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Brief History of Hypnosis

A Brief History of Hypnosis

Hypnosis has been a tool that many civilisations have used, either to control the many or guide, cure and develop the individual. Here are a few of the people who pioneered the use of hypnosis.


 

Franz Anton Mesmer

The first well known use of hypnosis in our modern records was with the physician Anton Mesmer (1734-1815). His theory was one of animal magnetism this included the passing of hands over parts of the subject's body, which was supposed to help effect a cure. A number of his patients reported that they believed that he was transferring a magnetic force that travelled around their bodies dispelling illness. It was through Mesmers use of hypnosis that the phase mesmerism or mesmerised came to be known.

Dr James Esdaile

Dr James Esdaile (1808–1859), also stands out as a notable figure in the history of mesmerism and hypnosis. In 1830 he was an assistant surgeon to the East India Company where he treated a convict patient who was described to be in such pain that Esdaile decided to try mesmerism upon him as an analgesic for the second operation. Esdaile successfully rendered his patient analgesic and carried out the operation with little pain to the convict, following this Esdaile began to experiment with mesmerism both as a means of producing analgesia in surgical cases, and as a method of treatment for medical ones. By his own admission, Esdaile had never seen a mesmeric act, but given the level of pain of this specific patient, and the understanding that he had gained from what he had read about Mesmer, it occurred to him that mesmerism might be of great value. Esdaile replicated Mesmer's trance-induction techniques and bettered them. In the course of 300 surgeries, including amputations, abdominal surgery and various types of suturing for assorted wounds, the mortality rate fell from 50% to 8%. Thus, Esdaile was using hypnosis to induce unconsciousness and from this the concept of a "coma" state or what later became known as the Esdaile state was apparently derived. Esdaile and his supporter John Elliotson were shunned as charlatans by the British medical establishment of their day, notwithstanding this remarkable breakthrough; both were ruined and died bitterly disappointed.

Dr James Braid

Another physician and surgeon James Braid (1795 –1860) was an important and influential pioneer of hypnotism and hypnotherapy. Braid is regarded by many as the first genuine "hypnotherapist" and the "Father of Modern Hypnotism". Dr Braid discovered by accident that a person fixating an object could easily reach a trance state without the help of the mesmeric passes. In 1841 he published his findings, refuted Mesmer's work and inaccurately named his discovery "hypnotism" based on the Greek word "hypnos" which means "sleep"; this was a mistake on his part as hypnosis is not sleep; yet the name remained and mesmerism became hypnotism.

Dr Emile Coue

Another pioneer of modern hypnosis and self-development was Dr Emile Coue (1857 – 1926) a French psychologist and pharmacist who introduced a method of psychotherapy and self-improvement based on autosuggestion. He coined a well known self-improvement saying of "Day by day in every way I am getting better and better", and is still commonly used in self improvement therapies today. His theory was curing some of our troubles requires a change in our subconscious thought, and can only be achieved by using our imagination.

Milton H. Erickson

Milton H. Erickson (1901-1980) was an American psychiatrist specializing in medical hypnosis and family therapy.Erickson has greatly influenced hypnosis and (NLP) neuro-linguistic programming he is considered by mant as the father of modern hypnosis, His ability to rapidly observe people and build rapport with his clients. Metaphors, imagery, confusing statements, surprise and humour were part of his therapeutic toolkit. Erickson’s hypnotic methods, nowadays known as Ericksonian hypnosis, have, without doubt, createded another dimension to modern hypnotherapy.

Ainslie Meares

Another person worth mentioning as a pioneer of hypnosis especially here in Australia is Ainslie Meares (1910 –1986) a psychiatrist, scholar of hypnotism, psychotherapist, authority on stress and an author who lived and practised in Melbourne. He gained the Diploma in Psychiatric Medicine (London) in 1947; and, on the basis of his presentation of a collection of 17 published papers relating to medical hypnotism he was awarded the higher degree of Doctor of Medicine by the University of Melbourne in 1958. Meares became an internationally acclaimed expert in the medical uses of hypnotism and authored a textbook describing his methods. He came to use meditation as a means of treatment of psychosomatic and psychoneurotic illnesses in the late 1960s. He also lectured and tutored on the subject of clinical hypnotherapy.

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The Subconscious mind

The Subconscious Mind and How it Works

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1) The subconscious mind is in charge of maintaining and preserving the body. This means, other things being equal, that if you walk out to the street in front of a bus, your subconscious mind will jump you back out of the way automatically, and you will be safe. In times of extreme danger, many people notice that the subconscious mind takes over, the conscious mind being completely uninvolved at that moment.

