Manage Stress Effectively with Hypnosis


Hypnosis is a state of human consciousness involving focused attention and reduced peripheral awareness characterized by an enhanced capacity for response to suggestion. Theories explaining what occurs during hypnosis fall into two groups.  Altered state theories see hypnosis as an altered state of mind or trance, marked by a level of awareness different from the ordinary conscious state.  (Fromm and Shor)  In contrast, Non-state theories see hypnosis as a form of imaginative role-enactment.  (Lynn S, Fassler and Knox)

Hypnotherapy is a use of hypnosis in psychotherapy.  It is used by licensed physicians, psychologists, and others. Physicians and psychologists may use hypnosis to treat depression, anxiety, eating disorders, sleep disorders, compulsive gaming, and posttraumatic stress, (Barrett) while certified hypnotherapists who are not physicians or psychologists often treat smoking and weight management.

Self-hypnosis happens when a person hypnotizes oneself, commonly involving the use of autosuggestion. The technique is often used to increase motivation for a diet, quit smoking, or reduce stress. People who practice self-hypnosis sometimes require assistance; some people use devices known as mind machines to assist in the process, whereas others use hypnotic recordings.

Self-hypnosis is claimed to help with stage fright, relaxation, and physical well-being.

Hypnosis for stress

Stress is a normal part of life, but for some individuals, stress can become so severe that it creates serious physical and emotional health issues.  Regardless of the degree of stress, the better we learn to manage it and reduce it, the better off we are.

When you are experiencing stress, your body is releasing hormones such as cortisol which can have detrimental effects on your health over time.  Relaxation can help reduce this release, thus benefitting you physically in many ways.  (hypnosis for stress)

Through hypnosis we will be guided through exercises that will teach us how to adapt to stressful situations, resolve existing anxieties, and create new ways of looking at the world.  In a 2001 study published by Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, medical students were able to significantly reduce exam-time stress.  Furthermore, blood samples revealed that these students’ immune systems became stronger the more they practiced the techniques learned through hypnosis.  (Control and Conquer Stress)


At this year’s expo Michael Salerno, a Certified Hypnotist, will be having a workshop on how to manage stress through hypnosis.  We will learn how to manage ourselves better.  Those in attendance will experience how hypnosis can alter our thoughts about stress and how we deal with the challenge of everyday life.

This will be a great experience and I encourage you all to come and participate.  This is a great opportunity you do not want to miss.


“New Definition: Hypnosis”. Division 30 of the American Psychological Association

Encyclopedia Britannica, 2004: “a special psychological state with certain physiological attributes, resembling sleep only superficially and marked by functioning of the individual at a level of awareness other than the ordinary conscious state”.

“Self-hypnosis as a skill for busy research workers.” London’s Global University Human Resources,
Works Cited:

Barrett, Deirdre. “The Pregnant Man: Tales from a Hypnotherapist’s Couch.” Times Books/Random House, 1998.

Control and Conquer Stress. n.d. <;.

Fromm, Erika and Ronald E. Shor. “Hypnosis: Developements in Research and New Perspectives.” Rutgers, 2009.

hypnosis for stress. n.d. <;.

Lynn S, Fassler O, knox J, Fassler and Knox. “Hypnosis and the altered state debate: something more or nothing more?” Comtemporary Hypnosis . 2005. 22, 39.


Bodyweight Conditioning


Bodyweight conditioning is a workout that incorporates rhythmic bodyweight conditioning and mobility exercises combined with easy to follow dance moves that will get your heart pumping, elevate your spirit, help prevent injury, and have you soaring to new fitness heights. Appropriate for all fitness levels.

Amanda J. Young as a social worker, fitness professional and educator has spent the last 20 years helping others find their paths to fulfilling and productive lives. At this year’s Women’s Health & Fitness Expo she continues to share her knowledge with all of those who are willing to listen and learn.  She is one of NYC’s elite fitness instructors, having been featured in Time magazine as a HIIT expert and currently stars in Acacia TV’s fitness videos. While battling Trigeminal Neuralgia, an extremely debilitating disease, Amanda founded Face the Change, a campaign to increase awareness of the disease and find a cure.

Such an inspiring example that we can accomplish anything we set out to do.  Come to the expo & enjoy Amanda’s Fitness Demonstration, you will learn so much.  I’ll see you there.

Do Anywhere Resistance Band Fitness w/Juliet


So much to do but so little time, how do we fit exercising in our daily routine?  I have two words for you: resistance bands.  They are lightweight and portable, take up very little space and are safe and easy to use anywhere, whether it’s at the office, home, or while we travel.

