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What Is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a natural state of mind, there is nothing unnatural or supernatural about it. Every person has a natural capacity for response to hypnosis, which means that there is no such thing as a good subject or a bad subject. You are going to respond to the hypnotic state because this is a state we go in and out of all through out the day. Hypnotherapists use exercises that bring about deep relaxation and an altered state of consciousness, also known as a trance. A person in a deeply focused state is unusually responsive to an idea or image, but this does not mean that a hypnotist can control the person's mind and free will. On the contrary, hypnosis can actually teach people how to master their own states of awareness. By doing so they can affect their own bodily functions and psychological responses.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a process that uses various techniques like age regression, parts therapy, imagery, ideomotor response and so on to look into how this experience was formed and how it has influenced you. We can dig into the root cause and pull out or re-frame it and replace it with positive experiences to help heal the original event and experience.

In Hypnotherapy one can come to the realization that we are responsible for our own realities and can choose to change or re-create our perceptions and beliefs to create a reality by choice, not mere acceptance of what we believe we must accept. This "consciousness of self" or awakening of awareness is one of the highest rewards of Hypnotherapy.

How does hypnosis work?

When something happens to us, we remember it and learn a particular behavior in response to what happened. Each time something similar happens, our physical and emotional reactions attached to the memory are repeated. In some cases these reactions are unhealthy. In some forms of hypnotherapy, a trained therapist guides you to remember the event that led to the first reaction, separate the memory from the learned behavior, and replace unhealthy behaviors with new, healthier ones.

During hypnosis, your body relaxes and your thoughts become more focused. Like other relaxation techniques, hypnosis lowers blood pressure and heart rate, and changes certain types of brain wave activity. In this relaxed state, you will feel at ease physically yet fully awake mentally and may be highly responsive to suggestion. If you are trying to quit smoking, for example, a therapist's suggestion may help convince you that you will not like the taste of cigarettes in the future. Some people respond better to hypnotic suggestion than others.

What happens during a visit to the hypnotherapist?

During your first visit, you will be asked about your medical and psychological history and what brought you in -- what condition you would like to address. The hypnotherapist may explain to you what hypnosis is and how it works. You will then be directed through relaxation techniques, using a series of mental images and suggestions intended to change behaviors and relieve symptoms. For example, people who have panic attacks may be given the suggestion that, in the future, they will be able to relax whenever they want. The hypnotherapist will also teach you the basics of self-hypnosis and give you an audiotape to use at home so you can reinforce what you learn during the session.

Who is Hypnotherapy Not recommended for?

If there are psychiatric issues it is best to be seen by a Psychiatrist, psychotherapist, or psychologist who is also a trained hypnotherapist. Because there is a chance the individual will get worse before getting better. It is essential both the therapist and family work together in these cases.

How many treatments will I need?

Each session lasts about an hour, and most people start to see results within 4 - 10 sessions. You and your hypnotherapist will monitor and evaluate your progress over time. Children (aged 9 - 12) are easily hypnotized and may respond after only one or two visits.

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