October 23, 2017
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Hypnosis for Health IV

"Who is hypnosis for?

Hypnotherapy has the potential to help relieve the symptoms of a wide variety of diseases and conditions. It can be used independently or along with other treatments. For example, it's one of several relaxation methods for treating chronic pain that has been approved by an independent panel convened by the hypnosis and healthNational Institutes of Health.

According to preliminary studies, hypnotherapy may be used to:

    Change negative behaviors, such as smoking, bed-wetting and overeating

    Reduce or eliminate fears, stress and anxiety

    Treat pain during childbirth and reduce labor time

    Control pain during dental and surgical procedures

    Relieve symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

    Lower blood pressure

    Control nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy

    Reduce the intensity or frequency of headaches, including migraines

    Treat and ease the symptoms of asthma

    Hasten the healing of some skin diseases, including warts, psoriasis and atopic dermatitis 

Hypnosis is as old as humanity.

The old myths and misconceptions about hypnosis have given way to proven, scientifically sound applications. Today the use of hypnosis is seen in a variety of fields including: medicine, dentistry, education, professional sports and law. Most people have a limited understanding of the positive results that can be achieved in a professionally controlled hypnosis session. I would like to dispel some of the myths and answer the most frequently asked questions about hypnosis.

How does hypnosis work?

Our minds work on two levels: the conscious and the subconscious. We make decisions, think and plan with our conscious mind. In the subconscious mind is our habits, our conditioning, our fears, and our positive and negative associations. The subconscious controls 95% or more of our feelings and behavior In the relaxed state known as hypnosis, we can communicate directly with the subconscious mind to release feelings, break or create habits, and change associations and programming. This is why it is so quick and easy to change your life with hypnosis.

While it appears that almost anyone can be hypnotized, hypnosis does not always bring about good results. It is unclear why hypnosis does not work for everyone. Some researchers believe that a person is born with character traits that allow hypnosis to work, while other researchers believe that the ability to be hypnotized is a learned skill.

Hypnosis may seem magical, but it is not magic. Hypnosis is a collection of methods that allow therapist and patient to find the best and safest way to use the mind-body connection to bring about the medical benefits of hypnosis.

October 9, 2017
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Hypnosis for Health III

Once disregarded as a parlor trick, hypnosis is increasingly believed to improve many of those outcomes. The American Medical Association approved hypnosis as a therapy in 1958 (although it later rescinded its position, according to the ASCH), and the APA followed suit three years later, according to Harvard Medical School. That's not to say it's a panacea: In fact, more research is needed to prove lasting benefits of hypnosis for certain facets of health, such as weight loss or smoking cessation. But more promising results exist in other areas of study. Here are a few of the science-backed benefits of hypnosis to consider.  health and hypnosis

Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy is used for many issues. Of course, we use hypnosis or hypnotherapy for weight loss and losing weight naturally, and to quit smoking, however, there are many more areas where hypnosis can help your life. You can use hypnosis or hypnotherapy for stress reduction, pain management, increasing your immune system, infertility, cancer treatment support, insomnia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, pre-operative and intraoperative procedures, speeding up healing, skin conditions, phobias of all types, anxiety, bed wetting, fertility issues and more. Since 1995 the National Institute of Health has strongly recommended hypnosis to treat insomnia (“Integration,” 1995). For those with sleep apnea, hypnosis can be used to diminish the sensation of wearing the CPAP mask.

Medical Hypnosis is gaining credibility! The use of hypnosis is starting to be recognized, as complementary, within the medical field as a useful technique in the treatment of certain illnesses.

In 1996, an NIH Technology Assessment Panel confirmed hypnosis as an effective adjunct in alleviating pain. In July, 2001, Scientific American stated, "Though often denigrated as fakery or wishful thinking, hypnosis has been shown to be a real phenomenon with a variety of therapeutic uses especially in controlling pain."

The Wall Street Journal in the October 7th, 2003 issue stated, "Numerous scientific studies have emerged in recent years showing that the hypnotized mind can exert a real and powerful effect on the body."

In 2005, Harvard did a study regarding the use of pre-operative hypnosis to relieve anxiety and a similar study was done in 2007 at Mt. Sinai Hospital regarding the use of pre-operative hypnosis for breast biopsy patients in speeding up healing and reducing the amount of pain medication needed during and after surgery.

Today we now refer to hypnosis under the heading of mind-body medicine. Hypnosis is safe, inexpensive, has no negative side-effects, uses no drugs, and most importantly, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis.

