CBD 2023: The Mental Health Benefits of Breathwork and Self-Hypnosis with David Spiegel, MD

October 24, 2023 | 7:00pm - 8:15pm

Traditional stress-management exercises have emphasized a top-down approach—deal better with the stressors and the body will feel better.  Breathwork and Self-Hypnosis approach the problem from the body up—change the negative interoception that amplifies stress by focusing on calming the body first.  Research has shown that straightforward brief daily breathwork exercises such as cyclic sighing improves mood and reduces physiological arousal.  Also, self-hypnosis exercises involving visualizing being in a comforting place reduces stress levels.  The neuropsychophysiology and results of such practices will be reviewed.

This keynote is the first session of three series offered by David Spiegel, MD as part of the annual Stanford Contemplaion by Design Summit. Attendees are encouraged to reigster for one or all of Dr. Spiegel's sessions listed below, as well as other sessions in the Summit:
iPause Guided practice #2, Breathing Practices for Mental Health and Well-being with David Spiegel on Oct. 26


– The Role of Interoceptive and Exteroceptive Stimulation in the Enhancement of Health. Contemplating the Body as a Means of Modulating Brain Circuits, David Spiegel, MD, and Manuela Kogon, MD on Nov. 1

David Spiegel, MD, is the Willson Professor and Associate Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Director of the Center on Stress and Health and the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine.  He has published thirteen books, 425 scientific journal articles, and 175 book chapters on hypnosis, psychosocial oncology, stress physiology, trauma, and psychotherapy for stress, anxiety, and depression. His research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Aging, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, and a number of foundations.  He is Past President of the American College of Psychiatrists and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis and is a Member of the National Academy of Medicine.  He spoke on hypnosis at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2018. 

CBD 2023: The Mental Health Benefits of Breathwork and Self-Hypnosis with David Spiegel is part of the FREE Contemplation by Design Summit, Oct. 20 – Nov. 3, 2023.

The full Summit schedule is posted at: http://contemplation.stanford.edu/summit. All events are FREE and online.

Registration opens September 12, 2023