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Hypnosis is defined as: According to the US government, hypnosis is the bypass of the critical factor of the mind (that part that compares new information with old information already stored in the subconscious mind) and acceptance of acceptable selective thinking. Hypnosis allow us to bypass this comparing mechanism so that information can go right into the subconscious mind and affect our limiting beliefs and our habits so we can make powerful change right away.

Hypnosis is not “mind control.” This is just an illusion. You are not asleep, just deeply relaxed but completely aware. You won’t say anything you don’t want to. What you will do, is discover you were born with a set of incredibly powerful tools for positive change you simply haven’t yet uncovered or developed.

Hypnosis, often misunderstood and almost always controversial, is increasingly being employed in mainstream medicine. Numerous scientific studies have emerged in recent years showing that hypnotized mind can exert a real and powerful effect on the body.

According to the Wall Street Journal, this is what Dr. Carol Ginandes, a Harvard psychologist at McLean Hospital in Boston says about it. “Through hypnosis, the mind can have a potent effect not only on mental well-being but also on the acceleration of bodily healing itself.

It’s not clear how hypnosis works. However, it appears to affect how your brain communicates with your body through nerve impulses, hormones and body chemicals such as neuropeptides. Hypnosis creates a state of deep relaxation and quiets the mind.

Your conscious mind stays awake and still makes decisions. You have full control and you can concentrate intensely on a specific thought, memory, feeling or sensation while blocking out distractions. This makes the subconscious more receptive to any suggestion that the conscious mind want to let in. Hypnosis is an insight technique which forces the subconscious mind into a state of reorganization, changing your perspective regarding the circumstances and perhaps yourself, as well as the others involved.

Who can be hypnotized? Contrary to what some researcher claim only 75 to 91% of people can be hypnotized. Yet, I have never had a client who didn’t go into hypnosis in my office. We have since discovered that those numbers are due to lack of technique, understanding and training of the hypnotist. All you’ll need is a willingness to follow instructions and be of normal intelligence and you’ll go right into a level of hypnosis to do all the processes of the work necessary to get the changes you want.

What does hypnosis feel like? Hypnosis actually doesn’t feel like anything. It is a state of mind. It’s similar to the absorption you experience when reading a good novel, watching an engrossing movie, or listening so intently to the car radio that you arrive home without a clue as to how you got there. This is how it feels in hypnosis a state of focused consciousness.

Within each individual is an ‘internet of wisdom,’ and with your hypnotherapist assistance, hypnosis enables you to have access information from within your subconscious that you didn’t know you knew and becoming aware of that helps you to make positive changes. It also might surprise you how relaxed you’ll feel since we will often be focusing on relaxing as a way to bypass the critical factor.

Is hypnosis safe? Hypnosis is safe. If hypnosis were not safe it would be all over the news world wide about the terrible things that hypnosis does or is doing to people. No one has ever been harmed by going into hypnotic state. We basically are in and out hypnosis throughout much of our day. Did you ever miss the exist you were going to take? Most likely “Yes.” Have you ever had a daydream? Probably, “Yes.” If you answered yes to one or both of these questions you were definitely hypnotized, keeping in mind all hypnosis is focused attention.

Hypnosis in and of itself is a very pleasant experience. It is a time to let go of the other thoughts of the day and focus on the issues you came in to work on. Scientist, medical professionals, psychologists and hypnotherapist have been using hypnosis for over 200 years and no one has ever been hurt by simply going into hypnosis.

Hypnosis can help you succeed when nothing else has worked! Hypnosis is one of the fastest growing fields of human achievement. As hypnotherapists we are working with people who are frustrated because nothing else has helped them achieve their goals.

They have tried every other avenue that they can think of without success. We use hypnosis, hypnotherapy and teach self-hypnosis so that people like you can succeed in making important changes.

Did you know that many of the most successful professional and Olympic teams use hypnosis to help their athletes win? That’s true.

Now you can use this advantage for yourself, whether you are trying to overcome an old problem or if you want to grow to a new level of personal achievement.

Hypnotherapy can also be used as a complementary treatment for some medical and psychological issues. We would need your medical or medical health care provider referral. Obtaining referrals is a simple process. Please contact us if you need assistance.

Hypnosis can be your tool for success!
We encourage you to call or come into our office and ask us questions about hypnosis and our services. We enjoy answering questions. It is part of our job.