September 22, 2017
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Hypnosis for Health II

There are several reputable professional societies that train doctors of medicine and psychology, social workers, counselors, nurses, and dentists. To find a qualified therapist, contact one of the professional hypnosis associations listed here:

    ASCH, The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (component sections in US and Canada)

    SCEH, The Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

    ISH, The International Society of Hypnosis

    The Milton H. Erickson Foundation

    Canadian Federation of Clinical Hypnosis

    APMHA, The American Psychotherapy and Medical Hypnosis Association

 The greatest myth perpetuated by stage or lay hypnotists is that someone gets “hypnotized.” In my 40 years of practice I have not “hypnotized” anyone, anymore than I could have “meditated” someone. But, I have taught hypnosis to thousands of doctors and have conducted tens of thousands of successful sessions. Once you learn how to access and use your mind-body connection with hypnosis, it all belongs to you and you may apply it to any medical condition you like.

There will always be non-believers. But, “seeing is believing” when it comes to hypnosis for anesthesia, or hypnosis to effectively remove warts, or using hypnosis to remove or lessen side-effects of medical treatments, such as cancer chemotherapy and radiation, or to use hypnosis to attenuate hot flashes, and to lessen pain.

 All hypnosis is really self-hypnosis because you are always in control, more than you realize you could be “Everything you need is already within you.”

The "state of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention” brought on by hypnosis may help us use our minds more powerfully, according to the  hypnotic stateAmerican Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH). And harnessing the powers of the mind has inspired researchers and clinicians in various fields to explore the use of hypnosis in a number of health outcomes.

Medical hypnosis, sometimes called hypnotherapy, uses verbal repetition and/or mental imagery (facilitated by a hypnotherapist or one's self) to induce a "trance-like state" of increased focus. It's typically described as feeling calm and relaxing and usually opens people up to the power of suggestion.

Suggestibility doesn’t mean you have a weak character, as popularly believed. A strong-minded person may be a good candidate for hypnosis because they will strive to get results from treatment.

People who get the best results from hypnosis appear to have a few things in common, including:

    A good imagination

    The ability to get lost in a movie or book

    The ability to concentrate and keep mental focus.

September 10, 2017
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Hypnosis for Health I

Hypnosis and hypnotherapy have been proven to effectively treat medical conditions, such as skin problems/conditions, digestive disorders, pain, headaches, migraine, medical procedures, as well as side effects of cancer, chemotherapy and radiation? Immune diseases also benefit from medical applications of hypnosis. Now, of course, we are talking about the therapeutic benefits of clinical or medical hypnosis and not referring to lay or stage hypnosis. Stage hypnosis is for entertainment, whereas clinical or medical hypnosis is used by professionals trained in medicine, psychology, social work, counseling, nursing, and dentistry.  hypnosis success

The medical use of hypnosis can benefit:

Asthma, back pain, brain injury, cancer, depression, erectile function, fertility, fibroid healing, headache, liver conditions, hypertension, immunity, IBS, multiple sclerosis, neck conditions, pain, pregnancy and childbirth, skin conditions, spinal cord healing, surgery and recovery, and tinnitus, and a myriad of other medical needs.

Hypnosis has historically been used in healing for a long time, and has been called by many different names such as NLP, Biofeedback, Mind Healing, Sleep-Healing, Divine Healing, and Guided Imagery. The history of hypnosis for healing and medical benefit goes back to the ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, and is referred in the Ebers Papyrus, the oldest medical document. But it was when Franz Anton Mesmer popularized it in late 1700’s France that others took note of its therapeutic value. In particular, around 1850, physicians from England and Scotland (James Braid, James Esdaile, and John Elliotson) began to use it in medical applications. Dr. Esdaile documented hundreds of major surgical operations using hypnosis as the sole anesthesia with excellent results.  Dr. Elliotson (who also brought the stethoscope to England) created the first hypnosis hospital, and founded Zoist, the first medical journal devoted to medical treatments with hypnosis.

Although misnamed “hypnosis” after the Greek god of sleep ‘Hypnos’, hypnosis is not sleep at all. We now have advanced technology in neuroimaging of the brain with PET scans, functional MRIs and EEG which show that individuals producing and experiencing hypnosis are awake (not asleep, as stage hypnotists want an audience to believe).

Since the mid to late 1800s to date thousands of studies looking at the medical value of hypnosis have led to just as many articles in professional journals dealing with gastrointestinal, neurology, dermatology, surgery, skin disorders, rehabilitation oncology, and others. 

Perhaps one of the most impressive findings from current neuroimagery studies of medical hypnosis is that, although ‘imagination’ and ‘belief’ play a major role in using hypnosis, the results of hypnosis are not imaginary, they are very real physiological responses.

