What is Hypnosis?
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, the therapist just facilitates the process. It is a method used to put the mind in a state of complete relaxation so that the conscious mind is suppressed, and then subconscious is revealed. The therapist is then able to make suggestions and plant new seeds of ideas into the subconscious to begin a transformation of inhibiting held beliefs and habits. Self-hypnosis does exactly the same thing with a pre-recorded set of suggestions to assist the patient to embody new desired behaviors.
Hypnosis as used for personal growth purposes is used for therapeutic use, as opposed to magicians who make people do silly things on stage.
During hypnosis you will NOT:
- Reveal secrets
- Lose control
- Sleep. You will still be aware of where you are and what’s going on.
- Get stuck in hypnosis
What is the conscious and subconscious mind?
Our conscious mind forms about 10% of our functioning. It is like the tip of the iceberg that peaks above water. It is the weakest part of our brain and takes care of the analytical, and rational processing, willpower, and temporary memory.
The subconscious mind takes care of 90% of our brain function. It is like the largest part of an iceberg that is submerged under the water. It is the most powerful part of our minds and is comprised of our habits, feelings, imagination, and permanent memory.
Why should I use hypnosis?
Most of our habits and mental patterns are formed in our subconscious during childhood, from our experiences with our parents, teachers, friends, environment, etc. These mental habits are reinforced as we grow up, through repetition and not knowing how to change them. Our subconscious beliefs and patterns define how we see the world, and how we interact with our world. We have very little control over how our patterns develop, and we’re generally at the mercy of what our parents teach and show us. In most cases they themselves have untrue and broken patterns which then become our own.
And so as we grow up and start to realize through our life challenges that our beliefs and behaviors need work.
Hypnosis provides an extraordinarily powerful opportunity to fast track the complete overhaul of those habits, and thus what’s showing up in our lives.
So we can reprogram our subconscious minds to get rid of the old limiting beliefs, define NEW beliefs and NEW habitual ways of relating to our world that ultimately help us to completely change who we are and attract what we really want.
What is Visual Meditation?
Visual Meditation puts you into a relaxed state in which you can use your imagination to influence your perceptions. Remembering that perceptions are not necessarily truths, but they are OUR truths, and they influence how we feel about ourselves and our relationship with our world. The brain is not able to distinguish between what is real and what is imagined, so you can use this to your advantage by re-training your subconscious to belief and relate to different things.
Visual Meditation can also help you to to become more aware of dormant feelings and emotions that are connected to your life challenges. And in this way we can make suggestions to change our perceptions of ourself and thus help resolve limiting behaviors.
….and the numbers show it could well be the safest, most non-invasive means of treating a very wide range of [apparently] physical, mental and psychological issues.
- CANCER: Women with metastatic breast cancer who received group Hypnosis therapy were able to reduce their pain experience by 50% compared to a control group.
- At a 10-year follow-up of these same women, the Hypnosis treatment group had double the survival rate of the control group.
- Both adolescent and adult cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy have fewer symptoms of anticipatory nausea and vomiting following Hypnotic interventions.
- Source: Spiegel, D. & Bloom, J.R. (1983b).”Group therapy and Hypnosis Reduce Metastatic Breast Carcinoma Pain.” Psychosomatic Medicine, 45, 333-339
- CHILDBIRTH: Hypnotherapy has been used successfully to prolong pregnancy and prevent premature delivery.
- In Britain 55% of birthing women using hypnosis required no medication for pain relief, compared with 22% of women in non-hypnosis groups. In two other reports 58% of women using hypnotic analgesia required no medication. And five other reports quoted 60-79% of women using hypnosis required no medication.
- Source: Harmon, T.M., Hynan, M., & Tyre, T.E. (1990). “Improved obstetric outcomes using hypnotic analgesia and skill mastery combined with childbirth education.” Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 58, 525, 530, 1990
- 81% had stopped smoking after the treatment ended, and at a 12 month follow-up nearly 50% remained smoke free. And 95% of the people were satisfied with their treatment
- Source: Elkins GR, Rajab MH. (2004) ”Clinical hypnosis for Smoking Cessation: preliminary results of a three session intervention.” International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis 2004 Jan; 52 (1):73-81
- 90.6% Success Rate for Smoking Cessation Using Hypnosis: Of 43 consecutive patients undergoing this treatment protocol, 39 reported remaining abstinent from tobacco use at follow-up (6 months to 3 years post-treatment).
- Source: University of Washington School of Medicine, Depts. of Anesthesiology and Rehabilitation Medicine, Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2001 Jul;49(3):257-66. Barber J.
- Effect size calculations showed that the Cognitive Hypnosis group produced 6%, 5%, and 8% greater reduction in depression, anxiety, and hopelessness, respectively, over and above the Cognitive Behavior Therapy group. The effect size was maintained at 6-month and 12-month follow-ups.
- These results meet the APA criteria for a “probably efficacious” treatment for depression.
- Source: Assen Alladin and Alisha Alibhai (2000) The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis; Volume 55, Number 2 – April 2000.
- STRESS: A trial compared Hypnosis with biofeedback or a combination of both. All groups had significant reduction in blood pressure. However, at six-month follow-up only patients receiving Hypnosis had maintained the reduction
- SKIN CONDITIONS: Using hypnosis to reduce stress, studies have shown that patients can reduce the onset and flare ups of dermatitis and eczema
- SURGERY: Several independent studies have concluded that hypnosis can be used to (Something is missing here)anxiety of medical procedures, and reduce outpatient time. Patients trained with Hypnosis before surgery had significantly shorter stays in hospital.
- Source: Rapkin, D.A., Straubing, M., Singh, A. & Holroyd, J.C. (1988). “Guided Imagery and Hypnosis: Effect on Acute Recovery from Head and Neck Cancer Surgery” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, Asheville, N.C. Spiegel, D, (1998). Report in the Harvard Mental Health Letter, September 1998, vol. 15, p. 5-6
- FLYING: 50% of patients afraid of flying were improved or cured after Hypnosis treatment.
- Source: Schoenberger, N. E.; Kirsch, I.; Gearan, P.; Montgomery, G.; Pastyrnak, S.L. (1997).
- WEIGHT LOSS:
- adding hypnosis increased weight loss by an average of 97% during treatment, and even more importantly increased the effectiveness POST TREATMENT by over 146%. This shows that hypnosis works even better over time ( Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 1996).
- In a study of 60 women separated into hypnosis versus non-hypnosis groups, the groups using hypnosis lost an average of 17 pounds, while the non-hypnosis group lost an average of only .5 pounds (Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 1986).
- In a study on 42 patients suffering from chronic headaches, the hypnotherapy group experienced reduced frequency and duration of headaches, cutting the intensity by about 30%. (Gutfeld, G. and Rao, L., 1992)