At this year’s Expo, we will have Juliet Gould teaching us various exercises that we can do with resistance bands, anytime, anywhere. She has been in the health and fitness industry for the better part of a decade and uses her unique experiences with diverse clients as a basis for her individualized, holistic approach. She has experience working with clients having conditions ranging from arthritis to neuromuscular disorders. She holds certification through the American and Aerobics Fitness Association of America in Group Exercise Instruction and Personal Fitness Training. As the sole proprietor of Fitness by Jules Personal Training & Wellness Coaching, she provides in home individualized health and fitness programs. Find her online at

There are no excuses anymore, exercise is important and after participating in Juliet’s demo we’ll have useful knowledge that we can start using right away. Come to the expo, I promise you’ll have a great time.


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Vibrational sound healing


Western science has proven what ancient traditions have known for centuries: sound has the power to heal. Vibration/Sound Therapy is based on the idea that all illness or disease is characterized by blockage in the channels on some level. When there is a blockage, the organ in question stops vibrating at a healthy frequency and thus it results in some kind of illness. Through sound and light one can break up, dissolve and release these blockages that initiate in our light or etheric body.

There are different types of Vibration/Sound therapy, at this years expo Diane Anderson, MSW, will be offering Vibration/Sound healing with Ohm Therapeutics tuning forks, singing bowls, and music. Based on the primordial sound of ohm, this system enhances, grounds, and strengthens the overall body, including the immune system.

Come to the Expo and visit Diane at our complimentary spa & benefit from this wonderful service


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Vibration/Sound Therapy. (n.d.). Retrieved April 13, 2016, from YCD Holistic Healing:



Zumba Fitness with Cat



Zumba is a dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez during the 1990s.

Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements.  The choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue and mambo.  Squats and lunges are also included.

In the mid-90s, Beto Perez forgot his tape of aerobics music for a class he was teaching.  He went to his car, listened to music – consisting of non-traditional salsa merengue music – and improvised a class using this non-traditional music.  After finding initial success in Colombia, he moved to the United States in 2001, where he teamed up with cofounder Alberto Perlman and a childhood friend, COO Alberto Aghion.  The trio produced a demo reel, and the concept was discovered and licensed by a company called Fitness Quest to create a direct marketing campaign and a line of home videos.

Years later and Zumba is still one of the most popular dance fitness program, over 180 countries worldwide, 15 million people go to Zumba classes on a regular basis.  Zumba it’s not just a dance class, it’s a party!!!



At this year’s expo Catherine Schoch will be having a fitness demo on this exhilarating dance fitness class.  Catherine has been a pioneer of Zumba in the Hudson Valley since 2007. Her dedication and love for this program will enable you to enjoy the true Zumba experience.

Take a trip around the world as you move to the rhythms of salsa, merengue, samba, flamenco and more! Tone and tighten your entire body. Zumba is an exciting and effective exercise program that is good for the mind, body, and soul! This class is appropriate for all ages and fitness levels.

Come to the expo and participate in this great demo.  We’ll have lots of fun together while becoming healthier.  We’ll see you there.

“Zumba brings the dance party into the health club.” USA Today 10 October 2011.


Let’s Break the Cycle of Familial Hypertension


You might think that hypertension is genetic and you get it from your family and there’s nothing you can do to change that.  That however, is not always the case.  It is important to realize that we also inherit our behavior from our family as well. This is good news!! But why is this good news you ask?  Because we can change our destiny! If our family members have high blood pressure we do not necessarily have to have high blood pressure. At this years expo physiologist Joel Weintraub will be teaching us how to reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure by improving our sleep and nutrition habits.  Let’s break this chain of familial hypertension together.  If we put our minds to it, anything is possible.

Joel Weintraub is a “humorous educator” who has managed to merge the formerly disparate worlds of comedy and education. From the “World Bank” to Dangerfield’s Comedy Club to major radio stations, the local news and the Food Channel … they have all laughed and learned with “Humor for the Health of it”.



T’ai Chi for Health



Tai chi helps reduce stress and anxiety. And it also helps increase flexibility and balance.


If you’re looking for a way to reduce stress, consider tai chi (TIE-CHEE). Originally developed for self-defense, tai chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that’s now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements.

Often shortened to t’ai chitaiji or tai chi in English usage, T’ai chi ch’uan or tàijíquán is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits.  The Chinese say that “whoever practices T’ai-chi, correctly and regularly, twice a day over a period of time, will gain the pliability of a child, the health of a lumberjack, and the peace of mind of the sage.”