August 25, 2017
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How Does Hypnotherapy Work?

Hypnotherapy is a form of complementary therapy that utilizes the power of positive suggestion to bring about subconscious change to our thoughts, feelings and behavior.

The process itself aims to alter our state of consciousness in a way that relaxes the conscious part of the mind while simultaneously stimulating and focusing the subconscious part. This heightened state of awareness – reached using skilled relaxation techniques – allows the therapist to then make appropriate suggestions.

There are varying theories throughout both the medical and psychological arenas as to how the process of hypnosis works. Some experts believe that people who practice hypnosis effectively are predisposed to this therapy or have developed enhanced cognitive and interpersonal abilities that allow them to respond accordingly to hypnotic cues and conditions. Recent studies have shown that this form of communication actually alters elements of a person’s neurological and physiological mechanisms.

Therapist speaks to a client under hypnosis in a hypnotherapy session, after identifying client goals for the session and reviewing how the session will proceed; the practitioner will use guided imagery and soothing speech to help the person to feel relaxed and safe. When the recipient of hypnosis has achieved a more receptive state, the practitioner will provide suggestions that could help the person reach his or her goals. The person in the trancelike state remains aware and is usually able to return to a more alert state independently once the session is over. Some people find that just one hypnotherapy session is sufficient, and others may attend several sessions.  hypnosis sydney australia

Hypnotherapy is widely endorsed as a treatment for habit breaking, stress related issues and for a range of long-term conditions, and in recent years has been gaining steam in the medical world after a recommendation from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recognized hypnotherapy as a treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

While more concrete evidence is needed to support the use of hypnosis in additional areas as an alternative to conventional medicine, many have found the process has been incredibly effective either when used in tandem with traditional treatment or when used independently after other avenues have been exhausted. Hypnosis has the capacity to work for the majority of individuals but some are more susceptible to suggestions than others. The most important thing to remember is that you must be fully committed to the process and feel that you can place your trust in your hypnotherapist. It's also important to keep an open mind, as any skepticism may subconsciously dampen your susceptibility.

August 13, 2017
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Hypnosis – A psychological tool

Hypnosis is   a century-old psychological tool used by many doctors, dentists, psychiatrists and therapists to achieve everything from anesthesia without anesthetics, to stomach stapling without staples.

 Hypnotized people are like robots. Actually, you can’t make someone under hypnosis do anything they don’t already want to do. Sure, their subconscious mind is “exposed” in a state of hypnosis, so they’re more willing to have their emotions—and ultimately their decisions—directed. And that’s good for us as marketers and salespeople—assuming that we’re in this for the right reasons: i.e., helping people.

Two factors are at work here.

Firstly, you may have noticed that if you ask a stranger to do something—especially to buy something—they tend to balk. Their natural reaction is to question the instruction. To find a reason to disagree with it. The critical mind throws up objections.

What’s interesting, though, is this doesn’t happen if you just ask someone to imagine something. Especially if you ask them to imagine the outcome of the sale, rather than making the purchase itself. There’s no resistance to that.

So by asking your prospect to imagine something, you bypass that critical part that throws up objections, and “sneak in” to their mind through the back door of their imagination. And bypassing the critical mind is the second of three crucial steps to achieving hypnosis. (The first is attracting the person’s attention, which I’ll assume you’ve already done.)

The third step is to stimulate the unconscious mind. That is exactly what imagining something does. As strange as it may sound, the brain literally cannot tell the difference between imagining reality, and actually experiencing reality. As far as your brain is concerned, there’s no difference between visualizing a tree, and seeing a tree.get the help you need with hypnosis

This makes your prospect’s imagination a deceptively powerful ally to you. Remember—the fear of loss is far stronger than the desire for gain. So if you can get your prospect to feel a sense of ownership for your offering, you invoke a much stronger desire than by merely offering benefits. By getting them to imagine owning it, they become as if they already have it. As if you have already given it to them. And the natural thing to do then is to keep it…which means making the purchase.

This sense of ownership over what we imagine is surprisingly deep-seated. It should be. Our youngest years are ruled by our imaginations. Kids are highly possessive of their make-believe ideas and characters and worlds. They don’t like to be told they aren’t real. And although as adults we’ve managed to conceal that affection for our fantasies under a veneer of pragmatism, the same effect still governs our behavior at a subconscious level.

July 28, 2017
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Different types of hypnotherapy II

Cognitive/behavioral hypnotherapy

Cognitive/behavioral hypnotherapy is a modern, scientific approach to therapy that combines cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and hypnosis to positively influence emotional, behavioral, cognitive and symptomatic change.

