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The Route to Becoming a Clinical Hypnotherapist

Clinical hypnotherapists are people who are trained to employ hypnotic techniques to transform memory and perception in people to control pain. The job of a clinical hypnotherapist is considered as one of the most fulfilling ones because it helps people transform lives. Only people with keen interest should undertake this course, as it requires immunity dedication and hard work.

To practice clinical hypnotherapy, you must have a certificate that shows you have acquainted formal education and relevant training before practicing professionally. Although, there is no official body governing training and life science practices, three self-appointed institutions have taken up the job. These are International; Association of Coaching, European coaching Institute, and International Coach Federation.

When you go for acquiring formal education in clinical hypnotherapy, choose a school that offers training programs approved by the ICF (International Coach Federation). These schools ensure that you are provided best training that is proven and tested.

Although, each state has different entry requirements, the minimum eligibility criterion is having a high school diploma. This helps you get admission at some of the best clinical hypnotherapy schools. To begin, you must ask yourself where do you wish to be? The path to clinical hypnotherapy can take you to various destinations.

You can either end up earning $ 500 per hour, or becoming a stage hypnotist or getting into conversational hypnosis. It may also be that you might only want to become the casual impromptu hypnotist to amaze family and friends. It is all about your choice and the amount of dedication you are ready to put in.

If you are learning to take clinical hypnotherapy as a business after learning, you must directly join a professional school rather than going the self-training route through audios, videos and other literature. Just like other courses, there are also many unregistered schools providing fake degrees and certificates in clinical hypnotherapy, so you must be aware of them.

Once you get into a reputed clinical hypnotherapy school you must keep up with good work. This career path requires knowledge about the relevant segment you want to specialize in, and commitment to serve people.

You should check your local laws regarding clinical hypnotherapist practices and licenses. Owning license in one state does not necessarily make you eligible to practice in other states as well. Some states have their own licensing laws which professionals from other states have to adhere to.

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What Is Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)?

About a week ago, I attended the most fascinating training I've ever experienced in my lifetime. It involved sitting in folding chairs in a large, white tent known as the Garden Pavillion at an upscale hotel in Irvine, CA for 11 hours a day for 4 days in a row. Not once during the 44 hours of training did I get bored, feel tired, or wish I was at near Disneyland instead of being glued to my chair. The training was an Accelerated NLP Practitioner training. I learned many of the techniques and applications of NLP to become a certified practitioner, but more importantly, I learned about myself, how my thought processes and language patterns influence my perceptions of the world, and how I can make changes to those processes and patterns to produce exceptional outcomes to my emotional well-being.

What is NLP?

“It's an attitude that has to do with curiosity, with wanting to know about things, wanting to be able to influence things, and wanting to be able to influence them in a way that's worthwhile” – Richard Bandler

Neuro-linguistic programming is a model of thinking and learning developed by Dr. John Grinder and Richard Bandler. At the time of their collaboration, Grinder was an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Bandler was a student of psychology at the same institution. Together, they studied three of the most influential therapists of all time: Fritz Perls, originator of Gestalt therapy, Virginia Satir, an extraordinary family therapists who used the power of language to resolve conflicts and change lives, and Milton Erickson, a world-famous hypnotherapist. The result of Bandler and Ginder's work was a model for using the power of language to change and influence patterns of thinking at the unconscious level to produce desired changes in behavior.

Neuro-linguistic programming is a cumbersome phrase that covers three simple ideas:

1. Neuro – acknowledges the fundamental idea that all behavior stems from our neurological processes of sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch, and feeling. We experience the world through our five senses.

2. Linguistic – how we use language to order our thoughts and behavior and to communicate with others.

3. Programming – reiter to ways we can choose to organize our ideas and actions to produce results.

NLP is a practical skill that creates the results we really want in the world while creating value for others in the process.
Using NLP to Change Focus

To use NLP you do not have to change any of your beliefs or values. Simply be curious and prepared to experiment. All generalizations about people are lies to somebody, because everyone is unique. Our beliefs act as filters, causing us to act in certain ways and to notice some things but not others. NLP offers one way of thinking about ourselves and the world; it is itself a filter. By changing you filters, you can change your world.

Some of the NLP basic filters are often referred to as Behavioral Frames. These are ways of thinking about how you act. This means finding out what you and others want, finding what resources you have, and using these resources to move towards your goal.
Changing Filters
1. Change your orientation to Outcomes rather than Problems .

2. Ask How rather than Why .

3. Focus on Feedback rather than Failure .

4. Consider Possibilities rather than Necessities .

5. Adopt an attitude of Curiosity and Fascination rather than making Assumptions .
Everyday Applications of NLP?

A problem is simply an exit that is the wrong way up. NLP is like the 'user's manual' for the mind, and allows us to use the language of the mind to consistently achieve our specific and desired outcomes.

When you learn NLP, you learn specific skills and patterns necessary to make positive changes, create new choices, be more effective with others, break free of old habits, self-destructive patterns and behaviors, and think more clearly about what it is you want and how to get it.

NLP in your Personal Life

Using NLP techniques in your personal life, help you learn how to control your thoughts, emotions and behaviors.