2) The subconscious mind provides the structure for storing memories. Research in 1957 (the Penfield Study) indicated that everything that happens to a person is recorded faithfully and stored as memory. In this research project, a woman's brain was probed with an electrode, and she remembered everything that happened during a birthday party when she was a very young child. She remembered the feel of her dress, the taste and smell of her birthday cake, how her mother and her friends looked, etc., as if she were there. As a result of this study, neuro-physicists postulated that everything that happens to us is stored in the brain in full detail. In 1960, Nobel Prize winner, Carl Pribram postulated that memories are stored holographically in the nervous system throughout the entire body, not just within the brain. It is the subconscious mind that is responsible for the co-ordination of the storage of, and for access to, these memories.

3) The subconscious mind organises all the memories which are stored in the body's nervous system. The way it does this is to organise memories, encoding them in a way that allows access to them as and when necessary. Memories can thus be stored as a gestalt or as a Life-path.

4) The subconscious mind is the domain of the emotions. Even though they are often felt consciously, emotions are not the domain of the conscious mind. They are generated, maintained, and are the responsibility of the subconscious mind.

5) The subconscious mind is charged with the responsibility of repressing memories with unresolved negative emotion. The emphasis being on "unresolved." The memory will be repressed with the emotion intact until it can be resolved. The unresolved negative emotion can cause some repression of the content of the memory to the extent of the intensity of the emotion and to the degree to which it is unresolved. (These repressed memories are sometimes visible in the Life-path as dark or missing areas.) The repressed negative emotions are trapped in the body, and in many cases can cause blockages to the flow of communication through the neural network pathways of the body.

6) The subconscious mind has the option of keeping the memories repressed. In some cases this is what the subconscious mind does. This is a short term function however, because in the long run the subconscious mind will attempt to present the memories so that they can be released. (repressed emotions are just not good for the body)

7) Memories which have been repressed are presented to conscious awareness in an effort to release the trapped negative emotions. If the conscious mind can, at the time of presentation of the memory, release the emotions by rationalising (making rationalisations and preserving the learnings) the memory can be cleared of the negative emotions. In some instances the subconscious mind will stop automatically presenting the memories for release and keep them repressed.

8) The subconscious mind is often called the body-mind or the mind of the body, and in performing this function it provides awareness and direction for the functioning of the body. It maintains a blueprint of the body as it is now and of the body in perfect health.

9) The subconscious mind maintains a person's moral code, according to his/her personal values and beliefs. If the subconscious mind thinks that you have offended that moral code, then it naturally follows that it will think that you will have to be punished.

10) In considering what is morally correct and what is not, we are talking about any kind of morality which the unconscious mind has learned from your personal experience of life.

11) The subconscious mind likes to have direction from a conscious mind with which it is in rapport. If there is no rapport, the subconscious mind will not follow conscious orders or directions. With rapport, the subconscious mind will follow just about any directions or instructions.This conscious-unconscious rapport is important, because the subconscious mind is in charge of our physical and many of our mental processes.

12) The subconscious mind receives and transmits regular and/or telepathic messages to and from the conscious mind. As sensory information enters the neurology from outside the body, it passes through the subconscious mind before becoming available as perceptions. The subconscious mind is in charge of filtering the vast amount of data being made available through our senses, and reducing it to manageable proportions. One estimate is that we have approximately 2,000,000 bits of information coming in through our senses at any moment in time. The subconscious mind filters these down to a manageable seven, plus or minus two.

13) As the "manager" of the body, the subconscious mind is in charge of the body's energy. It generates, stores, distributes & transmits "energy" as required. Most of this energy within the body is generated by the interaction of glucose with oxygen. Since the subconscious mind is in charge of the energy, it can be asked to increase the energy in the body for various purposes including weight loss and healing.

14) To respond with instinct and habit some instincts are built-in at birth, such as survival and the fight or flight response. Habits are developed and installed over a period of time. The subconscious mind is responsible for both generating and maintaining instincts and habits.When consciously developing a habit it is necessary to keep repeating the process until it is taken over by the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is really in an on-going "now", so in building a habit repetition is essential.

15) To continually seek more and more the unconscious mind is directed to continually seek more and more, to do new things, to learn new knowledge, and to have new experiences. This explains why, after a period of having something you really looked forward to having, you find yourself looking around for something else to strive for.

16) The most perfect functioning occurs when the subconscious mind is operating as a fully integrated unit. The fewer the parts the better it functions, since more parts means more possibility of inner conflict, and since each part cannot be expected to have the intention of the whole as its highest intention.

17) The subconscious mind is symbolic. It is, in many instances pre-literate, so it creates, uses, and responds to symbols and patterns. Much of what the subconscious mind transmits to conscious awareness is symbolic in nature. These symbols have significant meaning, and can be interpreted.

