“If you go there in your mind, you’ll go there in your body.”
— Denis Waitley PhD
Psychologist, Field of Mind Potential
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”
— Albert Einstein
What Is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural state of mind that you often experience throughout your day. Whenever you are engrossed in a book or motion picture, a favorite pastime or hobby, daydreaming, or listening to an engaging speaker, you are in a natural hypnotic “trance.” Your attention is so focused that outside stimuli are ignored or “tuned out” for that period of time. This focused attention enhances the acceptance of suggestions and the response by the subconscious mind.
Some describe hypnosis as “selective perception,” where your attention is fully focused on what you are visualizing, while blocking out everything else. Others describe hypnosis as a journey into the center of yourself.
Like a magnifying glass that focuses the rays of the sun and makes them more powerful, hypnosis enhances the power of your mind and harnesses your mental energy to help you make lasting and permanent changes.
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How does Hypnosis Work?
The conscious mind, the analytical reasoning part of our mind, comprises only ten percent of our mind. The other ninety percent is our subconscious mind.
The subconscious mind, like a “hard drive” of a computer, is not limited by time, space or logic. It contains a wisdom far beyond our everyday capabilities and has access to all our resources and abilities.
A hypnotist guides a client into hypnosis, a relaxed state of body and mind. The conscious/analytical reasoning part of our mind is then bypassed, and the subconscious mind, the seat of all behaviors, becomes much more alert. In this state, the subconscious mind can then be directed—through visualization and positive reinforced suggestions—to make the desirable changes. Once your subconscious mind accepts these new thoughts and behaviors, you automatically accept them at the conscious level.
Hypnosis also increases your sense of optimism and well-being by reducing anxiety, building confidence and mentally rehearsing successful outcomes.
The formula for hypnosis is basically expectation, belief and imagination coupled with suggestion.
What Is A Hypnosis Session Like?
Your first session is about gathering information and establishing goals. The hypnotist may then ask you to do some preliminary suggestibility exercises to determine what approach will work best for you.
The hypnotist will also explain what hypnosis is and discuss any misconceptions you might have. Together you will set believable, realistic, and positive goals. Hypnosis is a team effort. After all, “all hypnosis is really self-hypnosis,” and the hypnotist is simply a guide to assist you in the process.
The hypnotist will then guide you through a gentle process to help relax your conscious mind. This allows you to access your subconscious mind, the hard drive of your internal computer, and direct it, through positive reinforced statements and suggestions, to make the desired or necessary changes.
Your hypnotist may provide you with a recording of the session or other materials to reinforce your new behaviors.
The first session is approximately 90 minutes in length and follow-up sessions approximately 60 minutes.
You and your hypnotist will determine the number of sessions in the first visit or after, depending on how you are progressing.
Stress Management with Hypnosis
Everyone responds differently to stress. Some experience anxiety, difficulty falling or staying asleep, feeling edgy or tired all the time, headaches, palpitations or even butterflies in their stomach.
Stress is not always a bad thing. Things like getting married, getting a new job or moving to a new home are good things but they are still something that one must adjust to.
The problem with stress is when it becomes overwhelming.
The demands of the change exceed our resources or ability to cope. Our lives then become out of balance and sickness can result.
Another problem with stress is that it causes the adrenal glands to secrete the stress hormone cortisol, which increases appetite and stimulates the body’s release of the fat storing hormone, Insulin. This causes the body to hold on to fat!
Hypnosis is an excellent way to manage and reduce stress.
Hypnosis can help you to identify your stress triggers as well as understand your emotional and physical responses. Through the use of hypnosis, positive changes in attitude and coping skills can lead to an improved quality of life.
Each session is geared towards understanding your stressors and learning new coping skills. Stress management begins at your first hypnosis session by learning a simple three minute technique of self-hypnosis to decrease and manage your stress.
Hypnosis for Cancer Management
Whether you are facing a diagnosis of cancer or beginning chemotherapy or radiation therapy, hypnosis can be a valuable tool to assist you on your journey. When used as a complementary therapy, hypnosis can optimize the effects of the treatment you are receiving and minimize its potential side effects and enhance your quality of life. Hypnosis can help you to manage the many components of cancer treatment, optimizing the odds of a positive outcome.
Hypnosis can be useful for all aspects of the cancer experience.
Physical: Hypnosis can assist you in the process of preparing for and recovering from surgery/diagnostic procedures. Research studies repeatedly show that people who prepare for surgery are less anxious, have less pain, fewer complications and recover sooner.
The use of hypnosis for pain management, whether it is from the effects of the cancer or the chemo or radiation treatment, enhances the ability to feel more comfortable, resume favorite or even every-day activities, and reduce pain.
Hypnosis can help provide relief from the side effects of chemotherapy such as nausea. In addition, the guided imagery in hypnosis can help your body to protect the healthy cells, while enhancing the medications to target the cancerous cells. Hypnosis also assists you to focus on the healing process, strengthening your body’s reserves, and preserving your energy.
Psychological: Hypnosis can assist you in managing the psychological response to cancer. Hypnosis is commonly used for stress reduction, relaxation, and coping skills to help decrease anxiety, create a sense of well being, and free up more energy for you to heal.
Hypnosis can help!
The diagnosis of cancer has unique psychological and medical concerns. Your first hypnosis session will focus on collecting valuable information unique to your experience. Based on the information gathered, we will set goals and determine what approach is best suited for you. Each session thereafter will be tailored to your individual needs and goals and your current situation.
Your hypnosis sessions may include preparation for surgery, management of chemotherapy/radiation, pain management, coping strategies, stress reduction, self-hypnosis for day-to-day management, plus whatever else is needed.
This program is designed to strengthen your body, mind and spirit, so that you can heal on all levels.