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Jenn King, CHt Clinical Hypnotherapist & Birth Professional

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Jenn became a clinical hypnotherapist specifically for the purpose of working with women from conception through postpartum.  She has been passionate about everything birth and babies for more than a decade now and when she learned about the applications for hypnosis in this field, it was an easy path to follow.  Her experience as a childbirth educator & birth doula as well as from working at a Midwifery clinic in Vancouver and serving on the Board of Directors for the Doula Services Association of BC has provided Jenn with a valuable education and gives her a very unique skill set and ability to truly understand the needs of childbearing women.

HypnoMammas is a full suite of hypnosis services dedicated to meeting the needs of these women.

Hypnosis offers a natural and extremely effective option whether
– trying to conceive: improving natural fertility or dealing with infertility and ART, miscarriage
– pregnant: nausea, lifestyle changes, childbirth preparation
– postpartum: sleep, breastfeeding, traumatic birth healing

Jenn also offers a variety of general hypnosis sessions promoting overall health & wellness.  Please go to www.JennKingCHt.com for more complete information about the programs mentioned above, hypnosis and how it can help you.

The Credentials…
Jennifer had the privilege of learning from one of the greatest minds in the field of hypnosis: world-renowned Gerald Kein, director of the Omni Hypnosis Training Center in DeLand, Florida.  “Having trained thousands of hypnotists and hypnotherapists worldwide (in over fifty countries), he is widely recognized as one of the leading instructors of clinical hypnotism. … He serves as Executive Director of the National Board of Hypnosis Education and Certification… is also a contributing author to The Journal of Hypnotism, and serves on the Advisory Board and on the Certification Board of the National Guild of Hypnotists.”

Since achieving these basic certifications, she has not stopped learning; Jenn has taken numerous courses on various hypnotic applications and has completed the Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist training offered at the Coastal Academy of Hypnotic Arts & Sciences.  She completed the birth doula training and breastfeeding support course through Douglas College.  Jenn is also a certified Painless Childbirth Specialist, a Certified Hypno-Doula, as well as a Certified HypnoFertility Specialist,  having trained with Lynsi Eastburn – an established leader in the field of hypnosis for fertility, author of It’s Conceivable: Hypnosis for Fertility and recipient of the Hypnosis Research Award from the National Guild of Hypnotists.  She will be completing more fertility training in September 2011 with James Schwartz, Board Certified Hypnotherapist and author of the Mind-Body Fertility Connection.

Jenn is very proud to have been the very first Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor in Canada.  Hypnobabies is a highly successful 6 week complete childbirth education course using Gerald Kein’s Painless Childbirth techniques instead of simple relaxation, breathing or guided imagery; Hypnobabies uses the same hypnosis techniques people employ when preparing for surgery.  Hypnobabies also provides expecting couples with all the valuable information they need to make informed decisions for their unique birthing; this IS your prenatal class and is recognized as such by an international certifying body for Doulas or professional labor assistants (DONA International).
Hypnobabies offers high quality, complete childbirth education plus a toolbox of comprehensive, in-depth childbirth hypnosis tools.
Classes are being taught in downtown Vancouver at Bloom Community Midwives as well as in Squamish at Sky High Lifestyles, Naturopathic & Chiropractic wellness clinic.  Please contact Jenn for more information or to register.

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To contact Jenn
www.JennKingCHt.com
info@hypnomammas.com
604.375.8831

Jenn is very excited to be joining the team at Glow.  Please don’t hesitate to contact her for more information or with any questions you may have about the services she offers.

Understanding Acupuncture Time To Try It?

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Acupuncture is a traditional medicine that’s been practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years. Its proponents say it can do everything from relieving pain to bringing a general sense of wellness. Others think the only benefits you get from acupuncture are in your head. Recent studies have found that both sides may have a point. Acupuncture can be effective for certain health problems, such as some types of chronic pain. But how it works is something of a mystery.

Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body. The methods can vary, but the most well known type in the United States is the insertion of thin metal needles through the skin. At least 3 million adults nationwide use acupuncture every year, according to the latest estimates.

