“Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry — all forms of fear — are caused by too much future, and not enough present. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough present.” — Eckhart Tolle (From “The Power of Now“)
What is hypnosis? The term “hypnosis” comes from the Greek word hypnos, meaning “sleep.” Hypnotists 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 the history of hypnosis? Throughout history, trance states have been used by shamans and ancient peoples in rituals and religious ceremonies. But hypnosis as we know it today was first associated with the work of an Austrian physician named Franz Anton Mesmer. In the 1700s, Mesmer believed that illnesses were caused by magnetic fluids in the body getting out of balance. He used magnets and other hypnotic techniques (the word “mesmerized” comes from his name) to treat people. But the medical community was not convinced. Mesmer was accused of fraud, and his techniques were called unscientific.
Hypnosis regained popularity in the mid-1900s due to Milton H. Erickson (1901 – 1980), a successful psychiatrist who used hypnosis in his practice. In 1958, both the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association recognized hypnosis as a valid medical procedure. Since 1995, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has recommended hypnosis as a treatment for chronic pain.
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 certain forms of hypnosis, the hypnotist 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.
What happens during a visit to the hypnotist? During your first visit, you will be asked about your medical history and what brought you in — what condition you would like to address. Your hypnotist 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. Your hypnotist may teach you the basics of self-hypnosis and may give you an audiotape for your personal use to reinforce what you learn during the session.
How many treatments will I need? Your first session may last up to two hours. After that, each session should last about an hour or so, and most people start to see results within 1-3 sessions. Your hypnotist will monitor and evaluate your progress over time. Children (aged 9 – 12) are easily hypnotized and may respond after only one or two visits.
Our Hypnosis services include:
- Tension & Worry Management
- Life Management Skills
- Mind-Body Balancing
- Self-Confidence Building
- Awesome Memory & Learning
- Weight Reduction
- Exercise Motivation.
Our fees are as follows:
First appointment $125
Second and third appointments $100 each
Fourth and subsequent appointments $75 each
Special pricing for 3 – 5 sessions and/or special programs like smoking cessation, weight management, tension management, etc. are also available.
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