* Gain control of your life.
* Get motivated and stay motivated.
* Identify clear outcomes in all areas of your life.
* Make your goals come true.
* Enhance your performance in sports and other activities.
* Eliminate limiting beliefs and decisions.
* Release unwanted emotions and behaviors from the past.
* Align your values ​​around money, career, health, relationships and family for greater success.
You can use NLP to create harmonious and fulfilling Relationships!
* Attract the right person for you.
* Improve the quality of your marriage.
* Create ideal relationships.
* Create your desired self-image.
* Create instant rapport with others.
Create substantial improvements in your health and well-being!
* Eliminate stress.
* Access healing states.
* Model health and healing.
* Eliminate anxieties and phobias.
* Create and maintain your ideal weight.
* Stop smoking

Learn about the mind / body connection

NLP in Your Business Life

* Set Goals and Attain Them
* Build confidence
* Get motivated and stay motivated.
* Clarify your dreams for the future and identify barriers that may be holding you back
* Attain your goals
* Increase motivation
* Change unwanted behaviors
* Influence and persuasion.
* Align your values ​​around money, career, health, relationships and family for greater success.
Business Communications – Influence and Persuade
* Increase Sales
* Hiring the best candidates for your company.
* Creating strong partnerships with your customers, vendors and suppliers.
* Communicate inter-cross-culturally with ease and clarity.
* Improve results in negotiations
* Create world-class customer service
Management / Coaching
* Quickly analyze and understand an employee's or team members communication style.
* Facilitate meetings and sales presentations.
* Create high-functioning teams.
* Easily resolve conflicts and build agreements around goals.
* Increase productivity.

(List of uses adapted from NLP Comprehensive )

Why NLP Works

NLP is based on many useful presuppositions that support the attitude that change is imminent. One of the most important is, NLP is about what works, not what should work. In other words, if what you're doing is not working, try something else, anything else, regardless of whatever you've been doing should have worked. Flexibility is the key element in a given system, the one who is most likely to do well responds to changing (or unchanging) circumstances. That's one reason NLP has made so much progress in an area where such is not the norm. Innovators try out things with little regard as to its “truth” or “reality”, NLP is much more interested in results and giving people what they want from life (sappy yes, but “true” nonetheless).

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How Powerful Is The Unconscious Mind?

Did you know there are two of you? Two of me? Two of old Fred Bloggs down the street? Oh yes, there are, but it's all in the mind. Or more accurately, our conscious and unconscious minds.

The person who always likes to be in control of everything, tends to use the wrong part of his or her mind. People like this often find it difficult to sleep, being happy at parties or organizing office meetings. In fact, they can be very difficult at the latter. They not only want to control themselves, but everyone else around them.

Basically, they find themselves unable to relax. Even sexually they can have a difficult time, because to them, they're losing control. They must control their partner and not allow their other half to give them the pleasure that could so easily be enjoyed by them.

Now there are lots of things that happen in your body over which we have no control whatever. More accurately, sometimes, we simply never think about them. Our digestive system, flow of blood and all the workings of our bodies about which we never think – unless something goes wrong.

But all this is governed by our unconscious mind. You'd probably drive yourself mad were you to try to govern these consciously.

So how powerful is the unconscious mind? What are its limits? You are able to lower or raise your blood pressure. Not through your conscious mind, of course, but by gently appealing to your unconscious. Hypnosis can lower or raise blood pressure, as we've just seen.

You may feel your feet becoming warmer or colder, and you'll find yourself relaxing more and more.

Pain is another thing that can be turned off by your unconscious mind through hypnosis. Do not forget it is the unconscious mind to which you're appealing now. Let's consider one of the most common forms of pain, the headache.

You can lie down and allow your conscious mind to wander where it will. It's the unconscious part of your mind that's in the spotlight now.

Think of your head as a ball of fire, if you like, or should it be a dull ache, then as a heavy weight. Let's say a heavy weight. You lie down, and there it is, throbbing away, your conscious mind saying;

“I wish you'd get rid of this wretched headache.”

But here your unconscious creeps in. You imagine the weight as a lump of cast iron, but slowly it changes to aluminum. The pain will tend to decrease. From aluminum, it becomes a piece of wood, then some feathers.

Like most things that you try for the first time, you may well have trouble ridding yourself of the headache. Do not give up. The more you practice, the easier and more fluent it becomes. I fear it's human nature all too often to simply say;

“Oh, that did not work. What's the point? That man was talking rubbish.”

As a rather silly analogy, suppose you started eating for the first time and something stuck in your throat.

“What's the point,” you'd say.

But you'd end up in terrible trouble if you no longer ate!

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Do You Have Emotional Control?

Our emotions, whether in or out of control, depend to a very large extent on how much attention you place upon them. “Know thyself”, are two of the most important words you'll ever hear.

Supposing you become angry at something. Anything. I do not mean an insane, psychotic screaming rage, but something relatively small has made you angry. Will you remember it tomorrow? Certainly not next week.

If you happen to be very angry with a particular person and you tear into them, calling them names and generally insulting them, not only have you lost control, you've lost whatever friendship and respect they may have held for you. True, they may have done something pretty naughty, but think before saving them.

For all you know, they may have had a perfectly good reason for what they did, which is not noticeable to you at the time.

Do you have emotional control? If not, then practice it. It's so necessary and so well worth the while to look before you leap. But we all 'let go' without thinking, do not we? The knack is to look past the immediate and into the future.

