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5 Science-Backed Benefits of Hypnosis

Huffington Post
July 8th, 2014
By: Sarah Klein 

(Image Source: AG Holesch via Getty Images)

It sounds like the work of sorcerers and scam artists, but hypnosis can play a very real role in protecting and promoting health.

This isn't the “You are getting very sleepy..." hypnosis you're used to seeing in pop culture references, but a clinical procedure used in conjunction with other therapies and treatments, according to the American Psychological Association. Hypnosis for health benefits "should be conducted only by properly trained and credentialed health care professionals (e.g. psychologists) who also have been trained in the use of hypnosis and who are working within the limits of their professional expertise,” according to the APA's website.

The "state of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention” brought on by hypnosis may help us use our minds more powerfully, according to the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH). And harnessing the powers of the mind has inspired researchers and clinicians in various fields to explore the use of hypnosis in a number of health outcomes.

Medical hypnosis, sometimes called hypnotherapy, uses verbal repetition and/or mental imagery (facilitated by a hypnotherapist or one's self) to induce a "trance-like state" of increased focus. It's typically described as feeling calm and relaxing and usually opens people up to the power of suggestion, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Once disregarded as a parlor trick, hypnosis is increasingly believed to improve many of those outcomes. The American Medical Association approved hypnosis as a therapy in 1958 (although it later rescinded its position, according to the ASCH), and the APA followed suit three years later, according to Harvard Medical School. That's not to say it's a panacea: In fact, more research is needed to prove lasting benefits of hypnosis for certain facets of health, such as weight loss or smoking cessation. But more promising results exist in other areas of study. Here are a few of the science-backed benefits of hypnosis to consider.

Hypnosis can help improve deep sleep.
In previous studies of the effects of hypnosis on sleep, study participants were simply asked to report back on how well (or poorly!) they felt they slept after hypnosis. But in a recent study, Swiss researchers were able to measure its effects by monitoring brain activity in a group of healthy, young women as they took a 90-minute nap after listening to a hypnotic suggestion tape. The women who were deemed the most susceptible to hypnosis spent 80 percent more time in slow-wave sleep (the deep, restorative phase of our shut-eye) after listening to the hypnosis tape than they did after listening to a neutral spoken text. "[T]he results may be of major importance for patients with sleep problems and for older adults," lead researcher Maren Cordi of the University of Zurich said in a statement. "In contrast to many sleep-inducing drugs, hypnosis has no adverse side effects."

It can ease symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
In a 2003 study, 71 percent of 204 irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) patients reported improved symptoms after 12 weekly hour-long hypnosis sessions, the APA reported. Of those who reported improvements, 81 percent continued to feel better up to six years after the hypnosis treatment had ended, according to the study. In a 2012 study, 85 percent of IBS patients who reported improvement after hypnosis still felt better up to seven years later. "The conclusion is that hypnotherapy could reduce both the consumption of healthcare and the cost to society, and that hypnosis therefore belongs in the arsenal of treatments for IBS," researcher Magnus Simrén said in a statement.

Hypnosis can quell hot flashes.
Among postmenopausal women who reported at least 50 hot flashes a week, five weekly hypnosis sessions cut hot flashes by 74 percent 12 weeks later, a 2013 study found. Meanwhile, women who did not receive hypnosis but instead had weekly sessions with a clinician only experienced a 17 percent drop in hot flashes.

It can ease pain.
Hypnosis is perhaps most well-researched in the context of managing pain. Two meta-analyses of existing pain and hypnosis research, published in 2000 and 2009, deemed hypnosis effective at lowering pain associated with a number of conditions, including fibromyalgia, arthritis and cancer, but noted that few psychologists were using it, and those who were had little standardization in administering hypnotherapy.

Hypnosis can calm nerves.
Because of its ability to harness the powers of the mind, hypnosis is often employed to relieve anxieties related to other medical procedures, like surgery, scans or even giving birth, called state anxiety. "The mechanism may be similar to the placebo effect -- in which patients' expectations play a major role in how they feel," Melinda Beck wrote for the Wall Street Journal in 2012. "Hypnosis, in turn, can help patients adjust those expectations to minimize pain, fear and disability." More research is needed to determine if hypnosis might alleviate generalized anxiety disorder or what's called trait anxiety, or anxiety relating to personality rather than a specific event, according to a 2010 review of the research. Preliminary studies have started to examine hypnosis in depression treatment as well, but more research is needed.

Original Article Appeared in Huffington Post on July 8th, 2014 

Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/02/hypnosis-health-benefits_n_5523210.html

To learn more about hypnosis appointments at Boone Healing Arts Center with Charlie Silva, click here.

The Health Benefits of Hypnosis

The Washingtonian
March 9, 2012
Written by Laura Hambleton

A few minutes into my first hypnosis session with psychologist Joe Mallet, I fell asleep in his comfortable leather chair. I’d made the appointment because I wanted to see if hypnosis could help alleviate my stress. I hoped to stop biting my nails and to silence the inner editor and list maker in my head.

