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Hypnosis (Hypnotherapy)


What Hypnosis Is

Hypnosis is a process during which an individual allows him or her self to become more suggestible. The patient is fully conscious and tunes out most of the stimuli in the surrounding area. Patients can be hypnotized by a professional or by him or her self.

Unlike the image of hypnosis we have from movies or t.v.:

  • People who have been hypnotized do not lose control over their behavior and are not slaves to their "masters." People who are hypnotized have absolute free will. 
  • Hypnosis makes it easier for people to experience suggestions. It does not force them to have these experiences. 
  • Instead of being in a sleep state, patients are hyper attentive. Patients remain aware of who they are and where they are, and unless amnesia  has been specifically suggested, people who have been hypnotized usually remember what happened during hypnosis. The only exception is what is called a somnambulist.  A somnambulist is an individual who has the ability to go very deeply into hypnosis. A somnambulist will have total amnesia. 

In conventional hypnosis, you approach the suggestions of the hypnotist, or your own ideas, as if they were reality. For example, if the hypnotist suggests that you are drinking a chocolate milkshake, you'll taste the milkshake and feel it cooling your mouth and throat. 

People respond to hypnosis in different ways. Some describe their experience as an altered state of consciousness. Others describe hypnosis as a normal state of focused attention, in which they feel very calm and relaxed.

In addition to being hypnotized by a practitioner, hypnosis can be done by the individual alone.This is known as self hypnosis.

Hypnosis and Disease

Available scientific evidence suggests that hypnosis does not influence the development or progression of cancer or other disease. However, it may help to improve quality of life for some people with a serious illness.ypnosis can be used to block the awareness of pain or to substitute another feeling for pain. Hypnosis may also be effective in reducing fear and anxiety, as well as reducing the frequency and severity of headaches.

Safety of Hypnosis

Hypnosis done under the care of a professionally trained hypnotherapist is generally considered safe. Like other complementary treatments, it should not be relied upon to delay or replace conventional medical treatment. 

To Find A Certified Trained Hypnotist

To find a hypnotist experienced in helping people with a serious health condition who have the goals you do, consider the following:

  • Ask for a referral from one of your doctors, a doctor who specializes in treating pain or a local treatment center, 
  • Search the website of an accrediting hypnotist organization such as:
    • The American Society of Clinical offsite link, Click on "Public," then "Member Referral Search" 
    • American Psychotherapy and Medical Hypnosis Association, offsite link
    • Society for Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis, offsite link

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