Mind-Body Connection: from Stress to Weight Loss to Pain management

My own personal self-discovery of the mind-body connection started for me in the 1990’s when I discovered yoga and meditation.  Since then, there has been an explosion of understanding of the mind-body connection with contributions by Dr. Candace Pert and Dr. Andrew Weil.

Psychoneuroimmunology is the emerging field that recognizes the direct relationship between the mind and the body. “Medicine is beginning to see that the origin of disease cannot be spoken of without including lifestyle, diet, social milieu, the environment, and, perhaps most interestingly, consciousness and the emotions,” writes Marc Ian Barasch in The Healing Path.

It is my clients courage, strength, and ability to look within themselves for the answers to their issues that has made me so grateful to be doing the work I do. My clients have the belief and expectation that their session(s) of hypnotherapy will change and shift their emotions and beliefs that no longer serve them whether they are looking to release stress, release weight, decrease pain, or anything in between.

As a practitioner, I am here to help my clients learn to listen to their bodies and help them navigate the areas of their lives they are seeking to change to better their lives.

I would be honored to help and inspire you to explore, discover, and get clear about your mind-body connection and bring more peace and happiness within your world.

Flower Essences

Sooooo....flower essences have taken over here at A Transformed Life. I have traveled up into the desert mountains and collected flower essences that have been prepared directly from the fresh blossoms and cactus found in the very desert I live in (though far from traffic in remote areas where the plants are undisturbed).

I have found the flower essence making process to be a peaceful process and it gives me the opportunity to connect with the plants and the landscape.  Truly divine!  Being out in nature always re-charges my batteries and places a calmness on my heart that I bring back to my daily living. And these flower essences, when combined with intention, continues their process in your life by bringing you into balance and harmony.

If flower essences are new to you.....flower essences are herbal infusions made directly from the fresh blossoms of flowers and plants. Each flower and plant has a specific healing frequency that is designed by nature to address issues of inner health and harmony. They are highly effective, non-toxic herbal preparations that address the core issues of wellness. Truly transformational!

Enjoy a relaxing consultative conversation while co-creating the flower essence that will enhance your daily life by booking your life enhancing Flower Essence Session today! Just click on BOOK NOW and select the Flower Essence Session option or please feel free to contact us directly for more information.

Auriculotherapy - Ear Reflexology

Auriculotherapy, also known as Ear Reflexology, is a modality that uses the external surface of the ear to alleviate pathological conditions in other parts of the body by stimulating the external surface of the ear. The discovery of this therapy is partially based on the ancient Chinese practice of body acupuncture and from the discoveries by a French physician named Dr. Paul Nogier. Dr. Nogier demonstrated that specific areas of the external ear were associated with pathology in specific parts of the body.

Auriculotherapy can help with:

Smoking Cessation

Weight Loss

Stress & Anxiety

Pain Management

General Well-Being

Tiny beads or crystals, and/or essential oils are placed on the ear during a Auriculotherapy session to achieve the clients desired result.  This is a great modality to bring change into your life and has been used for 1,000 of years! <3


Guided imagery therapy


What is guided imagery?
Guided imagery is a traditional mind-body technique that is also considered a form of hypnosis. Visualization and guided imagery offer tools to direct one’s concentration on images held in the mind’s eye. These therapies take advantage of the connection between the visual brain and the involuntary nervous system. When this portion of the brain (the visual cortex at the back of the head) is activated, without receiving direct input from the eyes, it can influence physical and emotional states. This, in turn, can help elicit physiologic changes in the body, including therapeutic goals.

What is this therapy used for?
Because guided imagery is a mind-body therapy, any stress-related health concern, including high blood pressure, pain related to muscle tension, insomnia, and anxiety or depression, may be alleviated via this approach. Associated conditions, such as skin rashes or irritable bowel syndrome, are also amenable to guided imagery. It has been shown to be beneficial in treating autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease, and can be useful to alleviate chronic allergies, hives and asthma.

The Academy for Guided Imagery (AGI) classifies the therapeutic application of guided imagery into three categories:

  1. Stress reduction and relaxation
  2. Active visualization or directed imagery – for improving performance, changing behavior, or influencing an outcome
  3. Receptive imagery – in which words and images are brought to consciousness to explore and give information about symptoms, treatments, moods or illnesses

The AGI website has a wealth of research-based information on specific disease processes that can be addressed with guided imagery.

What should one expect on a visit to a practitioner of guided imagery?
Guided imagery can be learned from books, self-help tapes, CDs, DVDs or in an interactive format utilizing a licensed practitioner to facilitate these techniques. Initially, guided imagery involves achieving a state of relaxation. To attain this, most clients begin by lying down or sitting in a comfortable chair, loosening any tight fitting clothes, and disabling common distractions, including televisions, cell phones and computers.  Practitioners often have a room that facilitates this process. After a client gets comfortable, breathing techniques, music, progressive muscle relaxation or a guided induction is often used to help foster a state of deep calm.

