A ‘Gift of Bliss’ for Mother’s Day

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit

Mother’s Day is Just One Week Away!    

Stuck for ideas for mom? Want something unique?

Gift your mother a session of blissful relaxation – Reiki and Hypnosis Gift Certificates Are Available.

Both Reiki and Hypnosis Sessions offer a deep relaxation. Comments heard from clients after their session – 

~ “I never felt so relaxed before.”

~ “I feel restored.”

~ “I felt like I was enveloped in a warm blanket.”

~ “The hypnosis session felt like a massage of the mind.”

~ “Wow.”

Deep relaxation can offer a variety of health benefits – 

  • Relief of tension (emotional and physical)
  • Increased sense of calm and inner peace
  • Improved blood flow
  • Improved comfort
  • Improved energy
  • Improved sleep

After her session, mom will be sporting a smile and a ‘pink glow’ that comes from relaxation.

Cupcake gift for Mother's Day

Cupcake gift for Mother’s Day

To order a gift certificate email: info@dreamtimewellness.com or call – 978-283-4258.

FOB – Mention GMG and Receive 20% Special Discount for Mother’s Day Gift Certificates. 

Happy Mother’s Day!

Moms, however you celebrate your special day, be sure to remember to ‘gift yourself’ a gift of self-care.

Best in health,    Karen

 

Karen Pischke B.S.N., R.N., C.C.R.N. Alumnus. Certified Hypnotherapist, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Usui Reiki Teacher/Komyo Shihan. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness™ Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind & Spirit www.DreamtimeWellness.com. Find us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dreamtime-Wellness-/348619611849199

Disclaimer: This blog pro­vides gen­eral infor­ma­tion and dis­cus­sion about health and related sub­jects. The words and other con­tent pro­vided in this blog, and in any linked mate­ri­als, are not intended and should not be con­strued as med­ical advice. If the reader or any other per­son has a med­ical con­cern, he or she should con­sult with an appropriately licensed physi­cian or other health care worker. Never dis­re­gard pro­fes­sional med­ical advice or delay in seek­ing it because of some­thing you have read on this blog or in any linked materials. If you think you may have a med­ical emer­gency, call your doc­tor or 911 immediately. The views expressed on this blog and web­site have no rela­tion to those of any academic, hospital, practice or other insti­tu­tion with which the authors are affiliated.

 

Reiki Training for Animal Lovers

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit

Reiki 1st Degree/Shoden Training – Saturday and Sunday. April 9 and 10.*

Learn 1st Degree/Beginner Reiki with a focus on self-Reiki for relaxation and self-care.

Contact us for details – info@dreamtimewellness.com. 978-283-4258. Whether for self-care or professional Reiki practice, start your journey here with thorough, supportive classes. Additional practice opportunity and mentoring offered.
Note: *This 2-day class will help you get started with reiki for self-care, family and pets. Additional self-study, required reading and supervised practicums for certificate of completion.
The attendees of this Reiki Training have each expressed a deep love of animals and there will be additional focus on ‘Animal Reiki’ for this class. Animals respond to Reiki with signs of relaxation, helpful for optimal wellbeing and peak performance.

‘What is Reiki?’ – Reiki (ray-kee) is a hands-on (or non-touch for those that prefer) healing method/art that originated in Japan in 1922. During a session, recipients are fully clothed and can lie down or sit for their sessions. Preliminary search indicates that a session of Reiki can promote relaxation and potentially decrease stress, increase calm, and improve comfort. More information on Reiki and other integrative therapies can be found at the National Center Complementary and Integrative Health (www.nccih.gov.) Not to take the place of conventional medicine, Reiki is offered in hospitals and other healthcare settings as supportive care for patients undergoing cancer treatment, pain management, and before and after surgery.

~ Try it, and feel for yourself what Reiki is about.~

For more information about Reiki or to schedule a session or training – info@DreamtimeWellness.com or call 978-283-4258.

