A Review Of The Effectiveness of Hypnosis

Hypnosis has been used for over 100 years in various forms. However, there has been much controversy about the actual state of hypnosis and whether it is effective in helping people overcome anxiety and various disorders.

In 1892, the British Medical Association (BMA) had a group of doctors evaluate hypnotherapy's effects. This group concluded that the hypnotic state was a genuine state and that the effectiveness of hypnotherapy was evident in relieving sleeplessness, anxiety disorders, and pain.

In 1955, the Psychological Medicine Group of the BMA authorized Professor T. Ferguson Rodger to lead a Subcommittee to publish a more detailed report on hypnosis and its effectiveness. The Subcommittee meetings many experts on hypnosis from different fields to learn more about the effectiveness of hypnosis.

After a two-year period of research, it concluded that there was enough evidence to show that hypnotism could be effective in treating certain disorders and “psychoneurosis,” as well as possibly identifying and addressing unrecognized motives within subjects. The Subcommittee concluded that hypnosis can help to eliminate symptoms and change very dire and / or harmful behaviors and thoughts.

In 1958, the American Medical Association (AMA) agreed with that Subcommittee, concluding that hypnosis had its place in the medical community and could be a useful technique in treating certain diseases and disorders if properly utilized by qualified medical personnel.

It's important to note that the AMA considered hypnotherapy as an “orthodox” or standard treatment (not a treatment that was considered unusual or alternative). This report was approved by the Reference Committee on Hygiene, Public Health, and Industrial Health.

In 1995, the US National Institute for Health (NIH) formulated a Technology Assessment Conference that published an extensive report on treating insomnia and chronic pain through behavioral and relaxation approaches.

The summary of that report stated that there was strong evidence of hypnosis of effectiveness in alleviating chronic pain that was caused by cancer.

Furthermore, there was also evidence showing that hypnosis could help reduce the pain caused by such conditions as tension headaches, jaw pain, pain and swelling of the mucus membrane, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

In 1999, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) produced a Clinical Review on the state of current medical research regarding hypnotherapy and relaxation therapies. In that review, there were several affirmative conclusions reached on how hypnosis and relaxation could help alleviate the pain, nauseous, vomiting, and anxiety caused by cancer.

Hypnosis and relaxation were also found to be effective in combination with cognitive therapeutic methods (such as sleep hygiene) to treat insomnia, panic disorders, and phobias. The review also stated that there was evidence showing that hypnosis had some value in treating asthma.

One claim that the review could not affirm was that hypnosis could prolong life, a claim made by some hypnotists.

In the Monday, February 12, 2007 issue of “American Health Magazine,” it reported the following findings from a recent study:

  • In 600 sessions of psychoanalysis, there was a 38% recovery rate.
  • In 22 sessions of behavioral therapy, there was a 72% recovery rate.
  • In 6 sessions of hypnotherapy, there was a 93% recovery rate.

It is clear that there has been much study and debate over the effectiveness of hypnosis in the treatment of various medical conditions, ranging from anxiety and panic disorders to alleviating pain and nausea caused by cancer.

There have been many studies and responsibilities over the past 120 years that indicate that there is strong evidence that hypnosis does provide reliable relief and benefits to those who undergo hypnotherapy to alleviate pain and various disorders.

Continuing support for such evidence is likely a major reason why hypnosis is a regularly used treatment in our society today.

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A Simple Step to Self-Hypnosis for Beginners: Prepare Yourself With Meditation

Many people are not aware of this, but you can practice hypnosis at home. It's a less professional approach, but provided that you do it correctly, it should be equally effective. It's cheaper, easy to do, and will reward your efforts in the long run. Additionally, the skills you learn from self-hypnosis can be applied towards hypnotizing other people at parties. The process remains large the same, and it's a fun trick. Note, any hypnosis skills learned here should not be taken as a license to practice therapy or psychology on others. Consult a professional for those skill sets.

To practice self-hypnosis, you'll first want to become acquainted with meditative practices and techniques. There are many of them out there, so I'll keep it short. You can find a list of audio meditations you can practice at home, which focus on the very basics of meditation through mindfulness of yourself at the UCLA website Mindful Awareness Research Center or MARC. Search for “free guided meditations.”

The reason I suggest becoming aware of meditation techniques first is because there are many similarities between meditation and hypnosis. Both involve a state of wakeful relaxation, as well a focus on your goals and intentions. Begin meditating daily, using any technique you desire. I suggest using a basic mindfulness meditation, which uses the physical processes of the body to help focus the mind.

How To Meditate-Breath Meditation

This is simple technique is known as “attention to breath”. By breathing slowly through the nose, holding that breath, and breathing out slowly through the mouth, you focus on the cycle of respiration, allowing yourself to relax and unwind.

Clear your mind of any extra worries and just simply sit in a comfortable position, and focus on breathing slowly in and out. Feel the air enter your nasal passes, move down into your lungs, expanding your chest. Feel it again as it leaves through your mouth while breathing evenly outward. As you do this, simply take an aloof stance from any stray thoughts that may arise. Allow and accept any thoughts and emotions you may feel while continuing to focus on the simple cycle of breathing. Doing this for about 20-30 minutes a day will increase your mindfulness and help you relax.