This branch of hypnosis differs significantly from the traditional schools of hypnotherapy – drawing influence from a range of theories such as positive psychology, neuroscience, evolutionary psychology and NLP, and combining them so that they fall in line with the personal goals and values of the client. Drawing from this extensive range of techniques and disciplines is how therapists are able to create such a personal and tailored approach for the client – avoiding the 'one size fits all' approach.

The process itself sees the therapist accessing the mindset of clients, so that they can use techniques and language based on the client's unique model of the world. The process will also often incorporate an analytical approach, whereby unwanted thoughts and behaviors from the past are cleared away and then techniques to retrain the brain in the present are utilized to ensure the changes clients would like to make become fully realized.

Hypnotherapy and NLP

Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) explores the relationship between language, behavior and excellence. It is essentially a model used to identify and analyze the linguistic techniques used subconsciously by successful people, in order to produce a recipe for excellence.

An NLP practitioner will look at your attitude, language and your use of it, your understanding of relationships and how you build a rapport and the physical and emotional states that are best for accomplishing a task. Effective communication and perception of others and ourselves will also be key focuses and all will be examined so that strategies for improving understanding, motivation, learning and remembering can be formed.hypnotherapy different types II

Many hypnotherapists train in NLP in order to help themselves communicate more effectively with their clients, and also to help their clients communicate more effectively with themselves.

Solution focused hypnotherapy

Solution focused hypnotherapy looks at what the client would like to achieve, rather than the reason why they booked the appointment. It focuses on the present and the future instead of the past, which is why it can provide a positive effect in such a short space of time.

 

The hypnotherapist may ask how the client’s life would improve if they fix the problem, and specifically what would have changed. This provides a specific goal for the client to aim for while making the solution clear.

This approach can help with confidence problems, anxiety, depression, traumatic experiences and minor phobias such as water, spiders and flying.

July 17, 2017
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Different types of hypnotherapy I

If you are considering hypnosis, it's important to understand the different types of hypnotherapy available to you, as certain techniques will be better suited to certain situations and circumstances.Hypnosis

Below is a brief overview of some of the most frequently used hypnotherapy types:

Traditional/suggestion hypnotherapy

Traditional/suggestion hypnotherapy involves the therapist imparting a series of 'suggestions' to the subconscious mind with a view to positively influencing thoughts, feelings and behaviours. This form of hypnotherapy is often employed in situations where there is no root cause that needs addressing, and can also be used effectively on a short-term basis to foster change in a limited number of sessions.

Hypno-psychotherapy

A hypno-pscyhotherapist differs from a hypnotherapist in that they will have undertaken training in psychotherapy theory and practice.

This integrative approach utilizes both techniques to help with deeper problems that may not be able to be addressed with hypnotherapy alone (for example trauma or abuse), allowing the therapist to use their training and skills in psychotherapy to provide a supportive and empathetic therapeutic relationship.

Analytical hypnotherapy/hypnoanalysis

Analytical hypnotherapy draws upon concepts and techniques of psychotherapy (though the hypnotherapist might not be qualified in psychotherapy) in a bid to discover and address deeper, longer standing concerns. The aim of this form of hypnotherapy is to find and remove the root cause. For example, while suggestion hypnotherapy could potentially help to mask and reduce troubled sleep – analytical hypnotherapy seeks to establish the cause of the troubled sleep (e.g. relationship issues), before addressing it. In short, it aims to resolve problems as opposed to managing them.

In terms of treatment length analytical hypnotherapy lends itself to longer-term treatment and is an involved process often requiring significant commitment from the client.

Clinical hypnotherapy

Clinical hypnotherapy is where a person receives hypnotherapy from a qualified hypnotherapist with a healthcare background. In the UK, hypnotherapists are not required to have any specific training by law, but a clinical hypnotherapist is a licensed clinician who can use the practice to treat a range of medical and psychological conditions. Most health professionals who practice clinical hypnotherapy are registered with a professional body and are regulated by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

Time Line Therapy™

Developed by NLP practitioner, Tad James, Time Line Therapy™ is a hypnotic approach that derives from NLP. It is based on the concept that our unconscious mind stores memories in a linear pattern – like a time line – which is essentially a mental photo album of our life. Time Line therapists use a variety of techniques to unconsciously help clients release negative emotions and limiting beliefs linked to past experiences in order to facilitate long-term transformation and better mind-body health. Time Line Therapy™ is considered particularly useful for helping people to overcome symptoms of depression, stress and anxiety, and tends to achieve quick results. 