“If I do this, what effect is it going to have down the line?”

Just supposing you're watching TV one night and something coming up that really lights a fire under you. Right at that moment, your emotions are out of control, so sit back for a couple of minutes and ask yourself why. What's made you so mad, angry, sorrowful, happy, sad? By doing this, you're keeping your emotions under control.

All right, you may still be as mad as a snake, but you'll know why you're as mad as a snake and therefore more in control.

You may be at a party, and a particularly beautiful woman attaches herself to someone you really do not like very much.

“What in the name of goodness does she see in that jerk,” is probably the first thing that goes through your mind. A friend sidles up to you.

“Jealous?” he asks.

“Eh? What me? Jealous? Rubbish,” you reply. Anyways, you think to yourself, she'll soon find out what a worm he is. Now this is rationalizing. Be honest. You're damn jealous and that's all there is to it.

Another thing to remember is not to let your mood carry you. Supposing you're watching a long drawn out play on TV and frankly, you're bored to tears. Why not say;

“You know, I can write better than that.”

Go and think of a story and try your hand. If writing is not your thing, even a simple walk will make you feel better.

Another plan is if you come home from work after a difficult day, and you feel definitely out of sorts. Relax in your favorite chair and let your imagination take you somewhere nice. Amazing how much better you'll feel.

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Are There Different Types Of Hypnosis?

I belong to a writing club. People enjoy writing short stories, poems, even novels and scripts. It's an extremely happy atmosphere with some nicely nice, pleasant people.

One particular lady, knowing of my interest in hypnosis, set this extraordinary type of video up for me. It's only a small one, but it's the picture of a man's face with only one eye. Hanging down on either side of his face, are two steel balls which swing. As you're looking at the picture, the right ball hits the right side of his face and sends the eyeball across to the other side. Then the left ball hits the left side of his face, and the eyeball moves back to the right, and so on.

Look at this for any length of time, and you're well into a trance.

Are there different types of hypnosis? No. Hypnosis is hypnosis. However, there are many different ways of eliciting the trance. I've often wonderred just how many there are. If you had the time and the inclining, you could go through the whole Web and count them all. Everyone sees to have his or her own ideas.

We've been through old Svengali and his swinging watch, although I personally prefer a pendulum or a metronome. The latter is particularly useful, because you can speed it up or down.

Then there's the dot on the ceiling. You concentrate on this and gradually you find that your unconscious mind takes over.

One of the ways our ancestors induced trance was by the sound of a drum. Not necessarily a single beat, but it had to be repetitious. I do not recommend you try your recording of Gene Krupa for this one!

Drums have been used by peoples all over the World, of course. The American Indians, African tribes, the tribes in the Amazon forest. You name it. That, and of course gazing into a large fire helps, as well.

Another method I use for relaxation, is to let my imagination wander to some form of magic carpet. Then I think about a place of particular scenic beauty, and imagine myself flying over this place. This works very well for me, but to each his own.

But for what are you aiming? Purely relaxation? You may like to try my method, but if you're determined to be a brilliant concert pianist, then the method of focusing on a stage and gradually assuming the persona of the maestro is an excellent way of instilling into your unconscious mind your desire.

But you must unfortunately want to do it. Nothing will be achieved if you wake up one morning and think; I'd like to be a dance band trumpeter. Perhaps for a few evenings, you dutifully sit in your chair and 'focus', but it will not last.

You need to be a painter, sculptor, musician with all your heart and soul. Nothing whatever should get in your way.

Then, hypnosis will give you a very good chance.

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What Are The Treatments And Procedures Of Clinical Hypnotherapy?

What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?
Clinical hypnotherapy is a unique technique that employs hypnosis on people to help control pain. It transforms memory, perceptions, response, and control for several physiologic functions which are mostly involuntary.

Clinical hypnotherapy uses intension concentration, relaxation, and attention to achieve an awareness condition, which is often referred to as “trance”. While it is practiced, the patient's attention is so intense that everything else in the surroundings is ignored and temporarily blocked. This comes naturally to the patient and s / he is able to concentrate on certain tasks or thoughts under the guidance of a certified therapist.

How does it Work?
According to medical practices, hypnotherapy facilitates psychotherapy (also called counseling) and is not a direct mode of treatment. It helps immensely with conjunction to psychotherapy, since the state of hypnotism allows patients to discover their undering painful feelings, thoughts, memories and emotions that they have never been able to acknowledge themselves. The process of clinical hypnotherapy helps people differentiate several aspects in an absolutely different manner, for example, obstructive the sense of pain at any area of ​​the body.

Clinical hypnotherapy is applied in two ways in patients:

1. Suggestion Therapy
Under this treatment, the hypnotic state enables the patient to respond to suggestions in a better mode. It can also help many patients transform bad behaviors or quit undesirable habits like nail-biting, smoking and alcohol consumption. Moreover, it may also help patients change sensations and perceptions. It is mainly used to treat body pain.

2. Analysis
With this approach, the patient goes under a relaxed state to identify the undering cause of any symptom or disorder. For example, a person may be experiencing traumatic episodes of a past event that have been hidden in his / her unconscious memory. When the therapist is able to find out the root cause, it becomes easier to address it through psychotherapy.

