What is Hypnosis? / How Does Hypnosis Work? / Why is Hypnosis
Does Hypnosis Really Work?
Hypnosis is one of the fastest, most effective methods of change and
improvement. In a single session, people have stopped smoking, improved
golf games, learned to deal with stress, begun to effectively lose weight,
improved concentration and study skills, and much more. Many complex
personal problems that would take years of traditional treatment often
require less than ten sessions with hypnotherapy.
How does hypnosis help people?
ability to reprogram emotional attitudes and reactions is a latent talent
within every human being. Hypnosis is the most functional and reasonable
way to train life-long attitudes, rather than suffer a lifetime of
emotional accidents the conscious mind is unable to change.
In what areas is hypnotherapy helpful?
the field of hypnotherapy, there are a great variety of ways to harness the
power of the subconscious mind to affect change. Hypnosis is used in areas
such as chronic and acute pain control, to change the pain threshold or
affect the psychological associations of pain. It can be effective to
improve confidence, concentration, recall, motivation, achievement, focus,
health and stress management. Hypnosis can help overcome addictions,
habits, eating disorders, insomnia, depression, anxiety, fears, phobias,
and negative thought, emotional and behavior patterns.
addition, hypnotherapy is helpful in a variety of areas including:
- Nail biting
- Bed wetting
- Pain management
- Public speaking
- Weight control
High blood pressure
Past life regression
Body, mind healing
Inner child dialogue
Test taking/study habits
Disabilities, MS, RSD, etc.
And much more
Can hypnosis really help
me quit smoking?
hypnosis is the most effective treatment that we have to change this habit,
far more effective than the patch or the gum. In fact both of these
treatments suggest using behavioral therapy in addition to their Nicotine
dispatching techniques. Smoking is a learned behavior, which can be
unlearned. The nicotine addiction part is only 72 hours long, the
behavioral parts often last for years. If you have ever tried to stop
before you know it was not the nicotine that draws you back, but the
feeling of wanting something in your hands or in your mouth, being with
friends, having a drink, etc. Conscious knowledge is hardly ever enough.
You already know cigarettes are dangerous to your health, yet you keep
smoking. Getting your subconscious mind involved is the key. It controls
your habit center, your intellect does not. Why do you think cigarette
advertising is now so restricted? Advertising works on the subconscious
mind. You need to get the message across to your subconscious mind, and
hypnosis is the key to doing just that.
Can hypnosis really help me lose weight?
If you have tried to lose weight in the past without success, you
have probably discovered losing weight is never easy. Yet we are
continuously tempted by the hundreds of advertisements promising quick and
easy weight loss. Advertisements that purport that 'All you need to do
is take this two little harmless capsules and vola the fat will melt off
you while you eat all the foods you have always wanted and sit on the sofa
watching T.V. In no time you too can be just as thin as the professional
models that are getting paid to sell you this harmless supplement.'
Which is worse, the fact that advertisers can actually get away with such
outrageous and often false and misleading advertisements, or that we
actually believe them enough to open our wallets and dish out good money
most of us have tried and have been failed by many diets, it is a credit to
the human spirit that we continue to seek solutions and persist at trying
new ones. What our clients most often say is 'I know everything there is
to know about dieting, and how to lose weight. I have tried hundreds of
diets, but I have a hard time staying on them and I gain the weight back
after I stop.'
don't diets work. Independent studies have confirmed that over
90% of the weight lost by dieting is re-gained within 18 months. Diets are
generally based on depriving you of the foods you like, and while this
approach can be good if you want to lose few pounds to fit in your special
dress or suit for a friend's wedding, it is not successful for long-term
weight loss. Most people perceive dieting as a short-term proposal.
'Once I reach my ideal weight, then I can stop dieting,' is often
the inner thought of the dieter. An author and psychologist once said look
at the first 3 letters of dieting, who wants to Die-ting?
reason most calorie-restricted diets fail is they go against our survival
instinct. A major reduction of calories is perceived as a crisis condition
which the body is forced to deal with by lowering metabolism, reducing your
defense system functions, reducing hair and nail growth and strength (just
like we all have been reducing energy consumption by turning off lights and
appliances). But as soon as the famine is over, or so the body believes, it
tries very quickly to regain the lost ground and, in fact, often add an
extra 25-30% of what was lost to be better prepared for the next cycle of
famine. If you diet enough times, at some point your body may stay at a
permanently low metabolism.