But while I was supposed to be training my mind to relax, I dozed off. I woke 15 minutes later to Mallet’s voice telling me that at the count of five I would come out of my trance as easily as climbing a short set of stairs. I opened my eyes, and he handed me a CD of the session to practice at home.

The next day, I lay on my living-room couch, feet propped on a stack of pillows, and slipped the CD into my computer. Mallet’s monotone voice told me to close my eyes and listen to the sounds of a seascape in the background. To concentrate. He said to look up under my eyelids and hold my breath. As I exhaled, I was standing on a beach with seagulls flying by. It worked until I fell asleep.

By my sixth try at self-hypnosis using Mallet’s CD, I began to smell the salt air and feel the waves of the ocean at my feet. I followed his voice as he told me to relax my body from head to toe, to focus on my breath, and say words like “clear” and “calm” silently to myself as I inhaled. He suggested I replace my negative thoughts with positive ones and encouraged me to be kind to myself.

I was able to focus for the full 15 minutes, rarely drifting away from the beach scene in my mind or the sound of my breath. I’ve repeated this ritual every day since, finding myself on different sections of different beaches. Each time when I’m done, my mind is clear and relaxed. I feel wide-awake, focused, and calm.

Mallet says hypnosis works through the power of suggestion: “There is something about our minds in a hypnotic state: We believe our imagination. That can be very powerful. Athletes do it. They imagine themselves a gazelle or a porpoise.”

Tiger Woods is said to have improved his golf game with hypnosis. Hollywood star Matt Damon told Jay Leno one night that hypnosis helped him quit smoking. The less famous have turned to hypnosis, sometimes as a last resort, to help manage serious health concerns, from chronic pain to anxiety and depression. (Hypnosis should not be used in lieu of medical treatment.)

Daniel Handel, a physician at the National Institutes of Health and director of the Palliative and Hospice Medicine Fellowship, describes hypnosis as feeling similar to reading a good book or watching a movie that causes you to lose track of time. “You are in an altered state of consciousness,” he says. “You are deeply absorbed but responsive to suggestions.”

Handel sometimes uses hypnosis with cancer patients who feel nauseated during chemotherapy sessions. Just the thought of the sessions, the smell of the hospital, or the drive over can make some people feel sick. “It’s a learned response,” he says. “In hypnosis I can teach you to relax. I can teach you to put yourself in some place you like, on a trip, at home eating a meal with your family or your mother’s bread. You begin to feel more and more in control.”

Hypnosis is not a new technique. “The history of trance goes all the way to the beginning of life,” says Dabney Ewin, a professor of surgery and psychiatry at Tulane University School of Medicine who has been practicing hypnosis since 1966. “There was the oracle of Delphi and the sleep temples of Egypt. A hypnotic trance is very much like daydreaming. The issue is: How do you get someone to believe the daydream? The power of suggestion.”

Surgeons used hypnosis during the Civil War, when they didn’t have anesthesia. In 1841, James Braid, a Scottish surgeon, coined the term neuro-hypnotism, which was shortened to hypnosis and comes from the Greek god of sleep, Hypnos.

“It is the oldest psychotherapy,” says David Spiegel, Willson Professor in the School of Medicine at Stanford University and associate chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Spiegel is conducting a study on how brain functions change with hypnosis.

“Hypnosis has been tainted by association with weird things,” Spiegel says, and with stories of people doing odd things while hypnotized. But he says that while someone under hypnosis is less aware of his or her surroundings, they can come out of a trance at any time.

Hypnosis doesn’t work for every-one. People who are intuitive, imaginative, and trusting can be hypnotized more easily, Spiegel says. Personally, I had to practice a lot to get my mind to settle and to stay focused during sessions.

The procedure is surprisingly simple. To get started, Mallet had me close my eyes and hold both index fingers in the air. I then imagined the two of them floating together to touch, like the hands on the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling. My fingers were drawn to each other.

Mallet next had me raise my arms and hold them there as though they were balanced on balloons. It was effortless. He showed me these exercises to dispel any notions that hypnosis involves falling into trances as you watch pocket watches swing back and forth.

I sat in a chair and put on headphones to block any noise other than Mallet’s voice. He cued up the ocean. I leaned into the leather chair and shut my eyes.

Mallet said hypnosis works with “intention and attention.” I set my mind with the intention to relax and had to pay attention to what was being said and the sound of the sea in order to keep my focus—a task I wrestled with as my mind felt like a movie camera that couldn’t find the right angle. Jiggle, jiggle, the sand was where the sky was supposed to be. It actually took a lot of concentration, which may be why I fell asleep.

One of Mallet’s handouts to patients says, “Don’t try hard to make anything happen; hypnosis uses imagination, not will power.”

Finding a Hypnotherapist
Experts say you should approach finding a hypnotherapist in much the same way you would choose a physician: You want to find someone you can trust and who has the proper training and credentials. Your doctor or psychologist may be able to provide recommendations.

