What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural, yet altered state of mind with many beneficial characteristics. Everyone has the capacity to enter this altered state of awareness. We all go into hypnosis, or “trance” throughout each day. Whenever we drift off to sleep and whenever we wake up each morning, we pass through hypnosis. Other examples of experiencing hypnosis naturally are: becoming absorbed in a movie or a good book; daydreaming; and driving to a destination and wondering how you arrived there so quickly!
Hypnosis is a natural state of mental relaxation and focused attention where the subconscious mind is receptive to positive thoughts and suggestions. Hypnosis allows us to bypass the critical factor between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. Once we pass the “guard”, we can drop positive programming into the subconscious to more easily reach your goal. Hypnosis has been used for many years as an effective treatment for many issues.
Hypnotherapy may be much more effective for some people than for others. It is important that one practices the suggestions at home. Recordings can be provided to help enter the focused or trance state.
Medical Support Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy can be used as a supportive treatment for a number of health conditions.
In the late 1950’s, both the American Medical Association (AMA) and the British Medical Association approved hypnosis as a valid therapeutic modality. Medical hypnotherapy is a modern day science, although its roots go back many, many years. Many people are familiar with hypnotherapy being used for smoking cessation and weight loss but are unaware of its powerful use to speed healing from injury and relieve suffering. Medical Support Hypnotherapy is not meant to replace medical care; rather, it is a self-improvement tool that helps enhance the healing process.
Hypnotherapy can help eliminate unhealthy attitudes that hinder our ability to heal. The hypnotherapist does not heal you, but guides you to access your own body’s healing power. We teach you, the client, to form positive beliefs, at the subconscious level, regarding your own body’s self-healing capacity.
Here are some examples of how hypnotherapy can be used:
Depression and Anxiety
Truths and Myths:
Many people obtain their ideas about hypnosis from television, motion pictures, or “stage or entertainment” hypnosis. Also, since the work “sleep” is often used in hypnosis, people believe the are not in control or will lose consciousness. You don’t sleep, but are very relaxed, which might look like sleep! Here are some common myths….
"Hypnosis is a truth serum."
"You can lose consciousness or get stuck
"You are under the control of the hypnotist."
"Hypnosis makes you do something embarrassing, like barking like a dog or clucking like a chicken."
"Hypnosis is a 'miracle cure'."
You won’t divulge secrets unless you choose to do so. You can control what you say.
You are never unconscious during hypnosis. It is not a state of sleep. Most people report heightened sense of concentration and focus.
No one can control your mind unless you allow it.
If you hear a suggestion you do not agree with or don’t understand, your subconscious mind will automatically reject it.
Hypnotherapy is a process of self-improvement, not entertainment. Stage hypnosis is done to entertain people while clinical hypnosis is done to help someone overcome a particular issue.
Hypnosis is not a magic wand but it is safe, effective, and works quickly compared to other types of therapy. Each person makes progress at his or her own rate.