About Hypnosis

Hypnosis is a procedure during which a professional hypnotherapist suggests that you experience changes in sensations, perceptions, thoughts or behavior. The procedure begins with an induction period that includes suggestions for relaxation, calmness and well-being. The induction period is followed by a variety of techniques used by the hypnotherapist to re-program your subconscious mind.

Some of these techniques include:
• Reversing the behaviors that led you to gain weight
• Strengthening your will power and determination
• Re-shaping your attitudes towards healthy foods and exercise
• Visualizing a new, healthy body as well as a new, happy, YOU

Some people describe their experience with hypnosis as feeling normal, but focused as well as very calm and relaxed. Regardless of their level of responsiveness, most people describe their hypnotic experience as very pleasant.

Your ability to experience hypnotic suggestions can be inhibited by fears and concerns arising from some common misconceptions. Contrary to what you’ve read in books or seen in the movies, people who have been hypnotized do not lose control over their behavior (see below Dispelling Myths about Hypnosis). They typically remain aware of who they are and where they are, and unless amnesia has been specifically suggested, they usually remember what transpires during hypnosis. Hypnosis makes it easier for people to experience suggestions, but it does not force them against their will.

Our advanced hypnosis program will help you:
• Discover what is compelling you to eat even when you are not hungry.
• Eliminate addictive foods without feelings of deprivation.
• Teach yourself to want to eat healthy foods.
• Give up counting calories and taking pills.
• Unleash the hidden powers of your own mind.
• Change the picture of yourself in your mind while you are changing the picture of yourself in the mirror.
• Understand why your self defeating behaviors are working against you as well as how to create new, healthier behaviors.
• Overcome the fear of change.
• Instruct your sub-conscious mind in ways that it understands

Dispelling Myths about Hypnosis

Myth: The hypnotist has control over your mind and can make you do things you don’t want to do.
Not true. You always have control. If the hypnotist told you to rob a bank you would just say, “No” and open your eyes. You would not rob the bank nor do anything else that you do not want to do. Hypnosis is a partnership between hypnotist and client – otherwise it does not work. You take an active and positive role in making desired changes. Hypnosis actually helps you increase self-control, as in breaking habits, instead of losing control.
“Patients do not relinquish self-control,” Oster said. “Actually, from a clinical perspective, that’s the opposite of what we do with people,” he explained. “People come to see us to develop greater willpower and have more self-control, more confidence in themselves. You don’t help that by taking it away.” From former Surgeon General Dr. Koop’s web site. www.Drkoop.com

Myth: Hypnosis makes you unconscious, sleep or a zombie
Not true. You are always awake and aware of what is happening. Hypnosis is like a daydream state. You are awake and aware but are very relaxed with your attention focused on a specific thought or image.

Myth: You will not remember what happened during hypnosis.
False. You are awake and aware during hypnosis. You will remember everything that you want to remember. You are in control.

Myth: You can get stuck in hypnosis and never come out.
False. If you are hypnotized and the hypnotist left the room and never returned, your own mind would pull you safely out of the hypnosis in one of two ways. You would either realize the hypnotist was no longer talking to you, and you would open your eyes and be wide awake and feeling fine, or you would drift into a normal sleep for a few minutes and then wake up normally, feeling fine.

Myth: Only a certain percent of people are “susceptible” to hypnosis.
No one can be hypnotized against their will. Except for people with certain mental or neurological conditions cannot be hypnotized. Normal people go in and out of hypnosis about every 90 minutes, according to scientists.

Examples of everyday hypnosis is: the drifting stage between being awake and going to sleep at night, watching TV, reading a book, lost in thought or daydreaming, and someone is talking to you but you don’t hear them or even realize that they are there; driving down the highway listening to the radio or lost and thought, and you drive a couple miles past your exit.

Myth: Hypnosis is witchcraft. You are controlled by Satan.
False. This relates to the myth above regarding mind control. You cannot be made to do anything against your will or morals. There are no Christian denominations that have a policy opposing hypnosis. In fact, the Roman Catholic Church has recognized hypnosis as a natural part of our own ability, not the work of the devil. It continues to approve the use of hypnosis today.

Myth: Hypnosis is dangerous.
False. It is quite the opposite. Hypnosis is safe and natural as we have explained elsewhere in this document, that we naturally go into hypnosis several times daily.

Myth: Only weak-minded or weak-willed people can be hypnotized.
False. The contrary is true. It is easier to hypnotize people who are intelligent and are able to mentally concentrate. The bottom line is no one can be hypnotized against their will and the only person who can prevent you from being hypnotized is you.

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