This type of breathing is easy to learn and you'll see immediate benefits. You can even do this for a quick pick-me-up or stress-reliever while waiting at traffic lights.

A Good Start

Now that you're familiar with basic meditation practice, you've got half of self-hypnosis covered. I like to think of self-hypnosis as a combination of meditation and affirmations. In a future article, I'll share how you can put these mediations together with affirmations to create your own hypnosis and start easily and effortlessly making positive changes in your life.

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Hypnosis for Sleep: How to Relax the Body and the Mind

Consequences for Lack of Sleep

If you've ever gone a night or two without a restful six, seven, or eight hours, you know it can detract from your mood. Not receiving a good night's sleep can result in reduced brain function. It's hard to remember where the car keys disappeared to, or you lose train of thought in the middle of a conversation.

A lack of sleep can make anyone cranky and irritable, which puts pressure on the relationship between you and your spouse, or you and your children. On the flip side of that, a full night's sleep can make you happier, improve memory, and leave you feeling 100 percent better than with limited hours of rest.

Sleep Frustrations

If you've ever tried to fall sleep and could not, you know how frustrating that can be. You struggle, toss and turn, and become angry. This only causes you to become more awake, not sleepy. It's counterproductive. It can last for hours, too.

Hypnosis for Sleep

Hypnosis helps to relax the body and reduce frustration by soothing the mind. Instead of focusing for hours on the frustration and lack of sleep, the mind can enter a state of relaxation that helps induce sleep. The body becomes more comfortable when there's less focus on not being able to sleep. It lowers stress and welcomes sleep with open arms instead of trying to force sleep with anger and resentment.

Induce Hypnosis for Better Sleep

1. While laying in bed, close your eyes and let your mind float free. If your mind starts to drift to your daily problems, or rehashing something that happened that day, do not become angry. It's important to stay relaxed and peaceful. Refocus on the task at hand.

2. Start at the toes and tighten the muscles then relax while letting the tension leave your body. It helps to visualize the tension draining away from the body. Tighten and relax each body part from the calves to the thighs, buttocks to stomach. Each part of the body must be tightened until you reach the head. Focus only on the sensations.

3. Once the entire body is feeling less tense, repeat a phrase that will help the mind relax. “I'm relaxed and ready to sleep.” Each breath brings me closer to sleep. ” The phrase can be personal. You do not need to say it out loud, just mentally repeat the phrase.

The point is to relax your body and quiet the mind.

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Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss: Replacing the Fat Person

Many people that have consistently been struggling with their weight may sooner or later turn to humorous, self-criticism as a defense mechanism. Overweight people have often been stereotyped in society and popular culture as the heart and soul of the party because of their humorous approach towards everything and their ability to laugh at themselves.

This sense of humor, however, is often a coping mechanism. It fulfills the same function that putting on a mask would do. For many, this is an option for dealing with a sense of defeat and the inability to get in better shape.

What many dieters that have given up fail realizing, however, is that weight loss tend to be much more psychological than physical. Diet matters and so does exercise. Sustainable weight loss, however, is about addressing the psychological issues along the physiological factors. Here is where hypnotherapy can help.

Dealing with the “Fat Person” Mentality

You have certainly heard about people who have managed to shift a lot of weight but who still have the “fat person” mentality. Overweight people are treated by society in a specific way and this type of discrimination leaves an imprint that could be there for life if not addressed properly and adequately.

Many individuals that find it difficult to maintain the ideal weight have a relationship with food which may border on the unhealthy both physically and psychologically. It may provide comfort and gratification in a way that no other activity or necessity could.

This is where a hypnosis therapist can really help. The bond between food and comfort has to be broken. The “fat person” mentality has to disappear, being replaced by a healthy and positive body image person.

Hypnosis Weight Loss Approaches that can Help

Hypnotherapy will deliver a range of important benefits by replacing destructive patterns of behavior with much healthier, self-loving mechanisms.

For a start, a person can learn to actually enjoy healthy food without remorse, fear or guilty through hypnosis. Motivation is essential for losing weight and many people lack the motivation to eat the right foods and do a little bit of diet control.

Hypnotherapy can also be used to encourage exercise and physical activity. For many people, this is something they have to learn. In the very beginning, exercise will be seen as a chore or even torture rather than as a pleasant activity. A therapist can do a lot to change these patterns of thinking.

A focus on weight loss is one of the biggest mistakes and a major hindrance for most people. They become so overly obsessed by the goal that they forget thinking about health and proper nutrition. Weight loss hypnotherapy will put emphasis on being healthy and happy. Weight loss will come as a natural consequence of these two.

Hypnotherapy can also be used to break comfort habits, to decrease the appeal of junk foods, to help individuals “see” and believe themselves as being fit in the future and to internalize metaphors for the weight loss process that will be very beneficial to trace and recognize progress as and when it happens.

Weight loss hypnotherapy is far from a miraculous, overnight solution. It simply makes the task easier by helping the mind feel at ease with the process. The right attitude and a positive approach can achieve a lot, and produce the best results for almost anyone who adopts this kind of mentality.

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Too Intelligent For Hypnosis?

