[00:00:00] Welcome to Move With Deb. I'm Deb your friendly neuroplastician. And this is a podcast that explores the relationship between the body and the mind from a health at every size, judgment, free perspective. I teach you how developing a new internal conversation based on curiosity, self friendship and simple neuro-plasticity techniques can rewire your bodymind out of pain and emotional overwhelm to help you build the rich full life that you want to live. Disclaimer, this is not a replacement for medical care.
[00:00:50] Hello everyone, it's Deb from the podcast, Move with Deb, and I know it has been a minute and I know that I owe you some Iceland trip follow up conversation with Charlie Merrill, PT and mind body clinician extraordinaire, but I am hopping around and wanted to make this cool announcement.
[00:01:16] So maybe this is just an announcement podcast, it's not even a podcast, that I have finished my integrative hypnosis training with Melissa Tiers of the Center for Integrative Hypnosis. She is one brilliant hypnosis teacher, and so now I am a certified hypnotist and here's the reason why I, um, did this training besides that, I absolutely, positively love learning from brilliant people.
[00:01:49] But here's why I did it. One of the things that I have noticed over being in this, um, pain recovery, life coaching space for over two years, has been this, that the absolute fact that neuroplasticity is a thing. Right? We studied this.
[00:02:10] There's beautiful books out there about neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the foundation of change and pain recovery is just one variety of mind body changework. And I see this all the time. If you listen to Alan Gordon's book, you can hear what Melissa calls the meta pattern of change, embedded in it.
[00:02:36] And so a lot of what pain reprocessing work is, is creating safety. Creating safety with unpleasant sensations, unpleasant emotions, doing sensory reevaluation, sensory assessment, cognitive and somatic threat appraisal. There's all kinds of stuff. There's so many different ways to language this idea that we are kind of informing and updating and changing the body's perception of what is happening. And so usually in pain recovery work, there's a foundation of pain neuroscience education, and even just that work alone, not that it's hypnosis or trance work, but it has this quality of redirecting our attention or holding our attention in a new way.
[00:03:34] And I think that is what hypnosis is just tremendously beautiful at doing in and of itself. And so I was like, well, I am really used to working with the conscious mind. And what we know about the conscious mind is like maybe 5% or 10% of what we perceive what's happening in our mind body like is controlled by the conscious mind.
[00:04:02] So the unconscious mind is perceiving and dealing with the world around us without our conscious awareness all the time. So when I talk to my clients, we're often talking about how. We go like how the brain is a predictive organ, how we learn things and the body automates them, and the body and the brain.
[00:04:26] So there's no, you know, the body, the brain, the nervous system, they all operate as one ecosystem. . And then we have the, our conscious part of ourselves, which are, you know, our thoughts, the ways that we have conscious control over our autonomic nervous system. So when we can take a deep breath in, let our breath out, but that's our breathing is a part of our, our unconscious body processes that happen below our level of awareness, which is great because you know, have you ever forgotten where your keys are? Probably just don't wanna forget to breathe. So really wonderful if we are alive, then your body is operating with unconscious mechanisms at play, and we want it to be that way.
[00:05:23] It's a part of working with pain or even strong emotions is we want that high arousal experience to one, lose some of its cognitive embedded meaning, so when we do work like somatic tracking, we're actually just asking people to step into the sensation and drop the story. So what are you noticing now? What is that sensation like in your body? If it had a color, what color would it be?
[00:05:56] I was listening to Melissa teach and I was like, Whoa, wait a minute. That's some of what we do with somatic tracking. And so it's all change work. Right. We're changing our brain's perception of what is happening in our body because pain is learned and perpetuated by this predictive coding of the brain. And you know, and it's some kind of communication, right?
[00:06:25] So I've studied hypnosis. This is, I don't even wanna go into a long thing about it, but there's learning stuff and then there's practicing stuff and just like doing mind body somatic work, the change is in the practice.
[00:06:41] I am doing what I'm calling HypNovember. And every day in November, I'm going to do some kind of hypnosis work. So whether it's talking about pattern interrupts and neuroplasticity and self-directed skills that I can share with people and I share those with my clients, or we're playing around with trance or where somebody hops on and wants to change a habit or are experiencing something that they would like to be different. We're gonna jump in and play.
[00:07:18] And one thing I wanna do, we're gonna have a few nights that are gonna be about like sleep. There'll be some self trance work. So, um, some self trance inductions that I will teach you and share is that you can do for yourself. My sleep has been altered in this process because I've started talking directly to my conscious mind, inviting it to trust that my subconscious brain is working on whatever it is that my conscious mind wants to like, keep me awake thinking about. You know, that process of rumination, it's very activating. It's very hard to go to sleep when you are thinking, thinking, thinking, thinking. Even if it's not thinking or worrying about something that's negative, it just could be like, What am I thinking about tomorrow?
[00:08:07] I'm predicting and planning tomorrow, but I'm laying in bed in really what I want to be doing is sleep. So some of this processes have been about sensing into sleep, maybe doing some light trance work, and talking to my subconscious and saying, I trust that you will attend to anything that needs attending to while conscious me goes to sleep. And I've noticed that my sleep is more restful and even if I wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, I'm able to get back to sleep, more easily because my alert trigger is not so alerting. So that's one change that I've noticed happen over the last few weeks is that there's this kind of sleepy, restful quality that I've invited in. I'm not so worried if I'm awake when I, you know, want to be sleeping because I know how to trust that I can rest.
