Do you feel tense, overwhelmed? Do you overeat when you are upset? Do you procrastinate as you find ways to distract yourself from the tasks at hand? These and many other signs may be clues that you are not managing your stress effectively. Our services can help! “When I first came to see Cara I was at one of the lowest—if not the lowest point in my life. After just one session, I knew my life would change, and it has. Cara helped me become more aware of my beautiful, powerful, and sacred soul. I have been able to understand and help to heal the frightened parts of my personality. And I have been able to see clearly, for the first time in countless years, my goodness. My worth. My integrity. My beauty and strength. This is an awareness that, in a mere 6 weeks, has changed my life forever.” -- MD, Church Administrator
What Makes Stress So STRESSFUL?
When you are stressed or anxious, you may feel angry, irritable, exhausted, depressed. . . . you lose your joy, your zest for life. Even small things may seem difficult, and big things can fill you with despair. Perhaps you are a perfectionist . . . an overachiever or an underachiever . . . perhaps you feel burned out, disconnected, or anxious. Let us help.
The idea of stress has become such a commonplace of modern life that we joke about it, as if there were nothing else we could do. We have a vague awareness that excessive stress is linked to illness and various psychological disturbances, but we keep on doing what we’ve always done and assume we just have to learn to live with the pain. Right? Wrong! It is much easier than you think to break the cycle of stress.
During the 1930’s, Dr. Hans Selye, the father of the stress concept, pioneered the connection between stress and physiology with his recognition of the “stress syndrome.” He defined the experience of stress as the differential between the demands placed on the body-mind system and the system’s resources to meet those demands. We were designed to marshal our biological, mental, and emotional resources to deal with danger, but in the modern world, it is not always easy to separate real, short-term danger from possibly unfounded or unlikely worries. Worse yet, many of the abstract stressors of contemporary life are chronic, long-term situations that drain our resources over time—situations like over-scheduling, getting into college, extensive long-tem debt, struggling to start a family, or coping with chronic pain or illness.
One key way to minimize stress is to interrupt the stress cycle regularly, allowing the body-mind system time to rest and “re-set." A second key method is to increase the resources we have to meet the demands placed on us. We can teach you how to relax deeply and help you get unlock your hidden resources.
Through his groundbreaking experiments, Dr. Selye demonstrated a revolutionary idea: the body reacts with what he called “the stress response” to thoughts and feelings (like worry about an imagined outcome) in exactly the same way that it does to physical stressors (like injury) and to present danger (like being inside a burning building). Attitude is an important component of our response to stress. In this regard, meditation, visualization, and hypnosis techniques provide more than just a period of deep physiological rest—they can also re-shape thoughts and feelings, leading to an attitude adjustment that defuses stress and enhances performance and well-being. The methods are easy and pleasant for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Choose a single service or let us help you customize your own blend of approaches. Biofeedback and Reiki both
help with stress relief, providing you with energetic resources to help you meet the demands of stress with greater ease and
grace. Meditation is frequently incorporated into Hypnosis training; both allow you to develop empowering tools to perceive things that used to trigger you in a new way.
Over time, you may expect these services to help you:
Develop skills for deep relaxation, learning how to break the stress cycle
Address specific sources of stress or pain; receive guidance
Reduce anxiety; improve performance
Re-frame thoughts and feelings to create a more positive attitude
Work toward specific goals
Build inner resources and activate potential
Mentally rehearse for important events
Learn self-hypnosis to use at home.
The applications of the stress relief and meditative techniques we offer are almost endless. Besides helping to prepare for important events, like giving a presentation or running a race, these methods can help to reduce or manage pain, enhance the effectiveness of fertility treatments, overcome a fear or phobia, release outdated emotional responses, and more. Schedule a free screening to discuss your needs and create a program that’s right for you.
WHAT CLIENTS SAY . . .
“Using the technique Cara taught me, I was able to detach from feelings of grief as the anniversary of my husband’s death approached. I learned to interrupt sad memories and to focus on the happy times we spent together. This was extremely helpful and empowering for me.” -- AW, Retired
“After hypnosis with Cara, I feel like a huge weight has been taken off me!” -- WG, Loan Officer