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- What is hypnotherapy?
- How does hypnosis work?
- How does hypnosis feel?
- What kinds of things can hypnotherapy support?
- Can I help you?
What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis, when it is mentioned in conversation creates varied reactions in people. There are many misconceptions.
Let’s start by distinguishing between the hypnotic state, hypnosis and hypnotherapy.
Hypnotic State is a natural state that humans cycle in and out of all day long. It is the 3 seconds before we fall asleep and the 3 seconds before we wake up. (This is why people who promote affirmations suggest you recite them as you are falling asleep and waking up.)
The hypnotic state is a state of deep focused attention characterized by the brain waves oscillating between alpha and theta waves. Alpha and theta brain waves indicate states of increased relaxation and openness. (When we sleep our brain goes into delta waves). This relaxed and open state makes it easier to make changes. If you have ever caught yourself day-dreaming, driving to a destination without remembering the route you took to get there, or losing track of time, you were in the hypnotic state.
Hypnosis is simply entering the hypnotic state at will to access the benefits and powers of the alpha-theta waves.
A simple definition of hypnosis
It “is a state of increased suggestibility and concentration.”
What Hypnosis is NOT!!
- CIA mind-control
- Supernatural or evil
- Scary or dangerous
What Hypnosis IS!
- Natural and normal state
- Relaxing and fun
- Safe and effective
- Positive and pleasant
- A drug-free alternative for many conditions
Hypnotherapy is a collaborative process between the hypnotherapist and client where the hypnotic state is used for the purpose of healing, improving performance, making a personal change, achieving a goal, releasing an out-dated belief that is holding you back or overcoming a challenge.
You are always fully in control during a hypnosis session. No one can make you say or do anything you don’t want to do. Hypnotherapy is relaxing and enjoyable. It is a natural and safe way to make changes. You are always in control while in hypnosis. Remember, because your hypnotherapist needs your permission and cooperation in order to do hypnosis, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. You and your hypnotherapist are a team committed to your goals.
How does hypnosis work?
The father of modern psychology, Sigmund Freud, suggested the mind was like an iceberg. Only a small portion of an iceberg (approximately 5-10%) is visible above the waterline. The remaining 90-95% is below the water.
That is how the Titanic sank. It hit the 90% of the iceberg that was below the waterline.
Freud called the part above the water the conscious mind and the part below the water the subconscious mind. While you are sitting at your computer, your conscious mind is reading this information on your screen. Meanwhile, your heart is pumping blood, your lungs are breathing, your stomach is digesting and so on. Your subconscious mind is running your body.
Despite what we like to believe about how ‘conscious’ we are as humans, truthfully, our subconscious mind, and everything encoded in it, are running the show. Just like the Titanic, we can “sink” from the beliefs, thoughts, and encoding that are hidden below the surface.
What complicates things even further is the fact that the brain cannot tell the difference between what is actually seen by our eyes and what we picture in our imagination. Have you ever had a negative experience and even thinking about it makes you angry, upset or fearful? Even though the event was in the past, you have the same body reactions in the present that you had at the time the event occurred. When you picture the event in your mind, your brain thinks the event is happening now and your body begins to react as though you were still in the situation! Amazing, isn’t it!
That fear response to the past often paralyzes us and stops us from taking action in the present. The great news is, we can use this same process of visualizing something in the mind to achieve a goal, overcome a fear, and make a change. By combining increased receptivity of the subconscious mind through a relaxed alpha-theta brain wave (hypnotic) state with a new mental picture, we can create a new body reaction. Immediately after anchoring a new image of our goal, skill, ability, or way of being, in our subconscious, our minds begin working to create that image in the physical world.
Dr. Joseph Murphy, who has extensively studied the subconscious mind, said, “Belief is a thought in your mind that causes the power of your subconscious to be distributed into all phases of your life according to your thinking habits.” Our beliefs, thoughts, and encoded messages become our actions. Our actions, in turn, become our lives. The beauty is that we can change our beliefs, thoughts and encoding through hypnotherapy.
