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.


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”.



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

Strong is the New Sexy (isn’t it??)

amy-frischJoin us at the 15th Annual Women’s Health & Fitness Expo where Amy Frisch will be having a talk about Real Beauty, how our self-talk and behaviors not only affect our own confidence level but how readily that gets translated in our relationships. Participants are encouraged to  become more self-aware of their perceptions of beauty, aging, and being female through interactive exercises and sharing.

This is a very important discussion that we should all attend.  With the way women are portrayed in the media and Hollywood’s idea of female beauty our perceptions have become askewed and our confidence level  is not as it should.

Girls on the Run® is an international non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential. Amy Frisch, LCSWR, specializes in work with women and adolescent girls and is the Ulster County Coordinator for Girls on the Run.

Come to the expo, where we will learn not just to be healthy physically but spiritually as well.  Mind and body will be addressed and I hope you can join us.

Diabetes Academy: Carb Counting Practical Tips




When it comes to carb counting there is no such thing as a pro.  There is no master’s degree or PhD in Carbohydrate Science at any major university.  However, when it comes to keeping blood glucose levels in control, carbohydrate counting works better than any other system.  Better than counting calories. Better than avoiding sugar. And certainly better than the exchange system.

Carbohydrate is what raises blood glucose level abruptly after meals.  Counting and managing the amount of carbohydrate in your diet has important benefits, especially for those diabetics who are insulin dependent.  Carbohydrate counting allows you to match doses of mealtime rapid-acting insulin to the foods you eat.  This allows for almost unlimited dietary flexibility and helps to prevent post-meal highs and lows.

If you control your diabetes with diet and exercise, pills, or just one or two insulin injections a day, you can also use carbohydrate counting to improve your control.  Researchers at the University of Texas School of Allied Health Sciences in Galveston found that consistent carbohydrate intake in people with Type 2 diabetes leads to improvements in blood glucose control, whether or not a person also loses weight. In their study, people who ate consistent amounts of carbohydrate at regular intervals lowered their average blood glucose by 55 mg/dl, and lowered their average HbA1c from 8.8% to 6.9%.  (Gary Scheiner)



Registered Dietitians (RDs) who are also Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs) take great pride in helping people with diabetes learn to count carbohydrates.  Maryanne Kesting will be at the Women’s health & Fitness Expo hosting a workshop entitled; Diabetes Academy: Carb Counting Practical Tips.  This “Diabetes Academy” will cover basic meal planning and carb counting.  Information on how to use the Nutritional Facts Label will be discussed, as well as practical tips on healthy eating, portion sizes, and tips for dining out with diabetes.

Maryanne has been dedicated to improving the health and lives of persons living with diabetes for over 25 years.  She is currently working with Novo Nordisk’s Diabetes Education Program to reach out and educate communities, medical practices, and their staff on topics that will help patients with diabetes achieve the most desirable health outcomes.

This information will be vital not only for those who have diabetes but for their families as well.  Come to the expo and take part of this great workshop that may help change your life.


Works Cited
Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE. Counting Carbohydrates Like a Pro. 13 march 2014. <;.


Healthy Living and Weight Loss

Dominick-ArtusoAre you ready for a new image? Learn how you can change your life! Dr. Artuso will review weight loss options, explain current and new surgical weight loss procedures, and answer any questions you have ever had about gastric bypass surgery.

Dr. Artuso is an internationally recognized expert in the field of Bariatric Surgery and founder of the New Image Surgical Weight Loss Center in Dobbs Ferry, New York.

Come to the expo and participate in this workshop.  I’m sure we all have many questions about this subject, take advantage of this opportunity and enjoy this great information.

Care and Feeding for a Healthy and Happy Voice


“Vocal hygiene” can be thought of as the care and feeding of the voice. It refers to the things we do to keep the voice healthy. We work on improving how the larynx (voice box) works through voice therapy, but it is also important to take care of the voice by taking care of the body and using the voice well.  But there so much more to it than that.

Many know first-hand how critical singing is to our mood, but even the most avid songbirds often find consistent vocal health elusive. At this year’s Expo Elizabeth Gerbi will be hosting a workshop, where she will cover the basic tenets of vocal hygiene, explaining how the foods we eat, the fluids we drink, the air we breathe, the medication we’re prescribed, and even the feelings we suppress may affect singing and speech.

Elizabeth Gerbi is a well-known vocal educator, singer-actor, and musical conductor (150 productions). She is a Somatic Voicework Level III practitioner, a DMA student of Contemporary Voice Pedagogy at Shenandoah Conservatory, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre at SUNY New Paltz.

Come to the 15th Annual Women’s Health & Fitness Expo, so much to see, so much to learn!!

Women’s Self Defense, Awareness and Fight Back Seminar


Self-Defense is more than knowing how to fight back again a physical attack.  During your everyday activities, you never know when you might find yourself in a harmful situation.  Being aware of what is going on around us when we’re driving, walking, working, and even at home can make a big impact when it comes to our protection.

Participation in self-defense classes encourages you to think in terms of options and choices, develops your awareness and assertiveness skills and provides practice for physical self-defense techniques.  A good self-defense class will expand the way you think about violence prevention, help you deal with your fears and enable you to feel more empowered in your life.

When we talk about self-defense, what are we actually referring to? Self-defense is a set of awareness, assertiveness, verbal confrontation skills, safety strategies, and physical techniques that enable someone to successfully prevent, escape, resist and survive violent assaults.  The ability to have psychological awareness and verbal skills, not just physical training.

Does self-defense work?  Yes, it does.  Self-defense training increases your options and helps you prepare responses to avoid, slow down, de-escalate, or interrupt an attack, and also empowers one to prevent violence.  It doesn’t guarantee that we will always be safe BUT increasing our strategy options and preparedness to deal with unexpected situations will increase our chances of survival.

A basic course can offer enough concepts and skills to help you develop self-protection strategies that you can continue to build upon.  Self-defense training is not karate, although some of the techniques are derived from the martial arts.  The skills and techniques do not require years to perfect.  Certainly, practice is important and investing the time to review and perfect your skills can build confidence and increase your abilities.  The key is to make a commitment to participate in your own safety and to do what is necessary to reduce risk and become empowered to act, rather than to be acted upon.



With so many programs, how would you know which ones will best equip you to respond to or avoid an attack?  At this year’s expo Master Keith Bennett will be having his popular Women’s Self Defense, Awareness, and Fight Back seminar.  In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn practical, easy to remember steps for preventing assault through heightened awareness, as well as basic defensive maneuvers designed to create an opportunity to escape an attacker.

Master Bennett has been training in the Martial Arts since 1976.  He is a 7th degree Black Belt and an expert in self-defense and security.  He believes that everyone should have at least a basic ability to protect themselves in an emergency.  This is of outmost importance & I hope you attend this seminar.  This information may help save your life.


To register for demonstration please call: please call 399-3766 or 331-0009


Works Cited
Self-Defense Information. (n.d.). Retrieved from


5 Benefits of Laughter Yoga

Laughter yoga (Hasyayoga) is a practice involving prolonged voluntary laughter. Laughter yoga is based on the belief that voluntary laughter provides the same physiological and psychological benefits as spontaneous laughter. This type of yoga is done in groups, with eye contact and playfulness … Continue reading