|What is Hypnosis?
|| .....Defined as a deep state of relaxation in which
the conscious mind is relaxed and quieted allowing access to the unconscious
mind. Once the unconscious mind is open to receive suggestions, hypnosis
positively affected lives. With hypnosis healthy change can occur
instantly, health issues resolved, behaviors modified, unwanted habits
released, pain managed, weight loss or control can occur, anxiety
and stress reduced and so much more. In hypnosis you are still aware
and maintain self-control, you will not do anything against your will,
morals or belief system. The most important thing to remember with
hypnosis is that you hypnotize yourself; the hypnotist is only the
facilitator or co-pilot of your session. Therefore you can leave this
relaxed state whenever you choose.
.....Hypnosis taps into the abilities of the unconscious mind, which
does not have the ability to differentiate between fact and fiction.
That job is for the conscious mind. When the conscious mind is not
paying attention to stop the suggestions-- CHANGE always FOLLOWS!
But the individual's ability to accept or reject suggestions never
leaves. If the suggestions are not accepted, the subconscious mind
may activate the suggestions at a later time, as long as they are
aligned to the clients belief.
|Can anyone be hypnotized?
.....Most people can be hypnotized with very few exceptions. But
finding the right hypnotist and method might take a few tries. General
rule is people with low IQ's or if someone has acute concentration
disorder, seem to have a harder time being hypnotized.
.....Hypnosis is a state of focused, mental concentration and attention.
Sometime a conditioning session or tape work is required for hard
to focus clients.
|Where did hypnosis come from?
.....A little history on hypnosis and how the technique was named.
.....Dr. James Braid, a British Doctor, coined the term Hypnosis -
a Greek word meaning sleep, to describe someone in a hypnotic state.
However, after realizing the levels of consciousness, Dr. Braid made
many attempts to change the coined phase since the clients really
were not asleep but in a deep relaxing state.
.....The root of hypnosis goes back years before this, to a man name
Franz Mesmer. An Austrian doctor who developed the theory of "Animal
Magnetism" (- imbalances of fluid, requiring alignment) after
watching a Jesuit Priest in Paris named Father Hell. The Priest would
tap the heads of the patients with an iron crucifix and they would
appear to be cured. In the 1700's a commission was appointed that
included Benjamin Franklin. They conclude that Mesmer was a fraud
stating, "All cures are based on imagination." But today,
the viewpoint of that commission has been proven FALSE!. The power
of the mind is now being recognized and even studied beyond what was
.....A professor of surgery at the University College in London, John
Elliotson (1791-1868), who invented the stethoscope, used only hypnosis
for painless surgery. James Esdalie (1808-1859) lived in India and
performed surgery with only hypnosis as the anesthesia, setting the
record held even today, where hypnosis is the only anesthesia used
for eye surgery. Jean Chatcot (1825-1893) and Hippolyte Bernheim (1837-1919)
was well known neurologist who's collaboration led to the development
of the Nancy School, which utilized suggestions and done massive research
using hypnosis. Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) studied under Chatcot and
Bernheim, used hypnosis for a while and then started to use Free Association.
Hypnosis had a great injustice caused by Freud, where he tried to
discredit the technique until he was very old. Freud said that hypnosis
was a good method, but he was NO GOOD at it. Even though at the end
of his life he tried to set the record straight so to speak, his actions
set hypnosis back 70 or so years.
.....Emile Coue (1857-1926) writer of the most famous positive suggestion
of recorded history, "Everyday in every way, I'm getting better
and better". Many well known groups use this affirmation. The
most famous man that really has put hypnosis back on the map
and is known today as the Father of Hypnosis is Milton Erickson, M.D
(1901-1980). Erickson at the age of 14 was paralyzed by polio; he
discovered self-hypnosis and used it to overcome the illness. once
recovered, Erickson used his life to help others learn how to use
hypnosis. The majority of hypnotists today are trained by the teachings
of Dr. Erickson, who changed the face of hypnosis forever.
|Can I stop hypnosis from happening to me?
.....Yes, that possible. Since all hypnosis is self-hypnosis you
are in control of going into hypnosis. People have stop the hypnosis
process because they felt uncomfortable being watch by others in a
group, but we offer personal sessions to assist you in a private atmosphere,
you can bring one adult guest if you choose.
.....I also believe; if you do not feel comfortable with your Hypnotherapist
you will tend to fight the process more. It is important to choose
your Professional Hypnotherapist carefully.
|How can I tell if I have ever been in hypnosis?
.....Most people do not realize they enter into a hypnotic state
every day. That state just before you wake up, or fall asleep, that
state, you are not awake or asleep, that state of heightened awareness
before you drift off, or wake up, that is hypnosis.
.....Another state of hypnosis that you might be aware of is that
of TV. Anyone that watches television has drifted off a bit, but really
was not asleep but really not awake! Suggestions are in ever commercial
and program out there to buy whatever product is being advertised!
One of the most heard of subliminal suggestions was the "Drink
Coke-Cola" and "Hungry? Eat Popcorn!" done in the mid
50's at a movie theater by a man named James Vicary.
.....Another well-known automatic hypnotic state is "Highway
Hypnosis." Most people have heard of it or have experienced it
themselves. Highway hypnosis is when you are driving a long distance
and you just go into autopilot arriving at your destination with out
remembering the drive. The strips or lines on the highway create it
as you drive the deeper you emerge.
.....This became a major problem around the late 1950's and the California
Department of Transportation (Caltrans) commissioned a chemist named
Elbert Botts, who was the chief of the highway-pavement division.
He came up with the dots, but it was not until 1966 when the glue
that holds the dots to the pavement was perfected.
.....Botts' Dots provide an additional benefit unforeseen by its inventor
- driving over them produces a ka-thump! ka-thump! ka-thump! sound
that swiftly captures the attention of motorists drifting out of their
lanes or off the highway. Because of this, they are installed on the
outer edges of roadways known for their incidence of highway hypnosis
as well as on the lines dividing one lane from another. Many a sleepy
or distracted motorist has been saved from disaster by the alerting
ka-thumps! of a sequence of Botts' Dots under their wheels. Unfortunate
for Bott, he passed away in 1962, before he was associated with any