The Benefits of Clinical Hypnotherapy
Since the hypnotic state of the patients allows them to respond affirmatively and openly to suggestion and discussion, it helps to treat several health conditions. These include sleep disorders, stress, loss and grief, fear, phobias and anxiety, depression, and post trauma anxiety.

Clinical hypnotherapy can also be used to control body pain, as well as control habits like overeating and smoking. Moreover, it is immensely helpful for people whose condition is severe and needs crisis management.

It is myth that hypnotism is a dangerous health procedure, whereas it is not. The therapist can not urge the patient to do something forcefully.

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How You Can You Find A Hypnotherapist?

Ever since there is a splurge of hypnotherapists, some people have started taking the profession for granted. There are many fake, unregistered hypnotherapy clinicians run under unqualified personnel. Search for a qualified, reputed and licensed medical institution if you want to find a hypnotherapist.

Before you find a hypnotherapist, you must know the responsibilities and duties of a professional hypnotherapist and the main aim of this therapy and also you should know what is hypnosis. First, we will discuss how hypnotherapy benefits you. It helps you get the desired results relating to your habits that have become problems. For example, many people wish to control their habits like smoking, alcohol consumption etc. Hypnotherapy will help you rethink, reassess and transform the information and events that are stored in the brain.

A reputed hypnotherapist will help you reveal the maximum amount of information stored in your conscious or subconscious mind. She / he will do the following:

  • Ask you why you wish to have a change in your behavioral pattern. She / he will assess your readiness and determination for a positive and lasting change.
  • Put you at comfort and help feel positive about experiencing a successful session.
  • Help you focus on achieving desired results and streamline the benefits of achieving your goals.
  • Explain your script and examine your vulnerability to “trance”.
  • Debrief you after your treatment.

Look out for license, insurance and certification of a hypnotherapist. This will ensure that you do not fall prey to a scam. The aforementioned points tell you the qualities of a professional therapist, so you can evaluate them yourself.

You can find therapists in classified sections of newspapers and also on the internet. Look out for customers' reviews on websites and social networking sites like Foursquare. If you are able to talk to a previous client of a therapist you believe is good, ask about the entire procedure. However, keep room for diverse experiences. Every patient has a unique case and requires different treatment.

Furthermore, specialization in a specific area is also a great indicator that the therapist has profound knowledge and is committed to his / her profession. Also, never go to hypnotherapists who are not eager to let you speak about your experiences, and instead treat you upon assumptions. Avoid the ones who ask for up-front money involving colossal amounts. Such professionals are more interested to multiply their wealth rather than the betterment of their clients' health.

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Can Hypnosis Therapy Transform Your Life?

A lot of people are turning towards hypnosis therapy to get relieve from their discomforts, body pain and several medical problems. The question remains if hypnotherapy really works. The answer to this question varies from person to person. You can not achieve effective results until you have had hypnosis treatment from a qualified professional.

Hypnosis therapy is a cycle of treatment where the hypnotherapist guides the patient into a state of mind that is known as a “trance”. When the patient goes into deep slumber, the therapist is able to make modification and changes, which are mostly influenced by the patient's behavior, mood and emotions.

If the patient's problem is related to stress, anxiety, pain and other associated health conditions, the hypnotherapist can reduce these issues to a great extent. It is not an easy job to explain the treatment procedures involved in hypnosis treatment. Moreover, its effects in different patients are not able to explain in great length.

However, when talking about its major benefits to the patients, hypnosis therapy is used by medical practitioners in two ways called suggestion therapy, and analysis. Suggest therapy is the stage when the patient under trance is able to accept the modifications and changes made to him / her. Under this method, a lot of patients have received treatment for their bad habits like smoking, nail biting and phobias, and even pain management.

1. Depression
Hypnosis therapy can be really beneficial for different health conditions, for example, depression is the most commonly reported problem by many patients. It is often very difficult to identify the pattern of depression symptoms in any patient. Hypnosis therapy helps discover them easily because the patient under the effects of trance is able to speak out both mind and heart.

2. Phobias
On the other hand, phobias are also a common problem people experience. Every one of us has fear of at least one thing, for example, water, cats, heights etc. The problem is that these fears many times affect the lives of people in an adverse manner. Hypnosis treatment is able to less the fear up to a great extent, if not completely evade it.

3. Stress
Stress is also treatable through hypnosis treatment. It is common due to the strict and busy lifestyle many people have, which makes them sick and inactive. These people are unable to enjoy the pleasures of life and feel the joy of good times. The symptoms of stress are very much similar to those of depression. Stress is cured easily with a few sessions of hypnosis therapy.

There are many more benefits of hypnosis therapy. If you believe this is the treatment that you have been looking for, then you must consult a qualified hypnotherapist immediately.

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How to Lose Weight Permanently With Hypnosis

A very prominent issue regarding habits of childhood is obesity. Children are often forced to take larger meals by their parents and teachers. Some children ignore it and consume only as per their hunger, while some children take undue advantage of these forceful attempts and become addicted to fatty and junk food.

This gives rise to childhood obesity, which lasts until later in life when it transforms into a disease. Hypnosis is a great way to curb this bad habit and gain a healthy body. A lot of food products like chocolates, ice creams, sweets are consumed more due to a sense of satisfaction. People presume in their minds that they can curb depression and anxiety by eating such food. This is called “soul food” which makes you feel happy and satisfied.