The highest credential a hypnotherapist can earn is certification from one of the various boards, such as the American Board of Medical Hypnosis, the American Board of Psychological Hypnosis, the American Hypnosis Board for Clinical Social Work, or the American Board of Dental Hypnosis.

But many good hypnotherapists choose not to get board-certified because the process is expensive and isn’t required for practice, says Daniel Handel, director of the Palliative and Hospice Medicine Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health.

Handel suggests looking for someone who is a member of a professional society of hypnosis. A good place to start searching is the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (asch.net), which lists practitioners it has certified as members.

Handel also says you should choose someone who, in addition to being certified in hypnosis, holds a license in another health-care field, such as psychology, counseling, psychiatry, medicine, social work, or nursing. That way, if hypnosis doesn’t work for you, the clinician can provide other treatments.
That principle is what can help smokers quit. Harnessing someone’s imagination can be very powerful, Mallet says. He typically devotes three sessions to quitting and encourages patients to see smoking as a poison and to view a healthy body as vital to life. According to Mallet, the same can be done for people who want to lose weight. He has them imagine themselves thinner, eating the right portions of healthful food.

Hypnosis is also effective for pain management, says Paul van Ravenswaay, a DC psychiatrist who treats patients with chronic pain.

“Pain is a sensory experience analogous to hearing and sight,” van Ravenswaay says. “In hypnosis, you can learn to ignore discomfort by focusing instead on a pleasant scene or perhaps a time in life before the painful condition. Or the discomfort could be experienced as a different, more tolerable sensation such as warmth, pressure, or perhaps on the skin instead of deeper inside the body.”

For Beatrice Bowie, 60, mind over matter is a matter of survival. Most of her life, she has coped with pain from sickle-cell anemia and rheumatoid arthritis. The pain occurs as sickle-shaped cells pass through her blood vessels. “My heart beats so fast,” she says. “It’s like a migraine all over my body.”

Bowie is often tired because sickle cells break down more easily, leaving her body short of red blood cells, or anemic. One morning, she woke to see only black and red. The blood vessels around her eyes were clogged with the sickle-shaped cells.

“The disease causes so many problems,” she says. “Before I started hypnosis, I couldn’t cope with it. It was so hard. I can’t go out with friends if I have a pain crisis. The disease takes so much away from you.”

Handel, at NIH, has taught Bowie self-hypnosis. “Whenever I am having a crisis, I put the earphones on and listen to music,” she says. “It relaxes me. I listen to a lot of music and sounds of the beach. I hear seagulls and waves. I go back to the days when I was happy.”

Everyone should tap into those good places, says Elvira Lang, a former associate professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School. Lang started a company called Hypnalgesics to train medical teams to use hypnotic suggestion to change anxiety and pain. “How can this save health-care dollars?” she says. “Less pain, less anxiety, fewer complications.”

With a grant from NIH, Lang hopes to show how hypnosis can help patients getting MRIs. Of the millions who receive MRIs each year, about 2 percent become claustrophobic and can’t continue, which Lang says drives up costs.

“It’s a pretty radical idea that you should talk to your patients,” she says. “There has been so much emphasis on technology and the misunderstanding that talking takes so much time. When people don’t know how to express their empathy, they aren’t helpful. We have to help patients help themselves.”

Judith Thomas, a dentist in Centreville, says word choice makes a difference, too. Take the word “drill”—just hearing that, a patient may avoid an appointment. “We don’t use the word ‘pain.’ We use the word ‘comfort,’ ” she says. “We don’t call it treatment. We say we are going to restore the tooth. We don’t go into detail like ‘We are cutting the gum.’ We say, ‘We are going to make you comfortable. This is going to be wonderful. You will finish with a much cleaner mouth.’ ”

And she hypnotizes those who aren’t comfortable in a dental chair: “I ask them, ‘Where would you rather be?’ ” she says. “I would rather be in the mountains. I am talking to get them to a certain level, to take them somewhere, and to get them to feel as though they aren’t right here.”

Thomas was traumatized by her childhood experience with a dentist who didn’t believe in numbing the mouth before filling cavities. “I used to be phobic of dentists, even after dental school,” she says. “I made it my mission that no one would have a bad experience. A huge part of practice is people with dental phobias.”

I just finished another session with Mallet’s CD. Each time now, as soon as my eyes shut and I hear his voice, I don’t want to leave the beach. I miss it before I get started.

It’s a funny longing. I say I am going to a beach on the coast of Maine, called Popham, where a few years ago my daughter and husband went swimming on Christmas Day. But actually my mind takes me to many beaches: Tsitsikamma in South Africa is a favorite, as is another one in Sayulita, Mexico.

As I walk the beaches, I picture myself calm and stress-free, especially when dealing with my two teenage boys, who often bring out the nail-biting mother in me. I’ve barely raised my voice in weeks. The power of suggestion, indeed.