 From Critical Care Nurse to Hypnotherapist Reiki Teacher/ProviderAfter many years in critical care nursing, I began working in the field of interactive medicine, with a focus on wellness and prevention. I have been offering Reiki in healthcare and hospitals since 1999 and have coordinated and started Reiki programs at hospitals and cancer centers including North Shore Medical Center, Mass General Hospital (Danvers and Boston) and Tufts Medical Center, and been involved  in Reiki research. Private Reiki sessions – offered in Danvers (Lahey Outpatient Center/Pain Management,) Peabody (North Shore Medical Dental Center,) in homes, hospitals and hospice settings. Group Reiki Sessions – offered in Danvers and Manchester-by-the-Sea as a more affordable option. Dreamtime Wellness™ – Supportive, adjunctive, collaborative care with Reiki and Hypnosis.
*Free Introduction to Reiki Lectures –
  • April 6th at Common Crow Natural Market. Gloucester MA
  • May 19th at Hathorne Hill. Danvers MA
*Ask about continuing education opportunities for case managers, nurses and social workers.
Best in health,   Karen

Karen Pischke B.S.N., R.N., C.C.R.N. Alumnus. Certified Hypnotherapist, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Usui Reiki Teacher/Komyo Shihan. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness™ Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind & Spirit www.DreamtimeWellness.com. Find us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dreamtime-Wellness-/348619611849199

Disclaimer: This blog pro­vides gen­eral infor­ma­tion and dis­cus­sion about health and related sub­jects. The words and other con­tent pro­vided in this blog, and in any linked mate­ri­als, are not intended and should not be con­strued as med­ical advice. If the reader or any other per­son has a med­ical con­cern, he or she should con­sult with an appropriately licensed physi­cian or other health care worker. Never dis­re­gard pro­fes­sional med­ical advice or delay in seek­ing it because of some­thing you have read on this blog or in any linked materials. If you think you may have a med­ical emer­gency, call your doc­tor or 911 immediately. The views expressed on this blog and web­site have no rela­tion to those of any academic, hospital, practice or other insti­tu­tion with which the authors are affiliated.

Resolve to Achieve Your Healthy Goals for 2016!

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit

New Year’s Resolutions – The tradition of New Year’s resolutions can include the promise of self-improvement or doing more to help others.

According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, listed among the top 10 Resolutions in 2015 were –

 #1 – Lose Weight.     #5 – Stay Fit and Healthy.     #7 – Stop Smoking

All 3 Can be Helped Through Reiki, Meditation and Hypnosis! The 2015 Holiday Season has come to a close and now it’s time to get back on track with healthy eating, exercise, and other positive, healthy goals.For the full list of ‘Top 10 Resolutions in 2015’ – Statistic Brain Research Institute

A Google Consumer Survey found the top 2 Resolutions for 2016 were –

#1 – Enjoy Life to the Fullest       #2 – Enjoy a Healthier Lifestyle.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said – “The 1st Wealth is Health.” Enjoying greater levels of health and well-being allows you to more easily Enjoy Life to the Fullest. And, resolving to make positive changes towards a healthier lifestyle allows you to be Healthier and Enjoy Life to the Fullest for a Lifetime!

If YOU Want to Make Positive, Healthy Changes in 2016, Consider Reiki, Meditation and Hypnosis to Help You Successfully Achieve This Year’s ‘New Year’s Resolutions.’ Reiki, Meditation and Hypnosis are natural ways to reduce stress, relax the mind and body, and improve focus. These techniques added to other comprehensive, evidence-based programs for healthy eating, weight reduction, exercise, and strength training provide a more collaborative approach to improving your success rate.

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Complementary and Integrative Therapies for Supportive Cancer Care

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit

Hospitals around the country are offering integrative therapies as part of comprehensive, collaborative cancer treatment. According to the National Center Complementary and Integrative Health Integrative Medicine is a total approach to healthcare combining standard (conventional) medicine with complementary therapies that have been studied and shown to be safe and effective.

Integrative Oncology

Integrative Therapies for Cancer Care

Complementary and Integrative Therapies – (include but are not limited to) – Acupuncture, Expressive Art, Hypnosis, Massage, Mediation, Mindfulness, Music Therapy, Reiki, Tai Chi, Yoga and Qi Gong.

Complementary and Integrative Approaches for Cancer Symptoms and Treatment Side Effects

“NCCIH-funded research has suggested that:

  • Cancer patients who receive integrative therapies while in the hospital have less pain and anxiety.
  • Massage therapy may lead to short-term improvements in pain and mood in patients with advanced cancer.
  • Yoga may relieve the persistent fatigue that some women experience after breast cancer treatment.”