From there, a set of instructions or suggestions is given to allow one’s own images or imagination to guide him or herself toward the method of relieving symptoms. This can also include discovering images that have a message about particular symptoms or a condition, which can offer insight, understanding or better control of the physical concerns. Visualization exercises include graphic or vivid images that are held in the mind that produce healing and comfort. Moreover, the repetition of these exercises causes learning or a conditioning effect, so that the positive physical changes can eventually become available wherever and whenever the patient chooses to use them. Imagery is not necessarily just visual, but rather the use of all the senses. It can become more vivid if it is made bright and clear – that is, effort is made to actually hear, fell smell or even taste the imagined scene. How long one focuses on the techniques is less important than how regularly they are practiced – a few minutes every day can reap greater benefits than spending more time on it less often.

Are there any side effects or indications where guided imagery should be avoided?
There are no known contraindications for using guided imagery. This is not a technique, however, that should be incorporated into patient care when a client is uncomfortable about using it for personal or spiritual reasons. Mind-body approaches should be used in conjunction with, and not in place of, indicated physical therapies.

Are there other therapies that might work well in conjunction with guided imagery?
Mind-body medicine can work well as an adjunct to any conventional or alternative therapy. Imagery techniques are often used in conjunction with massage and other touch therapies. Guided imagery is frequently employed along with various forms of psychotherapy to facilitate behavioral change.

How does Dr. Weil feel about guided imagery?
Dr. Weil believes in the power of the mind-body connection to facilitate healing, and frequently recommends guided imagery to augment the recovery process for surgical patients. His recommendations include consulting practitioners and playing imagery tapes/CDs both before and after surgery. Additionally, he cites over 200 studies offering compelling evidence that guided imagery can effectively help decrease pain and the need for pain medication, reduce side effects and complications of surgery, lessen stress and anxiety before and after procedures, reduce recovery time, improve sleep, strengthen the immune system, and boost self-confidence and self-control.

Dr. Weil’s clinical practice has shown that guided imagery can also be very effective in the treatment of stress-related disorders, autoimmune conditions, and problems of the skin.

For some people who have never tried guided imagery or hypnosis, the idea of getting deeply relaxed or going into a hypnotic trance may seem frightening. But the fact is that we’ve all experienced trance states in everyday life: daydreaming, watching a movie, driving home on autopilot, or practicing meditation or other relaxation techniques. Essentially, trance is simply an altered state of consciousness marked by decreased scope and increased intensity of awareness. What distinguishes guided imagery and other forms of hypnosis is that it involves a deliberate choice to enter this state of consciousness for a goal beyond relaxation: to focus your concentration and use suggestion to promote healing. A person in trance is always under control, just as someone who is daydreaming can decide to go on or stop at any time. While a practitioner serves as a teacher or guide, the only person who can allow the shift in consciousness is you, since trance is a latent potential of your own mind. Therefore, all hypnosis/imagery is self-hypnosis/imagery. It is the self-directed aspect of this therapy that Dr. Weil finds particularly appealing, as he believes that patients do best when they have an understanding and control over the therapies that they use for healing.

courtesy of Dr. Andrew Weil


Welcome to A Transformed Life and my Healing Arts Studio BLOG!

I am so excited to  be here with you and help you discover the amazing world of hypnotherapy/guided imagery and sound healing and how it can transform your life, as it has transformed my own life.

Let me start by telling you a little bit about myself first.  I am a Life Coach and a certified hypnotherapist, CHt, and I received my schooling from the prestigious school SWIHA - Southwest Institute of the Healing Arts in Tempe, Arizona. Learning multiple modalities in the healing arts gives me all the tools I need to help you on your life journey.   I am also a mother of two and I understand the busyness of juggling work along with the family schedule and making sure to fit some precious ME time into your daily routine, as well.  The stresses of life can creep up on you and managing ALL this can become overwhelming and take you off balance.

I am here to bring balance back into your life and help you move forward toward your life goals. Come visit me at my Healing Arts Studio in Old Town Scottsdale and let's get you on the fast track to wellness.  Please call me at 480-748-1556 for your complimentary 30 minute Discovery Call to start the process of your wellness journey or book your appointment today.  I look forward to working with you!

Abundant Blessings,







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My name is Sandy O'Neal and I am a Life Coach and a Certified Hypnotherapist that uses sound healing during my clients sessions to help them become the best version of themselves in every aspect of their lives.  Combining Life Coaching, Guided Imagery and Hypnotherapy, with Applied Positive Psychology and Sound Healing helps my clients who are ready to live a life of purpose and freedom.

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