This article appears in the March 2012 issue of The Washingtonian.

To learn more about hypnosis appointments at Boone Healing Arts Center with Charlie Silva, click here.

FAQ About Hypnosis

By: Charlie Silva
Original Post:Blue Skies Hypnosis Center: FAQ About Hypnosis

Blue Sky Image for Charlie Silva

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is one of the most effective ways to help you reduce stress, stop smoking or other unwanted habits, lose weight, improve sports and job performance, relieve test fear or other fears, increase self-confidence, and achieve any other goal you wish to achieve.

I typically describe hypnosis as a wonderful state of relaxation that enables the subconscious mind to be reprogrammed to achieve the results you want to achieve. While this is not the technical definition, people easily relate to the wonderful feeling of relaxation typically associated with the hypnotic trance. Using the technical definition, however, hypnosis is the bypass of the Critical Factor of the conscious mind and the establishment of acceptable selective thinking.

Hypnosis has been recognized as a complimentary healing modality by the British Medical Association (since 1955), and the American Psychiatric Association (since 1961).

And for Oprah fans, Dr. Oz, one of her physicians, said the following about hypnosis in January, 2011…

“I learned something in medical school that I’ve never talked about until today…hypnosis. I believe hypnosis has profound powers to help you stop sabotaging yourself….It changed my life when I learned about it in medical school….People don’t understand how much they hurt themselves without wanting to, subconsciously.”

Is hypnosis dangerous?

No. Unfortunately, many Hollywood movies and television shows depict hypnosis completely inaccurately; they portray people in hypnotic trance as being asleep and under the control of the hypnotist. For these reasons, when many people hear the word hypnosis, they become fearful and apprehensive. They don’t like the idea of having someone control them.

Nothing could be further from the truth. When you are in hypnosis, you are deeply relaxed physically, but mentally many times more alert than in your normal state. You hear and respond to everything and are an active participant in the session. You have complete control over what you will and will not do. You instantly reject any suggestions that are uncomfortable for you. If at any time you want to emerge from hypnosis for any reason, you will instantly open your eyes and become fully alert. No one can keep you in hypnosis against your will.

So, how does hypnosis work?

Very simply and effectively. We are all what the programming in our subconscious mind perceives us to be. This part of you is like a computer and must respond to what is allowed to enter it. If this part of the mind views us as fat, then we are fat. If it perceives that we smoke, we smoke and so on with motivation, shyness, poor self-image and other problems.

As previously noted, when you are in hypnosis, you are deeply relaxed physically, but mentally many times more alert than in your normal state. You hear and respond to everything and are an active participant in the session. If you like and want the suggestions given, the suggestions are allowed to enter your subconscious mind. Using hypnosis we are able to access this subconscious computer and reprogram ourselves to be what ever we wish to be.

Can hypnosis make me tell secrets?

No. You will not divulge any information that you would not ordinarily divulge. You always have a choice, and your brain does not stop functioning or reasoning. However, you may find that you discover some inner truths about yourself, or your situation, or some self sabotage, that you did not know about consciously. What this means is that your subconscious mind may have some inner programming going on that you do not consciously know about that causes you to keep making the same mistakes, get sick, get angry, have rotten luck, or ignore important clues about your success or failure. When you reprogram your subconscious through the use of hypnosis, you achieve the goals YOU DESIRE TO ACHIEVE.

Can hypnosis make me do something against my will?

No. Again, due to the misconceptions put forth by Hollywood movies and television shows, this is probably the biggest myth of all. Stage hypnotists seem to make people do strange things while hypnotized, but the truth is that these people are doing these things because they have a desire to be outrageous. If the stage hypnotist chooses his volunteers carefully, he will have willing participants.

You will never do anything, or accept any suggestion that violates your morals or values.

Does the practice of hypnosis conflict with religion?

No. Hypnosis is a natural state and God-given ability that everyone possesses within themselves. It can be used to help us become better people. If you were to eliminate all the negativity inside you right now, wouldn't you feel more at peace with yourself and others? Hypnosis is neither a belief nor a religion; it is simply a natural state and a wonderful tool that allows us to use our God-given ability to help us achieve our goals.

What if I don't wake up?

Well, you are not asleep and are truly very alert, so there is nothing to “wake up” from. The correct term is emerge from hypnosis, and no one has ever got stuck in hypnosis. It simply cannot happen. If the hypnotist left the room, or if you were listening to a tape and the power went out, you would either fall asleep and wake up naturally, or your subconscious mind would detect that there is no voice guiding you and bring you to conscious awareness.

Can anyone be hypnotized?

Yes, as long as the following two conditions are met:

· You must want to be hypnotized (no one can be hypnotized against their will)
· You must not have any fears or misconceptions about hypnosis and how it works.

As a matter of fact, you can teach your body and mind to go into trance, and get better and better at it as you practice your self-hypnosis. Most people don't think they were hypnotized after a session. What they do notice is that some things have changed – maybe that day, maybe the next week.