(Source: https://nccih.nih.gov/health/integrative-health)

  • A study by Birocco et al. found that Reiki (ray-kee) sessions (one to four half-hour sessions in this study) provided to 118 patients receiving chemotherapy in an outpatient infusion clinic were helpful in improving well-being, relaxation, pain relief, sleep quality and reducing anxiety. Those that received the full 4 sessions had a significant (P <.000001) reduction in anxiety. (Source: The effects of Reiki therapy on pain and anxiety in patients attended a day oncology and infusion services unit. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2012 Jun;29(4):290-4.)
Reiki Sessions Promote a Relaxed State of Mind and Body

Reiki Promotes a Relaxed State of Mind and Body

  • Self-Hypnotic induction decreased pain and anxiety in women undergoing large core breast biopsy (Source: Adjunctive Self-hypnotic Relaxation for Outpatient Medical Procedures: A Prospective Randomized Trial with Women Undergoing Large Core Breast Biopsy. Lang, E., et al. Pain. 2006 December 15; 126(1-3): 155–164.
  • Acupuncture has been shown to be an effective and safe adjunct therapy for cancer care for: chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Studies also suggest acupuncture may be helpful in managing cancer-related pain, chemotherapy-related neutropenia, chemotherapy-induced neutropenia, cancer fatigue, and radiation-induced dry mouth (xerostomia.) (Source: The Value of Acupuncture in Cancer Care. weeding, L. et al. Hematol Oncol Clin North Am. 2008 Aug; 22(4) 631-viii. NIHMSID: NIHMS65572
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Auricular Acupuncture

Hospitals offering Integrative Therapies –  in Boston include – Beth Israel-Deaconness, Boston Medical Center, Dana Farber, Mass General, and Tufts Medical Center. North of Boston – Lahey Healthcare (Beverly, Burlington, Danvers, Peabody, Winchester,) North Shore Medical Center (Lynn, Salem) and Mass General North (Danvers.)

Communicate with your oncology doctors and nurses about your use of integrative therapies for supportive care during treatment. Tell all your health care providers about any complementary health approaches you use to ensure coordinated, effective and safe care.

Important to Note: Some integrative therapies, over-the-counter medications, herbs and supplements may not be warranted or even be contraindicated because they may negatively impact your care during treatment for cancer. Check with you doctor, oncologist, and oncology nurse prior to using to assure safe, effective care.

What You Need to Know About Complementary and Integrative Therapies and Cancer Care – the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Therapies conducts and supports research, and provides information about complementary health products and practices. Rigorous studies are conducted to determine the safety and effectiveness of therapies, herbs and supplements. For More Information – https://nccih.nih.gov/health/tips/cancer

6 Things You Need to Know About Complementary Therapies – https://nccih.nih.gov/health/tips/cancer

How to Find a Complementary and Integrative Practitionerhttps://nccih.nih.gov/health/howtofind.htm

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Golfing Cape Ann and Special Gifts for Father’s Day

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind & Spirit

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind & Spirit

Father’s Day is almost here! Looking for a Gift for the Special Men in Your Life? Here are some ideas for those that love to golf – A round of golf at their favorite course. Golf lessons with a pro. A gym membership for improved fitness, strength and flexibility to avoid injury and improve their game. Or, for a Unique Gift – a Session of ‘Hypnotherapy for Improved Golf.’   

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Improve Your Game With Hypnosis

Golf opportunities on Cape Ann –

  • Bass Rocks Golf Club. Gloucester MA
  • Cape Ann Golf Club. Essex MA
  • Rockport Golf Club. Rockport MA

For more information on golfing on Cape Ann – http://capeannvacations.com/wordpress/golf-gloucester/

Golf is Exercise for the Body and the Brain. For those that don’t think of golf as exercise, golf entails walking, balance, flexibility and coordination for the body. Plus mental focus and concentration for the mind.

Walk the Course – for more exercise walk and enjoy the natural surroundings of Cape Ann. Incorporate ‘walking meditation’ from ball-to-ball and hole-to-hole for added health benefits.

Research shows that just a half-hour of moderately intense exercise a day can improve your health and extend your life.

