sessions will be necessary to effect the necessary changes needed for weight loss. Follow-up sessions may be chosen by you to keep you on track long-term.
Occasionally a group is offered by Orion Wellness for weight reduction. You may wish to join a group rather than doing individual sessions if finances are a consideration and you are looking for support from others in the group. Please look at the Groups Tab to see if a group is going to be run soon. If you and 3 to 8 friends, family, or coworkers would like a private group for weight loss, please call Ellen to discuss this possibility.
For someone who needs to lose over 40 or 50 pounds, Ellen is a Certified Hypnotic Gastric Band practitioner. With this type of hypnosis, the subconscious mind is told that their stomach is very small due to a hypnotic band that is put around it, so it can’t hold much food. They eat less in the course of the day, painlessly, so they lose weight. This has no physical risk that the actual surgery holds. It is also generally less expensive than the copay involved with the real surgery, and the stomach won’t actually be stretched by eating, as it can do with the real gastric band.
Wounds or Inflammation – If you have a wound that isn’t healing well or an inflamed area of your body, hypnosis may be able to help through the mind-body connection. It is possible to bring more healing body fluids (blood and lymph) to the affected area to help restore it to its natural healthy state.
Tests and Procedures – Some tests and procedures are just plain difficult to endure. Many people who have an MRI have a panic attack during it. Some people faint when having blood drawn, an IV started, or getting an injection. It is painful and scary to have a long needle inserted to do a biopsy while the person is awake. Procedures such as cardiac catheterization, bone marrow biopsy, and sigmoidoscopy are not easy to have. Hypnosis can help relieve the anxiety and reduce pain associated with any multitude of medical tests or procedures. You will be taught how to do self-hypnosis so that you can do it before and during these medical activities.
Medical Compliance – Many people forget what they are supposed to do for their health, such as taking their medication on time, avoiding eating particular things, limiting their fluid intake, or remembering to do treatments. Orion Wellness can help them remember the right things to do and stay on track. Orion Wellness hypnotherapy and other techniques can help them remember the right things to do and to stay on track.
Weight - For smaller amounts of weight, you can join Orion Wellness’s weight group, which will be less expensive than individual sessions and provides support from the other members. For someone who needs to lose over 40 or 50 pounds, Ellen is a Certified Hypnotic Gastric Band practitioner. This program is done over 4 or 5 individual sessions. In the actual gastric band surgery, the stomach has a band put around it so that the person can’t fit much food in it. Unfortunately, that portion of the stomach can be stretched over time, so the person can eat more and puts weight back on. There is also the risk that’s always inherent in having surgery.
With the Hypnotic Gastric Band System, the person is hypnotized into thinking that their stomach is the same size it would be if they had the actual surgery. They eat less in the course of the day, painlessly, so they lose weight.