Ask anyone their opinion on hypnosis as a self-help tool and you're likely to elicit two immensely polarized responses. Proponents swear by it, citing how “going under” has resolved in both behavioral and lifestyle changes. They've quit smoking or no longer feel the crushing anxieties once so excruciatingly incapacitating.

Opponents, unsurprisingly, dismiss hypnosis as a form of new-age quackery, a scientifically unsound sham consumed by the same sort of people who pray to rock vortexes and hoard crystals in their heavily-incensed bedrooms.

Given this intense division in thought, it's no wonder both sides constantly battle for dominance. What needs discussion, however, is not the opinion divergences – they're inevitable – but the conceptual ideas behind hypnosis.

The All-Powerful Hypnotist

Many people do not really understand what hypnotherapy actually is; therefore, we must discuss the basic tenets of hypnotism before embarking on a major debate.

Hypnotherapy renders a person yet unconscious nor sleep. Given the mysticism and sorcery that Hollywood portraits hypnosis with, one would think that a hypnotist would wield a power so immense that they could make a person squawk like a chicken, remove all their clothes, or drench themselves in Kool-Aid. In popular movies and television shows, hypnotists seem to be able to take normal, every-day people and make them spell bound and helplessly acquiescent to any command.

Because of this media-induced representation, many find the very idea of ​​hypnosis silly and indulgent. Even in the safe confines of a certified clinical hypnotherapists office or a psychotherapist who employs hypnosis, they form images of these comedic Hollywood productions, making the entire idea of ​​using hypnosis as a self-improvement tool seem like a joke.

Too Intelligent To Be Hypnotized?

Many intelligent people are skeptics of hypnosis. They believe that it only works on “stupid” people and think that because they're smarter than the average person, they're immune to the effects of professional suggestion. Through their lives, they've removed themselves from people they deem offensively dim, and those people, they believe, espouse alternative methods of medicine and support a dire atmosphere of flowery illogical, including hypnotism.

Yet, even the most intelligent and staunch critics have experienced benefits from hypnosis when they give it a chance. Why is this? Is it because their ideas of hypnosis suddenly changed? Did hypnosis lower their intelligence? Did they suddenly come to believe in voodoo and magic?

How can an intelligent skeptic achieve positive change with hypnosis? Intelligence is not a barrier to hypnotism. In fact, intelligence may improve the effectiveness of hypnosis.

Effective, life-transforming hypnotic suggestion takes place in a mental state known as Alpha. This is a state of creativity and focus. Anyone can achieve the Alpha state. It's a dream like state that everyone passes through as drift off to sleep each night. It can be achieved more easily by choice if someone is accredited to going into it, as many creative and intelligent people are.

A Closed Mind, Not Intelligence

Once a person is in an Alpha state, their mind is now open to suggestions. If a person is so skeptical that they will not allow them to enter the Alpha state, then hypnosis will be no more effective than a normal conversation.

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Stress Can Be Good for You – How to Use It to Your Own Advantage

I wonder if you have experienced any stress in your life during the past year?

Some people may say that they have had some stress, or a lot of stress, and many people will say that they have had an incredible amount of stress. We all know the effects that stress can have on us. Do we really have to live with it?

How can we manage that stress in a different way?

A study in the US tracked 30000 adults for 8 years. It asked:

“How much stress have you experienced in the last year?”
and …
“Do you believe that stress is harmful for your health?”

They then used public health records to find out who had died!

When looking at the results they found out that people who experienced a lot of stress in the previous year had a 43% higher chance of dying … but … that was only true for the people who also believed that stress was harmful to their health. Of the people who experienced stress but did not believe it was harmful there were no more instances of death than would be expected.

It could have been concluded that this means that believing stress is harmful to you is the real problem rather than the stress itself. It's a big change in the way that we think about things.

So, if you change how you think about stress you can change your body's response to stress.

By learning to view a stress response as helpful to you and your performance you can actually see a benefit. How you think about stress really matters.

You may not be able to change the stress but maybe you can change how you think about stress?

Just knowing that fact could make a small difference to the way that you think about stress and how it affects your life.

The hormone Oxytocin, is known as “the cuddle hormone”, because it is released when you hug someone. It has huge benefits to you and the way that you feel about things, becoming more compassionate and caring. However, it is a stress hormone and can be as much a part of a stress response as adrenaline.

Why is it doing this? It is telling you to get help and look for support. Your stress response wants you to be surrounded by people who care about you.

Oxytocin acts on your body as well as your brain. It helps protect you from the effects of stress. Your heart has receptors for this hormone and it helps to heal. So, when you reach out to others to seek support or to help someone else then you are helping to heal yourself.

Here is where things get really interesting:

Another study in the US tracked 1000 adults from 34 to 93. They asked:

“How much stress have you had in the last year?”
and …
“How much time have you spent helping out others?”

Again they then checked the death rate.

They found that people who sent time caring for others showed no increased instance of dying unlike those who did not.

So, when you choose to view your stress response as helpful and choose to connect with others under stress then you create resilience.
Reach out and ask for help.

You do not need to deal with stress alone.

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Imagining Your Anxiety Away

Face it, people are more stressed out than ever.

Children and adults alike are on medications with undesirable effects that are estimated to calm and treat these symptoms. The truth is, you can learn how to relax and feel in control in just about any situation using the power of your mind and your imagination. How?