Acupuncture is part of a family of procedures that originated in China. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the body contains a delicate balance of 2 opposing and inseparable forces: yin and yang. Yin represents the cold, slow or passive principle. Yang represents the hot, excited or active principle. Health is achieved through balancing the 2. Disease comes from an imbalance that leads to a blockage in the flow of qi—the vital energy or life force thought to regulate your spiritual, emotional, mental and physical health. Acupuncture is intended to remove blockages in the flow of qi and restore and maintain health.

Researchers don’t know how these ideas translate to our Western understanding of medicine, explains Dr. Richard L. Nahin of NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. But the fact is that many well-designed studies have found that acupuncture can help with certain conditions, such as back pain, knee pain, headaches and osteoarthritis.

“In many research studies, it’s clear that if you’re comparing acupuncture to usual care, the acupuncture group almost always does better,” Nahin says. The problem, he explains, is that when researchers have compared acupuncture to carefully designed “control” treatments, the picture becomes more complicated.

Well-designed clinical trials need control groups—people who get a sham or simulated treatment called a placebo. Placebos might come in the form of a sugar pill or a saline injection. They give researchers something to compare the real treatment with. But designing a placebo for acupuncture is a challenge.

“I don’t really think you can come up with a great placebo needling,” says Dr. Karen J. Sherman, an NIH-funded acupuncture researcher at Group Health Research Institute in Seattle.

For example, when researchers have compared inserting needles with just pressing a toothpick onto acupuncture points, they’ve often found both treatments to be successful. But Sherman questions whether these are really controls. Many traditional acupuncturists would consider them true treatments, too. The important thing, in their view, is to hit the right spot, not necessarily how deep you go.

Another option for a placebo would be to test a different location. But Sherman says that would be inappropriate for treating pain because acupuncturists traditionally needle tender points. “To me, there’s no place on the back, if you have back pain, where you can say you have a great control,” Sherman says, “so I don’t think that’s a really solid idea.”

Further complicating things is that acupuncture treatments are about more than just needles. “There’ll be needles,” Sherman says, “but there’ll probably be other things they do in the course of the treatment. Acupuncturists will talk to you in a particular way. They might give you dietary advice or exercise advice that stems from a non-Western theoretical construct. They’ll try to engage you in your own healing. They might give you a different model for thinking about your health.”

“It’s hard to design placebo-controlled studies of acupuncture when we don’t understand what the active component of the intervention is,” explains Dr. Richard E. Harris, an NIH-funded researcher at the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Treatment for pain is the best-studied aspect of acupuncture. Many parts of the brain are connected in the processing of pain, and how much pain you feel partly depends on context. “If a person has an injury in battle, they might not feel it,” Sherman explains, “but if they have a similar injury just walking down the street, they might just think it was dreadful.”

“If you look at some of the data, what you find is that sham acupuncture and true acupuncture both produce some pain relief in whatever condition they’re looking at,” Nahin says. “But while both treatments turn on areas of the brain, they turn on different areas of the brain.”

Harris and his colleagues, in studies of fibromyalgia patients, have found differences at the molecular level as well. “We were able to show that sham acupuncture and real acupuncture both reduced pain in fibromyalgia patients equally,” he says, “but they do it by different mechanisms.”

If acupuncture truly works by a different mechanism than sham acupuncture, Harris says, then they’re not the same thing, even if they both help relieve pain. Harris and others are now trying to get to the bottom of what acupuncture is actually doing. Their ultimate goal is to see if other treatments might pair well with acupuncture to reduce pain better than either alone.

Should you try acupuncture? Studies have found it to be very safe, with few side effects. If you’re thinking about it, talk to your doctor. “We tell people they really need to talk to their primary care provider and discuss whether acupuncture is a viable option for them,” Nahin says. “While you could go to an acupuncturist independent of a medical practitioner, we feel that an integrated approach to care is always the best approach.”

“Find somebody who’s dealt with your problem before,” Sherman advises. “Talk to the practitioner about your specific situation and then see if it’s something you can live with because it might not be the right treatment for you.”

If you do decide to try acupuncture, she adds, “You need to know that you should give it some time. You can’t expect one session will tell you whether it works or not. Be open minded and willing to at least entertain some of the notions that the acupuncturist brings up. Give it a try if you’re open to it.”
– from News In Health article February 2011