Hypnosis helps your mind control the urge to binge on these food products. It withers subconscious confrontation by contrasting subconscious patterns to bring in beneficial thoughts into the subconscious mind. Hypnotherapists strongly believe that hypnosis is the ultimate way for a person to take complete control of his / her habits.

The immediate aim of this therapy is to build a strong connection between the ultimate outcome and affirmative action in the subconscious of a person. Consequent and regular back up of this connection brings the “trance” and “reality” nearer until they finally come together. To put it succinctly, these connections help build new thoughts.

Any hypnotherapist can also record the entire course of your lose weight hypnosis treatment, so you can listen to it after a successful session. Repetition of mental exercises ensures that your problem is handled carefully and the new information is processed in your subconscious mind, turning it into a habit. Lose weight hypnosis deals with obesity issues in people of all ages. On the other hand, the best aspect of hypnosis is that it can make your mind get rid of obesity exponentially faster than any other therapy.

It helps you disconnect your comfort with consuming more food by altering the part of memory where it was first created. The hypnotist creates an image in the mind of the person through glass dome. The level of anxiety reduces just as the glass dome goes down, and when it ends up, the anxiety level also goes away.

However, the success of this therapy solely depends upon the desire of the person. A person with stronger will and desire is more likely to recover sooner than a person who is forced to undergo the therapy.

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The Standard Technique Used to Hypnotise Someone

A proper way to hypnotize someone is to relax them. The help of aroma therapy could help. The idea is to allow for a reminiscent phase to begin, while the presence of danger is not relevant, at the time. The hypnotist's mission, of how to hypnotize someone, is to produce an imaginary state of mind, afterwards. Be sure to ask to participant if they have been exposed to how to hypnotize someone before. If they have, ask them how to hypnotize someone. The ideal of this maneuver is enabling the allocation of their trust, which is to include you into such a personal realm of imagery and bonding.

Dim the lights. The next physical phase of how to hypnotize someone is to be instilled. Assertively demand that the participant continue to keep their eyes open. This will allow their pupils to dilate as they set themselves into a relaxed state. During this period, of how to hypnotize someone, the mind-set of the participant should become slowly null and focusing on another phase of consciousness. Thus, allowing for a dreamland to introduce itself between the examiner and the participant. Thereafter, the mood could become more persuadable.

After that step, suggest that the participant go to a happy place. When this is completed, begin to speak very slowly, as if attempting to provide entry into their imaginary place. Speak to them softly and with a pleasant tone. Make sure your voice exerts it's self at the same time their breathing occurs. Speak to them as they breathe and cease speaking when their breathing pauses.

'Just let your feet relax, and your legs relax. Feel your waste relaxing, and your hips relaxing. Feel your chest relaxing, and your arms relaxing. Feel your entire body relaxing, all over. '

Once that segment of how to hypnotize someone is complete, overtake their tone by producing a self image for them. Continue to flatter them by announcing that they are confident about life, their motivations are in the right place, and that they are doing the right thing all of the time. Consciously concluding the hypnotic session by saying, “I'm going to count from one to five, and at the count of five you will be feeling wide awake, fully alert, and completely refreshed.”

Finally, be sure to include the participant during the consciousness ceremony; abiding by the rule of allowing them to open their eyes again, in order to focus. Inform the participant of what was done and the results from the hypnotic actions. By being a sympathetic and honest examiner, the next moment of having a hypnotic session will come more easily.

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Ideal Weight Hypnosis Combined With Gastric Band Surgery

For many obese people a now popular method of weight reduction is gastric band surgery. Like most forms of intervention it works for some but not for others. And there are some very obvious reasons why. For successful weight loss with gastric band surgery there are some key things to do prior to and after surgery, especially ideal weight hypnosis.

A person struggles with weight loss for years. They have tried all the diets, all the exercise programs, and all they have for their troubles are frustration, pain and sadness.

A person books their surgery; they have two weeks on a low calorie diet. The exact type of diet they have failed on many times. They are already in a stress situation. Surgery and hospital visits are also very stressful.

Post surgery requires two weeks of liquids only. More stress, then a period of gradual adjustment to a new restricted. way of eating. Then adjusts have to be made to the fluid levels which determine how tight the band is. This is done by injection into a port in the band.

Wow it's a wonder anyone succeeds! Studies show that patients who did not adjust their eating were 2.5 times less likely to succeed. But adjusting eating is the problem in the first place!

There is a way to make your gastric band surgery work much better. Ideal weight hypnosis can address all the issues you may struggle with.

Whether it is stress eating, being able to sustain a low calorie diet, overcoming fear about surgery, or even the concern of having a surgical device fitted. The hypnosis can be applied to having drink fluids, the loss of the ability to eat normally, having to quit favorite foods.

The list can go on and on. There are as many potential stresses as there are people having these surgeries. The point is that you do not have to fear your surgery or the band or the diet, but you do need to use hypnosis to manage your fear.

Some of these issues will be long term such as the struggle with being able to maintain a healthy diet. This aspect needs carefully work because you have so many connections to past events and feelings.

The fear around the surgery can be easily handled with hypnosis and a few relaxation strategies. By decreasing the stress hormones in your system you go to the surgery with a much better chance of a successful exit.