It's called Self Hypnosis. It's easy, it's quick and best of all, it's free!

So, how does hypnosis differ from other practices of relaxation such as meditation or mindfulness?

In meditation, you may try to sweep your mind of only a single word or thought, and in mindfulness the idea is to be aware of only the present moment.

Hypnosis is a state of relaxed, yet concentrated concentration and heightened suggestibility.

While it's best to have a session with a trained hypnotist, you can quickly learn this self hypnosis technique to use for stress, anxiety or any time you wish to feel more focused and in control.

You can take as little or as much time as you want, but remember, it's like working a muscle – the more you practice, the stronger and more effective it will be in your everyday life.

Start by finding a reasonably quiet place to sit. Take a few nice, deep, natural breaths, then close your eyes and begin to count down from 25 to 1, or even from 10 to 1 while allowing all of your muscle groups to relax. You would then repeat a suggestion to yourself.

If you want to feel calm, you may say to yourself, “I am calm, I am peace, I am in control.”

At the same time, see yourself in a peaceful place or see yourself as very relaxed.

Make sure that you state the desire in the present tense.

Then, and this is important, really feel the emotion that goes with it. Remember a time when you were calm – maybe on a quiet beach, or sitting on a porch reading a book. Maybe revisit a situation in which you felt confident and in control. Or just make up a peaceful scene in your mind. The key is to really let yourself be in the fantasy.

See, feel, even taste or hear things in your mind. Stretch your imagination.

Your body responds to your thoughts – so by first creating a desired accomplishment, and then imagining it, you can become more calm, more peaceful and more in control.

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Visualize Your Fears Away

Having a symbol of calm and peace to focus on can really shift your intention to soothing your nerves. It will help to dilute the worries that are troubling you, and could even banish them altogether.

And here is what you can do to dissolve your fears:

Choose a quiet place in the house or flat. Lit a candle and get into a comfortable seating position. You can do this exercise while lying down, if you prefer. Close your eyes, and start by taking three deep breaths. Breathing in, and breathing out, breathing in and breathing in. And again, breathing in and breathing out. Do you notice how calm you become? Now I would like you to let go of your busy thoughts. If you find it difficult to do that, imagine a candle in front of you. Focus on the candle with your eyes closed. Once you have achieved a less busy mind, continue with the following exercise.

Think of something that symbolises calm to you. It could be the ocean or an image of your favorite angel. Maybe you have a specific mountain in mind. Maybe it is a lake you once have visited. Or maybe you have been on a beach holiday and the secluded beach has left a wonderful and peaceful impression behind.

When you feel anxiety rising, stop and think about the root cause of this feeling. Perhaps it is a situation that reminds you that you will never be able to eat healthy food. What is holding you back?

Let an image of the situation come to mind. Now take that image and put it together with the calming symbol you selected. For example, you might visualise a friend standing next to a calm sea.

Now visualize the image in your mind gradually fading away. As it fades, picture your anxiety dispersing with it, like ripples on the surface of the water.

Then slowly, open your eyes and think about the experience you just had. How are you feeling? How was your experience?

Visualizations are one of my favorite exercises. In visualizations the mind and body communicate with each other to achieve a healthy balance. Whenever I do my visualizations, I feel calm, peaceful and centred. I use visualization to achieve my goals, to balance and heal mind and body, to visualize abundance. Visualizations can be practiced for many reasons. I just mentioned a few.

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3 Common Myths About Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis and its use in hypnotherapy have long been recognized as an effective method to help people. Whether it is used to cure an addiction or just help build confidence, hypnotherapy is certainly a useful tool. Changing negative models into positive ones is a brief way to describe it in essence.

However, the entertainment industry and the way hypnotherapy has been described there have contributed to many misconceptions about it. It has become so bad that hypnosis is regarded as a scam or a dangerous technique, which may have dire implications on one's actions. Such speculations have created a number of myths about hypnotherapy, which should be cleared out and debunked:

Not all people can be hypnotised – some researchers have suggested the idea that some people can not be hypnotised. In reality, hypnosis is a state, which comes very close to what humans experience upon falling asleep and awakening. Furthermore, the effects of TV have long been researched and considered as 'hypnotic' to a large extent. Sometimes the mind wanders off and causes people to miss a turn while driving, which again is a light state of hypnosis. All of these examples go to show that everyone can be put under hypnosis, it is just that the approach should take a different form at times. Professional hypnotherapists use a number of techniques, which can be used to a great success in putting a patient under a state of hypnosis; it is just a matter of finding the best method for a particular individual.

Hypnosis is used to force you into doing actions against your will – the main role of a hypnotherapist is to act as a facilitator or a guide, ie they can not in any way make you do anything you do not want to do. As a matter of fact, you are completely aware of everything that happens during a hypnotic session, and you are in full control. With that said, it is possible for you to reject the suggestions of the therapist if you are not comfortable with where they are guiding you. The reason why this myth is so popular is because various stage shows present the hypnotist as an influential person, capable of controlling others. The truth is that a person can be hypnotized to do things that they would not otherwise, but that never happens against theirs. There is always one part of the client that prevails them from doing anything in violation of their moral and ethical standards during a hypnotic session.

