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What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural state of consciousness, resulting in a deep state of relaxation and an increased level of awareness. Often, hypnosis has been defined as focused concentration with a heightened receptivity to suggestions. When accessing this level of mind, the critical mind is bypassed allowing the subconscious mind (where all your beliefs and values are stored) to come to the forefront.
Hypnosis is a wonderful technique that gives you more control over your mind, allowing you to manifest your goals. Hypnosis is proven to be a safe, natural and powerful process to make changes in your life.
Can I Be Hypnotized?
Yes. Most of the population can be hypnotized, with the exception of those with neurological deficiencies. In fact, each of us goes into and out of hypnosis several times a day. For example, if you've ever read a book that had you captivated, you were in a light state of hypnosis. Likewise, if you've ever driven home from work, without being aware of how you got there, that is also a form of hypnosis called road trance. Even at night as we go to sleep, we pass through various stages of hypnosis before we finally fall asleep. Hypnosis really is a natural part of us!
Having said that, hypnosis is a skill, and some people have more talent at achieving it than others. Hypnosis is really about allowing; allowing yourself to relax, allowing yourself to focus. Meditation and self-hypnosis are both wonderful ways in which to practice reaching these deeper states.
Is Hypnosis Effective?
Yes, hypnosis is very effective. Health Magazine published the following findings from a recent study:
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Excerpt from a comparison study by Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD:
The majority of people believe hypnosis is a last resort tool for smoke cessation, weight loss or changing habits. Few people know hypnosis is a dynamic and vital healing process embracing all aspects of mental health care. Hypnosis is client-centered with its focus on the discovery of the origin of a person’s issues. Through the process of hypnosis/regression the unconscious mind goes to the original cause, which then gives the person and practitioner the opportunity to process the original feelings surrounding the original experience/cause. These surrounding feelings can be healed, thus empowering the person to live the life they want to live.
This study clearly points out—Hypnosis is more effective and works more quickly than traditional talk-therapy or psychoanalysis. In a hypnotic state, you are more receptive to new ideas and you can more effectively process the emotions linked to the experiences, which created pain, fear, sadness, anger, guilt, shame, humiliation and low self-esteem.
Hypnosis is a special form of communication to the subconscious mind where habits are established and memory is stored. Because the language of the subconscious mind is visual, the more detailed your image is of your goal, the faster your subconscious mind will create the changes you desire. Once your subconscious accepts a new idea, you automatically accept it at a conscious level.
Hypnosis is a natural state of the mind that is between the aware state and sleep. Driving a route you are familiar with and not being conscious of every turn you make is similar to the hypnotic state. Hypnosis allows you to access your subconscious mind, which makes up 90% of your brain which stores all memory. With hypnosis, you reprogram and release thought patterns and habits to make desirable, lasting changes in your life.
You are in control: Hypnosis is completely relaxing and you are completely aware during the experience. It's a myth that someone is making you do something. The hypnotherapist helps you connect with your subconscious mind, which puts YOU in control of your subconscious mind—the most powerful and empowering aspect of your brain. Hypnosis restores your freedom of choice, which you haven't had in many years!
Can Hypnosis Help Me?
While not a substitute for medical or psychiatric treatment, hypnosis is a proven method for a variety of issues, including overcoming habits and addictions, releasing fears and phobias, building self-confidence, improving performance, overcoming grief or emotional issues, managing weight, and more. Hypnosis can be used as an independent treatment or as an adjunct to other therapies recommended by your doctor.
What does a Hypnotherapist Do?
The role of the Hypnotherapist is to guide the client into hypnosis, and communicate directly with the client's subconscious mind. This is done primarily through interactive therapies, such as regression therapy and parts therapy, which are designed to get to the root of the client's issues, helping to resolve self-limiting beliefs and habits.
Will My Hypnosis Session Be Covered Under OHIP?
No. Unfortunately, at this time, your hypnosis session will not be covered under OHIP. There are some extended medical benefits that may cover it. You would need to ask your individual provider.
How Many Sessions Do I Require?
This is very individual, depending on the issue(s) at hand. Generally speaking, 5-7 sessions of 1 hour each are the average per issue. Some people require less and some people require more. For people wanting to lose more than 40 pounds, 10 sessions is the average.
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The best way to understand how hypnotherapy works is to experience it for yourself! Book an appointment with Candace and start working on a new and improved version of yourself!