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The History of Modern Hypnosis

Hypnosis, Hypnotism, Mesmerism, Neuro Linguistic Programming. However one may wish to label it there remains, even in these days of psychological enlightenment, an undying mystery to the art and science behind the operation and use of natural trance states.

The phenomenon commonly known as hypnosis has existed in one form or another for thousands of years (sometimes even for hundreds of thousands of years). World history is full of stories of people using hypnotic trance states particularly in acts of worship. Significant evidence exists of hypnotic trances being used among a plurality of ancient peoples from the Hebrews to the ancient Irish druids who used hypnotic trance to heighten their spiritual awareness and to reach new states of mind and of course the ancient Egyptians who used hypnotic trance for medicinal purposes as long ago as 1500BC as evidenced in the Ebers Papyrus.

Yet despite the lengthy history and the familiarity of most of the population with the concept of hypnosis, it remains one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented psychological phenomena in the world. Shrouded in mystery, often accused of being dangerous or sacrilegious practice, a mere party trick or a worthless pseudo-science; Hypnosis is in dire need of a public relations makeover.

In order to rescue hypnosis from the the mist of mystery it is important to understand something about the development of modern hypnosis. As such I aim to provide a very brief history of hypnosis.

Modern hypnotism has its roots in the works of the so called magnetists, who worked on the promise that by utilizing the power of magnets and magnetic forces, known as magnetism, they could cure an almost infinite range of ailments. One student of magnetism was the German Dr Franz Anton Mesmer (1734 to 1815) whose work on 'animal magnetism' would significantly affect the development of hypnosis. In fact so significant is the impact of Dr Mesmer that is name has given rise to the words mesmerism and mesmerized, which indicates an individual feeling a strong or spellbinding fascination of something or someone.

Dr Mesmer became famous for his 'irregular' yet highly effective treatment of individuals using trances which he would indicate and combine with making passes over the subject with his hands. Very little was understood about the trances and the healing process was left simply to the trance itself with little input form Mesmer after induction. Mesmer's techniques were poisoned all over Paris for their dramatic effects of remedying mental and physical illnesses without recourse to the savage surgical procedures which caused at the time. In fact so popular was Dr Mesmer's practice that he was required initially to begin mass inductions of up to 20 people at a time in order to keep up with demand for his services.

However, despite the undeniable success of Dr Mesmer's practice many doubts were raised about his works and the scientific community in Paris at the time viewed Dr Mesmer's works with a deep skepticism. A commission established by King Louis XVI in 1784, which was observed a number of respected intellectuals of the day including Benjamin Franklin, discredited many of Dr Mesmer's theories, which identified the phenomena as the work of magnetic fluids, yet could not challenge the healing benefits of the phenomena.

Dr Mesmer's reputation never fully recovered from the reports reports, however his work on animal magnetism no matter how theoretically flawed continued to fascinate or 'mesmerise' many scientists.

Indeed it was one of Mesmer's students, Marquis Chastenet de Puységur, who continued the investigation of the effects of magnetism. It was de Puységur who coined the term somnambulism, which is the sleep like yet active state found in hypnosis and in sleepwalkers! De Puységur's proved a lot less controversial than that of his teacher, though he did believe that in a somnambulistic trance an individual could hold powers of thought transference and clairvoyance!

Then in the city of Calcutta in British India in the 1840's a Scottish surgeon named Dr James Esdaile began a remarkable experiment in the practical humanitarian application of hypnosis or mesmerism in the course of conducting surgery on his patients. Dr Edaile would use a process he termed, mesmeric anaesthesia, to reduce the physical pain of his patients and thus carry out his procedures with his patients in a calm and controlled state. It must have been remembered that at this time surgery was still carried out with little or no attempt at pain reduction, and indeed many medical professionals believed that pain was a necessary part of healing and so this development of pain free surgery was of itself controversial.

Dr Esdaile became very well known in Calcutta and was like Dr Mesmer in Paris almost a century before in great demand for his services. However, despite his success in using hypnotic or mesmeric anaesthesia, Dr Esdaile's methods were overtaken by the use of chemical anaesthesia which came into use at around the same time. Essentially it was easier to prescribe a drug than to learn to hypnotize a patient and so the medical use of hypnosis was set back.

It was another Scottish surgeon, Dr James Braid, who coined the term hypnotism! The term is derived from the Greek for sleep and is largely responsible for many people to this day confusing hypnosis with sleep. In fact Dr Braid himself was extremely unhappy with the term, and the incorrect connection to sleep, and so he attempted to change it to the more accurate if less catchy monoideaism, meaning one single idea (ism).

Dr Braid contributed greatly to the professionalism of the study of hypnosis printing during the first ever book of hypnotism, Neuropnology in 1843. His work stuck out much of the understanding of the mesmerists and magnetists that went before him and he became the first true hypnotist; understanding that hypnosis was a psychological phenomena and not the result of invisible forces.

Then in France in 1884 Dr. Ambroise-August Liebeault found that through using hypnotic trance on his patients he could treat psychological problems using simple suggestion. This discovery leads us almost to the modern understanding of hypnosis. Before this hypnosis was heavily used by surgeons but now it was being utilized in the treatment of psychological issues. Jean-Martin Charcot then began to endorse the use of hypnotism for the treatment of hysteria.