You can reveal personal information during hypnosis – people can lie under hypnosis. In fact, since they have access to other awkward resources, these lies can be more creative than ever. Furthermore, a person under hypnosis is in full control of what they reveal and what they want to keep a secret so there is no real danger of exposing things that should be kept a secret.

These are just a number of hypnosis and hypnotherapy myths that circle around. Hopefully, now you know better than trust these statements.

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Hypnosis: The Mind Heals The Body, Stops Unwanted Habits and Creates a New You

Did you know that it only takes 1 (ONE) session to accomplished something that you could not do for yourself in years? Yes, Hypnosis is that effective!

Hypnosis is a powerful modality that can literally help your body to stop unwanted habits and then start healing and rejuvenating the body. It's all about the computer system that is located within the brain.

Smoking stops being fun after about 5 years and you notice how dependent you have become this smelly habit. Does anyone really enjoy the despair and mental obsession over those little white papers filled with a dried leaf that has become your best friend? It's true, it is that bad negative friend that you must take everywhere you go. Those “cigs” must be with you 24 hours a day and 7 days a week and if by chance you run out, you will want to hit the panic button. That's how it was for me. I smoke many packs a day for a period of 30 years. Little did I know the power of my mind until the day I was hypnotized and stopped smoking forever. It's also the reason why I became a Hypnotherapist.

Stress creates the need for smoking or does smoking cause the stress? In this modern-day world where stress is an everyday occurrence, it is really tough to go cold-turkey. Hypnotherapy is always the last solution and yet it is the most effective approach to smoking cessation than any pharmaceutical drug invented to stop smoking.

Stress can manifest into all types of scenarios … from being miserable to being abusive. Contrary to popular belief, drugs only make the problem worse while making the pharmaceuticals big money. Before you go get drugs to be happy again, try your local Hypnotherapist first. You will be happier faster and it will last much longer!

Can you be hypnotized? Yes! The state that you are trying to achieve is one of complete relaxation as if you are ready to fall sleep. You are still very much in control as we reinforce your desires to accomplish what you set out to do.

Hypnosis is simply a form of deep relaxation that allows the client to take a journey into the imagination. The imagination is where you create a new energetic wish for what you would like your future to be like.

While in a very relaxed state, your critical mind calms down from that persistent thought that says: “I just can not quit,” or “It's just too painful to quit.” Side-stepping that critical mind lets you become determined to achieve what you thought was impossible before. It not only works well with smoking, it works well in athletics, pain management and even test taking.

Old thought patterns can be easily and lovingly replaced with new, wonderful positive thoughts which can make quitting such a positive force in your life. Just think, if you can stop obsessing about an issue, you can literally do, have, have anything. You broke the habit, therefore YOU CAN ACHIEVE ANYTHING YOU SET OUT TO DO. Your confidence level goes sky-high!

The most common issue is that clients think they will gain weight after quitting smoking. Fortunately, as the body recovers from the toxicity from smoking, there will typically be gain or loss with the weight. This is a good thing that means your body is in the process of healing. With hypnosis, you can still remove the habit and prevent replacing one oral fixation with another. The subconscious mind still has the new thought process planted so when you listened to the mp3 of your private session, one is actually able to reduce the stress that brings on the weight.

I recommend selecting a Hypnotherapist that has your mind rejuvenating your heart and lungs back to an age that you experience incredible energy and vitality. A good Hypnotherapist will also get your liver to detox your body very gently allowing a very smooth and easy withdrawal from the tar and nicotine or even heavy metals. Before you leave the office, you body is in the healing mode and will stay there for a few months.

Hypnotherapy can be used to jumpstart your body into new health. Through the science of Epigenetics, you cells can be commanded to heal. Hypnosis is the perfect modality of assisting those with cancer to help the body heal at faster speeds, especially with surgeries. Studies have been conducted that reveal hypnosis heals the body to reduce bleeding, swelling and bruising as well as speed up the recovery process 10 times faster. On top of that 10 minutes of hypnosis has been proven to actually reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol.

If you want to quit smoking, remove a phobia, assist in your healing of cancer or pain, then try it without drugs just by using your powerful and determined mind. It's much easier than you can ever imagine. You become a winner and will be amazed just how powerful you are.

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If You Cannot Ace It, Face It With Hypnotherapy

Would not it be amazing to be succeeding in all areas of your life? What would look like? What would it feel like? Most importantly, does it seem possible to you? Read below to find out more on how Hypnotherapy could help with that.

Various people are making statements along the lines of “I always have great friendships, but I struggle with relationships, I'm just not meant to meet somebody”, or “I'm love to move forward with my career but I do not have what it's required to stand up and present to a room “or” I'm awful with money, I am not the kind of individual that's productive at business, I can not ask for it. ” These sort of statements are generally provided as “facts”, there's a specific resignation that this is “simply the way things are”. These statements are incredibly restrictive to individual growth. Said enough times, with enough confidence, they turn into self-fulfilling predictions, an idea after all is simply a chronic thought. These type of statements are the antithesis of magnetic, indeed they are repellent to you.