Sometimes the effects are subtle and sometimes profound. When your mind is really ready to make a change, it can happen quickly. The more often you go into hypnosis, the quicker and more effective the reprogramming of your subconscious mind becomes. The suggestions are compounded and become stronger each time.

Can children be hypnotized?

Yes. Children have a driving need to discover. The hunger for new experiences and the openness to new learnings make children very good hypnotic subjects. Their wonderful imaginations make children willing to receive ideas and enjoy responding to ideas. When you watch children playing you can see that they are hypnotized naturally by pretending they are cowboys or pirates or playing with pretend friends.

Children under the age of 18 must have parental/guardian permission before being hypnotized.

What is a session like?

Your sessions with Charlie Sylva as a Guest Practitioner at the Boone Healing Arts Center or at his full-time practice in Wilkesboro, NC (Blue Skies Hypnosis Center) will be extremely pleasant experiences.

Prior to the beginning of your first session, you will watch a short video that explains in detail what hypnosis is and how it will help you achieve the goals you have set for the sessions. When this part is over you will know more about hypnosis and disregard the many misconceptions so many people have about it.

Charlie will then discuss your goals or issues with you and how you can quickly achieve the desired results.

When you are absolutely comfortable with the idea of hypnosis and feel good about working with Charlie, the actual hypnosis session will begin. You will be guided into a very deep state of physical and mental relaxation. You will feel very relaxed but extremely mentally alert. You’ll be aware of everything going on around you. Suggestions for the change you desire will then be given to your powerful subconscious and you will begin reprogramming yourself. The old negative programming that was keeping you from achieving your goals or which was causing a problem is replaced with positive programming that will allow you to take back control of your life and achieve your goals and eliminate problems.

You will then be emerged from hypnosis with strong suggestions of good health and positive attitude. You will feel better than you have in a long, long time. You and Charlie will briefly discuss the session, making sure your desired change is felt within you.

Charlie will also record a personalized self-hypnosis CD tailored to your specific goal. You will use the recording to reinforce the wonderful, positive suggestions given to you during your first session. Your personalized self-hypnosis CD is included in the cost of your first session...just another way Blue Skies Hypnosis Center helps you achieve your goals!

How many sessions are needed to stop smoking?

Charlie has been very successful at helping many clients become non-smokers in just one session. Each individual is different, so more than one session may be needed to achieve your goal. You must honestly desire to become a non-smoker! When you are sure you are ready, call for an appointment so that you may become a much healthier person and reach your goal of becoming and remaining a non-smoker for the rest of your life!

How about weight control?

Again, each individual is different. As a general rule, depending on the amount of weight you wish to lose, two or three sessions are usually sufficient. However, it’s possible that more than two or three sessions are needed to achieve your goal. A medical referral may be required.

What other areas of my life can hypnosis help?

We know you can achieve all of your goals! Often, people are stuck and don’t realize that negative programming stored in their subconscious mind may be operating to hold them back. Hypnosis may be used to help manage stress, improve confidence, overcome sleep problems, deal with grief, improve memory, create better health habits, and more.

How much does a session cost?

The first session is just $50.00. If you decide you would like to schedule additional sessions, they are just $30.00 each.

Aren't those prices low for this type of service?

Considering so many clients find achieving their goals has a remarkably positive impact on their financial situation, the session prices are indeed very reasonable.

Charlie’s main reason for opening his practice is to help people achieve their goals. Keeping session prices this low helps Charlie achieve his goal of helping as many people as possible.

The fact about hypnosis is this…

It can be the single most important and powerful tool to help you remove negative programming from your subconscious mind and help you take back control of your life and achieve your goals. Hypnosis can gently release blocks and fears, and create new positive programming that will set the wheels in motion to make changes in the way you think, feel and behave.

We can be our own worst enemy when we call ourselves names, or put ourselves down and reinforce fears and limitations. With hypnosis, you can stop the negative programming and replace it with positive programming that returns personal power to you!

"The biggest problem with hypnosis is the cultural baggage it carries," says Melvin Gravitz, Ph.D., director, American Psychological Association. "We should approach hypnosis with an open mind. When used responsibly, it's a very powerful tool."
- American Psychological Association

"Though often denigrated as fakery or wishful thinking, hypnosis has been shown to be a real phenomenon with a variety of therapeutic uses."
-Scientific American

“Hypnotherapy uses the power of suggestion and trancelike states to reach into the deepest levels of a person’s mind to bring positive changes to their behavior. It is used to manage numerous medical and psychological problems…”
-ABC News

“Many times, people that struggle with weight are influenced by mood, behavior and lack of self control. Hypnosis can definitely help in these groups of patients that have those particular characteristics.”
- Dr. Manny Alvarez, FoxNews.com

Homemade Sunscreen, just in time for summer!

Written by Katie, Wellness Mama

Natural Homemade Sunscreen

Homemade Natural Sunscreen Recipe, very moisturizing and easy to make!

