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Trina Swerdlow, CCHT

199 E. Linda Mesa, Ste. 4
Danville, CA 94526

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Trina Swerdlow is a certified clinical hypnotherapist. She is not a nurse or a physician. Offering hypnotherapy services in California is a certified credential that can be alternative or complementary to licensed healing arts, such as psychotherapy.

All testimonials appearing on this site reflect real life experiences of those who have used our services or products. These testimonials, and all professional endorsements for our services or products, were volunteered by the makers without an offer of compensation. The results referred to in these testimonials are individual results and results do vary. We make no claims that the individual results are typical results that all clients will achieve. Goal-reaching success is often related to a client’s motivation level to consistently utilize our tools or products and follow the suggested guidelines.

Got Stress?
What's a Stress Response?
What's a Relaxation Response?
Tools to Tame Stress

Got Stress?

Traffic jams, short-tempered drivers, frazzled nerves, financial worries, relationship challenges, unrealistic deadlines at work, and endless to-do lists. Add to the mix, relentless rushing…rushing…rushing…while trying to:

  • Beat the clock
  • Keep up with the speed of technology
  • Breathe every so often

Sound familiarly overwhelming? If so, then welcome to contemporary life, and yes—you've "got stress."

Stress often shows up on two levels:

  • Tensions of the mind
  • Tensions of the body

Mind stress/tension consists of worrisome thoughts like, “What will people think?” or, “What if I make a mistake?” Ruminating about problems rather than taking action is another form of mind stress that can result in procrastination.

Body stress often manifests in the form of physical tension. For example, jaw tension, neck tension, and shoulder tension can be indications of body stress.

If we add mind tension together with body tension, then we’ll really be escalating our stress levels! As a result, we may find ourselves breathing shallowly from our upper chests and, at times, unconsciously holding our breaths. If we keep this unhealthy pace going, we may eventually find ourselves experiencing a Stress Response.

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What's a Stress Response?

During a Stress Response the mind and body fuel one another to create a "figure eight" as seen in the illustration below.

Our stressful thoughts create mind tension that canFigure Eight of The Stress Response trigger muscle tension and result in a cycle of stress or a Stress Response. The worrisome thoughts and bodily tensions may be subtle while we’re busy, and then come into our awareness when we’re no longer distracted. For example, our mind-body agitation may become noticeable while we’re trying to relax or sleep.

Additional common physical symptoms of Stress
Responses include:

  • Sweating
  • Increased heart rate
  • Tension around the eyes

The good news is; you can learn to recognize your Stress Responses and utilize mind-body tools to point you in the opposite direction—toward a Relaxation Response.

What's a Relaxation Response?

Figure Eight of The Relaxation ResponseLike the Stress Response, the Relaxation Response is a mind and body issue. At the mind level, we move toward a Relaxation Response by letting go of scary or worrisome thoughts to interrupt the mind's stress cycle.

At the body level, we move toward a Relaxation Response by letting go of muscle tension. In doing so, we are lengthening our muscle fibers by relaxing. Letting go (at both mind and body levels) decreases our heart rates, blood pressure levels, and breathing rates. Trina's approach to stress management is multi-faceted and addresses the mind's tension as well as the body's tension.

Tools to Tame Stress

Cutting-edge tools and methods Trina offers for
taming stress include:

Click on any link above to find out more information about these powerful tools.
Here's what one client shared about her work with Trina's stress management tools:

“I’ve always been good at being strong—whether I was in my health care professional mode, wife mode, or mother mode. However, when I came to see Trina, I was stressed and exhausted. I learned through our work, that in addition to caring for others, I had a vulnerable part of myself that also needed my care. I’m extremely grateful for the stress management tools that I received from Trina. As a result, I have more balance in my life today.”
Isn't it time to get that "sack of stress" off your back—so you can breathe easier—and enjoy your life more? Call Trina today for a relaxing, confidential, and private appointment.
(925) 285-5759
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