18) The subconscious mind works on the principle of least effort, and that means it will do as little as it can get away with. This principle serves the subconscious mind well in energy conservation, but not necessarily for personal wellbeing. For example, if you are asking the subconscious mind to clear up certain symptoms, you must ask it when it will start and when it will finish the process, or you may discover many months later that the process is incomplete. When asked, "why?" the unconscious mind may simply say, "I haven't started yet."

19) Because the subconscious mind takes everything personally, the good news is that what you like about your friends, is you. The bad news is that what you dislike about your friends is also you. The saying in psychology is, "Perception is projection." What you see is who you are. So think the best about everybody you meet. If you believe that people can do anything, then they will. If you see people as magnificent they will be magnificent. The more good you see in others the more they will actualize that good for you, and for themselves. The more you do that, the more your own subconscious mind will feel good about you, and prosper. Honor and respect the subconscious mind. Love your subconscious mind. You and it are going to be together for a long, long time, so you might as well get along well together. If you can be aware of your magnificence you will be magnificent!

20) The subconscious mind cannot process a negative, so when talking to the subconscious mind always talk in positive terms. Make sure you are telling it what to do, think, and be, as opposed to telling it what not to do, think, or be.

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Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy

What is Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy

What is Hypnosis

One way to view hypnosis is as a state of relaxed, concentration in which the conscious mind becomes remote or detached from every day cares and concerns. In this relaxed state the subconscious part of the mind is best able to respond creatively to suggestion and imagery. It can focus on the things you wish to change and on the ways you can best do so, free from critical or anxious thoughts.

You are, however, not asleep nor are you unconscious. You let things happen through your subconscious mind, rather than trying to make them happen with your conscious mind. Because you are relaxed or otherwise occupied mentally the suggestions given by the hypnotist will be acted upon more easily by the subconscious mind. Posthypnotic suggestions are those that will be carried out by you in a automatic way when you come out of the hypnotic state. Though some may need a conscious trigger to activate.

There are many misconceptions about hypnosis and many of these can be traced back to the use of hypnosis as a form of entertainment on stage or television shows by a stage hypnotist.

What is  Hypnotherapy

Therapy is any procedure or practice that helps to change and overcome problems or symptoms. Hypnosis by itself is not therapy, but allows the client to apply their subconscious knowledge and resources to resolve their own problems. This makes therapy in hypnosis more effective in helping to create a long term change in a person’s attitudes and behaviors.

Hypnosis is not mind control, in fact the idea behind hypnotherapy is to give back  control that people have lost, and which is causing habits, problems or symptoms to control their lives.

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Hypnosis Statistics

What Are The Statistics On The Effectiveness Of Hypnosis?

Here is a brief review of some of the research evidence on the effectiveness of hypnosis

**(REFERENCE NOTE: Studies on the Effectiveness of Hypnosis for Smoking Cessation. (2009, April 8). Retrieved from ) :

**90.6% Success Rate for Smoking Cessation Using Hypnosis

Of 43 consecutive patients undergoing this treatment protocol, 39 reported remaining abstinent from tobacco use at follow-up (6 months to 3 years post-treatment).  This represents a 90.6% success rate using hypnosis.
 

Reference: University of Washington School of Medicine, Depts. of Anesthesiology and Rehabilitation Medicine, Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2001 Jul;49(3):257-66. Barber J.

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** 87% Reported Abstinence From Tobacco Use With Hypnosis

A field study of 93 male and 93 female CMHC outpatients examined the facilitation of smoking cessation by using hypnosis.  At 3-month follow-up, 86% of the men and 87% of the women reported continued abstinence from the use of tobacco using hypnosis.
  

Reference: Performance by gender in a stop-smoking program combining hypnosis and aversion. Johnson DL, Karkut RT. Adkar Associates, Inc., Bloomington, Indiana. Psychol Rep. 1994 Oct;75(2):851-7.

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** 81% Reported They Had Stopped Smoking After Hypnosis

Thirty smokers enrolled in an HMO were referred by their primary physician for treatment. Twenty-one patients returned after an initial consultation and received hypnosis for smoking cessation. At the end of treatment, 81% of those patients reported that they had stopped smoking, and 48% reported abstinence at 12 months post-treatment.

Reference: Texas A&M University, System Health Science Center, College of Medicine, College Station, TX USA. Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2004 Jan;52(1):73-81. Clinical hypnosis for smoking cessation: preliminary results of a three-session intervention. Elkins GR, Rajab MH.

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** Hypnosis Patients Twice As Likely To Remain Smoke-Free After Two Years

Study of 71 smokers showed that after a two-year follow up, patients that quit with hypnosis were twice as likely to remain smoke-free than those who quit on their own.

Reference: Guided health imagery for smoking cessation and long-term abstinence. Wynd, CA. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2005; 37:3, pages 245-250.

