I can say that the meaning of my life is to help people find meaning in their lives! That is me, Sandra Guassi! A passionate professional who loves to empower people by facilitating their self-discovery through self-acceptance and self-love! I’ve been on a wonderful and, at the same time, painful journey of self-discovery myself. I am confident working with people and the issues they are facing especially the stress-related ones. I was born and raised in Brazil, in a region (West São Paulo state) colonized by American people. I have my undergrad and graduate degrees in Psychology. I moved to the USA more than twenty years ago and since then, I’ve completed many courses and certifications, but most importantly, a life rich in personal growth and spiritual journey that prepared me for the kind of work I do. That is the reason I work with enthusiasm, confidence, and much love! I’ve come to learn that when working with the mind we have to address the body and spirit too. I do believe in the integration of mind-body-spirit-emotion-energy because this is the way I go through my journey. We are whole beings in permanent change. Having experienced many approaches in psychotherapy and holistic therapies, in general, I concluded that if we don’t address the subconscious mind, the change will not last. In that sense, if we don’t address the body either the work will be incomplete. Thus, I am here to help you to reinvent yourself!
Why am I so confident in my work?
Because I have a true holistic background, I don’t believe in one size fits all. I have over twenty years of experience working as a wellness professional. I never worked with a client in an approach that I have not tried myself as a client. My work is personalized. Each person is a whole and unique universe that deserves the best of my professionalism. I have a background in psychology, holistic health, and spirituality. I am also a certified stress management consultant, certified life coach, a certified yoga teacher, an interfaith reverend & spiritual counselor, a certified Chakradance facilitator, and Reiki master-teacher. Thus, I do have a holistic approach to my work and a broad perspective of human behavior and needs.
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is the bridge to the Subconscious Mind. 90% of our behaviors are dictated by the Subconscious Mind. The Subconscious Mind is in charge of our emotions, intuition, imagination, memories, problem-solving skills, and instincts. There we can also find our limiting-beliefs and stuck emotions that prevent us from reaching our potential and developing a more successful and meaningful life. We naturally go into hypnosis seven to ten times a day. For example, when we daydream, when we go for a walk or running without any electronics that distract us, or when we are looking for the car key and it is in our hand already.
How do I go into hypnosis?
First, you will experience what is called induction, which is relaxation. It allows the conscious mind to settle down to access the subconscious mind. Next, the hypnotherapist will flood the client’s subconscious mind with positive and healthier messages called suggestions. By the end, the hypnotherapist will help the client to come out of hypnosis in a gradual, yet fast process. The result is a wonderful feeling of wellbeing. Eight to ten minutes of hypnosis is equivalent to three and a half hours of restful sleep. That is the reason clients feel so good and energized after a hypnosis session. It is important to remember that the client has total control over the hypnosis. The client is aware of what is going on during the session and will just accept suggestions that are in agreement with her/his goals.
What can hypnosis help with?
Hypnosis was born in the medical field. It has been used as hypnothesia by medical doctors to operate patients in situations where regular anesthesia was not available, for instance in wars, or where chemical anesthesia was too dangerous to be used. Hypnotherapy covers a broad spectrum of issues such as stress reduction, pain mitigation, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, phobias, fears, depression, fibromyalgia, sleep problems, and unhealthy habits, just to cite a few.
Do I sleep or become unconscious during the hypnosis?
No. You are in control the entire time. You will feel more relaxed and aware. But no one has any power or control over your mind or body. Some hypnotherapists say the word “sleep” during the induction (the relaxation phase), but it is just an expression. The word sleep can be substituted by “relax.”
What is Restorative Yoga?
Restorative Yoga is the art and the science of rest! Restorative Yoga is for everyone! There is no need for previous experience with yoga. It is a practice that aims for total relaxation of the body and mind through resting poses. The emphasis is on the quality of the poses rather than the quantity. The poses are held between 3 to 15 minutes, so the physical body has enough time to restore and rejuvenate itself. Thus, the student will learn to keep relaxed which is a protective factor against distress and its unhealthy consequences.
What can Restorative Yoga help me with?
Restorative Yoga is a delightful practice, which enables the students to learn about the seven types of rest: physical, creative, spiritual, emotional, sensory, social, and mental. By practicing relaxation, the stillness of the body and mind, meditation, and breathing techniques the student allows healing and restoration to take place. Restorative Yoga is helpful for people who are going through undesired habits recovery and life transitions, which cause a lot of stress. It is highly recommended for those who are dealing with chronic stress and its devastating effects. According to Judith Hanson Lasater: “…during deep relaxation, all the organ systems of the body are benefited, and few of the measurable results of deep relaxation are the reduction of the blood pressure, serum triglycerides and blood sugar levels in the blood, the increase of the “good cholesterol” levels, as well as improvement in digestion, fertility, elimination, the reduction of muscle tension, insomnia and generalized fatigue. When you stop agitating it, the body starts to repair itself.”
In general, the benefits of Restorative Yoga are:
• Decreases cortisol, the stress hormone
• Improves sleep, digestion, and immunity
• Releases tension in joints and muscles
• Teaches conscious control of relaxation
• Increases concentration and improves focus
• Creates balance within the nervous system
• Activates relaxation response
• Gateway to mindfulness