Does Hypnosis Work?

Hypnosis For Self Confidence

How Does Hypnosis Work?

Often times, as a hypnotherapist, I hear people think that hypnosis is something that we do to put suggestions into their brain or their mind, and they feel as if they are not aware or even conscious while it is happening. Some people think that they have no control of themselves and that they are like puppets during the hypnosis process. They think that they are “gone” during the process and they wake up magically expecting to be different and changed as a result. Some even think that if they look into the eye of a hypnotist, they will immediately be taken into something strange within the mind and be made into a puppet for the hypnotist. Unfortunately, movies, stage hypnosis, and even history has made hypnosis out to be something radical and scary to embark upon. Yet the truth is coming out in this modern era as more and more people are being brave enough to use the state of hypnosis to help overcome various issues in life.

State Of Being In Hypnosis

Though many attempt to define hypnosis, it’s akin to defining joy or love for example in that words cannot truly explain the essence of such states that would give them sufficient justice. The hypnotic state is such a familiar state to us that we barely recognize when we are in fact experiencing the state of hypnosis. Think of the last time you read a fiction book in which you were so enthralled that you were picturing the scenes as you read, and even feeling the emotions as they were depicted throughout the book. This instance of focused attention is contained within the state of hypnosis. Think of the last time you watched a movie and you were so engrossed in it that you were feeling what the actors were going through, or the last time you were driving from work going to home and so lost in thought that you reached home and wondered where the time went or how you even got there.

Does Hypnosis Work

Difference Between Hypnotist & Hypnotherapist

I often get asked the difference between a hypnotist and a hypnotherapist. While hypnotists use the state of hypnosis to embed suggestions for change within the mind, hypnotherapists takes it further in that we use various transformational modalities while in the state of hypnosis to make changes on a deeper level within the mind. So, when I am asked, “Does Hypnosis Work?” I often describe the process whereby these modalities can help to uncover the core of the issue so that it can be transformed as they come to conscious realization within the mind.

Does Hypnosis Really Work

Does Hypnosis Give Results?

Amid the debate surround hypnotherapy, millions of people all around the world are choosing hypnotherapy as a main form of new age healing to make real changes in their lives. More and more people are understanding that it is not magic, though one can feel incredible after a hypnotherapy session, it does take a process to accept and incorporate into daily lifestyle changes. Knowing that hypnotherapy does work, it is an individualized and customized process in my office. The statistics are astounding for the studies that have been performed:

90% speedy recovery post-surgical with addition of hypnosis in terms of pain, and anxiety. 2002 Mount Sinai Center

41% healed faster from fracture, and significantly faster healing following surgery reducing the time it takes to heal – Harvard Medical School, Carol Ginandes and Union Institute in Cincinnati, Patricia Brooks, Harvard University Gazette Online

90% success rate for losing weight and keeping it off two years after treatment ended. University of Connecticut, Storrs Allison DB, Faith MS. J Consult Clin Psyc hol. 1996; Journal of Pain & Symptom Management. 1995; 10(6): 464-70

90.6% Success Rate for Smoking Cessation Using Hypnosis. University of Washington School of Medicine, Depts. of Anesthesiology and Rehabilitation Medicine, Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2001 Jul;49(3):257-66. Barber J.