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** Hypnosis Most Effective Says Largest Study Ever: 3 Times as Effective as Patch and 15 Times as Effective as Willpower

Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit. A meta-analysis, statistically combining results of more than 600 studies of 72,000 people from America and Europe to compare various methods of quitting. On average, hypnosis was over three times as effective as nicotine replacement methods and 15 times as effective as trying to quit alone.

Reference: University of Iowa, Journal of Applied Psychology, How One in Five Give Up Smoking. October 1992. (Also New Scientist, October 10, 1992.).

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Hypnosis Over 30 Times as Effective for Weight Loss

Investigated the effects of hypnosis in weight loss for 60 females, at least 20% overweight. Treatment included group hypnosis with metaphors for ego-strengthening, decision making and motivation, ideomotor exploration in individual hypnosis, and group hypnosis with maintenance suggestions. Hypnosis was more effective than a control group: an average of 17 lbs lost by the hypnosis group vs. an average of 0.5 lbs lost by the control group, on follow-up.

Cochrane, Gordon; Friesen, J. (1986). Hypnotherapy in weight loss treatment. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 54, 489-492.

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Two Years Later: Hypnosis Subjects Continued To Lose Significant Weight

109 people completed a behavioral treatment for weight management either with or without the addition of hypnosis. At the end of the 9-week program, both interventions resulted in significant weight reduction. At 8-month and 2-year follow-ups, the hypnosis subjects were found to have continued to lose significant weight, while those in the behavioral-treatment-only group showed little further change.

Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (1985)

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Hypnosis Subjects Lost More Weight Than 90% of Others and Kept it Off

Researchers analyzed 18 studies comparing a cognitive behavioral therapy such as relaxation training, guided imagery, self monitoring, or goal setting with the same therapy supplemented by hypnosis.

Those who received the hypnosis lost more weight than 90 percent of those not receiving hypnosis and maintained the weight loss two years after treatment ended.

University of Connecticut, Storrs Allison DB, Faith MS. Hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy for obesity: a meta-analytic reappraisal. J Consult Clin Psychol. 1996;64(3):513-516.

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Hypnosis More Than Doubled Average Weight Loss

Study of the effect of adding hypnosis to cognitive-behavioral treatments for weight reduction, additional data were obtained from authors of two studies. Analyses indicated that the benefits of hypnosis increased substantially over time.

Kirsch, Irving (1996). Hypnotic enhancement of cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments--Another meta-reanalysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64 (3), 517-519.

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Hypnosis Showed Significantly Lower Post-Treatment Weights

Two studies compared overweight smoking and non-smoking adult women in an hypnosis-based, weight-loss program. Both achieved significant weight losses and decreases in Body Mass Index. Follow-up study replicated significant weight losses and declines in Body Mass Index. The overt aversion and hypnosis program yielded significantly lower post-treatment weights and a greater average number of pounds lost.

Weight loss for women: studies of smokers and nonsmokers using hypnosis and multi-component treatments with and without overt aversion. Johnson DL, Psychology Reprints. 1997 Jun;80(3 Pt 1):931-3.

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Hypnotherapy group with stress reduction achieved significantly more weight loss than the other two treatments.

Randomised, controlled, parallel study of two forms of hypnotherapy (directed at stress reduction or energy intake reduction), vs dietary advice alone in 60 obese patients with obstructive sleep apnoea on nasal continuous positive airway pressure treatment.

J Stradling, D Roberts, A Wilson and F Lovelock, Chest Unit, Churchill Hospital, Oxford, OX3 7LJ, UK

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Hypnosis can more than double the effects of traditional weight loss approaches

An analysis of five weight loss studies reported in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology in 1996 showed that the "… weight loss reported in the five studies indicates that hypnosis can more than double the effects" of traditional weight loss approaches.

University of Connecticut, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology in 1996 (Vol. 64, No. 3, pgs 517-519).

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Weight loss is greater where hypnosis is utilized

Research into cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments established that weight loss is greater where hypnosis is utilized. It was also established that the benefits of hypnosis increase over time.

Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (1996)

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Showed Hypnosis As "An Effective Way To Lose Weight"

A study of 60 females who were at least 20% overweight and not involved in other treatment showed hypnosis is an effective way to lose weight.

Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (1986)

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Hypnosis Reduces Frequency and Intensity of Migraines

Compared the treatment of migraine by hypnosis and autohypnosis with the treatment of migraine by the drug prochlorperazine (Stemetil). Results show that the number of attacks and the number of people who suffered blinding attacks were significantly lower for the group receiving hypnotherapy than for the group receiving prochlorperazine. For the group on hypnotherapy, these two measures were significantly lower when on hypnotherapy than when on the previous treatment. It is concluded that further trials of hypnotherapy are justified against some other treatment not solely associated with the ingestion of tablets.

