Health and Nature

Health and Nature - A green plant in a forest - Vegetation

Exposure to forests boosts our immune system. In nature, we breathe in phytoncides, airborne chemicals released by plants to protect themselves from harmful diseases, germs and insects. Phytoncides have antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal qualities. These volatile organic compounds work by preventing the growth of attacking organisms. Breathing in phytoncides increases the number and activity of a white blood cell type known as natural killer cells. NK cells are reported to kill tumor and virus infected cells in our bodies.

Spending time around trees and looking at trees reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, helps control blood sugar, and improves the mood. Studies show it also reduces the stress-related hormones cortisol and adrenaline.

Researchers found that forest bathing trips significantly decrease anxiety, depression, anger, confusion and fatigue. And because stress inhibits the immune system, the health benefits of walking in forests are further magnified.

Spending time in nature helps us focus. It gives the cognitive portion of our brain a break, allowing us to restore our thinking and regain better perspective.

Researchers believe that the essential oils released by trees are partly accountable for the positive, therapeutic effects of forest therapy on our health. Regular forest walks can be an important lifestyle factor in the prevention of cancer and helpful adjunctive therapy for those diagnosed with illness.


Photo by Genvièv ~ Research by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Rewiring the Brain

Rewiring the Brain - A man holding a wine glass - Clark L. Hull

We have so much fun at my center working with brain plasticity.

Sometimes we develop enslaving habits. Habits that control us and seem to rob us from our freedom. Habits we feel we can’t seem to break free from.

The brain is the control center that creates, ignites and directs our emotions, sensations and automatic habits. Working with brain plasticity enables us to disconnect negative, sabotaging habits and reconnect healthier, positive alternatives.

I can’t begin to share how exhilarating it is for us to go from the debilitating despair of the all-consuming craving that enslaves our mind into a downward spiral of self-sabotate, guilt, pain, shame and blame, to the absolute liberation and victory of finally releasing it.

When, presented with the very object of the longing we couldn’t shake, we typically respond with a look of utter disgust and say: “Oh please, get this away from me, it’s digusting!” This, my friends, is freedom. The freedom of reclaiming our truth.

Your mind controls everything. Control your mind, control everything.

© Genvièv Martin-Bernard

As consulting hypnosis practitioners, we do not independently work with medical conditions, diagnose, treat or prescribe. We do not practice psychotherapy, we teach and train our clients to shift limiting beliefs, reach their goals and enhance their well-being using hypnotic techniques. Please note we do require a physician’s authorization before scheduling sessions and work only under your physician’s guidance. Working in close cooperation with your medical team enables us to ensure your progress in an optimal manner.

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