For more information on health benefits of golf and benefits of exercise overall – http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/golf_exercise

Incorporate a training program to avoid injury. Study shows that “Implementing a training program that includes flexibility, strength, and power training with correction of faulty swing mechanics will help the golfer reduce the likelihood of injury and improve overall performance.”

Sources – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3445090/ and  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19387406

Hypnotherapy to Improve Your Golf Game.  Recent study shows that “hypnosis may positively control emotions, thoughts, feelings, and perceptions. Hypnosis can help you feel more relaxed, confident and in control. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11219648

Golf is a Mental Game – Relax, Visualize, Believe and Succeed!

This hypnotherapy program from Dreamtime Wellness™ is for golfers wanting to

  • Feel more comfortable on the course
  • Improve scores
  • Lower handicaps
  • Have more FUN!

Discounted Gift Certificates Available Through Monday, June 22nd. To Order – Call 978-283-4258 or Email: info@DreamtimeWellness.com. Gift Certificates can be sent via email for faster delivery. Contact us for details.

Lower Your Score. Have More Fun.

Gift certificate is for a private one-on-one session of hypnotherapy. In this session you will learn simple techniques for relaxation and self-hypnosis and receive a recording for ongoing reinforcement.

SAVE $20.00 when you purchase a gift certificate by June 22nd! Mention GMG and SAVE  $10.00 YEAR ROUND when you purchase a gift certificate. *Dreamtime Wellness™ Gift Certificates can be applied to other services and hypnotherapy sessions can be used towards other healthy positive goals. (Note: some restrictions for hypnosis apply. Contact us with any questions.)

Teach Your Children Well 

However you Celebrate Father’s Day, Enjoy a Beautiful Day!    ~ Karen

 

Karen Pischke B.S.N., R.N., Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Reiki Teacher/Shihan, Tobacco Treatment Specialist. In addition to a private wellness business, Karen has been employed as the RN/Reiki Provider and Hypnotherapist at NSMC, RN/Reiki Provider at Mass General Cancer Center (Danvers and Boston,) and currently is the RN/Reiki Provider at Lahey Danvers Outpatient Center/for the Pain Management Integrative Healthcare. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness™ Since 2000. Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind & Spirit. More information can be found at –www.DreamtimeWellness.com. Follow on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dreamtime-Wellness-/348619611849199

Disclaimer: This blog pro­vides gen­eral infor­ma­tion and dis­cus­sion about health and related sub­jects. The words and other con­tent pro­vided in this blog, and in any linked mate­ri­als, are not intended and should not be con­strued as med­ical advice. If the reader or any other per­son has a med­ical con­cern, he or she should con­sult with an appropriately licensed physi­cian or other health care worker. Never dis­re­gard pro­fes­sional med­ical advice or delay in seek­ing it because of some­thing you have read on this blog or in any linked materials. If you think you may have a med­ical emer­gency, call your doc­tor or 911 immediately. The views expressed on this blog and web­site have no rela­tion to those of any academic, hospital, practice or other insti­tu­tion with which the authors are affiliated.

June is PTSD Awareness Month

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind & Spirit

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind & Spirit

June has been designated PTSD Awareness Month by the National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD).

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder resulting from exposure to a single or multiple traumatic events, such physical or sexual assault, natural or man-made disaster, and war-related combat stress. Symptoms of PTSD include persistent intrusive thoughts and distressing dreams about the traumatic event, triggered emotional responses to reminders of the trauma, efforts to avoid thinking or talking about the trauma, and persistent hypervigilance for cues that indicate additional danger or trauma re-occurring.

PTSD Statistics –

According to the National Center for PTSD,

  • about 7 to 8 percent of the U.S. population will have PTSD at some point in their lives.
  • about 5.2 million adults have PTSD during a given year.
  • Veterans with PTSD by service era:
    • Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom: About 11-20%
    • Gulf War (Desert Storm):  12%
    • Vietnam War: Estimated that 30% of Vietnam Veterans have had PTSD in their lifetime.
    • Estimated # of Veteran suicides per day – 20 (Source: CDC)

Some Symptoms of PTSD –

  • Anxiety and/or Depression
  • Sleep Disturbance and Nightmares
  • Irritability and outbursts of anger
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Hypervigilance (on constant “red alert”)
  • Feeling jumpy and easily startled
  • Substance Abuse
  • Suicidal Thoughts and Feelings

**Anyone can get PTSD at any age. If you or someone you know are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your physician for assistance.

