Is Hypnosis Safe?
Hypnosis is completely safe. You are aware and in control at every moment. You cannot be made to do anything that is against your will. Hypnosis is a relaxing and enjoyable experience.
How Hypnosis Works
Basically, our minds work on two levels, the conscious mind and the unconscious mind. We know with our conscious mind that smoking is harmful and we decide to quit, but our unconscious mind controls our habits and we continue to smoke. Hypnosis communicates directly with the unconscious mind and allows us to change our habits easily and painlessly.
What is a Hypnotic Trance?
A hypnotic “trance” is a state of hyper-suggestibility, where the critical or conscious part of the mind is less active, allowing the subconscious part of the mind to absorb and accept suggestions. When you realize that the subconscious mind makes up about 90% of our overall brain power, it’s easy to see how a hypnotic trance can be such a powerful state!
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. There is no Svengali-like power that the hypnotist has. You cannot be made to do anything that is against your will. You will be in control at all times.
Hypnosis for Pain Control
Research studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of clinical hypnosis for pain management in virtually every single medical setting, including cancer pain headaches, bone and muscle pain, and even burns. Hypnosis is not a substitute for pain medication, but it can reduce the amount of pain medication a person needs to control their pain. It sometimes eliminates the use of pain medication entirely. There are two components to pain: (1) physical pain that is the injury itself; and (2) perceptual, that is; how we feel about the pain.
Everyone knows about athletes who continue to play after they have been injured or soldiers who fight after they have been wounded. In both of these cases it is the perception of the pain that influences the amount of pain. Using hypnosis we can change the perception of the pain and in many cases eliminate it. By being able to change our beliefs and perception, we feel a greater sense of control over the pain and to get our lives back again. I use several different pain control techniques and together we can pick the ones that work best for you.
The real reason people fail at weight loss is not the ineffectiveness of the diets, but rather the failure that people on diets have with changing lifelong patterns of thinking. Hypnosis is an effective weight-loss tool because it does what diets cannot do. It can help you reprogram the destructive associations you have with food.
Hypnosis has been proved to be three times more effective than the patch and fifteen times more effective than will power alone. Hypnosis has an 85% success rate for smoking control. It is the most effective, safest and easiest way to stop smoking that I know of. Most of my clients stop smoking after the very first
visit—and it feels good too.
Why is hypnosis so effective? We smoke for basically two reasons: (1) we are addicted to nicotine; and (2) our subconscious mind has created many positive associations, habits around cigarettes. We light up after eating or when we get to the car. We smoke when we feel afraid and we smoke when we feel bad. For as many years as you’ve been smoking, cigarettes have always been there for you. Hypnosis works on the level of the subconscious mind and breaks these positive associations with smoking. Hypnosis removes a large part of the cravings associated with smoking. Using hypnosis we can eliminate the triggers that create the cravings to smoke.
PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
Hypnosis is effective for PTSD because it helps to replace the disturbing imagery.
Hypnosis and Drug Addiction
As part of a comprehensive drug program, hypnosis can be very effective in reducing the cravings for drugs by reducing the anxiety around drug addiction and increasing the feeling of having control over drugs.
Hypnosis and Grief
Having worked in a hospice for many years, I have seen many types of loss. The physical symptoms often associated with loss are insomnia, fatigue, and changes in eating patterns, throat, chest and stomach constriction. You may have difficulty swallowing or your chest may feel tight. Anxiety attacks can also accompany loss. By using hypnosis, we are able to work though the barriers to recovery and begin to heal.
Anxiety and Panic Episodes
Hypnosis can help to control panic and anxiety in a number of ways; it can re-program the subconscious to automatically use healthy coping strategies, and it can teach you to calm yourself down physically. It can help you to dissociate from unrealistic fears.