A little about Hypnosis

Welcome. I am happy that you are taking charge of your life. Hypnosis is a powerful tool to help you change your life the way you would like. Hypnosis has been used to help people achieve their goals, change negative emotions, beliefs, thought patterns, manage stress heal past treasured golden wounds, eliminate phobias and habit, and it has been used in medicine to treat hypertension, anxiety, fibromyalgia, pain relief, irritable bowel syndrome, build immune system, and use as anesthesia to perform surgery.

In first session detailed description about what hypnosis is and what it is not is discussed. There are several myths about hypnosis that have to be dismissed. As well as answer any questions that come up to help you be at ease.  A detailed history of your life, where you have been and where you would like to go are talked about. Discuss what the challenges have been and how to find ways to remove these blocks that are holding you back. After which we will get into the actually session. At which point now any questions that come up so far are clarified.

Hypnosis has been practiced for thousands of years, since Egyptian times. Modern time hypnosis began to gain some form during the 18th century with Anton Mesmer, who is considered father of hypnosis. Dr. James Braid a Scottish surgeon in 1843 introduced use of hypnotism to perform surgery, control bleeding and pain. Dave Elman taught hypnosis to doctors and Dr. Milton Erickson used hypnosis with every patient that he treated. Hypnosis became accepted by the medical field due to success demonstrated by these two individuals.  In 1958 The American Medical Association and The American Psychological Association recognized hypnosis as a valid medical treatment modality. And from then on hypnosis gradually gained wide acceptance by the medical community everywhere and now it is being used either as an alternative therapy or as a complementary therapy for a number medical problems. In fact for many medical problems hypnosis is the most effective treatment, especially those where behavior changes are needed. It is commonly used in smoking cessation, weight control, pain management and, as I said, a number of other medical conditions. No harmful effects were reported until now.

Hypnosis is a natural state we are in throughout the day. When we are drawn into the story being read forgetting the time, where we are, what is going on around us the state of Trance? That can also happen on a long trip. When there is no traffic on the road we get into the easy drive that we tune out everything around us get into a state of daydream, when time flies. This is also the Alpha state.

Normally when we are wide awake and all our senses are active, the brain generates electrical impulses of 15 to 26 cycles per second as recorded by the electroencephalograph (EEG). This is the beta state and we spend most of our waking hours at this level.  The beta state is known as the conscious level. In the second state, alpha, the brain waves are in the 8-14 cycles range and we enter the subconscious realm of the mind, the inner conscious level. Below alpha lie the theta (falling into sleep, becoming unconscious; 4-7 cycles) and delta (dreamless sleep; 0.5-3 cycles) states.

 

Misconception #1:

I can’t be hypnotized

As we talked earlier hypnosis is a state that we go in and out throughout the day naturally. You can easily be hypnotized, if you allow yourself. The complete control is yours at any time.

Misconception #2:

I will reveal my deepest darkest secret.

Hypnosis is very much like a conversation between two people. Our prime directive of the unconscious or subconscious mind is to protect you and be alert for you at all times. No matter what questions are asked of you, unless it is your desire and find information appropriate to share it is in your complete control to reveal any secret at any given time.

Misconception #3:

I will lose control

Hypnosis is a set of instructions. If I tell you to close your eyes and relax your body from head to toes who has to do it? That’s right you. So if you don’t who has the control? You! Same way the entire process is exactly that. In stage hypnosis also it is in the control of the person coming on to stage. Those who are interested in performing on stage only come up on stage and accept to take part in what is congruent with their values. They don’t respond to anything that is not in their value system.

Misconception #4:

Intelligent people are hard to hypnotize

Intelligent people tend to be analytical of all that you are saying. In order to hypnotize them it is good to engage their own mind with self instruction into the Induction. It is possible to hypnotize them just as easily it could mean creative thinking on your part. They have the capacity to transfer information from subconscious mind into the conscious mind easily to manifest all that they creatively imagined in their subconscious.

Misconception #5:

There is a danger of not waking up

It is possible for people to fall into a somnambulistic state, a very in depth trance state. This is a similar state where a person under anesthesia experiences. These people will not consciously remember what happens during hypnosis unless the hypnotist suggests that they remember. However, even these rare individuals will wake up at the end of the session so there is no reason to be concerned. And most people will be fully aware of everything that is going on during the hypnosis session.

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