Homemade natural sunscreen with beneficial oils, zinc oxide and beeswax for water protection.
Author: Wellness Mama
Recipe type: Remedy
  • ½ cup almond or olive oil (can infuse with herbs first if desired)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil (natural SPF 4)
  • ¼ cup beeswax
  • 2 Tablespoons Zinc Oxide (This is a non-nano version that won't be absorbed into the skin. Be careful not to inhale the powder).
  • Optional: up to 1 teaspoon Red Raspberry Seed Oil
  • Optional: up to 1 teaspoon Carrot Seed Oil
  • Optional: up to 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons Shea Butter (natural SPF 4-5)
  • Optional: Essential Oils, Vanilla Extract or other natural extracts to suit your preference

  • Combine ingredients except zinc oxide in a pint sized or larger glass jar. I have a mason jar that I keep just for making lotions and lotion bars, or you can even reuse a glass jar from pickles, olives, or other foods.
  • Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place over medium heat.
  • Put a lid on the jar loosely and place in the pan with the water.
  • As the water heats, the ingredients in the jar will start to melt. Shake or stir occasionally to incorporate. When all ingredients are completely melted, add the zinc oxide, stir in well and pour into whatever jar or tin you will use for storage. Small mason jars (pint size) are great for this. It will not pump well in a lotion pump!
  • Stir a few times as it cools to make sure zinc oxide is incorporated.
  • Use as you would regular sunscreen. Best if used within six months.

Original Article can be found on www.WellnessMama.com/2558/homemade-sunscreen/

A New Member of the Boone Healing Arts Center Team

Just as Mr. Bob Dylan sings "The times-they are a-changin'", we've got some changes happening around the Boone Healing Arts Center. 

Lynn Hall, our Center Manager, will be stepping away from her position here at the Boone Healing Arts Center to pursue Graduate School in Special Education at ASU. As Lynn heads out to start a new chapter, we're starting a new chapter here too! 

Please join us in welcoming Mayra Ward to the Boone Healing Arts Center Team as the new Center Manager. 

Mayra is thrilled to be a part of the BHAC Team and cannot wait to promote all that the Center has to offer and the wonderful services that it provides to the community!

In Mayra's words, 
"It comes naturally to me to share great knowledge about the things I truly believe in and know can make a difference in another person's life." 

When she's not at work you will find her along side her husband and 2 dogs, enjoying a good outdoor adventure, and gardening. This once New Yorker is proud to call herself a "Carolina Girl".

Mayra has a degree in interior design with a concentration in retail spaces. Her experience also includes showroom design, sales management, as well as small business management and promotions.

Mayra will begin her work here at the Center the first week of July. 

Promise Yourself These 8 Things for a Happy Life

By Domonique Bertolucci
April 5, 2015

So many people look outside themselves for ways to feel good on the inside. They think self-confidence will come from doing this, having that or looking a certain way. The reality is that although these people are the only ones who can build their own confidence, the way they think and act is doing nothing but tearing it down.

The first time I realized this was in my mid-20s, when I had my quarter-life crisis. My life looked great on paper: well-paying job, cool car, great clothes, fun holidays. Despite all this, I really wasn't happy.

Feeling good about who you are and the life you live shouldn’t depend on a specific outcome, yet all too often people put themselves down or beat themselves up because they haven’t done this or got that. Your confidence shouldn’t be dependent on the goals you've achieved, nor should it be dependent on the feedback you get from others, your dress size or the amount in your bank account.

But if your self-confidence isn’t based on what you’ve got or what you’ve done, how do you build and maintain it?

The answer is deceptively simple. Make the commitment to treat yourself with the same kindness you show the other important people in your life.

The key to feeling good about who you are and the life you live is built on this pact — what I call the Eight Promises, each of which is paired with a mantra to help you learn to live for yourself, not what others think about you.

1. Accept your imperfections.

I am perfectly imperfect.

There's no such thing as perfection, yet so many people exhaust themselves and erode their self-confidence in pursuit of it. When you accept your imperfections you recognize that you have strengths and weaknesses … and that’s OK.

2. Always do your best.

I always do my best, and my best is always good enough.

When you set impossible goals that you have no real chance of achieving, you're setting yourself up for failure before you begin. When you focus on always doing your best, you're able to have much more realistic expectations of yourself and what you can achieve.

3. Stop comparing yourself to others.

I have no need to see myself as more or less than anyone else.

Whether it’s your neighbors, celebrities or the people you see on reality TV, comparing yourself to others will usually leave you feeling inadequate. When you stop comparing yourself to others, the only person you'll need to impress is yourself.

4. Believe in your potential.

I fully expect my life to be happy and rewarding.

Not only is worrying a big waste of energy, it also sends a clear message to your subconscious about your expectations in life. Instead of worrying about things that might never happen, focus your attention and efforts on making the things you want your reality.

5. Silence your inner critic.

I only welcome thoughts that support and encourage me.

