What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation and concentrated focus. It is most often compared to daydreaming. Hypnosis is actually self-hypnosis because YOU are in control. The hypnotherapist acts as your coach, guiding you through the process.
During hypnosis, your body becomes relaxed, giving your nervous system a rest. You are able to relax physically, mentally, and emotionally. When you are relaxed, you can think more clearly and your body feels stronger and healthier.
Through hypnosis, your conscious mind relaxes and allows direct access to your subconscious. The conscious mind is still awake and makes decisions. However, now you are in control of your subconscious mind. It is ready to receive any suggestion that your conscious mind says is OK. For the first time ever, you have the power to reprogram your subconscious mind and this can transform your life!
Every year science is learning more about how the mind can influence the body for improved health and well-being. Famous physicians such as Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Deepak Chopra, in addition to leading medical institutions such as Stanford Medical Center and the Mayo Clinic, are strong proponents of using hypnosis to activate the body's own internal healing powers.
- American Medical Association approves the use of hypnosis.
- National Institute for Health supports the use of hypnosis for many conditions, including cancer, chronic pain, TMJ & headaches.
- British Medical Journal (1999) reports that there is "good evidence...that hypnosis can reduce anxiety, insomnia, phobias, obesity, chronic pain...(and more)".
- TIME (March 27, 2006): Hypnotized patients needed less than 1% of the standard medications...returned to work 13 days earlier, avoided such after effects as nausea...and lowered their costs by an average of $730.
- British Psychological Society (2001) states that "hypnosis is a...proven therapeutic method...(including) weight reduction programs".
- In studies on relieving chronic and acute pain, including burn patients, (Ewin., 1978, Patterson et al., 1996), cancer (Syrjaja et al., 1992), fibromyalgia (Haanen et al., 1991) and other studies, hypnosis was shown to be effective in reducing pain and other symptoms.
- Gastroenterology (December 2002): Researchers found hypnotherapy provided both immediate and long-term relief to people with persistent indigestion, and eliminated the need for anti-indigestion medications as long as a year after treatment.