[00:09:15] It's really fun. We're gonna play with lots of different things. So you can, um, sign up on my calendar or I don't know that you can sign up on my calendar, but you can either look at the calendar and I'll be adding little things in on the HypNovember, I think that's how I wanna say it. HypNovember 2022 calendar. So if you go to movewithdeb.com/calendar. If you look in my Instagram, there's a link in the link tree for the calendar, and then there's like, you can view it just right on the webpage, or you can click a link and I think there's a way to add it to your calendar or you can look at it, but every day there's something.
[00:10:01] The times move around. Most of the time they'll be in Zoom. Sometimes there's a time when I'm traveling that it's just gonna be on Instagram live and maybe I'll just be hopping in and out of Instagram when I have a thought or something that I wanna share. So if you're not already on my Instagram, I highly suggest you get on there.
[00:10:22] This is some of the, um, change work and tools that I'm weaving into my, uh, 12 week pain recovery, process with my current clients and one we're having so much more fun and two. Really watching some, pain triggers, just being able to melt away, shift away, transform itself faster.
[00:10:54] There's some, ease and delight in putting the conscious mind down for a minute, and I mean, or, or engaging in both. Right. So we're expanding beyond this perception that our conscious mind is all that there is to be perceived in our reality and really bringing in and opening up the unconscious mind into this process, The, the mind that is really perceiving so much more than what we're aware of. And I say that in a good way. Sometimes I think we can think of unconscious mind as like, um, as frightening because we're, we're not perceiving things and I, and we're not meant to.
[00:11:41] This is my wholehearted belief now about the brain is like, we are not meant to perceive everything. If we, if we had to perceive all of the millions and trillions of bits of sensory data that our brain is processing all the time, we would be catatonic. So this is a part of our evolutionary biology process that there's so much happening under the hood on purpose.
[00:12:10] One of my analogies I love to give, um, just for the conscious process of this is learning to drive. So if you've learned to drive, you know that like when you're first starting, you're. The quality of your attention is different. You're on high alert. You're very aware.
[00:12:30] Your, your vision is narrow and focused. Your nerves, you know, you might be nervous, your hands might be gripping the wheel. There might be some breath holding. There might be lots of different kinds of high alert. Qualities to your physiology, but as you get better at driving and as you improve and gain, Confidence in your skills and really just lay down repetition after repetition, after repetition, after repetition of driving.
[00:13:06] And especially if you drive the same place over and over and over again. You notice you need less and less and less attention some days. In fact, you might be able to drive someplace and then you get out of the car and you're, and even have that feeling of. I remember getting in the car and how did I get here?
[00:13:26] Right? Time collapses. Our awareness is elsewhere. We're able to, you know, drive the car, hopefully not text, put on your makeup, eat breakfast, listen to a podcast like there's lots of things. More brain capacity available because the basic motor functions of driving the car are now automat. They're learned.
[00:13:51] And so learning habits, neuroplasticity, the way the brain connects things in the neural networks, this is what is the foundation of our lived experience. And the good news about it is that whatever we learn, we can unlearn, we can learn something new. So we're never stuck. We're never trapped in what has.
[00:14:19] Um, but we do need to shake up that predictive code and get us either like, out of that loop. And there's lots of different ways to do that, both consciously and subconsciously, and get us started on creating the new neural pathways that we want to be connecting together. And, um, so that's what I hope we're gonna get to play with. That's what we're gonna do.
[00:14:47] I honestly don't know what's gonna happen, so I don't wanna be like, this is how it's gonna go. Uh, we're gonna show up, we're gonna play, You can have your camera on, you can have your camera off. I don't have the fancy webinar set up, so it's just gonna be like a regular Brady Bunch Zoom setup. But it's an opportunity to play and learn and have fun. And I will, be working with people doing some group work and then I will be happy to work with people individually within the group.
[00:15:21] And then if you are on a, either you're interested in, moving forward in your coaching process, especially if you're familiar with the model from the life coach school, especially if you have, a mind body, cognitive and somatic coaching practice already and you want support on that, or if you are having body symptoms that you do not like, uh, and you want to explore what it looks like to work with a mind body coach, you definitely can hop on over to my calendarly and make a free consult appointment with me. I am happy to share with you what my process is and the kinds of work that we can do together. So thank you for listening. I hope I will see you in HypNovember. It is free. I don't think I said that part. It is free. There will be something every day in November.
[00:16:18] I'm really excited to bring these kinds of tools and get deeper and deeper into change. The kind of change that you want to invite into your life, the kinds of changes that might have been frustrating, in the past or currently year after year.
[00:16:39] You know, this is great for anxiety, this is great for helping make decisions. This is great for stopping habits. This is great for helping you sleep better. And of course, continuing to shift pain and unpleasant symptoms.
[00:16:56] And even just, you know, future vision stuff. I am not that person who really enjoys writing future self things in my conscious mind. But it's different when we're playing with it in trance. It's a different quality and feeling and experience when we are playing in the land of imagination. All right. I could go on and on as I often do, but I hope I see you, um, sometime this month and I will talk to you later.
[00:17:31] Thank you.