Some Treatments for PTSD –

  • Counseling – Psychotherapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Family
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • Medications for anxiety/depression

Complementary and Integrative Therapies for PTSD  –

  • Acupuncture
  • Hypnosis
  • Meditation
  • Qi Gong
  • Reiki
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Yoga

Many hospitals in the Boston area now advertise integrative healthcare programs. Fort Hood (TX,) Fort Belvoir (VA) and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (MD) offer integrative healthcare services to veterans (Eg. massage, reiki, reflexology and yoga.) A 2008 American Hospital Association survey found that 84 percent of hospitals reported patient demand as the primary rationale in offering complementary and integrative medicine services.

~ Ask your physician about ordering counseling and integrative services for PTSD, stress and/or pain management. When in the hospital, ask if these services are available. ~

Sources and for More Information – 

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/post-traumatic-stress-disorder/basics/treatment/con-20022540

http://www.helpguide.org

http://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/PTSD

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml

http://www.cause-usa.org/main/home.cfm?PageID=47

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2009/04/01/army-s-new-ptsd-treatments-yoga-reiki-bioenergy/

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml

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(*Flag photo shared with permission of Jay Albert. http://capeannimages.blogspot.com. Thanks Jay!)

My Pledge – Veterans diagnosed with PTSD can sign up for a FREE sample session of Reiki during the month of June. Reiki (ray-kee) Ryoho is a Japanese healing method/art that is offered through light or non-touch to create a relaxed state of mind and body. Reiki is offered for relaxation, stress reduction and pain relief, offered as part of an integrative healthcare program. Note: Reiki is not meant to take the place of conventional medicine or healthcare, but is intended as supportive care.

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Relax and Restore with Reiki

To Schedule a Sample Reiki Session During the Month of June – Email – info@dreamtimewellness.com or call – 978-283.4258. Register Early. Space is limited. FREE Sample Sessions will be offered to Veterans with a diagnosis of PTSD – Wednesdays in Danvers MA at Lahey Outpatient Center, Danvers MA. Thursdays  at the North Shore Medical Dental Center, Peabody MA.

Ongoing Dreamtime Wellness™ Reiki Shares/Clinics (‘By Donation’)  –

  • ‘Community Reiki Share’ first Tuesdays in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA
  • ‘Reiki Clinic’ – second Wednesdays in Danvers MA

‘Reiki Shares/Clinics’ are an affordable way to experience the relaxation benefits of Reiki. 

All Levels of Reiki Training Available at Dreamtime Wellness™ – Thorough, supportive training for those that wish to learn Reiki as a tool for ‘relaxation, stress reduction, and pain relief,’ for self-care, with loved ones or at advanced levels, you may wish to work in a professional setting.

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When people ask about Reiki, I often think of the Mikey cereal commercial – “Try It, You’ll Like It.”  Reiki is best explained through the experience of a session.   ~ Karen 

~ Karen Pischke B.S.N., R.N., Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Reiki Teacher/Shihan, Tobacco Treatment Specialist. In addition to a private wellness business, Karen has been employed as the RN/Reiki Provider and Hypnotherapist at NSMC, RN/Reiki Provider at Mass General Cancer Center (Danvers and Boston,) and currently is the RN/Reiki Provider at Lahey Danvers Outpatient Center/for the Pain Management Integrative Healthcare. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness™ Since 2000. Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind & Spirit. More information can be found at –www.DreamtimeWellness.com. Follow on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dreamtime-Wellness-/348619611849199

 

Disclaimer: This blog pro­vides gen­eral infor­ma­tion and dis­cus­sion about health and related sub­jects. The words and other con­tent pro­vided in this blog, and in any linked mate­ri­als, are not intended and should not be con­strued as med­ical advice. If the reader or any other per­son has a med­ical con­cern, he or she should con­sult with an appropriately licensed physi­cian or other health care worker. Never dis­re­gard pro­fes­sional med­ical advice or delay in seek­ing it because of some­thing you have read on this blog or in any linked materials. If you think you may have a med­ical emer­gency, call your doc­tor or 911 immediately. The views expressed on this blog and web­site have no rela­tion to those of any academic, hospital, practice or other insti­tu­tion with which the authors are affiliated.