How does hypnosis feel?
I’m going to share with you a short visualization that will give you a sense of how hypnosis may feel for you. You may need to read the instructions through a couple of times before doing the steps.
Please get comfortable in your chair (the best you can sitting at your computer). Start by closing your eyes. Take a few deep breaths and release tension. Allow your breathing to slow and become gentle. Simply notice the air moving in and out of your lungs. Once you notice your body starting to relax, imagine yourself standing in a kitchen. This can be a kitchen you know or one you imagine. In your imagination, please walk over to the refrigerator and open it. The refrigerator is empty except for a lemon sitting on the shelf. Please pick up the lemon—you may notice the temperature or feel of the lemon in your hand.
Place the lemon on the counter. Take a knife out of one of the drawers or stands on the counter. Slice the lemon into 4 pieces—however you do that is perfect. Then pick up one of the 4 pieces, it doesn’t matter which one, and take a big, juicy bite. Really feel that lemon squirting in your mouth and the juice running down your chin. When you are finished, open your eyes and return to the room you are sitting in.
What were you able to feel? What temperature was the lemon? What facial expression did you make when you bit it? When did your mouth start to water?
That’s it!! That’s the power of your mind.
What kinds of things can hypnotherapy support?
I think hypnotherapy is one of the best kept secrets for total mind-body-business support. Human beings are psychosomatic beings. Psycho being the Latin word for mind and somatic referring to the body. This means we are mind-body beings—in every aspect—life, family, hobbies and work/business. The beliefs in our mind become the physical behaviours and reactions in all areas of our lives.
Hypnotherapy can help with anything that has an encoded belief or root cause in the mind—that is almost everything! This being said, there are issues and conditions that need to be treated by medical doctors, psychologists or other experts. This explains why a consultation is so important before you begin. You really want to ensure your situation is within the scope of practice of your hypnotherapist.
How I help you
While some hypnotherapists work with everything, I prefer to specialize. I have included lists of my specialties. Select a category to see relevant examples.
If you are interested in hypnotherapy, but your situation is not listed below, please call me at 226-789-8983. If I do not support a situation like yours, I will refer you to someone who does.
I specialize in the following:
- Performance enhancement
- Leadership Development, Entrepreneurship and Success
- Health and Wellness
- Inner Wellbeing and Living More Fully
- Athletics, hobby or professional (perfect for improving your golf game!)
- Public speaking
- Skill development
- Learning and academics
- Increasing sales
- Anything where you need to be better at what you do
- Creativity and inspiration
Leadership Development, Entrepreneurship and Success
- Creating a top leader/entrepreneur/success mind set
- Overcoming your greatest leadership/entrepreneurial challenge
- Success strategies
- Leadership development
- Goal setting
- Stress management
- Overcoming limiting beliefs, emotional blocks, fears, or phobias that are decreasing your effectiveness in your business or organization
Health and Wellness
- Pain relief and management
- Preparation or recovery from surgery
- Reducing depression, anxiety and stress
- Insomnia or sleep problems
- Smoking cessation
- Sexuality issues
- Anti-aging and rejuvenation
- Irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s
- High blood pressure
- Migraine headaches
- Memory and concentration
- Arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome
- Cancer or recovery from cancer treatments
- Recovery from accidents or past traumas
- And more
Please call for a consultation if your condition is not on the list.
Please note: Some medical conditions require physician approval prior to beginning hypnosis sessions.
Inner Wellbeing and Living More Fully
- Stress management
- Developing inner calm and peace
- Overcoming sadness and grief
- Recovery from accidents or past traumas
- Increasing creativity and inspiration
- Fear/anger management
- Expressing your unique genius and purpose
- Expressing your greatest potential
- Creating and maintaining work-life balance
- Living more fully from your values
- Personal and spiritual growth
- Past life regressions
- Confidence and self-esteem
- Living through change and transition