Natalie Kohlhaas MA LPC NCC CPCS  IMHCounseling

Relaxation and Sleep

 

Anyone who's ever experienced a fitful night of sleep knows that "just relax" is easier said than done. But theraputic guided imagery can help you to slip off while putting worries or discomfort behind you. Sleep meditations literally walk you through guided imagery and help you find a calm and peaceful state—one step at a time. Sleep meditations can range from five minutes to one hour and can be paired with theraputic messages and skill training.

 

Treatment modalities for relaxation and sleep work:

 

Mindfulness Training - learning "in the moment" techniques that enhance peace and calm, which can reduce and prevent apprehensiveness.

 

Hypnotherapy - an altered state of awareness, perception or consciousness that is used, by licensed and trained doctors or masters prepared individuals, for treating psychological or physical problems in a highly relaxed state.

 

Bilateral Stimulation -  stimuli (visual, auditory, or tactile) which occur in a rhythmic left-right pattern. During meditation, auditory bilateral stimulation involves listening to tones that alternate between the left and right sides of the head.

 

Nutrition - ultimately, to maintain a normal sleep rhythm, one must maintain a normal eating rhythm. Part of the reason for this linking of eating and sleeping is the body's cortisol rhythm.

 

Breathwork -  a powerful, safe, and gentle breathing technique which releases stress from the body and increases your energy level for the purpose of experiencing more ease and pleasure in your life.