Hypnotic Applications For Adults & Children
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What Is Hypnosis?
A. In layman's terms hypnosis is a process where the participant allows access to the subconscious or action-oriented mind. Once access is gained, mutually agreed upon positive suggestions are provided which modify our perceptions/expectations of ourselves and others. Positive internal perceptions/expectations create positive outcomes. Or in the words of Buddha, "All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become." Hypnosis helps you harness the power of your subconscious mind to change your thoughts and become all you want to be.
Q. What Are Some Of The Benefits Of Hypnosis?
A. The benefits of hypnosis are broad and far-reaching because of the power the subconscious mind has to take action and create change. Hypnosis helps to harness and direct that power for rapid, long lasting positive change. As a result, essentially any condition caused or influenced by the mind can be addressed using hypnosis. For example, you can alleviate phobias, change habits, (i.e. smoking, overeating, teeth grinding, nail biting) gain self-confidence, bring out hidden talents. You can improve memory, concentration, creativity and performance of all kinds. You can reduce stress, overcome negative mental attitudes, gain insights into yourself and others and much, much more. The potential benefits of hypnosis are virtually unlimited.
Q. Is Hypnosis Dangerous?
A. Hypnosis is NOT dangerous. In fact, hypnosis is your mind's natural learning state and you pass through the state several times a day unbeknownst to you.
People with epilepsy should be hypnotized with caution as in very rare instances hypnosis can trigger a seizure in those who have been diagnosed with epilipsy. Those with heart conditions should avoid hypnosis sessions that evoke significant emotions, otherwise hypnosis is totally safe.
Hypnosis is a 100% consent state. You are in total control. Your hypnotist is simply a guide as all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. In hypnosis you have complete control over what you say and do and you can never become "trapped" in a hypnotic state.
Q. Who Can Be Hypnotized?
A. 97% of the population can be hypnotized. The exceptions are those who are educationally subnormal (IQ below 70) or senile, as well as hard drug addicts or individuals under the influence of large amounts of alcohol. People of a higher intelligence level are typically more easily hypnotized.
Q. What Does It Feel Like To Be Hypnotized?
A. Contrary to popular belief, there are no significant physical feelings that go along with the state of hypnosis because hypnosis is a state of mind or consciousness not a physical state. People tend to describe a very pleasant feeling of extreme relaxation, a heaviness or lightness in their limbs or a slight change in temperature. Some people describe a sinking feeling as they relax more deeply. Almost everyone will experience a time distortion where an hour session feels much shorter.
When in hypnosis you hear everything that is being said to you, you can talk freely and easily and will remember everything that happened during your session.
Q. How Long Does It Take To Correct A Problem?
A. Because our minds operate much like a computer operates, and because hypnosis allows us to change the software in the organic computer of our mind it is extremely fast. The speed at which change takes place is one of the primary benefits of hypnosis. Many issues can be addressed in one or two sessions. Others that are more complex may take three to five sessions.
Q. Why Do Some Hypnosis Centers Claim That It Takes More Than 5-10 Sessions To Correct A Problem Such As Quitting Smoking Or Losing Weight?
A. All centers work differently and build programs based on what they believe is the most effective, just as one doctor might prescribe a pill that you need to take 3x per day vs. another that you need to take only once a day. In addition, there are different types of hypnosis - some of which are more efficient and effective than others. For example highly personalized, one-on-one sessions will be more effective that generic sessions or sessions that involve pre-recorded materials. Lastly, some centers have much higher overhead than others, for example those that do extensive advertising vs. those that get the majority of their clients from referrals.
Q. How Does The Type Of Hypnosis You Do Differ From What I've Seen Stage Hypnotists Do?
A. While there are similarities, as the subconscious mind is accessed in both cases, therapeutic hypnosis is designed to help people live more healthy, productive and enjoyable lives. Stage hypnosis is for entertainment purposes only.
Q. What Is The Difference Between Hypnotherapy And Psychotherapy?
A. Psychotherapy makes changes to the subconscious by using the understanding and imagery of the conscious mind. Hypnotherapy, on the other hand, bypasses the conscious mind and works directly with the subconscious mind. In many cases Hypnotherapy is used in conjunction with Psychotherapy or other traditional counseling modalities.
