Hypnosis can help with
- Weight loss
- Smoking cessation
- Removal of fears and phobias
- Stress relief
- Goal setting
- Freedom from the past
- Sleep problems
- Self esteem
- Goal setting
Hypnosis – Practice and Benefits
Hypnosis and its uses in the practice of hypnotism is rapidly emerging as a highly effective science in solving the problems of people. It can be very beneficial in many cases and is also a valuable adjunct in psychotherapy and psychiatry. Yet it is probably the lowest risk procedure available from the standpoint of contraindications. Yet few complementary procedures are less understood, or more plagued by misconceptions and misunderstandings. Before considering what hypnosis is, perhaps it would be appropriate to establish what it is not!
Most hypnotists, on interviewing a new client/patient, will ask the client what he or she thinks hypnosis is. Replies range from sleep, to unconsciousness, to surrender of mental powers and control, to magic, to voodoo. All are in error.
Hypnosis cannot be sleep. In most cases the subject is fully aware of communication and is able to respond on request either verbally or by signal. Nor is unconsciousness involved. A subject asked to make a specific movement will comply with the request unless it is objectionable, in which case there will be a refusal.
There is no surrender of mind or control. a person who does not want to be hypnotized cannot be hypnotized or be induced to do or say anything which violates personal standards of behavior or integrity. There is neither magic nor voodoo involved. Any hypnotist can explain the actions or behaviors seen in stage, film or television shows, where the subject seems to follow directions mindlessly. Actually, hypnosis is better described than defined. It is often considered an altered state of consciousness featuring “selective perception,” a process in which the subject (who is in control) chooses to see only what is relevant to his task, blocking out everything else. Hypnosis involves guided concentration.
The guidance, however, may be provided by a qualified practitioner or, in the case of self hypnosis, by the individual subject. Self-hypnosis, which can be taught by a properly certified hypnotist and learned by virtually any client, can provide the recipient with a lifetime of benefit.
How it works
The subconscious mind receives and retains, neither accepting nor rejecting, all the messages we receive from our backgrounds, whether genetic, social, religious or experiential, plus all the conflicts (little or big) that enter our lives daily. When for whatever reason the conscious mind (which deals with everyday living, logic, reason, etc.) becomes overloaded, the subconscious prepares us for what is considered appropriate action (usually fight or flight). However the subconscious mind doesnot analyze, as does the conscious mind, but accepts all messages in the literal sense.
In essence, hypnosis is a means of communication between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. Many human problems, habits, stresses, anxieties, attitudes or apparent deficiencies can be traced to interpretations by the subconscious mind which, when understood by the conscious mind, can reduce or resolve specific problems.
The subconscious is also the seat of all memory. Traumatic events can be buried or suppressed in the subconscious. a major benefit of hypnosis is its ability to uncover and bring into the light of understanding the buried information or experience which may be the cause of a troublesome problem.
What you can expect from a session
My goal is to help you to feel comfortable and safe sharing your information and discussing desired outcomes with me. The session begins with a conversation about what is going on in your life and what you would like to change. I then discuss with you how hypnosis might be able to help you and give you an outline of how many sessions it would take to help you, the cost and frequency of visits.
Your sessions are private and include only you and myself. Once we are ready to begin the session, I will do a visualization exercise with you so that you can begin to understand what hypnosis is and feels like. The lights will be dimmed and soothing music will be playing in the background. Once the hypnosis session begins it just takes a couple of minutes for you to get comfortable enough during this first session to begin to relax. You will be asked to focus on a designated spot in the room and be directed to follow a few simple directions.
Beginning with this focused state of concentration, I will guide you into a hypnotic state. This feels very much like a deep meditation. Very comfortable and relaxed but still aware of and alert to your surroundings. If you’ve ever been totally engrossed in a novel or a television show and heard someone talking to you, but weren’t really paying attention to them, you’ve experienced a state of hypnosis. That intense concentration, that’s it.
You will be able to hear everything that is said and going on in the room. It is in this focused state that you find yourself listening very carefully or even feeling so secure that your mind feels so safe that it begins to wander. Yet, you will be able to respond to all of the suggestions.
Physically, you may experience many different physical sensations and everyone has their own unique experience. Some claim to feel disoriented, both is time and space, tingling, heaviness, lightness, numbness, tingling, fluttering eyes and eyelids.
Every hypnosis session has 4 parts: an induction to the state of relaxation, deepening of the relaxation, the therapeutic or subject content, and the awakening.