Anderson JA, Basker MA, Dalton R, Migraine and hypnotherapy, International Journal of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis 1975; 23(1): 48-58.

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Hypnosis Reduces Pain and Speeds up Recovery from Surgery

Since 1992, we have used hypnosis routinely in more than 1400 patients undergoing surgery. We found that hypnosis used with patients as an adjunct to conscious sedation and local anesthesia was associated with improved intraoperative patient comfort, and with reduced anxiety, pain, intraoperative requirements for anxiolytic and analgesic drugs, optimal surgical conditions and a faster recovery of the patient. We reported our clinical experience and our fundamental research.

[Hypnosis and its application in surgery] Faymonville ME, Defechereux T, Joris J, Adant JP, Hamoir E, Meurisse M, Service d'Anesthesie-Reanimation, Universite de Liege, Rev Med Liege. 1998 Jul;53(7):414-8.

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Hypnosis Reduces Pain Intensity

Analysis of the simple-simple main effects, holding both group and condition constant, revealed that application of hypnotic analgesia reduced report of pain intensity significantly more than report of pain unpleasantness.

Dahlgren LA, Kurtz RM, Strube MJ, Malone MD, Differential effects of hypnotic suggestion on multiple dimensions of pain. Journal of Pain & Symptom Management. 1995; 10(6): 464-70.

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Hypnosis Reduces Pain of Headaches and Anxiety

The improvement was confirmed by the subjective evaluation data gathered with the use of a questionnaire and by a significant reduction in anxiety scores.

Melis PM, Rooimans W, Spierings EL, Hoogduin CA, Treatment of chronic tension-type headache with hypnotherapy: a single-blind time controlled study. Headache 1991; 31(10): 686-9.

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Hypnosis Lowered Post-treatment Pain in Burn Injuries

Patients in the hypnosis group reported less post treatment pain than did patients in the control group. The findings are used to replicate earlier studies of burn pain hypnoanalgesia, explain discrepancies in the literature, and highlight the potential importance of motivation with this population.

Patterson DR, Ptacek JT, Baseline pain as a moderator of hypnotic analgesia for burn injury treatment. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology 1997; 65(1): 60-7.

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Hypnosis Lowered Phantom Limb Pain

Hypnotic procedures appear to be a useful adjunct to established strategies for the treatment of phantom limb pain and would repay further, more systematic, investigation. Suggestions are provided as to the factors which should be considered for a more systematic research program.

Treatment of phantom limb pain using hypnotic imagery. Oakley DA, Whitman LG, Halligan PW, Department of Psychology, University College, London, UK.

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Hypnosis Has a Reliable and Significant Impact on Acute and Chronic Pain

Hypnosis has been demonstrated to reduce analogue pain, and studies on the mechanisms of laboratory pain reduction have provided useful applications to clinical populations. Studies showing central nervous system activity during hypnotic procedures offer preliminary information concerning possible physiological mechanisms of hypnotic analgesia. Randomized controlled studies with clinical populations indicate that hypnosis has a reliable and significant impact on acute procedural pain and chronic pain conditions. Methodological issues of this body of research are discussed, as are methods to better integrate hypnosis into comprehensive pain treatment.

Hypnosis and clinical pain. Patterson DR, Jensen MP, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA USA 98104 Psychol Bull. 2003 Jul;129(4):495-521.

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Hypnosis is a Powerful Tool in Pain Therapy and is Biological in Addiction to Psychological

Attempting to elucidate cerebral mechanisms behind hypnotic analgesia, we measured regional cerebral blood flow with positron emission tomography in patients with fibromyalgia, during hypnotically-induced analgesia and resting wakefulness. The patients experienced less pain during hypnosis than at rest. The cerebral blood-flow was bilaterally increased in the orbitofrontal and subcallosial cingulate cortices, the right thalamus, and the left inferior parietal cortex, and was decreased bilaterally in the cingulate cortex. The observed blood-flow pattern supports notions of a multifactorial nature of hypnotic analgesia, with an interplay between cortical and subcortical brain dynamics. Copyright 1999 European Federation of Chapters of the International Association for the Study of Pain.

Functional anatomy of hypnotic analgesia: a PET study of patients with fibromyalgia. Wik G, Fischer H, Bragee B, Finer B, Fredrikson M, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Karolinska Institute and Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden Eur J Pain. 1999 Mar;3(1):7-12.

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Hypnosis Useful in Hospital Emergency Rooms

Hypnosis can be a useful adjunct in the emergency department setting. Its efficacy in various clinical applications has been replicated in controlled studies. Application to burns, pain, pediatric procedures, surgery, psychiatric presentations (e.g., coma, somatoform disorder, anxiety, and post traumatic stress), and obstetric situations (e.g., hyperemesis, labor, and delivery) are described.

Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2000 May;18(2):327-38, x. The use of hypnosis in emergency medicine. Peebles-Kleiger MJ, Menninger School of Psychiatry and Mental Health Sciences, Menninger Clinic, Topeka, KS, USA. peeblemj@menninger.edu

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Significantly More Methadone Addicts Quit with Hypnosis. 94% Remained Narcotic Free

Significant differences were found on all measures. The experimental group had significantly less discomfort and illicit drug use, and a significantly greater amount of cessation. At six month follow up, 94% of the subjects in the experimental group who had achieved cessation remained narcotic free.

A comparative study of hypnotherapy and psychotherapy in the treatment of methadone addicts. Manganiello AJ, American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 1984; 26(4): 273-9.

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Hypnosis Shows 77 Percent Success Rate for Drug Addiction

Treatment has been used with 18 clients over the last 7 years and has shown a 77 percent success rate for at least a 1-year follow-up. 15 were being seen for alcoholism or alcohol abuse, 2 clients were being seen for cocaine addiction, and 1 client had a marijuana addiction

Intensive Therapy: Utilizing Hypnosis in the Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders. Potter, Greg, American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, Jul 2004.

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 Raised Self-esteem & Serenity. Lowered Impulsivity and Anger

In a research study on self-hypnosis for relapse prevention training with chronic drug/alcohol users. Participants were 261 veterans admitted to Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs (SARRTPs). individuals who used repeated self-hypnosis "at least 3 to 5 times a week," at 7-week follow-up, reported the highest levels of self-esteem and serenity, and the least anger/impulsivity, in comparison to the minimal-practice and control groups.

American Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy (a publication of the American Psychological Association)
2004 Apr;46(4):281-97)

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Hypnosis For Cocaine Addiction Documented Case Study

Hypnosis was successfully used to overcome a $500 (five grams) per day cocaine addiction. The subject was a female in her twenties. After approximately 8 months of addiction, she decided to use hypnosis in an attempt to overcome the addiction itself. Over the next 4 months, she used hypnosis three times a day and at the end of this period, her addiction was broken, and she has been drug free for the past 9 years. Hypnosis was the only intervention, and no support network of any kind was available.

The use of hypnosis in cocaine addiction. Page RA, Handley GW, Ohio State University, Lima, OH USA 45804. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 1993 Oct;36(2):120-3.

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Healed 41% faster from fracture

Healed significantly faster from surgery

Two studies from Harvard Medical School show hypnosis significantly reduces the time it takes to heal.

Study One: Six weeks after an ankle fracture, those in the hypnosis group showed the equivalent of eight and a half weeks of healing.

Study Two: Three groups of people studied after breast reduction surgery. Hypnosis group healed "significantly faster" than supportive attention group and control group.

Harvard Medical School, Carol Ginandes and Union Institute in Cincinnati, Patricia Brooks, Harvard University Gazette.

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 Effectiveness of Hypnotherapy in Weight Loss

A review of six studies published in the September 2005 issue of the International Journal of Obesity found convincing documentation of hypnotherapy's ability to aid weight loss. Other small studies show that participants who undergo hypnotherapy can lose as much as 12 to 15 pounds.

A controlled trial on the use of hypnotherapy, as an adjunct to dietary advice in producing weight loss, was shown to produce a statistically significant result in favour of hypnotherapy. However, the benefits were small and clinically insignificant. More intensive hypnotherapy might of course have been more successful, and perhaps the results of the trial are sufficiently encouraging to pursue this approach further.

In a meta-analysis of the effect of adding hypnosis to cognitive-behavioral treatments for weight reduction, additional data were obtained from authors of two previous studies, and computational inaccuracies in the previous meta-analyses were corrected. Discusses findings. Correlational analyses indicated that the benefits of hypnosis increased substantially over time.

Other studies have shown (1) that the use of hypnosis motivational suggestions produced an average 17 pound weight loss compared to half a pound weight loss in the control group after 6 months. A further study (2) showed including hypnosis in a weight loss program doubled the amount of weight lost.

  1. Cochrane, Gordon; Friesen, J. (1986). Hypnotherapy in weight loss treatment. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 54, 489-492.
  2. Kirsch, Irving (1996). Hypnotic enhancement of cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments--Another meta-reanalysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology,
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Hypnotherapy Facts

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Hypnotherapy combines Hypnosis and Therapy to allow you to clearly identify and solve your problem by tapping your own inner wisdom.

HYPNOTHERAPY CAN HELP YOU TO CHANGE

Stop Smoking, Control Alcohol, Drugs , Gambling, Reduce & Control Weight, Release Phobias & Fears, Manage Pain,
Reduce Stress, Resolve Childhood Traumas. Helps Prepare for Surgery and Promote Rapid Post-Operative Healing.