The way you speak to yourself has a big bearing on how you feel about yourself; if you speak to yourself in a harsh, critical or belittling way, your confidence will whither. You are the guardian of your self-esteem and you should never speak to yourself more harshly than you would to a small child.

6. Challenge yourself.

I am brave and willing to step outside of my comfort zone

Confidence and self-belief are like muscles; you need to exercise them if you want to grow stronger. When you challenge yourself, you are telling your subconscious that you believe in yourself and that you are willing to back yourself in new circumstances and situations.

7. Stop making excuses.

I take full responsibility for who I am and the life I lead.

If you aren't living your best life, you need to examine not only the things that are getting in your way, but also the reasons you're letting them. When you stop making excuses and start taking responsibility, you're able to enjoy the things that are great about your life while harboring no illusions about what you need to change if you are to enjoy everything else.

8. Treat yourself with love and respect.

I always treat myself with love and respect.

When you love yourself, you treat yourself with as much love and respect as you would your closest friend, be understanding and forgiving of your failings and, above all, be as kind to yourself as you are to the other important people in your life.

Photo Credit: Stocksy

Original Article can be found on www.MindBodyGreen.com here

Here's Why You Should Book Your Next Massage ASAP

Written by Sarah Klein
Huffington Post
April 19, 2014

There's no denying a massage is calming -- until you start feeling guilty for indulging in a little special treatment.

A small new study excuses us all from the guilt: Massage therapy isn't just a way to relax, it's also a way to alleviate muscle soreness after exercise and improve blood flow, according to the recent research.

Other benefits of massage have long been touted, but research is usually limited. Still, we think there are some pretty good reasons to book an appointment ASAP.

Massage can reduce pain.
A 2011 study found that massage helped people with low back pain to feel and function better, compared to people who didn't get a rubdown. That's good news for the eight in 10 Americans who will experience debilitating back pain at least once in their lives, Time.com reported.

"We found the benefits of massage are about as strong as those reported for other effective treatments: medications, acupuncture, exercise and yoga," Dan Cherkin, Ph.D., lead author of the study, said in a press release.

Massage also seems to lessen pain among people with osteoarthritis.

It can help you sleep.


The calming treatment can also help you spend more time asleep, according to research from Miami University's Touch Research Institute. "Massage helps people spend more time in deep sleep, the restorative stage in which your body barely moves," the Institute's founder Tiffany Field, Ph.D., told More magazine in 2012.

In one study of people with fibromyalgia, 30-minute massages three times a week for five weeks resulted in nearly an hour more of sleep, plus deeper sleep, she said.

Massage may ward off colds.
There's a small body of research that suggests massages boost immune function. A 2010 study, believed to be the largest study on massage's effects on the immune system, found that 45 minutes of Swedish massage resulted in significant changes in white blood cells and lymphocytes, which help protect the body from bugs and germs.

It could make you more alert.


At least one study has linked massage to better brainpower. In a 1996 study, a group of adults completed a series of math problems faster and with more accuracy after a 15-minute chair massage than a group of adults who were told to just sit in a chair and relax during those 15 minutes.

Massage may ease cancer treatment.
Among patients receiving care for cancer, studies have noted multiple benefits of massage, including improved relaxation, sleep and immune system function as well as decreased fatigue, pain, anxiety and nausea.

It may alleviate depression symptoms.
A 2010 review of the existing studies examining massage in people with depression found that all 17 pieces of research noted positive effects. However, the authorsrecommended additional research into standardizing massage as treatment and the populations who would most benefit from it.

Massage could help with headaches.


The power of touch seems to help limit headache pain. A 2002 study found that massage therapy reduced the frequency of chronic tension headaches. And in a very small 2012 study, 10 male patients with migraine headaches noted significant pain reduction after neck and upper back massage and manipulation. You may even be able to reap the benefits without seeing a professional: Start by applying gentle pressure with your fingertips to your temples, then move them in a circular motion along the hairline until they meet in the middle of your forehead, WebMD reported.

The stress reduction is scientific.
Between the dim lights, soothing music and healing touch, it certainly feels like stress melts away during a massage, but research suggests a very literal reduction of cortisol, a major stress hormone. Chronically high levels of cortisol can contribute to serious health issues, like high blood pressure and blood sugar, suppressed immune system function and obesity.

Original Article found on Huffington Post here

It's Not a Myth: Ionic Foot Detox Bath with Nia

Ionic Foot Detox Baths have received a lot of talk lately.

ionic foot detox

How does it work?
It's hard to believe that something so simple can remove toxins from your body, but it's true. AC electricity is converted to low power DC electricity, which then flows through an electrode in the foot bath.  The water molecules split into ions and travel through the body, then through osmosis pull the particles through the feet. 

How to know if it's right for you?