Dr Charcot began to give public exhibitions of the effect of hypnotic techniques on psychiatric patients suffering from what was then termed hysteria. He was able to undertake experiments in disassociation from traumatic events and the unaware of memories! Techniques which are well known to hypnotherapists today.

Amongst the many students who attended Dr Charcot's demonstrations was the man who would later go on to found psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. So impressed with hypnosis and hypnotic techniques was Dr Freud that he dedicated much of his early career to experimenting with the application of hypnosis in the treatment of psychological conditions. Even after abandoning hypnosis to the discipline of psychoanalysis Dr Freud was still in his later years of the opinion that psychoanalysis could be advanced through the application of hypnotic suggestion.

However it fell to two American hypnotists, Dave Elman and Milton Erickson to lay the foundations of truly modern hypnosis.

Dave Elman has given his name to the 'Elman induction' which is one of the most reliable 'rapid inductions' ever invented. His induction revolutionized the process of hypnosis for therapy as it allowed a hypnotist to induce trance to a significant depth within a few minutes as opposed to the lengthy and unreliable inductions which went before! His book 'hypnotherapy' is also required reading for any student of hypnosis!

Milton Erickson was the founding president of the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis and his intensive practice of clinical hypnosis has provided numerous insights into the language of the subconscious mind and inspired the inventors of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. His approaches to hypnotism are still much studied a copied by hypnotists the world over and his ideas are still being developed to this day.

The advances of hypnosis over the last two centuries are unmistakable and yet hypnosis is still a mystery to most of the population often treated with utter suspicion or disbelief. This is unfortunately a problem which hypnotists themselves need to combat if they are going to ensure that the art and science of hypnosis are available to future generations.

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Change My Habits? I Can’t Even Change My Mind!

You may have heard about holistic health and wellbeing. But what does that mean? Well, it is built on the fact that the mind and body really are connected. Anything that happens in one has a direct impact on the other. If something happens which scares you / frigtens you / annoys you / makes you happy – that feeling will manifest itself physically.

Remember back to your first date. How did you feel? Butterflies in your stomach, pulse racing? Sound familiar. A physical response to anticipation of an event.

Or maybe you have done something wrong and dread being found out – again, think of the physical manifestations.

That's why it's so annoying to me, when people dismissively say “It's all in your mind.” Have you noticed that they always say it in such as way as to imply –
1) It's not real, you're just imagining it; Egypt
2) You're making it up; Egypt
3) You're crazy

Thankfully, you now know that none of these is true.

But if the mind plays such an important part in how the body feels, is there anything we can do about it?

Thankfully the answer to that is yes.

The human brain is far more powerful than any computer. The problem with it is that it did not come with an instruction manual, so we may not be using it to our best advantage.

The human brain is complex and has two quite separate operations – the conscious and the subconscious mind.

The conscious mind helps you get up out of bed in the morning and then drives everything you do – reading a book, talking to your friends, making dinner and so on. Your intellect is greatly driven by your conscious mind. It's pretty smart and can reason things out.

Your subconscious mind is a bit different. It works 24/7 at keeping you going. It's sole purpose is to serve and protect you. It keeps your heart beating and it regulates all the processes in your body. If you have ever driven home and realized that you have no memory of the drive home, it's because your subconscious mind has taken over. That's nothing to worry about by the way, and much more common that you may realize. The subconscious is also where all your memories are stored. But your subconscious mind is not as smart as your conscious mind. It believes everything it is told and will work to make sure that you get what it thinks you want. It will not make any value judgments and it can not process negatives.

The subconscious mind plays a huge role in creating our conscious behavior. It is the single largest factor in determining how we react in any given situation. Neuroscience has shown that 95% -99% of our behavior is made up of stored responses. That's a huge influence and remember, the subconscious mind does not make any value judgments, it responds based on its own store of beliefs and values.

Now sometimes that can be handy. When you see a chair, you do not want to have to wonder about what to do with it, but it can be a problem when your values ​​and beliefs are not taking you where you want to go.

Let's say that all your life people have told you that you are fat. Your subconscious mind will have stored all of these memories and formed them into a belief. And it will now do everything it can to make sure you stay that way. So, no matter how much you want to lose weight consciously your subconscious mind will try to keep bringing you back to what it thinks you want – to be fat.

That's why thinking positive thoughts is not enough – you need to actually re-program your subconscious mind

The only way to do that and introduce new values ​​and beliefs is to bypass the critical conscious mind. One of the best ways to do that is by using hypnosis, or the language pattern of NLP. Both of these allow ideas to enter straight into the subconscious mind. During hypnosis, you are put into a state of deep relaxation which allow your subconscious mind to become more receptive to change.

Do not be scared of hypnosis, we all go into light levels of hypnosis every day. And contrary to popular belief everyone can be hypnotised. All you need is the motivation to be hypnotized and the willingness to respond to suggestion.

You can either go work with a professional hypnotist, or use pre-recorded hypnosis sessions. The advantage of using the latter is that they will probably be cheaper and you can play them over and over again. It takes around two weeks for new habits to become formed, so listening every day for two weeks can help deliver real change.