Overcome Insomnia & Sleep Problems, Ease Depression, Expand Creativity, Overcome Fertility Problems, Overcome Habits, Experience Inner Growth & Spiritual Healing.

Enhance performance at sport, work, school. Motivate for specific performances or skills, exams, public speaking, acting, leadership, goal setting, etc. Remember childhood events, Discover your past lives. (Results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person).


WHY HYPNOTHERAPY?

People are discovering Hypnotherapy is a means to move past limiting beliefs, habits and behavior patterns. They are doing so because it is safe, simple and natural. Indeed, it's the most natural therapy of all. No drugs or needles, nothing physical at all. It's simply words. Yet words chosen with care can have great power to soothe, inspire, and encourage healing. Positive words from a soothing voice is the most natural therapy available. (Results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person).

HOW CAN HYPNOTHERAPY HELP?

Hypnotherapy helps you to gently release habits, addictions, trauma, blocks and fears from your subconscious mind and set the wheels in motion to make the changes you desire in the way you think, feel and behave. We help you to train your mind at a deep subconscious level and get it working for you, not against you.

Think of your mind like an iceberg, the top of the iceberg is the part that is out of the water and is only 10% of the iceberg this small part represents your conscious mind which only deals with reality and logic and your short term memory. The largest part of the iceberg ins under the water and is 90% of the iceberg.

This 90% represents your inner mind, unconscious  or subconscious mind and is concerned with the emotions, imagination and memory, as well as the autonomic nervous system which automatically controls your internal organs, i.e. how you breath, send oxygen to your blood cells or walk without using the conscious mind. This is also the part of your mind  where your habits and addictions, fears and trauma are stored. The internal mind or subconsious mind runs on autopilot and is not logical and can be compared to the hard drive on your computer.

This inner part of your mind is made up of lots of programs like on a computer...these programs communicate to your  logic outer mind through thoughts and feelings...once a program is installed in a computer it just runs automatically unless you decide you no longer need it and then you uninstall or delete it....your autopilot mind works well most of the time but sometimes inner mind programing is no longer consciously desired or appropriate for your benefit.

One example of a inner mind program that is running is the habit of smoking, perhaps you have said "I feel like the cigs are controlling me".
Well they are because you are smoking because of the inner mind program you have running. But if you try to stop smoking you may feel you are in two minds. Part of you wants to stop smoking but there is a part that doesn't. The part that wants to stop is your logical conscious mind but the part that doesn't is the inner mind, the part of your mind that is working on autopilot.

Now its very difficult to remove inner mind programming yourself because you need to understand the language of the mind and also be in a frame of mind to do this...its also not a matter of just removing old habits and programs, you also need to replace them with new healthy ones...
That's where the role of hypnotherapists can help you because we understand how to talk to your mind and help you to let go of the old habits or behaviors you no longer want.


And because hypnotherapy is the quickest and most powerful way to make the changes to your  inner autopilot mind and bring it into balance with the outer mind wishes or desires. So whether you wish to stop smoking, increase confidence, improve health, or move past undesirable patterns hypnotherapy can help you.

(Results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person).

CAN I BE HYPNOTISED?

To determine this ask your self these questions...

Are you able to follow simple instructions...Do you believe Hypnosis can help you...Have you ever daydreamed...Have you ever been traveling in a car, lost in conversation and the travel time appeared to pass rather quickly...Can you sometimes arise from sleep to get a drink of water and go right back to sleep...Are you willing to accept new ideas for change...Are you able to meditate or pray...

Have you ever been so caught up in reading a good book that you couldn't put it down...While listening to a favorite song, can you remember where you were, what you were doing and who you were with when you first heard it...Did you ever lose track of time while engrossed in something enjoyable...Does your mouth water at the thought of sucking on, or biting into a plump, juicy, sour lemon...Do you have a vivid imagination...If you answered yes to most of these questions....

Congratulations! YOU ARE HYPNOTISABLE
And you have already experienced hypnosis!
(Results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person).

HYPNOSIS MYTHS BUSTED

Crazy news stories, stage hypnotists and gossip has led many people to believe that when  you are in hypnosis, you are under someone elses control. Nothing could be further from the truth.

When you are hypnotized, you are just really relaxed and focused - in fact, the most common comment is "Was I hypnotized?". The only reason people stay in hypnosis is  because it feels fantastic. Any time they want to, they can get up and walk away.

Most people experience hypnosis as a pleasant feeling of deep relaxation, and some say their body feels heavier (or lighter) than usual. Therapeutic hypnosis should not involve anything that you feel is inappropriate or ridiculous. Even in trance, you will not do or say anything contrary to your conscious wishes, behavior or morality.