June 30, 2017
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Hypnosis in 20th Century

Carl Jung (1961) rejected Freud’s psychoanalytical approach and developed his own theory. He encouraged his patients to use active imagination to change old memories. He often uses the concept of inner guide, in his healing work.

Andrew Salter (1914-1996) developed a process called “cortical inhibition”, which is a form of hypnotic state.

In 1961 Ernest Hilgard created a standardized scale for susceptibility to Hypnosis. He induced anesthesia.

Milton Erikson (1901-1980) developed many new ideas and techniques in Hypnosis.

Harry Arones (1967) a self taught professional Hypnotist wrote a book, “Hypnosis in Criminal Investigation”. It includes memory, regression, induction techniques and confabulation. His techniques received National acceptance in legal community.

Dave Elman (1900-1967) introduced rapid induction method. One method of induction which he introduced more than 50 years ago is still one of the favorite methods used by today’s masters.

Ormond McGill (1913-2005) was Stage hypnotist and hypno-therapist. He wrote, “Encyclopedia of Genuine stage Hypnotism”.

John Kappas (1925 – 2002) Founder on the Hypnosis Motivation Institute

In 1956 Roman Catholic Church (Pope pious XII) approved Hypnosis.

It was stated that, use of Hypnosis by health care professionals for diagnosis and treatment is permitted. The guide lines are given as:

1] Hypnotism is serious matter, and not something to be dabbled in.

2] In its scientific use, the precautions dedicated by both science and morality are to be followed.

3] Under the aspect of anesthesia, it is governed by the same principles as other forms of anesthesia.

smoking after effectsTwo years after AMA (American Medical Association) approval of hypnosis, American Psychological Association endorsed Hypnosis as a branch of psychology.

In Britain, Hypnotism Act was instituted in 1952 to regulate stage Hypnotists Public entertainments.

Later in 19th century Mesmerism was totally out in scientific circles and attention shifted to what we call now Hypnotism.

In 20th century hypnosis became imprisoned by its own respectability, as it became mired in unending academic debates about “state” or “non state”. Thus the question arises about real, physical basis of Hypnosis. At first centre of hypnotic gravity moved from Europe to America where all the most significant breakthroughs of the 20th century took place. Similarly hypnosis became a popular phenomenon, a thing which is easily available to anyone outside clinic or laboratory. Meanwhile the style of hypnosis changed, from direct instructions issued by an authoritarian figure (A legacy of charismatic mesmerist) to a more indirect and permissive style of trance induction based on subtly persuasive language patterns.   

At the same time hypnosis became more practical and a very useful tool for releasing psychological distress. Similarly it is useful in bringing about profound changes in variety of situations.

June 10, 2017
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Affirmations for SUCCESS

Be Inventive

Few people know the secret to predicting the future, but those who discovered it have changed the course of history, or the way in which the rest of the world lives. The little-known secret to predicting your future is for you to invent it!

Hollywood producers love what they do because the creative process in moviemaking is virtually limitless! The same is true when you learn self hypnosis techniques.  What could your life be like if you simply opened your mind to the vast number of choices before you? What if you had unlimited creative license?

You are now in a state of relaxation where you are more open to suggestions … In this relaxed state your mind can expand … and is much more receptive and sensitive than in any other state … So just allow yourself to continue to relax … and enjoy this comfortable feeling …

You are in control of your thoughts… and you realize that your thoughts create your reality… Therefore you protect the thoughts that you allow to linger in your mind… You focus only on good things… Positive thoughts …

You are motivated… Energized… and anxious to move forward in all that you do… You look forward to opportunity and new challenges… You are self-driven … and eager to live your new focus of positive thinking and successful living…  hypnosis success

You are successful … You act and think as someone who is already successful… You act and behave as the person you want to be… You realize that you create your own reality according to your focus … Therefore you focus on positive things… You deserve success… It is your right to be successful… Success is attracted to you… You are comfortable with success… You expect success… You deserve success…

You think positive at all time… and accept things as they come… realizing that you can even learn from adversity… You focus on the things you can change… and let go of the things that you cannot… You are calm, relaxed and in control…

You’re always open to new opportunities… You welcome change with a smile… You realize that you are very flexible and able to change when change is required… You’ve earned success and now is your time … You are a success and opportunity magnet…

You are goal oriented… You know it is important to clearly define your goals… So you are constantly defining them and making them clear in your mind… You even write them down so you have them with you to read… To keep them fresh in your mind… To give you something positive to focus on when you need it…