About Ruth Anne Lundeberg

Two things that really set me apart from other hypnotherapists are: 1) WHO* I studied with and 2) that I have been a traditional yoga practitioner for 30 years, and professional full-time yoga teacher for over 23 years. Together these two traits help me to be exceptionally effective in addressing a large variety of issues and goals in hypnosis. I am thoroughly comfortable with--and confident in --my ability to assist people go into the power of their own mind as deeply and profoundly as they themselves feel ready to go. I actually TEACH people about their own mind; how it works; and how to make it work in their favor. I help people discover abilities and awarenesses that they formerly couldn't even imagine.  Working with me is an accelerating learning and growth experience.& Even the first session often results in life-changing breakthroughs.

*I am a student of Tim Simmerman-Sierra, director of the Hypnotherapy Academy of America since 1995. Tim is one of the foremost hypnotherapy teachers in the world. He is at the forefront of the Clinical Hypnotherapy movement in the US. He is Chair of the International Board of Hypnotherapy and former Chair of American Council of Hypnotherapist Examiners.

*I am ONGOING student of Patrick Singleton, who is a groundbreaking NLP practitioner/teacher who is at the forefront of developing advanced applications of NLP in hypnosis. Mr. Singleton is a former instructor at the Hypnotherapy Academy with many years teaching and clinical experience. He continues to instruct hypnotherapists in Santa Fe and around the US.

In addition I am the original founder Nirvana Yoga, which operates two successful yoga studios in the Pioneer Valley. I train yoga students and yoga teachers a vareiety of styles of yoga, especially the spiritual and consciousness-expanding aspects of yoga. I still teach weekly classes, provide ongoing training for my staff teachers, give lectures on a wide variety of topics related to yoga and consciousness, teach workshops in spiritual yoga practices, and lead retreats nationally and internationally.

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Incorporates a Synthesis of Eastern and Western Models of the Mind

(Originally appeared in Many Hands Online Edition)

Ruth Anne Lundeberg, yoga instructor and co-owner of Mama Nirvana's New Yoga opened "Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy of Western New England" 35 State Street in Northampton in August 2010.

Like many hypnotherapists, Ms. Lundeberg assists clients to quit smoking, lose weight, improve confidence and overcome phobias.

But Ms. Lundeberg really specializes in transforming issues that are more subtle and complex. These include emotional balance, personal empowerment, self-esteem, spiritual identity, unresolved conflicts, relationships, life/work balance, past traumas and in her words, "that very vague but very insistent feeling that one's life isn't all it could be or should be."

Ms. Lundeberg has been a yoga instructor in the Valley since 1992. She is co-owner (along with her husband, Joshua Schumer) of Mama Nirvana's New Yoga, which she started in 1999. Mama Nirvana's has two studios in the area.

Her background in yoga and meditation (she started studying both in 1983) led her to hypnotherapy training. "I have had so many breakthroughs with deep meditation over the past few years. I wanted others to have what I was enjoying."

Her first impulse was simply to step up her meditation teaching. She quickly discovered why more people don't meditate. "In meditation, people struggle with the concentration part. Their minds wander and they feel like they're not getting anywhere. It can take a long time to learn to quiet down inside. Folks lose heart." And then there's a time issue. "I didn't see real dramatic changes in myself until I started meditating at least an hour a day. By that time I had attended many lengthy retreats and studied for years and years. I had a passion for meditation, which was necessary. I had access to the best teachers. I had created a lifestyle around being able to practice that much. I realize few people are in a position to do this."

Even after years of meditation, Ms. Lundeberg found getting hypnotherapy to be even more powerful for her inner growth. "It's so much easier than trying to do it all myself, in my own mind. There's no comparison. I still love to meditate, but now I go instantly into trance, so it's more like hypnosis anyway. I do all kinds of cool stuff there. If I want to lose a few pounds, or be more punctual, or stop procrastinating on something, I just work on it in self-hypnosis. Then I forget about it and go on with my day. At some point later on I notice it's happening. Now THAT's fun."

Using hypnotherapy, Lundeberg discovered she could assist just about anyone to get into a deep concentrated state. "I tailor the inductions (techniques for getting in to a trance) to the individual. I help them use all their senses to get in to a good trance. Once they're in, they have just about perfect concentration. That's when the healing starts."

That's also when the individual's own subconscious creative mind takes center stage. "The explorer—that's the one in hypnosis—experiences alignment between all the different parts of their mind. I know they have an infinite problem-solving capacity within them. I help them find it. They do their own explorations, draw their own conclusions and answer their own questions while in the trance. I ask them questions and keep track of their answers. I feed them back their own insights so they can absorb the information deeply. When those new insights really sink in to their subconscious mind, change happens instantly. That piece of inner work is complete. This happens in session after session." A handful of sessions is often enough to clear an issue completely.

Is there anyone Ms. Lundeberg can't hypnotize? "I can't hypnotize someone who doesn't want to be hypnotized. Also someone with pronounced cognitive disabilities may not be hypnotizable. I personally don't hypnotize children, but there are hypnotists who do."

Why do so many people think they can't be hypnotized? According to Lundeberg, it's either lack of faith in the hypnotherapist or fear of hypnosis itself. "I understand what the myths are and why people would feel nervous. I build rapport by talking with my clients for a while before ever starting hypnosis. Before we start hypnosis I ask them questions and really listen to their answers."

Many of those myths are about clients losing control. Lundeberg busts those myths. "I teach clients all about how hypnosis really works, about the power of their subconscious mind, and the fact that they are going to be totally aware and present the whole time. I point out that their session will be giving them more control over their life. Once they understand that they are actually going to be more empowered in hypnosis and not less, they are really excited to go into trance."

Ms. Lundeberg graduated from the Hypnotherapy Academy of America in Santa Fe, NM. She has received 400 hours of direct training from Patrick Singleton and Tim Simmerman. She is a member of the International Board of Hypnotherapy.

Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy is located inside the Center at 35 State Street, a new office suite housing several holistic practitioners and the State Room, a large conference/workshop space.

Ruth Anne Lundeberg, Certified Hypnotherapist, 35 State Street, Northampton, MA, 413-561-6696 (phone or text, anytime)