weight permanently, one needs permanent changes in habits, behaviors and
beliefs, all domain of the subconscious. As an evolved species, we have
managed to automate our routine and repetitive tasks so our active or
conscious mind can be free to focus on making decisions and learning new
things. Therefore, habits like walking, language skills or driving do not
require conscious actions once mastered. You do not know how to walk; you
just get up and go, although as a child you learned that. You may not be
aware which side of your body or face you start shaving everyday, but you
did at one time. These tasks and behaviors, and thousand more like them,
are managed by your subconscious, which controls all your learned
behaviors. Some of these learned behaviors might deal with food, like your
mother telling you to finish all the food on your plate because of the
starving children of the world. Although as smart adults, most people
wishing to lose weight know that their eating or not eating does not affect
the starving people elsewhere, they often are unable to stop until all the
food is gone. This is a learned behavior which is now managed by the
subconscious, and the active or conscious mind has very little influence on
the subconscious. That is why some old habits are hard to change. But it not
impossible to change or eliminate old unhealthy or unproductive habits; and
that is where hypnosis comes in.
is simply a state of being, similar to daydreaming but with a purpose. Most
people experience hypnosis at least twice
a day, once when they wake up, but before fully awake and alert and once
just before falling asleep. During hypnosis you can communicate with your
subconscious directly, without interference from the layer known as the
Critical Factor. You see the active or conscious mind receives new
information constantly and must process that information and make
decisions. The logic of our mind is contained in a layer known as the
Critical Factor. This is where the essence of who you are, your habits,
your beliefs, and thoughts are maintained. For example, if you were to say
to yourself, I will eat half of the food on my plate, the conscious mind
checks with your Critical Factor and might decide this information is false
for you because of what mother told you, or because of your belief that you
need a large portion to feel full, etc. And, therefore, this new
information actually never makes it in to your subconscious to change that
old habit of cleaning your plate.
hypnosis, you can examine your belief system and see why you eat the way
you do. Do you eat when you are bored, stressed, angry, worried, or happy?
Has food become an old friend into which you drown your unhappiness with
life into or that you associate with celebrations? Do you have food
addictions? With hypnosis, you begin to let go of old beliefs and create
new healthy ones. You can become motivated to eat less, feel satisfied with
smaller portions, select healthy foods, and enjoy exercising regularly.
is a very effective tool for weight loss. Your subconscious contains your
body image and habit center, and it also controls your appetite and
metabolism. If you repeatedly tell yourself 'I'm fat' when you
look in the mirror, then your subconscious will incorporate that belief and
act on it. You will easily give in to that dessert or that extra serving if
you already subconsciously see yourself as fat. Hypnosis is the key to
learning how to silence your inner critic, and fill yourself with positive
self-regard instead of junk food.
Is hypnosis medically approved?
In, 1958, the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric
Association have approved hypnotherapy for use by professionally
responsible individuals. The British Medical Association also adopted
hypnosis as a viable therapeutic tool in 1958.
Why is hypnosis effective?
is effective because it works directly with the subconscious mind, aligning
our subconscious minds with our conscious desires. When we get all parts of
us - body, mind and spirit - working together, it becomes much easier to
achieve our desires. With hypnosis, the subconscious mind views situations
objectively, without any rationalizations or excuses from the conscious
mind. Through objective and guided understanding, the subconscious mind is
able to change and improve patterns of behavior.
Can I be hypnotized?
you want to, you most likely can be. Most people are hypnotically
susceptible. According to research performed at Stanford University, 93% of
population has sufficient susceptibility to be able to create or change a
behavioral pattern. Surgical hypnosis requires a deeper level to manage
acute pain and is attainable by approximately 25% of population.
to the World Health Organization, over 90% of the world population is
hypnotically susceptible. But just because you are susceptible does not
mean that you can be hypnotized against your will. Similarly, just because
you can play tennis, you cannot be made to play unless you want to.
What is the age range of hypnotic susceptibility? Is hypnosis effective
susceptibility does not change with age. You do not lose your
susceptibility as you get older, nor are you less susceptible when you are
younger. Children have the same level of susceptibility as adults. Most
children past the age of 3 can be hypothesized. Most often nightmares,
warts, thumb sucking, or bed wetting can be resolved in children through
the use of hypnosis.