Healing From Within

In Session 3 of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Support the Front series “Well-Being for CRNAs and SRNAs,” moderator Rodrigo Garcia, MBA, APN-BC, MSN, CRNA spoke with Matthew Zinder MS, CH, CRNA, and Jason Kniola, NCC, LMHC, LCAC, LCPC, on the topic of “Healing From Within.”

Both Matt and Jason draw on Eastern-inspired wellness traditions like Mindfulness, controlled breathing, and even hypnotism to promote health and happiness in their patients. Their insights are fascinating and helpful. You’ll find a link to the free video here. Stick around to the end of the video for a mini guided meditation with Jason.

Matt Zinder is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and Certified Hypnotherapist. Along with his many professional achievements and endeavors, he is also the host of the Going Viral wellness podcast.

Matt begins his talk dispelling rumors and misunderstandings about what hypnotherapy is and what it can (and cannot) do. As he explains, hypnotherapy takes “advantage of different levels of consciousness” to manifest desired outcomes. By intentionally entering a subconscious state, we can encourage our conscious mind to manifest changes. The subconscious mind, he says, is “incredibly literal, and incredibly suggestible.” He shares a fascinating example of how this can work by explaining how he uses hypnotherapy to help pre-surgery patients calm their fears and feel better post-op.

He tells us that, while the idea of hypnosis may seem exotic and mystical, it is already a part of our daily lives—even if we’re not aware of it. We all sometimes “drift off” during our day-to-day activities. To demonstrate, he asks us to think about times when we have been driving and arrive at our destination with no clear memory of the trip we’ve just made. This is an example of self-hypnosis, he says, where our conscious mind “goes elsewhere and the subconscious mind takes over.”

He stresses that a hypnotherapist cannot make a person do something they do not want to do. Side-show acts where hypnosis has audience members clucking like chickens, he says, demonstrate a willingness on the part of the volunteer to perform—not the hypnotist’s power over them. He also explained that, contrary to what we may see in movies, one cannot be “trapped” in a hypnotic state. Hypnosis is voluntary and cannot be forced upon someone.

Matt also discusses the incredible possibilities of controlled breathing to help us mediate our own physical well-being. He introduces the practices of noted controlled breathing expert, Wim Hoff, and his extraordinary findings. By simply controlling of our breathing, we can change our body’s responses to pain and illness and even improve our own immune system.

Below, you’ll find links to a number of the references Matt makes during his talk if you’d like to explore further.

Listen to Matt’s own health and wellness podcast,“Going Viral.”

Tune in to Matt’s conversation with Jon Lowrance on the podcast “From the Head of the Bed.” In this episode, they discuss techniques for stress management and mindfulness for healthcare providers in light of the current COVID19 pandemic.

In this episode of “From the Head of the Bed” with Jon Lowrance, Matt leads listeners through a fifteen-minute guided relaxation session.

Meet Ron Eslinger, Matt’s initial teacher in the field of hypnosis.

Learn more about Wim Hoff and his incredible breathing techniques for health and wellness here.

Discover The Shift, a device to help us breathe and calm ourselves, by Komuso.

Jason Kniola is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Addiction Counselor. His practice weaves in elements of Buddhist philosophy for health and well-being. He is an expert on meditation, yoga, and Mindfulness.

Jason describes the broad possibilities for integrating Mindfulness and meditation in our every day lives. With even a little practice, we can use these tools throughout our day to curb anxiety, stress, and pain. He explains when we take a few moments to focus on our breathing, paying attention to one breath at a time, it gives us a “nervous system reset,” and we can do this virtually anywhere, at any time. For example, he encourages what he calls “Grocery Store Standing-in-Line Meditation” in which we take advantage of these few free minutes to check in on how we feel and use breathing techniques to calm ourselves.

Jason explains that he uses tools from the Mindfulness practice to help his patients deal with chronic pain. He quotes Mindfulness guru Jon Kabat-Zinn, “Pain x Resistance = Suffering.” By intentionally breathing through pain and not fighting it, Jason says we can actually lessen our suffering. He adds that mindfulness practices are now being used to improve other mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and ADHD.

Join Jason as he leads this ten-minute guided meditation.

Learn and practice with Jason.

Watch and learn more about Jon Kabat-Zinn and Mindfulness: Jon explains the basics of Mindfulness and how it improves our wellbeing.

In this video, Jon discusses Mindfulness, Healing, and Wisdom in a Time of COVID-19.

In this session, Jon guides listeners through a relaxing, centering, full-body scan meditation.

Five sessions remain in the AANA and Support the Front’s “Well-Being for CRNAs and SRNAs” series. While designed with medical professionals in mind, anyone is welcome to attend these free live discussions. Simply visit the Support the Front web page to learn more about upcoming sessions and to register.

Tuesday, 09 February 2021 09:03