The term Hypnosis is from the Greek word “hypnos,” meaning “sleep.” Hypnotherapy, then, is an altered state of consciousness, a controlled state of relaxation and concentration, in which deeper parts of the unconscious mind become more accessible. It is a trance-like state resembling sleep in which a person becomes very responsive to suggestions from another. Hypnosis is brought on by having one fix one's attention on a particular object. , and it can be.

 

   Hypnosis can be induced by the self (self-induced through concentration and relaxation) or by another person; in a clinical setting, is done with the help of a therapist using verbal repetition and mental images. While under hypnosis, you usually feel calm and relaxed, and are more open to ideas that may have eluded your conscious mind. Hypnosis can be used to help you gain control over undesired behaviors or to help you cope better with anxiety or pain. Although you're more open to suggestion during hypnosis, you never lose control over your behavior.

 

   As mentioned, hypnotherapy can be an effective method for coping with stress, anxiety, and somatic complaints/problems. In particular, hypnosis can help to reduce stress and anxiety before a medical procedure, such as a dental procedures, breast biopsy, or even childbirth. It may also be a beneficial augmentation to the treatment of pain associated with cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems, dental procedures, headaches, and for relief of hot flash symptoms associated with menopause. Additionally, it has been used, with some success, for the treatment of insomnia, bed-wetting, smoking, obesity and phobias.

 

   In fact, hypnotherapy has been found to be very effective in the treatment of irrational fears. FEAR defined: False Evidence Appearing Real. These can include: Fear of change, Fear of making mistakes, Fear of failure. Fear of rejection, Fear of being judged, Fear of commitment, Fear of spiders, Fear of snakes, Fear of flying, Fear of heights, and Fear of the unknown.

 

Our past experiences have programmed our minds to associate certain experiences with emotions and beliefs of events that happened to us earlier in life. The ego-self feels threatened in the present/current situation, and keeps you stuck in the past - in a time before you experience pronounced emotional or psychological trauma, thereby causing a FEAR REACTION to new stimuli. Hypnotherapy is helpful in breaking this cycle and helps you imagine behaving in a new way, with confidence, in present-day life.

 

Hypnotherapy can likewise be used to improve self-confidence and self-esteem. It can help you feel more secure and self-assured, able to accept mistakes and learn from them, able to trust others, optimistic, more comfortable with showing a wide range of emotions, and probably the most important – increase your ability to say "No."

 

    Weight loss and weight management programs, use hypnotherapy as well. As long as you are ready and willing to lose weight, you will start doing so. Your body reacts to your mind's way of thinking – the power of suggestion.  Therefore, once the proposal is given and repeated while under hypnosis, your mind begins to accept this reality as TRUTH, thus influencing your physical body to respond in kind. Hypnotherapy will NOT however: make you stop eating those foods that are unhealthy for you or stop you from eating all those delicious, sugary desserts that you crave or junk food (comfort food). You need to make a conscious choice to do this. Hypnotherapy will assist you in helping you reach the goal of attaining the authentic self (body image) you want to achieve.

 

 Finally, Past Life Regression (PLR) is a technique that uses hypnosis recover memories of past lives (or incarnations). Past life regression is typically undertaken either in pursuit of a SPIRITUAL (not religious) experience, in a psychotherapeutic setting.

 

In 1988, Brian Weiss, an American psychiatrist, started using past-life regression using hypnosis on his patient. He is a prolific writer and has p, later published, best-selling Many Lives, Many Masters, and has since published the following books on the matter:

  • Many Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and the Past-Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives(1988). ISBN 0-671-65786-0
  • Through Time into Healing: Discovering the Power of Regression Therapy to Erase Trauma and Transform Mind, Body and Relationships(1993). ISBN 0-7499-1835-7.
  • Only Love Is Real: A Story of Soulmates Reunited(1997) ISBN 0-7499-1620-6.
  • Messages From the Masters: Tapping into the Power of Love(2001). ISBN 0-7499-2167-6
  • Mirrors of Time: Using Regression for Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Healing(2002). ISBN 1-5617-0929-8.
  • Same Soul, Many Bodies: Discover the Healing Power of Future Lives through Progression Therapy(2005). ISBN 0-7499-2541-8ISBN 0-7432-6434-7.

   

There are several reasons that a PLR may be useful. They include: Talking to your soul for inner knowledge and awareness; Meeting your higher guides and spirit guides; Connecting with your soul companions; Discovering your higher purpose and goals that you set out to achieve in the present lifetime; Connecting with your higher source, and the "I AM" presence; Recognizing your special gifts your present lifetime; Enhancing relationships in your present life; Gaining a better understanding of your purpose in your family; and finally, Learning why you chose your current physical body. This final "reason" may seem obscure, however, understanding this dynamic can offer huge insight into why you chose certain paths and why you behave certain ways.

 

A PLR regression session is typically longer than a regular hypnotherapy sessions, running anywhere from 3 hours, 4 hours, or sometimes more. The goal of PLR is to use past life experience as a bridge accessing the PLR state.  It is done to help you heal any traumas or karmic imprints that are affecting present-day life. Though it sounds scary, and somewhat disconcerting, the experience that can truly transform your life.  

 

 PITFALLS OF HYPNOTHERAPY

The literature points out some complications that can arise from the use of hypnosis. It mainly refers to unethical practice and/or inappropriate application of hypnosis. That is: IF A CERTIFED HYPNOTHERAPIST CANNOT TREAT A PROBLEM WITH NON-HYPNOTIC TECHNIQUES, HE/SHE SHOULD NOT TREAT IT WITH HYPNOSIS. In general, the following guidelines and recommendations are made:

  • Hypnosis should only be performed by a trained and certified person. Do not be afraid to ask to see his or her credentials before beginning a course of hypnotherapy.
  • Uncovering techniques should be used cautiously in borderline or psychotic patients. Although hypnosis may be a useful technique with severely disturbed patients, I DO NOT treat this population with hypnosis in my practice.
  • Hypnosis should never be used to treat a condition that you would not be qualified to administer without
  • Hypnosis has the potential of facilitating behavioral and cognitive change in many clinical areas, but it should be used within the ethical guidelines of the practice of hypnosis.
  • Accurate diagnosis is necessary and essential before treatment can commence.
  • Patients may be taught self-hypnosis to reduce anxiety and give them a sense of mastery and self-control and strengthening procedures are generally beneficial and hypnosis may also be employed to foster insight."
  • Hypnosis should always be used in a manner that facilitates feelings of self-efficacy and self-control.

   

In sum, hypnotherapy isn't right for everyone. For example, you may not be able to enter a state of hypnosis fully enough to make it effective. However, years of clinical practice have demonstrated that the more likely you are to be hypnotized, the more likely it is that you'll benefit from hypnosis. If you believe that you may benefit from hypnotherapy, feel free to call 954-779-2855 to schedule an appointment.