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My own first experience with hypnosis was when I was in my early 20s and fearless. Oh, I was as much a control freak then as I am now, maybe worse, even. But still, I allowed myself to go under as treatment for anxiety. It worked. Back then, I had no idea I’d become a trained hypnotherapist. But maybe it was inevitable.
One of the first things our mentor at Atlantic University assured us of was that we could not harm a client by putting them under. But what’s also true is that real hypnosis bears no resemblance at all to the stage-show idea of hypnosis, where clients can be made to do other ridiculous things. No, that’s not it at all. Nor do I use a teacup and spoon. (If you saw the movie, Get Out, you know what I mean. I took a lot of grief after that movie!)
And contrary to what people think, you really don’t lose control and you remember everything. Here’s what happens:
How it works
The hypnotherapist talks with the client about the issues s/he wants to work on. Then, s/he uses imagery to help the client relax and enter a very relaxed, almost meditative state, quite similar to what happens just before we fall asleep. The hypnotherapist then talks with the client, usually asking them to do some visualizations related to the objective of the session. And, s/he can suggest the client do some similar exercises at home, because most hypnosis really IS self-hypnosis.
I love being a hypnotherapist and I love helping client relax into a zone where they can work on whatever their issues might be. My biggest success so far was in using hypnosis to teach my husband how to control his post-surgical pain in March. His doctor warned him that there would be significant pain after the surgery and for the following week. But my husband he had absolutely no pain after the first two hours–once he began using a recording I’d made especially for him.
In fact, on his two-week post-surgical visit, the doctor released him, saying “I have never released a patient so soon after this kind of surgery–but you’re healing so well I see no reason for you to come back again.” You can read my husband’s story HERE.
Doctors who like it
Noted physician Andrew Weil, MD, was quoted in a Time article that he’s seen benefits from using hypnosis to help treat GI issues, autoimmune disorders and getting rid of bad habits like smoking and overeating. Dr. David Spiegel was quoted in that same article, saying that hypnosis can actually ENHANCE control over pain, anxiety, stress and bad habits. Of course, it’s not a treatment and not a substitute for medical attention. But it IS a complementary tool that isn’t invasive and doesn’t require the patient to consume anything.
The most rewarding sessions I’ve had involved helping clients learn how to control pain and discomfort.
Would you like a session from the comfort of your own home anywhere in the world? Absolutely possible. Skype hypnosis in which the client uses ear buds works extremely well, because my voice goes directly into their ear. And the voice is important: I’ve gotten a lot of good feedback about how effective my voice is for hypnosis. You can hear it on any of the sample audio downloads HERE.
Visit A Healing Spirit HERE to learn more about hypnosis and if you’re intrigued, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time to discuss what you might like to do.