Of course, some things come much easier to some people than others. If you grow up with supportive parents who had a stable, solid relationship, it will probably be much simpler for you to attract and choose a nice partner than someone who grows up with the opposite. Does this mean that the individual who has experienced a negative, withholding, stressful or traumatized home can not find a good partner? No, but in many instances, the individual will need to work on healing these wounds in order to do that. They may not have naturally aced it with ease previously, but with the right work, focus and devotion to facing it, it is completely possible and extremely likely that they'll attract a fantastic partner.

The reality is, if there are areas of your life that are not working regardless of your continuous, mindful endeavors and desire to make it so, there will be a reason. Underpinning your irritation at not being able to move, develop or ace this particular field or fields of your life, there'll be strong subconscious opinions and patterns keeping you back. It is not, contrary to popular belief, down to your lack of “luck”. “Luck” is an interesting one: good luck often occurs when one's subconscious wishes are aligned with their conscious desires. When this happens, people can really begin to move forward freely, unobstructed, appealing to what they want and going for what they want from a place of positive yet enjoyable anticipation. This is not to say life is without its challenges, but they'll be better problems for one to overcome, not those of being stuck in a loop of frustration and inner resistance.

If something still is not working and has not worked for long, then it's essential to both bringing awareness to it and fully own it. Without this, there's little hope of true, transformational change. Sure, it may be less difficult in the short term to wish things were different, or wait for a strange external solution, or continue blaming other people, outside circumstances, destiny or your “poor luck” but how is that working out for you?

One must differentiate between tough external circumstances in life which call for change – ie moving jobs, leaving a tough relationship or getting out of a toxic environment of any sort, typically once these externals have been resolved wellbeing and joy can come back, and what are long servicing, unhelpful and stubborn patterns in an individual's life. Admitting and facing these areas usually takes real courage, but there is a viable alternative if you do want to have the best life possible, if you want to look back and say “I really are aced that!”.

If you are not ace-ing it, try facing it, you have nothing to lose but the pain of old boundaries and it will give you the possibility to become your best possible self.

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The Law of Attraction & Hypnotherapy

Ever wondered why the law of attraction and hypnotherapy are not working for you? In spite of how many times you 'think' about your perfect life, somehow nothing changes. Do you feel that magic seems to happen for other people and never you? If only it was as simple as they all make out, all you have to do is believe, daydream, be and act happy and your life will change! So after consistently trying over a certain period of time, you'll probably still end up at the starting place, with nothing but a new pair of shoes to show for your deliberate endavor.

Sometimes you could lose hope and decide that all this positive thinking does not work for you. But, there's a practical and logical explanation. When it comes to making significant changes in our lives, it is essential that we have our subconscious minds on our side. Wanting with our conscious mind is one thing, but our subconscious might have a different goal, holding at bay, everything you crave.

We come to recognize that the most significant part of creating our reality is being in the ideal place naturally to allow whatever it is we need, IN. We could spend our lives deciding and identifying what we want. But if we're still caught up in the past by holding onto those negative feelings and beliefs, our lives will continue to be the same. Our energy is somehow stuck, swallowed up by something that no longer exists. The past is creating our reality. All those positive, well meaning, thoughts can not bypass that. Your subconscious and the objectives you're holding within your being are identifying your life the way it is right now, in this moment. This is a state of being that shines the spotlight on the undeniable fact that there's no room for old beliefs, bitterness and resentment, if feeling fine is our final goal. Hypnotherapy lifts old beliefs and clears out obsolete, unhelpful programs that no longer serve us in the present moment. The Universe reveals the reality to us, in a way that we can finally get real, and stop trying to force life to work for us from a past paradigm.

The life of happiness we're trying to create is not going to evolve out of a negative belief system, and all the emotions of anger, bitterness and indignity linked to it. Releasing and letting go of the past, along with making decent and healthy choices in the current moment will give about enduring and important change. Being ambivalent and indecisive will bring average results. Hypnotherapy is a real game changer when it comes to changing all those past events and specifically how we think about them. It is vital to acknowledge that the way we feel has everything to do with creating fulfilling lives in the future. The Universe responds to our dominant vibration with as much precision as a Swiss watch, it does not discern. For example, if we keep having a negative outlook on life, and hold onto old problems, then the Universe believes that we want more of this. Each negative thought and associated feeling is coming right back at us as our life. So, it is vital that we try and maintain a state of wellness, it is possibly one of the most significant things we could do for ourselves.

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The Power of Imagination and Its Use in Hypnotherapy/Guided Imagery

Hypnotherapy is a simple process of meditation / Guided Imagery where the Practitioner guides his / her patient in constructing a 'story' that the person can live with- a more positive, stronger version of him or herself, where they are always in control, always in peace and living the life they desire. The patient is guided to slow down their breathing and in so doing the body responses by automatically lowering the brain wave pattern, the heart rate and pulse and even the temperature is modified slightly to create a state of relaxation.

This is a state very similar to the one we experience each morning before we have fully awakened, or each night, moments before we enter a state of “Delta” or sleep, where the brain wave pattern is around 1 to 4 cycles per second. The state I am referring to is a Theta state of 4-7 cycles per second. In this state we are totally relaxed and peaceful.

In Hypnotherapy or Guided Imagery we fluctuated between the state of Alpha (7-14 brain waves per second) and the deeper of Theta state mentioned above. This is the state where the mind is most receptive to positive suggestions and visualizing the outcome they desire, as if it has already occurred.

