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Mind over Matter: Seattle Hypnotherapist Digs for the Root Cause

Hypnotherapist Lisa Crunick helps clients overcome roadblocks by changing their mind

No, clucking like a chicken never happens in my office. People have lots of images of hypnosis from stage shows and movies, which shows how powerful the mind is, but also how easy it is for people to dismiss hypnosis as a healing strategy. If someone calls me for a past-life regression, I refer him or her to someone else. Although, I have had several clients have past-life memories while hypnotized, and those are experiences I will never forget.

I first got into hypnotherapy when I was teaching a weight-loss class that utilized hypnosis. Part of my job was leading people to discover the emotional reasons behind what they ate and helping them break patterns related to weight gain and loss. The company that I worked for sold the branch office where I taught, and I was suddenly faced with going it on my own or finding a more “normal” job. I had already dipped in and out of the corporate world, and I knew that wasn’t what I was going to do, but venturing out on my own with no marketing experience was scary. I had the responsibility of two children and no child support, but my deeper mind knew it was my life’s work.

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molly | July 12, 2011 | Education, Healthcare, Small business, Women, Working Mother | 8

Making a Career as a Belly Dancer

"Like belly dancing, pole dancing has a lot of stigma around it.”

Belly and Pole Dancer Aruna Makes A Career In Fitness Pay Off

From scoliosis patient to fitness fanatic

I grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia and my given name was Karen Andes. From a young age, I felt I was being groomed for a life as someone’s “lovely country club wife.” That didn’t happen—thankfully! As a young kid, I was very active. When I was eight, I led a pack of girls on bicycles around the neighborhood wearing our mothers’ high-heeled shoes. You could say those were my earliest sessions as a fitness instructor.

When I was twelve, I was diagnosed with scoliosis. I was told I’d be in a body cast for a year and be bedridden.

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molly | April 05, 2011 | Entertainment, Entrepreneurs, Healthcare, Women | 5

How One Working Mom Finds Satisfaction in her Nursing Career

Nurse Janice Alamillo responds to all kinds of emergencies all day

"Being a nurse is a great career choice for women who want to have families, with flexible scheduling and abundant opportunities.”

Janice Alamillo, Nurse

Alamo, California

Delivering babies in the parking lot

I’ve been an emergency room nurse for twenty-one years. The ER environment can be nutty. We can get four traumas at once. We can deliver babies in the parking lot. We’ve had to put our fingers in holes to stop the bleeding as we push the patient down the hallway until they can get into the operating room. We might do critical, life-saving things in one room and be treating someone for an infected mosquito bite in the next.

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molly | January 25, 2011 | Healthcare, Women, Working Mother | 10

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