If you suffer from any of the following symptoms, Ionic Foot Detox can help you:
  • Headaches
  • Poor sleep
  • Depression
  • Tiredness or sluggishness
  • Lowered immunity
  • Candida
  • Nausea
  • Overweight
  • Constipation
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Eczema and psoriasis
  • and more!
Learn more about Nia Dickens, LMBT

1 person: $75
Group of 2: $55 each

Want to learn more?
Ionic Foot Detox. Real or Hoax? Read it here.
Ionic Foot Detox Survey of Benefits. Read it here.
Personal Foot Detox Testimony. Read it here.

To schedule an Ionic Foot Detoxification give us a call at
(828) 386-1172 or e-mail info@bhacboone.com to request an appointment.

New Therapeutic Offering: Cupping Therapy

A Combination of Therapeutic Techniques: From the start of her practice, Ramsey Higgins, Licensed Acupuncturist at the Boone Healing Arts Center, has integrated many therapeutic techniques in her approach to the care of her patients. Based on her consultation with a patient regarding their condition and her assessment, her approach might not be solely acupuncture, but a combination of acupuncture, moxa-bustion, acu-massage, acu-pressure, cupping, guidance in lifestyle choices and their affect on state of mind, balance, and over-all wellness. 
Cupping Therapy: Although Ramsey has integrated cupping therapy techniques into her approach to patient care since she began her practice, she has continued to grow her knowledge in and experience with the modality, most recently completing an intensive continuing education course in Contemporary Cupping Methods through the International Cupping Therapy Association (ICTA). As well as continuing to integrate cupping into her sessions as she see fit, she is now offering stand-alone Cupping Therapy Sessions to patients seeking Cupping for specific conditions:   

  • Cupping Therapy for TMJ Relief
  • Cupping Therapy for Cellulite Reduction
  • Facial Cupping to Tone & Rejuvenate 

Cupping Specific Sessions (45 minutes): *$75.00
*New Patient Intake $90.00

To schedule a New Patient Intake or Cupping Specific Session give us a call at 
(828) 386-1172 or e-mail info@bhacboone.com to request an appointment.


Article: How Art Heals Grief

March 27, 2012 • By Douglas Mitchell, MFTI, Expressive Arts Therapy Topic Expert Contributor for GoodTherapy.org

Grief arises as a product of a loss that we have experienced. It is associated with losses that may include a person’s health, job, relationship, pet, or loved one. We may not be able to describe the roller coaster of emotions, yet we do know that we are not ourselves. When we feel out of sorts, sensations surface such as low self-esteem, illness, depression, and confusion, which can manifest into thoughts that our feelings are out of our control. As a result, this full-body experience may be difficult to process or verbalize. To mend this sorrow, the expressive arts can create a doorway to the unspeakable by opening all channels to the grieving body.

Opening Up to Grief
Expressive arts therapy encourages movement of the imagination that we may struggle with during our grieving process. Our art influences how we look at, unblock, wrestle with, and shed light on the need to distance and detach from our pain. When we dodge grief to avoid, deny, or block the inevitable pain, the arts invite the imagination of these stuck places to come to the surface in images, movement, color, and sound. Our art process releases the tension of grief, allowing it to expand and contract, while providing a safe container in which this process can take place. When we create, we give ourselves permission to examine all that is happening within our grieving bodies.

“Art shows how the difficulty can contain its cure if channeled into life-affirming expression.”
-Shaun NcNiff

Understanding the Experience of Grief
There are five to seven stages often associated with the grieving process. They may be experienced as denial, pain, anger, bargaining,depression, upward turn, reconstruction, and acceptance. The experience can feel like a roller coaster ride of ups and downs, mood swings, and erratic behavior. When we drop in to our art-making, the grief is given containment—a place to be held. This containment permits the pain to speak and encourages our healing. Making sense of what is happening comes to light. We may notice this in a color that strikes a mood, or a picture that recalls a memory, or an emotion to be felt. It is an opportunity for the most vulnerable parts of a grieving body to speak, feel safe, be heard, and be externalized. Once the art is created, we can then dialogue with it further and support our need to metabolize all that is going on within us.

“The reward for attention is always healing.”
-Julia Cameron

Facing Grief and Piecing Life Together
Fragments of memories, like bits of broken glass, can be difficult to hold emotionally around anniversary dates, picture books, and mementos. They can feel like a jab to the heart, invite an unwanted memory, or open a floodgate of emotion. These fragments seek meaning and solace, yet can wander in and out, tugging and vying for attention at awkward moments. As we seek to piece our lives together after a loss, the expressive arts can heal us by giving these bits and pieces the attention they deserve and need. For a moment, we can sink into ourselves and allow our memories, thoughts, and feelings—those we desperately struggle with—an opportunity to speak, to be heard, and to be felt. Each time that we engage the process using the arts, we give ourselves a break, a breath, and a reprieve from the pain that seeks expression beyond talk therapy.


Cameron, J. (1992). The Artist’s Way. New York: Tarcher/Putnam Publishing.
McNiff, S. (2004). Art Heals. Boston, MA: Shambhala Publications.
© Copyright 2012 by Douglas Mitchell, MFTI, therapist in San Francisco, California.