Going into hypnosis isn't the same as being asleep. People often say things like "I could hear every word you were saying", or "I felt like I could open my eyes if I wanted to". It is vital to learn that hypnosis isn't like being asleep - you can be aware of everything around you, just like when you meditate (in fact the two states are nearly identical). In hypnosis, you simply have a stronger focus internally, plus wonderful deep relaxation.

You are quite capable of bringing yourself out of hypnosis or rejecting the suggestions, that is why you need to consciously want the changes. Hypnosis is very different to what you may have learned from the TV....and really cant make you do anything you don't want to do. (Results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person).

WHAT IS HYPNOSIS AND HYPNOTHERAPY?

Therapy is any procedure or practice that helps you to change and overcome problems or symptoms. Hypnosis by itself is not therapy, but allows you to apply your subconscious knowledge and resources to resolve your problems. This makes the therapy you undergo in hypnosis more effective in helping you create a long term change in your attitudes and behaviors. Remember that hypnosis is not mind control. In fact, the idea behind hypnotherapy is to give you back the control that you have lost, and which is causing your habit, problem or symptoms.

At the University Hospital of South Manchester, Professor Peter Whorwell, a gastroenterologist who heads the only NHS-funded hypnotherapy center in Britain, which has been pioneering  hypnotherapy as a treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, says "One of the problems is the name, if we started off again with a name like neuromodulation, for example, it would be more readily accepted.  The name hypnosis has so much baggage attached. Cognitive behavioral therapy is now reasonably well accepted, and so, too, is psychotherapy, but of the three, I would say hypnosis is potentially the most powerful. It is becoming a treatment of choice for IBS. When I am dead and gone, people are going to suddenly realise that hypnosis is an incredibly powerful tool and question why it has been ignored for so long.''

The first thing you have to do is get past the myths and misconceptions about hypnosis. It's not a sleep state or something that someone can make you do. It's a state of relaxed heightened, focused attention that we can all shift into very naturally. (Results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person).


HOW MANY SESSION WILL I NEED?

Everyone is assessed at the first session and a clear indication will be given of how many visits may be necessary. If you decide to go ahead we can begin treatment at this session. As to how many sessions you will need depends on why you want hypnotherapy.

Some clients will only need one session or a very short number of treatments, usually smokers only need one session to stop however more complex cases will naturally need one or two extra sessions in order for there to be effective change.

We endeavour to assist with the required therapy in 1 to 4 sessions, normally ourmethod of therapy can be rapid and effective. We make sure our clients are not in therapy for long. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis and therein lies the key, that you the client are in fact your own healer, and self-motivator.

As hypnotherapists we simply help to bring your subconscious minds back into alignment with what you consciously want to be doing. We adhere to high ethical standards and all information gathered by us during a session is strictly confidential

Upon booking your appointment by telephone you will be given a standard session rate, as well as the time of your appointment and directions on how to get to the clinic.

As a courtesy at least 72 hours notice is required if an appointment has to be changed or canceled...so another clients can benefit from that time slot.

*Disclaimer: We cannot guarantee specific results. Results can vary from person to person.

About Hypnosis

About Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

*Disclaimer: Outcome of services rendered can vary on individual basis and no immediate permanent or guaranteed solutions can be provided.


Therapy is any procedure or practice that helps you to change and overcome problems or symptoms. Hypnosis by itself is not therapy, but allows you to apply your subconscious knowledge and resources to resolve your problems. This makes the therapy you undergo in hypnosis more effective in helping you create a long term change in your attitudes and behaviors.

Remember that hypnosis is not mind control. In fact, the idea behind hypnotherapy is to give you back the control that you have lost, and which is causing your habit, problem or symptoms.

At the University Hospital of South Manchester, Professor Peter Whorwell, a gastroenterologist who heads the only NHS-funded hypnotherapy center in Britain, which has been pioneering hypnotherapy as a treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, says "One of the problems is the name, if we started off again with a name like neuromodulation, for example, it would be more readily accepted.  The name hypnosis has so much baggage attached. Cognitive behavioural therapy is now reasonably well accepted, and so, too, is psychotherapy, but of the three, I would say hypnosis is potentially the most powerful. It is becoming a treatment of choice for IBS. When I am dead and gone, people are going to suddenly realise that hypnosis is an incredibly powerful tool and question why it has been ignored for so long.''

The first thing you have to do is get past the myths and misconceptions about hypnosis. It's not a sleep state or something that someone can make you do. It's a state of relaxed heightened, focused attention that we can all shift into very naturally.


*Disclaimer: Outcome of services rendered can vary on individual basis and no immediate permanent or guaranteed solutions can be provided.