Hypnosis is a consensual state of heightened focused awareness and concentration combined with deep physical relaxation allowing access to the subconscious mind.
What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a technique that uses hypnosis to access the subconscious mind and deeper aspects of the brain, namely the hypothalamus, the medulla oblongata, and the corpus callosum. It is in these areas of the brain that emotions, memory, and instincts lie…all the habits and motivations we are ordinarily unaware of.
Hypnosis is a state of focused awareness and hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis for a specific therapeutic goal such as weight management, smoking cessation, improved academic or athletic performance, as well as the removal of emotional and psychological blocks.
Hypnosis provides access to the subconscious so that the desired therapeutic goals are achieved quickly and directly. The power of hypnosis combined with therapy can create rapid change, more so than traditional therapies, and help you achieve your self improvement goals
What is a hypnotherapist?
“A Hypnotherapist—induces hypnotic state in client to increase motivation or alter behavior pattern through hypnosis. Consults with client to determine the nature of problem. Prepares client to enter hypnotic states by explaining how hypnosis works and what client will experience. Tests subject to determine degrees of physical and emotional suggestibility. Induces hypnotic state in client using individualized methods and techniques of hypnosis based on interpretation of test results and analysis of client’s problem. May train client in self-hypnosis.” ~U.S. Department of Labor Directory of Occupational Titles. D.O.T. 079.157.010.
“Hypnosis can help adult patients control other forms of pain, relieve gastrointestinal problems, stimulate weight loss, clear up skin problems, and accelerate the healing of bone fractures and surgical wounds.” ~ Consumer Reports, January 2005
“Hypnosis can actually help you lose weight.” ~ Harvard Medical School psychotherapist Jean Fain – Oprah Magazine, August 2004
“Hypnosis became popular as a treatment for medical conditions in the late 1700s when effective pharmaceutical and surgical treatment options were limited. To determine whether hypnosis has a role in contemporary medicine, relevant trials and a few case reports are reviewed. Despite substantial variation in techniques among the numerous reports, patients treated with hypnosis experienced substantial benefits for many different medical conditions. An expanded role for hypnosis and a larger study of techniques appear to be indicated.” ~ Department of Internal Medicine and Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Jacksonville, Fla. (Mayo Clinic article)
Hypnosis was approved as a valid treatment by the American Medical Association in 1958, and has become increasingly accepted by the medical community. If you want to manage a chronic pain, reduce stress, loose weight, kick a habit, end a phobia, improve your academic or sports performance, as well as a host of other problems, you might want to try hypnosis.
Hypnosis is not mind control. It’s a naturally occurring state of concentration; It’s actually a means of enhancing your control over both your mind and your body. ~ Dr. David Spiegel, Associate Chair of Psychiatry, Sanford University School of Medicine