Q. Why is it so expensive?
A hypnosis session may appear so at first, however, when compared to the rates charged by others in the healing profession session rates, for the time spent, are extremely reasonable. The average Dr. sees a patient for 10 minutes and charges $250 per visit, which translates into $1,500 per hour. The average psychiatrist sees a patient for 10 minutes and charges on average $300 for the visit, which translates into $1,800 per hour. A therapist charges between $150 and $200 for a 45 minute session and typically dozens of sessions are required to create change. Where else do you have the opportunity to receive one-on-one attention from a practitioner for a full 2 hrs for your first session for only $250 and $200 for subsequent sessions lasting around 1 1/2 hrs. Lastly change happens extremely quickly with hypnosis and you are absolutely worth the investment.
Q. How can I have a session over Skype?
A. Easily! Hypnosis is your mind's natural learning state, so you can enter the state anywhere. In fact, it's often easier to enter the state in a familiar environment such as your home. To enter the state you will simply follow your hypnotist's suggestions and as you can hear and converse easily while in the state you will have a running dialog as you're lead through the process to achieve success. Otherwise all you need is a quiet place where you'll be undisturbed for the duration of the session as well as access to Skype. Please note that some issues are not appropriate for remote work and for others your hypnotist may request that a friend or family member be present.
Facts About Hypnosis
"A study of 250 IBS patients that measured improvement in gastrointestinal symptoms, quality of life, anxiety and depression showed strong statistical differences due to the use of hypnosis. The study concluded that not only is hypnosis an effective treatment for IBS, it is more cost-effective and empowering for patients." Source: American Journal of Gastroenterology
"A study of 60 hand-surgery patients demonstrated the effectiveness of hypnosis in several areas. The hypnosis group not only experienced significantly less pain intensity, pain affect and state anxiety buy they progressed quicker and had fewer medical complications than the control group." Source: International Journal of Clinical Hypnosis
"Hypnosis helps treat a wide range of skin conditions including dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and warts." Source: Self-Healing 2004
"20 controlled studies found that patients who received hypnosis before or during surgery fared better than 89% of patients in control groups." Source: Anesthesia & Analgesia
"A meta-analysis of 18 studies demonstrated that hypnosis relieved pain in 75% of the people studied." Source: International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
"Hypnosis is proven to be an effective intervention for alleviating chronic pain." Source: National Institute of Health
"Hypnosis helps regulate blood pressure." Source: Health
"Hypnosis has been proven as an effective procedure for the treatment of obesity."
Source: American Psychological Association
"Hypnosis helps broken bones heal more quickly." Source: Harvard Medical School
"Hypnotherapy provided both immediate and long-term relief to people with persistent indigestion and IBS [Irritable Bowel Syndrome]" Source: Gastroenterology and American Journal of Gastroenterology.
"Hypnosis has been shown to decrease the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline." Source: Scientific America
"Sixteen recent studies showed that the practice of hypnosis reduced or eliminated asthma symptoms." Source: Health
"Hypnosis used during labor and delivery enables the use of less pain medication, and a lower rate of complications and C-sections - 5% compared to 15%." Source: Larry Goldman, MD, Health
"A British study of 18 adults with IBS published in The Lancet found that hypnosis "strikingly" reduced colonic motility, thus decreasing diarrhea and cramping." Source: The Lancet
"In a controlled study of 79 men with impotence from no known organic cause, only hypnosis proved more effective than a placebo, boosting sexual function by 80 percent." Source: British Journal of Urology
"A controlled study of 32 coronary bypass patients showed that those taught self-hypnosis pre-operatively were more relaxed after surgery and had less need for pain medication." Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
"A review panel appointed by the National Institutes of Health found "strong evidence" for the use of hypnosis in alleviating pain associated with cancer." Source: Journal of the American Medical Associatio
Can I Be Hypnotized?
Take this simple test to see if you can be hypnotized:
- Are you of average or higher intelligence?
- Can you count from 1-10?
- Have you ever felt emotion while reading a book or watching a movie?
- Have you ever bought a product that you didn't really need from watching a TV commercial?
- Have you ever daydreamed while driving?
- Are you not under the influence of drugs (not counting prescribed pharmaceuticals) or alcohol?
- Do you want to change your life?