Call today 203-368-8602 to set up a free consultation either by phone or in our office.

Benefits of Hypnosis:

Develop and express awareness and intuition
  Feel worthwhile, self-confident, zestful
  Make better decisions
  Improve concentration
  Overcome procrastination
  Promote health and well-being
  Reduce conflict and stress
  Select your goals in life

Research On Hypnosis

Over the years there have been many research studies completed that show that hypnosis does indeed work. There have also been many that show how effective hypnosis is for a wide variety of specific treatments. Here are just a few examples of some of these studies.

Real Brain Effect

Recently (2009) Hull University researchers found that hypnosis has a ‘real brain effect’ when analyzed doing certain activities on brain scans under hypnosis. One psychologist, Dr. Michael Heap concluded that study backed the theory that hypnosis “primes” the brain to be open to suggestion. The study leader Dr. William McGeown reflected that “This shows that the changes were due to hypnosis and not just simple relaxation. Our study shows hypnosis is real.

Weight Loss

A study showed that, when comparing the results of adding hypnosis to other weight loss treatments across many different methods, adding hypnosis increased weight loss by an average of 97% during treatment. It also showed that hypnosis increased the effectiveness after the treatment by a whopping 146%. This shows that hypnosis works even better over a period of time. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 1996

A study of 60 women divided into hypnosis and non hypnosis control groups, found that the groups using hypnosis lost an average of 17 pounds, while the non-hypnosis control groups, found that the groups using hypnosis lost an average of only 0.5 pounds. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 1986

Pain Control

Researchers at the University of Iowa Roy J. And Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to find out if hypnosis alters brain activity in a way that might explain pain reduction.

The researchers found that volunteers under hypnosis experienced significant pain reduction in response to painful heat. They also had a distinctly different pattern of brain activity compared to when they were not hypnotized and experienced the painful heat. The changes in the brain activity suggest that hypnosis somehow blocks the pain signal from getting to the parts of the brain that perceive pain. These results were reported in the November 2004 issue of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

Fertility

A research team from the Soroka University in Israel found that 28% of women in a group of 185 who were hypnotized became pregnant, compared with just 14% of those who were not. Hypnotherapy was used to relax the spontaneous womb contractions which can hamper the embryo transfer stage of IVF treatment. Dr. Levitas commented that “Performing embryo transfer under hypnosis may significantly contribute to an increased clinical pregnancy rate”. Ryan, C. BBC News Online. 29th June 2004

Immune System

In a study of medical students under exam stress, researchers found that those who received self hypnosis training did not show the same reduction in key immune system components that the untrained group did.

The researchers also found that during exam time, the students launched stronger immune responses compared with students who did not learn self hypnosis. It was also noted that the more often students practiced self hypnosis, the stronger their immune response became. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 2001;69

IBS

In a recent review of available controlled studies in the field of gastroenterology conducted at the University Hospital of South Manchester, scientists discovered that hypnotherapy is clearly beneficial for patients suffering from gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome and peptic ulceration. Whorwell PJ. Use of hypnotherapy in gastrointestinal disease. Br J Hosp Med (ENGLAND) Jan 1991, 45 (1) pg. 27-9

Hay Fever

In 2005 a Swiss team at Basle University taught 66 people how to do self hypnosis to treat hay fever. This largely consisted of visualizing being on cool snowy mountainous terrains. After a year the researchers found that the volunteers who had been using self hypnosis reported far fewer symptoms related to hay fever than their fellow volunteers. Hypnosis significantly helped them alleviate symptoms such as a runny nose.

Professor Langewitz reasoned that hypnosis might work by altering blood flow and helping alleviate congestion in the nose that can occur with hay fever. He said: “It is know that you can alter blood flow with hypnosis”. Medical journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics.

Skin Disorders

Dermatitis and many other skin complaints such as psoriasis and eczema are widely considered to be stress related diseases. Hypnotherapy is well know to be very effective at treating emotional stress. Psychological tests have revealed that dermatitis sufferers are usually more anxious people, and as their levels of anxiety are reduced, their skin condition improves. Most clinicians and researchers agree that stress affects the course of dermatitis and eczema, and reducing stress levels has a positive effect on the course of the disease. Several documented case studies have directly revealed that hypnosis can offer a successful treatment for sufferers. Kantor SD Psoriasis Research Institute, Palo Alto, California 94301. Cutis (US) Oct 1990, 46 (4) pg. 321-2

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