Thursday, August 27, 2009

A Brief Introduction To Hypnosis

What is hypnosis?”

Many people think the idea of hypnosis is a little scary or weird. I understand! Some people think that they would give up control under hypnosis or that they will reveal a secret that they want to keep hidden,NOT TRUE. I use hypnosis extensively in my work to help clients reach their goals and improve their health and emotional well being, Through hypnosis we can get straight to the root cause of the presenting problem and save hours of talk therapy. The fact is most people are already in a trance state, feeling bad, feeling inadequate, feeling powerless or stuck, all of these states are symptoms of limiting trance states. So by definition we actually take you out of your trance and un-hypnotize you. Dr. Gerard Sunnen of the New York University School of Medicine called hypnosis “the most potent no pharmacological relaxing agent known to science.” The American Medical Association approved hypnosis as an appropriate tool for qualified professionals in 1958.
Hypnosis is simply a relaxed state of focused attention. By temporarily bypassing your conscious mind,it gives you the power to make behavioral changes at a deeper level than when you attempt to make changes at the conscious level.One way to think about it is that hypnosis increases the communication between your conscious desires (like losing weight),and the unconscious mind (where your true power to change exists).

"What Hypnosis Is Not"

It is not mind control,it is not programming you to do bad things,it does not give the hypnotherapist control over you.

“Will I lose control?”

Because of the movies and stage show acts,there is an erroneous perception that you will lose control when using hypnosis or somehow be under the "power" of the therapist. Nothing could be further from the truth.The power lies in y our mind, because while under hypnosis you have greater awareness than when you are fully awake and you retain all the power to select what you want to say or do. You won't do anything in a hypnotic state that you would not find acceptable in your normal awake state.In clinical hypnosis, you will be aware of what is going on and you will find you actually feel you have more control over yourself. The hypnosis is simply increasing your ability to communicate with yourself.
"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, Assoc. Chair of Psychiatry

"How do I know if am actually hypnotized?"

The experience of hypnosis is different for everyone. You might go very deep and not remember the session. In this case, it is obvious that you were under hypnosis. But for many people, hypnosis is much like reading a good book. You still aware of your environment and your internal dialogue.The depth of the trance has no effect on your results. The best way to notice if the hypnosis is working, in the case of weight loss hypnosis,is to notice your decisions during the day surrounding food and exercise. Gradually, it will be easier and easier to make the right decisions – but you will NOT be under anyones control !

“How will I get out of the hypnotic trance?”

You go into hypnotic trances every day naturally and come out naturally. For example,when you drive long distances and time just goes by because you are lost in thought,when suddenly you pop back in and wonder how you got to where you are.The trance in my program is very light (much like becoming engrossed in reading a good book).If the phone rings, you would hear it, and then decide whether to get up to answer, or if you would prefer to stay in the focused state of hypnosis.

"Can I listen to your hypnosis CD"S while sleeping?”

It is not a good idea to listen to the hypnosis sessions while lying down to go to bed. If you fall asleep,the sessions will not be effective. A great time to listen is in the morningwhen you wake up, or in the evening when you get home from work.

“Can I listen while driving?”

Absolutely not.
Never listen to a hypnosis session while driving or engaged in any activity that requires your attention. Please listen in a quiet place where you will be undisturbed, without operating a vehicle or any dangerous machine