What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis refers to a state or condition where a person becomes highly responsive to suggestions. The hypnotized person seems to follow instructions in an uncritical, automatic fashion and attends closely only to those aspects of the environment made relevant by the hypnotist. If a person is profoundly responsive, he or she hears, sees, smells, and tastes in accordance with the suggestion given, even though these may be in direct contradiction to the actual stimuli that impinge upon the person. In addition, memory and awareness of self can be altered by suggestions.

The hypnoidal state refers to a state with some qualities of sleep and is similar to light hypnosis. Some examples of hypnoidal states are:

1. Waking Hypnosis:
When a person is too immersed into his or her reading or watching television, he or she will not be aware of what is happening in the surroundings or not realize of the passing of the time.

2. Daydreaming and Reverie:
Daydreaming is common. However, reverie is a far more potent state of mind. In reverie, the person actually feels like he or she is in the daydream.


Some Myths:

Many people have interesting ideas about hypnosis. However, most of these common perceptions are myths. Some common misconceptions regarding hypnosis are:

1. Loss of Consciousness
Many believe that people who are hypnotized are unconscious. This misunderstanding can be contributed directly to stage hypnosis. In fact, a hypnotized person will be even more awake during hypnosis than before.

2. Surrender of Will
A hypnotized person is always capable of making decision at all times actually.

3. Weak Mindedness
As hypnosis requires concentration; the best subjects are actually those with high cognitive abilities.

4. Revelation of Secrets
A hypnotized person is aware of everything while being hypnotized, as such he or she can talk if necessary, but can fib just as easily.

5. Fear of Not Being Revived
A person is actually induced into the trance by himself or herself, as such he or she can readily revive himself or herself when necessary.


A Dialogue in a social gathering:

Johnson: Hey Linda, this is my friend Sam, she is a hypnotherapist.

Linda: Hi Sam, I am Linda. Wow! That must be interesting work. What do you do as a hypnotherapist?

Sam: Hi, I am Sam. Yes, it is an interesting work. I help ordinary people with ordinary, everyday problems of all kinds.

Linda: How do you become a hypnotherapist Sam?

Sam: Oh, I attended a certification course, and still take continuing-education courses.

Linda: Who are the people who need to consult a hypnotherapist and what do they consult with?

Sam: The general public. And I get referrals from doctors, dentists, and other health professionals too. They consult me for their sleeping problems, eating problems, fears, anxieties etc.

Linda: I’ve never been hypnotized … What’s it really like?

Sam: Do you drive?

Linda: Yes, I do.

Sam: Did you ever drive somewhere and not remember passing familiar landmarks after you arrived?

Linda: Sure! In fact when I came out from home earlier on, I had no memory of it… and I was wondering how it happened?

Sam: Your conscious mind might have been on something else, so your subconscious did the driving.

Linda: Is that hypnosis?

Sam: That’s a form of hypnosis we might find in our daily lives. Were you ever so into a book, or a TV show, that you became unaware of what was going on around you?

Linda: Sure, I didn’t even hear it when someone else spoke to me. Is it true that you will be in deep trance when you are hypnotized?

Sam: NO …

Linda: So, I won’t tell secrets, or get “stuck” in a trance?

Sam: NO … Not at all … That’s all the make-believe movie and TV version. Let me give you an example … If I told you, right now, to go stand on your head … would you do it?

Linda: I don’t think so! (Laughing)

Sam: Then, if you were hypnotized, you wouldn’t do it either. You won’t do anything against you will or morals just because you’re hypnotized.

Linda: I get it now. With hypnosis, you can give me positive suggestions to help me achieve certain goals. Right?

Sam: Yes, just like having a personal coach to help you programme the personal computer in your subconscious mind. Does that make sense to you?

Linda: Sure you can help me change habits, achieve more of my goals, and probably relax and be less stressed. This is so exciting! Are there any women who are consulting hypnotherapist?

Sam: Yes.

Linda: Before you go, could I have a business card from you? I think I’d like to use hypnosis to help myself.

Sam: Absolutely. Here is my business card.

Linda: Thank you. I’m glad to meet you and have this conversation with you as it helps me to understand what’s hypnotherapy.

Sam: You are welcome. Nice to meet you and glad I can be helpful to you.


How Can Hypnotherapy Help You?

Hypnotherapy can assist you to learn life-changing relaxation and visualization techniques to release your negative energy, emotions, and thought patterns through the replacement of positive expectations of success and positive thinking by tapping on your subconscious mind.

Hypnotherapy can help you to manage your life circumstances, stressors, change your undesirable behaviours, create and achieve the outcomes you desire.

Hypnotherapy has been proven to be an effective treatment for the following issues:

Health and wellness:

• Managing illness
• Maximizing your treatment potential
• Preparing for surgery
• Pain management
• Positive emotional management
• Thriving after illness
• Dealing with chronic illness (i.e. Diabetes, IBS, etc.)
• Effectively handling stress
• Overcoming eating disorders
• Eliminating addictive behaviors
• Making healthy choices
• Banishing fears and phobias
• Sleep
• Relieve insomnia without medication
• Restore a normal sleep cycle
• Easily fall back to sleep should you wake up prematurely
• Change disruptive sleeping habits such as snoring
• Wake up feeling refreshed, energized and in a positive state of mind
•Grief & Caretaking Responsibilities
• Healthy grieving
• Moving beyond grief
• Self-Care for the Caretaker

Post-Traumatic Stress:
• Insomnia & nightmares
• Anxiety & fear
• Intrusive thoughts and flashbacks
• Depression & hopelessness
• Self-Improvement
• Develop self-confidence
• Release self-sabotaging thoughts and behaviors
• Make positive choices
• Balance relationships
• Create happiness and fulfillment
• Weight Loss
• Let go of negative self-perceptions
• Establish healthy eating patterns
• Increase motivation
• Boost your metabolism
• Stop Smoking
• Eliminate cravings
• Banish nicotine dependence
• Stop smoking without weight gain
• Kick the smoking habit for good
• Women’s Issues
• Improve relationship skills
• Become and stay pregnant
• Minimize symptoms of IBS
• Boost your sex drive
• Be an efficient and diplomatic partner/parent
• Sports Performance
• Release performance anxiety
• Gain concentration and focus
• Attain relaxation and balance
• Achieve peak performance
• Corporate/Wealth
• Stress management
• Public speaking
• Interviewing successfully
• Remembering names
• Increasing motivation
• Creating prosperity and abundance

• Build self-confidence and self-esteem
• Studying and test-taking
• Overcome fears and phobias
• Healthy eating
• Stop bed-wetting, thumb-sucking, stealing

• Effective study practices
• Retain and retrieve information
• Maximize test-taking ability
• Enhance alertness and focus

Addictive Behaviors:
• Smoking
• Drinking
• Gambling
• Excessive gaming
• Nail biting
• Eating disorders

• Overcome fear of flying
• Avoid Jet Lag
• Eliminate motion sickness
• Become a confident driver


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