There have been studies where it was demonstrated that when we visualize that we are eating a delicious meal, the neuro-transmitters in the brain fire in the very same sequence as when we are actually eating that meal. The sub-conscious mind does not know the difference between something real and something imagined. Therefore, when we guide our patients to see themselves as powerful beings who are in control of their addiction, their physical / emotional pain, or traumatic situations, they are in essence “suspending disbelief”, as we do when we become engrossed in a good book or movie. In this 'story' we create, they are seeing themselves shift from a 'victim' to a powerful person who can choose their state of being simply by 'becoming' the character in the story. They awakened from this “dream” feeling powerful, energized and ready to LIVE that reality.

With Hypnotherapy we can sometimes see instant change in someone that has gone through years of emotional distress and torture, simply by a “re-programming” of their negative beliefs and thought patterns.

The Hypnotherapist is like a 'story teller' guiding his patient in seeing himself as someone capable of conquering his fears, dealing with her pain and to 'become' the strong person that is buried deep within the layers of pain, doubts and feelings of insignificance . The patient responds and identifies with the character in the story, becomes the character and change takes place.

Ted Andrews in “Sacred Sounds-Magic and Healing through Words and Music” states: “The story teller, through his / her technique induces an altered state of consciousness and a dynamic resonance and / or response in the audience. , much in the same manner as getting cooked up within a movie or a good book. The difference is that the words and images are CHOSEN and expressed so as to elicit effects on the emotional, mental and spiritual consciousness of the individual. ” It works the same way with hypnotherapy / guided imagery.

One example is with sports hypnosis. We guide the player to visualize the perfect play and specific positive statements are added. We encourage the client to listen to the recording of the session daily for about 21 days. Each time they win in imagination, it's as if they are really playing the perfect game, again and again. After a few times seeing seeing them succeeding, and FEELING the positive emotions related to that visualization, they do not see it as something imagined but something real. They have mentally practiced that perfect game again and again and as the saying goes, “practice makes perfect”. In their mind they ARE that person and the feelings of having succeeded guide them to act as winners when actually playing the game, and in so doing they BECOME winners. They BECOME the character in the “movie” and enduring change takes place. It works the same way with releasing 'victim consciousness', in forgiveness, controlling pain / addictions or anything else they are trying to accomplish. Part of the process deals with changing the person's thinking, so the accomplished Hypnotherapist must word things in a way that will enhance the visualization process.

When dealing with spiritually minded people, we can incorporate what is referred to as “Affirmative Prayer” into the hypnotic induction. Affirmative Prayer, sometimes called “Spiritual Mind Treatment” is adapted from the belief that God / Creator or whatever you choose to call your Higher Power, exists within you and that you have access to Its Divine Intelligence, its Infinite Wisdom and Knowledge in order to resolve any difficulty. This entitles the Spiritually-minded individual to surrender their “small thinking” to a higher view of the situation. In other words, “Let Go and Let God”. This will not work without the patient has an understanding of spiritual concepts. Here is an example of an affirmative prayer incorporated into a spiritual hypnotic script:

“There is only ONE Power in the Universe. That Divine Intelligence lives within me. I am an expression of Infinite Consciousness. Spirit chooses to experience life through me and as me, in a healthy body and through a sound mind.” I choose to acknowledge and accept the Power within and I am awakening to the complete and perfect function of every cell of my being. I live confidently, peacefully and decisively.

Today, I quiet my mind and hear the whispers of my Higher Self, my intuition, the voice of Spirit. I trust that this Infinite Love Energy that courses through my veins has my best interest at heart and my life becomes a magnificent adventure! I live one day at a time, becoming aware of the constant evolution of my soul as I am challenged by my experiences and tune my mind to the Divine Mind and then each seeming adversity and challenge becomes transmuted into the vibration of success!

I exude love and teach love. It is all I know and all that I am. As I express the Divine, it returns to me multiplied. Any fear or self-doubt is dissolved by the Power of Love. I live in a healthy body. I manifest healthy relationships, I follow my bliss. In gratitude I release these words into the Universal Mind. So it is and so it shall be! ”

With spiritual hypnotherapy, when dealing with emotional issues / abuse issues, low self-esteem, etc., we guide the client to “tune in” to the Divine Mind and Christ Consciousness, where we no longer resent others for their lack of understanding, their callousness and hurtfulness. In this state of awareness, we quickly become aware that abusers act this way due to their own victim consciousness, anger and low self-worth. It is their unhealthy response to the challenges life cave them.

The positive suggestions / affirmative statements are geared towards helping the person realize that what others do is not about them. It is about the abuser and their own issues. Knowing this helps them not to take things personally and to react differently to situations. They learn to value themselves and not define themselves by the beliefs or behavior of others.

We guide the client to transcend to a Higher State of awareness in which they choose to take the steps necessary to become the Highest version of themselves that they can imagine. When the client visualizes their desired result and is taught to FEEL what it would feel like to have already completed it. Soon they start acting as if it were a reality, and soon they find themselves living that life. When the client is ready for change, hypnotherapy can have miraculous results.

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An Exercise: Body Scan

This guided imagination exercise is called the Body Scan. This exercise is one way to induce self-hypnosis. You will need at least 10 to 15 minutes without interruptions to do this exercise.

