What is Hypnosis?
Before I explain what hypnosis is, I would like to first take a moment to explain what it is not. Hypnosis has been given a lot false publicity thanks to the media and movies. Despite what you've heard, hypnosis is not mind control. A hypnotist cannot take complete power over one's mind, thoughts, ideas or actions.
Each of us has a protection mechanism within/at the subconscious level which holds our core beliefs; therefore a hypnotist cannot make anyone do anything that is not acceptable, agreeable, or ethical to their core belief system. If the hypnotist asked a client to do something they really do not want to do or if something violates their moral, ethical, or survival code, they would not do it and may even emerge (come out of) hypnosis.
Hypnosis is not sleep and the client will hear and remember everything that was said during the session. In hypnosis, one is able to speak/respond to questions and can easily and effortlessly recall information from the past.
Although hypnosis is an extremely effective tool, it is not a magic wand. The greatest hypnotist cannot make someone do something they truly do not wish to do. The person needs to participate and have the desire and willingness to resolve the issues for which he/she came for.
Then what is hypnosis? Hypnosis is a natural state focused attention, and is 100% natural and normal. Hypnosis, as defined by the Mayo Clinic, also referred to as hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion, is a trance-like state in which you have heightened focus, concentration and inner absorption. When under hypnosis, one usually feels calm and relaxed, and can concentrate intensely on a specific thought, memory, feeling or sensation while blocking out distractions. Under hypnosis, one is more open, than usual, to suggestions which this can be used to modify one's perceptions, behavior, sensations and emotions. Therapeutic hypnosis is used to improve your health and well-being and is different from so-called stage hypnosis used by entertainers. Although one is more open to suggestion during therapeutic hypnosis, your free will remains intact and you do not lose control over your behavior (cannot make you dance on a table if that's something you would not normally do).
Can I be hypnotized? Of course you can! You already have been. Anyone of normal intelligence and has the willingness to follow instructions can be hypnotized. It is easy to go into hypnosis and it is a normal state of mind that everyone has already experienced (on daily basis). An example is realizing at night, as you prepare for bed, that you have a bruise, yet do not recall how or when it happened. You were focused on something else at hand when you bumped yourself and did not feel it.
Any danger with Hypnosis? The only way hypnosis could be dangerous is if it was used to take away pain. Pain is an indication that your body needs rest or is healing from some ailment. Hypnotically blocking the pain could cause more problems. Hypnosis is safe and similar to experiencing a daydream.
Hypnosis can help when nothing else has worked. Hypnosis can be used as a complimentary treatment for medical and psychological issues. We work together as a team, an integrated approach, for the best possible outcome pertaining to your health and well-being.
Conscious awareness through subconscious transformation. Hypnosis will allow one to go to the root cause and become aware of the programs running at a subconscious level (e.g., why one over eats when trying to lose weight, why one sneezes when pollen is in the air). Once one becomes aware of the program(s), which at one time served a valuable response, one can make the necessary modifications to change old programming to a more positive/appropriate response.
Using 5-PATH® Hypnotherapy System: Advanced hypnosis using the 5-PATH® Hypnotherapy System which allows me to go far beyond a typical hypnosis session. I work with clients to achieve a holistic approach; therefore no “one-shot” sessions. We will work together as a team and go through the process, neutralizing any old limiting beliefs, emotions or habits that have caused one to not be as successful as one would like to be regarding the issues that need to be resolved. 5-PATH® Hypnotherapy System goes beyond merely suggesting changes and the visualization techniques offered by many which provide limited results by finding the actual cause of the problem and eliminate it, and then give suggestions for success. This enables clients to be very successful and experience long term and even permanent results.
Specialty in Medical Hypnosis: Use hypnosis for interventions/management for allergies, asthma, arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular clients, irritable bowel, fibromyalgia, diabetes, hypertension, dermatological disorders and more. Hypnosis can help clients to eliminate anxiety and discomfort for surgery and other medical procedures. The use of medical hypnosis techniques can be used to alleviate side effects of chemo and radiation therapy and accelerate healing. I use strategies and work with clients fearful of dentist, needles, and more. Please refer to the Cancer tab to read more about how hypnosis can be used to help cancer patients and caregivers.