There are five major styles of t’ai chi ch’uan, each named after the Chinese family from which it originated:

  • Chen-style(陳氏) of Chen Wangting (1580–1660)
  • Yang-style(楊氏) of Yang Lu-ch’an (1799–1872)
  • Wu- or Wu (Hao)-style(武氏) of Wu Yu-hsiang (1812–1880)
  • Wu-style(吳氏) of Wu Ch’uan-yu (1834–1902) and his son Wu Chien-ch’uan (1870–1942)
  • Sun-style(孫氏) of Sun Lu-t’ang (1861–1932)

Each style may have its own subtle emphasis on various tai chi principles and methods. There are also variations within each style. Some may focus on health maintenance, while others focus on the martial arts aspect of tai chi.


In Tai-Chi the focus is to relax our mind, our body and being, bringing an awakening presence and aliveness to every cell.  It is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels.  Using awareness, we mobilize the energy or “Chi” to move the body through the numerous postures that make up the Tai-Chi form. It is like the rhythmic flowing of the ocean.  Because tai chi is low impact, it may be especially suitable for older adults who otherwise may not exercise.

When learned correctly and performed regularly, tai chi can be a positive part of an overall approach to improving your health. The benefits of tai chi include:

  • Decreased stress and anxiety
  • Increased aerobic capacity
  • Increased energy and stamina
  • Increased flexibility, balance and agility
  • Increased muscle strength and definition

Some evidence indicates that tai chi also may help:

  • Enhance quality of sleep
  • Enhance the immune system
  • Lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure
  • Improve joint pain
  • Improve symptoms of congestive heart failure
  • Improve overall well-being in older adults
  • Reduce risk of falls in older adults



How to get started doing Tai Chi you may ask?  At this year’s expo Movement Arts Professional Celeste Graves will be doing a demo based on the international Tai Chi for Health programs of Dr. Paul Lam.  This presentation will include, Tai Chi for Fall Prevention; Tai Chi for Energy, and the advanced 73 Sun Style Tai Chi form.  Come to the expo and learn this great fitness method that’s been around for thousands of years and see how it will improve your quality of life.

Lee, M., & Ernst, E. (2011). Systematic reviews of t’ai chi: An overview. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 46.

Tai chi: A gentle way to fight stress. (n.d.). Retrieved from Mayo Clinic:

Wile, D. (2007). Taijiquan and Taoism from Religion to Martial Art and Martial Art to Religion. Journal of Asian Martial Arts , 16.

Raffle Winners




Here are the winners of the Raffle Prizes:

  1. Susan E. : Snipper’s Basket
  2. Bridget D. : $50 off birthday party at MAC Fitness
  3. Ashlee Q. : Topracin Basket
  4. Kathy V. : 3 month introductory membership to MAC Fitness
  5. Debbie F. : Avon Basket
  6. M Smith: $50 off Summer Camp at MAC Fitness
  7. Deborah R. : One month of free classes at Triumph Karate
  8. Dee H. : $50 gift certificate to Kingston Fine Jewe;ry
  9. Liz L. : 45min Swedish massage at the Welltree
  10. Ashlee S. : Free Stress relief hypnosis CD from the Welltree
  11. Kathy: One hour hypnosis session at the Welltree


Congratulations to all the winners, we’ll see you next year!!


Simple Solutions For Wellness & Weight-Loss!

facebook_1430332034017Dieting is now a thing of the past!  At the Women’s Health & Fitness Expo Dr. Ken Kochman will be hosting a workshop entitled: Simple Solutions For Wellness & Weight-Loss.  This fun & interactive workshop will finally give you the concrete solutions you’ve been searching for to help you discover your OPTIMAL HEALTH & help you achieve FAST, SIMPLE, AFFORDABLE & HEALTHY WEIGHT-LOSS by utilizing FREE support and balanced eating…all with NO pills, NO counting, NO exercise, and NO dieting!

Ken struggled with weight issues his entire life. After failing over the years on many “Diets” he was ready to give up! Along came this wonderful program and he was finally able to get rid of the extra 58 lbs he carried around for years! Inspired by his own personal success, with the help of his team is helping impact lives all over the nation. Ken has literally helped thousands of clients regain their lives and get on the road to optimal health! He is the founder of New York Spine & Wellness Center, has helped individuals and corporations create wellness programs and initiatives to help people regain their health.  Additionally, he has successfully implemented weight-loss programs into health professional practices throughout the nation, benefiting both doctor and patient.  And he is ready to help you too…



Take Shape For Life

We have gone mobile!!!




The Women’s Health & Fitness Expo website is now mobile friendly so our attendees can get information about what’s going on either by browsing the site on their mobile devices and/or getting our mobile web app with the schedule and speakers. The mobile web app is available at the website or by clicking this link (using their iPhone, Android or Blackberry) and saving the app to their phone homepage:

Now we all can keep up with what’s going on with the expo anywhere we go, check it out, I’m sure you’ll love it.