By: karengray | May 20, 2019

So much of our work here at the hypnosis office is about empowering people just like you and me to use these incredibly powerful and intricate machines we call our minds. We help people to move away from the thinking that they are at the mercy of their automatic behaviors, and teach them to harness the ability to program their minds to work for them instead.


This week I’d like to share with you a story  that aired this morning on Morning Edition from NPR. This is an excellent example of how we integrate the signals in our brain to create a habitual response, and how we can use simple and easy-to-learn techniques to interrupt those signals and experience less pain.


How The Brain Shapes Pain And Links Ouch With Emotion

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By: karengray | March 05, 2019

Pain is a part of life. It sounds a little wrong, but in reality people experience pain all the time. It is a normal and important signal that your body uses to communicate. We have a saying in our office,

“Pain is mandatory. Suffering is not!”

When pain becomes enough to interfere with our lives, we go to the doctor. Typically, your doctor has about ten minutes to see you at your appointment. It may be difficult to get an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your pain and what the most effective treatment would be, so you will probably leave with a referral to see a physical therapist, maybe some additional testing, and a prescription for pain medication.

As we have seen all too often, the result of not treating pain properly is the prescribin...

Category: Pain Management 

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By: karengray | July 16, 2018

Last weekend we hosted a Meetup here at GMH. It was the first of an eight part series discussing some of the founding principles of hypnosis. Charles Tebbetts, a hypnotist and instructor in the 1970’s, wrote out his observations in the “Rules of the Mind”, eight rules that define how the subconscious mind interacts with you and the outside world.

At the Meetup, we discussed the first rule. “Every thought causes a physical reaction.”

According to Tebbetts, your thoughts can affect all of the functions of your body. For example, Worry thoughts trigger changes in the stomach that in time can lead to ulcers. Anger thoughts stimulate your adrenal glands and the increased adrenaline in the blood stream causes many body changes. Anxiety and Fear th...

By: karengray | October 30, 2017

The Pain Experience

Pain is a part of life. It sounds like a cliche, but in reality, people experience pain all the time.  When the pain becomes strong enough to interfere with life, we go to our doctors.  During the ten minutes that the doctor has to address your pain, it is very likely that they will write you a prescription for pain medications and order physical therapy.

To give an example of how big the problem of pain really is, we can look at one specific type of pain. An alarming twenty-six million patients report frequent or persistent back pain. Unfortunately, most physicians’ methods for treating back pain, including surgery, are unsuccessful, either because they fail to address the underlying causes of pain, or beca...