You may find it helpful to slowly read the following script a few times to get used to it, and then read it into an audio recorder to play back for yourself as you stay in a relaxed position. (Important: Do not drive while listening to any recorded exercises.) However, you can still learn to reach a relaxed trance state if you choose to participate by reading the script with your eyes open without recording it.

To begin, get as comfortable as you can in your chair with both feet flat on the ground. Take a moment now to close your eyes and make sure you are comfortable. Then begin to mentally scan your body: Start with the very top of your head, through your forehead and neck, progressing slowly all the way down through each part of your body at your own pace, visiting each part of the body, even down to the soles of the feet. As you bring awareness down into every area of ​​your body, notice any places that you may hold stressor tension … (pause)

Just notice them for now, recognize these spots, and then move on, continuing to slowly scan your whole body, becoming curious about what your body feels like … (pause)

Allow yourself to take some relaxed, open belly breaths, letting the air fill your lungs and press into the belly … feeling the rise and fall of your belly (pause) … Now imagine that your breath goes to one of the tight or tense areas … notice as the breath goes there … the area begins to loosen and relax. Loosening … relaxing … Again, breathe nicely into that area … feeling relaxed … breathing gently … loosing … and relaxing … loosing and relaxing even more … You may choose to bring the breath to another part of the body and that new area begins to loosen and relax … (pause)

Take a moment to notice the thoughts in your head. Just notice what's there right now … you do not have to do anything with them or to them … Notice … What are you thinking about right now? … mind's eye? … Where do you sense the thoughts … where do they stay in your body? Breathe gently and notice … (pause)

Let the thoughts turn into clouds … floating … in the blue sky … of your mind's eye …

Let the thoughts to just float by you … each thought turning into a white, fluffy cloud … Watch them float by you for a moment … notice every thought in your mind transform easily … and let it float by … (pause) … observe and … let them go with each breath … Notice you feel like a neutral observer … watching … unattached … watching the clouds disappear into the horizon .. … smaller … with each moment … the blue sky becomes clearer and clearer … the clouds floating away … disappearing … breathing gently … (pause)

Imagine that the blue sky becomes you … becomes your whole body … Notice your whole body … from your head down to your toes … As you inhale … Allow this calming, radiant blue sky to fill your whole body and mind for a moment, completely clear … completely calm … completely at ease in the clarity … enlarge the blue sky just a bit and let it fill you even more … relaxing into your breath .. (pause)

Notice that the calmness and clarity helps you … helps you to naturally access any tools … any information you need now in your daily life … as you take another gentle breath, notice you are more calm, more relaxed .. . more at ease … (pause)

I'll give you a moment to finish this guided imagery … when you are ready, open your eyes, bring yourself back into the room … stretch and notice that you feel more relaxed, yet recharged.

Action Step:

Practice this exercise at least twice this week (or more if you'd like). Notice at least one change in your work life.

Here are a few examples of changes clients have noticed:

· Much calmer and at ease

· More pleasant interactions with supervisor or collections

· More referrals

· More confidence at work

· Promotions

After doing this exercise for two months, one of my clients increased her massage clientele because she was so centered and calm. She felt that the increase in business was due to people wanting to be around her calming demeanor.

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Benefits of Self-Hypnosis

Natural healing practices have seen a significant increase in popularity in recent years. Modern life causes more anxiety and stress and people are starting to look at the wide-ranging methods to improve the ability to relax. One method to relax at home is to turn to a practice like self-hypnosis. Hypnosis techniques are useful for those wishing to calm and quiet the mind and used in many professions including dentists, nurses, doctors, and psychiatrists.

Here are several reasons why it benefits to learn how to hypnotize yourself:

Self-hypnosis has the potential to lower the risk of a variety of serious health complaints, including high blood pressure, certain cancers, as well as helping to slow the aging process. It is possible to achieve these benefits because hypnosis can help to neutralize the unstable oxygen molecules in the system. It is possible to improve breathing while also making the flow of air to the lungs more efficient. Plus, the increased relaxation and oxygen effect is appreciated for its ability to slow biological aging.

This natural treatment is effective on a psychological level with its ability to improve the ability to learn, improve memory, control irritability, and decrease anxiety. Also, self-hypnosis is a reliable practice to increase brain wave coherence for better self-confidence, emotional stability, creativity, and effective thinking.

Self-hypnosis is a practical remedy for those often suffering with anxiety or stress because of its ability to lower the build up of cortisol in the body. Cortisol is a hormone that has several useful functions related to the stress, metabolism, and glucose. This hormone would normally stay in the body, even after the stressful situation has long passed. However, a regular session of self-hypnosis can help to speed up the body's ability to dissolve this chemical because of the increased state of relaxation.

Hypnosis is useful for its ability to rejuvenate a feeling of vitality which has the benefit of giving a feeling of youthfulness and lets a person have a more favorable view on life.

The ability to relax the body through a self-hypnosis session means it is a great heart-friendly activity. The heart rate will naturally slow while the body is deeply relaxed and is useful for reducing the work on this major organ for the rest of the day.

Overall, for those wishing to have a greater feeling of happiness and a more stable mind, body and soul, it can certainly benefit to learn how to hypnotize yourself.

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