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What Are The Facts About Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is also known as hypnotic suggestion or hypnotherapy. It is a trance-like experience that lets you go through heightened focus to inner absorption through concentration. When you are hypnotize, you feel relax and calm and you can focus intensely on a particular memory, thought, sensation or feeling while blocking distractions. Under hypnosis, you welcome suggestions, and this can be use to change your perceptions, sensations, emotions and behavior. Therapeutic hypnosis is beneficial for one's health, outlook and well-being. It is different from hypnosis done on stage by entertainers. Even if you are open to ideas and proposals while on therapeutics hypnosis, your own discretion and free will is still intact and you still have control over your reactions and behavior.

Hypnosis is aimed to gain control over unpleasant emotions and behaviors or to help cope better against lots of medical conditions. It is not a treatment or a psychotherapy but rather a procedure done along with specified treatments or therapies to aid many conditions.

Hypnosis can be use in treating the following conditions:

  • Smoking cessation
  • Pain control
  • Mental health conditions
  • Reduce stress
  • Allergies
  • Surgical preparation
  • Asthma
  • Childbirth
  • Athletic performance
  • Weight loss
  • Dental procedures
  • Skin conditions
  • Coping with chemotherapy
  • Gastrointestinal problems

Hypnosis is an alternative and complementary medicine treatment. It is safe when performed with a health care expert or trained therapist.

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Creation of False Memories
  • Anxiety or Panic

Take extra precautions when using hypnosis as age regression to help you in relieving past events in your life. This method is still controversial and has unspecified scientific evidence in supporting its use. It may lead to strong emotions or change your memories or create false memories.

In planning to undergo hypnosis, you do not need any special preparations. Even so, you have to wear loose and comfortable clothes to help you relax. Ensure that you take enough rest before the procedure to avoid falling to sleep during the hypnosis session. Make sure to choose a good health care expert or therapist who will perform the hypnosis. Do not easily believe the promises of healing and cure. When you have found a prospect hypnotherapist, ask questions like:

  • His training for related fields like psychology, dentistry, medicine or social work
  • His license in doing such activity
  • School did he go to and internship and / or territorial issues
  • His training about hypnotherapy and where did he trained.
  • Professional organizations he belong
  • Years in practice
  • Fees
  • If insurance covers his service

There are many techniques in doing hypnosis. The method you prefer depends on your goal and personal preferences. The hypnotherapist can give recommendation for the method that will fit your situation.

Typically, your hypnotherapist will explain the procedure of hypnosis and assess what you need to accomplish. The hypnotherapist usually brings you into hypnosis by speaking in a gentle, subtle and calming tone while describing pictures to build a sense of security, relaxation and well-being.

When you're in an extreme trance condition, the hypnotherapist will recommend ways in achieving specific goals like minimizing pain or eliminating yearning for cigarettes. The hypnotherapist may also help you in envisioning mental images wherein you see yourself achieving your goals like shooting balls perfectly. When the hypnosis is done, either you will bring yourself out of the state or the hypnotherapist will aid you to stop your trance-like state.

The usual hypnosis session takes around 30 minutes to an hour. You can benefit from a single session or multiple sessions of hypnosis. You can do your normal activity as soon as you end every session.

In contrast to how movies, television or on stage hypnosis, the therapeutic hypnosis lets you in control of yourself and your behavior during the session. Even though hypnosis lets you welcome new ideas and situations, it does not compel you to do things involuntarily or behave differently. You are aware of your real self and where you are and recalls what happened during the hypnosis.

Occasionally, you will learn how to do hypnosis by yourself or self-hypnosis. You can use it after a chemotherapy session or when in deep pain.

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Self Hypnosis For Better Health

Self-hypnosis has been around and helping people for many, many years. You will find that if you regularly use it that it will help you transform yourself in addition toe being a soothing and relaxing part of the day that you look forward to.

Many people still believe that hypnosis is a form of sleep or an altered state of consciousness. But soon after means were developed to monitor brain waves it was found that there is only a very slight difference in brain activity between normal consciousness and hypnosis. While your experience of being in self-hypnosis will vary from what others experience there are some common features. Most people will be less aware of things happening around them including noises. This is due to the extreme relaxation that most experience and along with it, less awareness of their own body. These are the common experiences.

Almost everyone can learn self-hypnosis. Whether to lose weight, self-improvement, or to stop smoking, self-hypnosis is a useful tool to help you achieve your goals.

Here are some reasons to use self-hypnosis:

  1. It is not a drug and has no side effects.
  2. It does not involve surgery or any other invasive technique.
  3. It is in expensive and usually has results after one or two treatments.

Self hypnosis is mind / body medicine that allows you to take control fo your behavior, alter your thoughts, and take control of your life.

You simply enter a meditative state and this will allow you to begin to alter your thought process and change your behavior. You do not need to be in a relaxed state but you probably will. The positive effects can happen even if you are upset or unhappy.

As you begin to use self-hypnosis and learn more about it you will find techniques that work best for you. You can do this on your own or under the tutelage of a hypnotist. Whichever road you choose, always seek to learn more about what is available in hypnosis that will help you. The more you know that is possible, the more that you will carry out in your sessions.

You will discover that self-hypnosis is a very powerful and valuable tool that you can use to change yourself and your habits. You can do things in a short time that many would not consider possible. The big thing is you have to want to create these changes then you can easily carry them out with self-hypnosis.

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