Acceptance of Hypnosis
In 1958, the American Medical Association (AMA) recognized and accepted Hypnosis as a viable and effective treatment.
How does hypnosis work?
Hypnosis happens when you allow an idea to influence your thoughts, feelings and/or behaviour. Hypnosis is any human being’s ability to convince themselves of any belief. What the hypnotist does is coach you to a state of mind where you can convince yourself of new and more beneficial beliefs and “unconvince” yourself of beliefs that don’t serve you anymore. The two keys to hypnosis are focused concentration and choice.
Contrary to what is often believed, you as the client are always in control. You choose to focus on what the hypnotherapist tells you, while you are still very much aware of what is going on around you. You feel relaxed and at ease. You can hear everything, think, itch, scratch, talk and make decisions. You can choose to come out of your trance at any time. You are in complete control while being under hypnosis. You will not do or say anything that you would not normally do or say. You will not violate your sense of morality or propriety, or give any secrets away.
Nobody can be hypnotized against his or her will. You can be hypnotized only if you want to. Ultimately, all hypnosis is self hypnosis.
Your conscious mind is the critical filter which edits processed information traveling from the conscious mind to the subconscious mind. During hypnosis, you allow the conscious mind to be bypassed and your subconscious mind is accessible for suggestions that will change or eliminate an unwanted habit or behavior. You will receive the suggestions agreed to between your hypnotist and yourself. Besides those suggestions, there will be additional suggestions that may seem totally irrelevant, but are designed to cater to the various ways in which your subconscious mind processes information.
A trance is a physiological state of the brain. As such it is virtually identical to a deep meditation. There are four levels of brainwave activity, ranging from “Beta” (wide awake and alert) to “Delta” (sleep). Hypnosis is experienced in the “Alpha” to “Theta” range. During a hypnotic trance a change occurs in the structure of the brain where the two halves of the brain are linked, the client is in a “whole brain” state. Because of this change, more information flows from one side of the brain to the other than would normally be the case. Nerve cells in the part of the brain that controls habits lose some of their electrical charge enabling one to become more receptive to change at this time. Through imagery and positive suggestions, new connections can be formed among the nerve cells, creating the desired results.
What happens in a session?
In your first meeting you will decide whether or not to move forward with the treatment. If you choose to go ahead, be prepared for a relaxing, beneficial, life changing process. The first session is 2 hours at a cost of $155.00 (in individual cases, for example for fertility hypnosis, up to 3 hours, maximum charge $200), subsequent sessions are 1 ½ – 2 hours at a cost of $120.00 to $155.00. Your goals are discussed with the hypnotist. Before the actual hypnosis experience begins, some beliefs can already be shifted with the technique Psych-K®. Then you are gently hypnotized to the level of trance that you wish to experience, and further beneficial suggestions will be given to you. In the first three sessions you are also taught a simple self hypnosis technique so that your treatment can be continued at home. If you wish you can purchase a personalized tape for at home. You awake feeling relaxed and energized. Having experienced and learned self-hypnosis you go home with an amazing tool to relax and reach all your goals easier and quicker.
Appointments are available in Mississauga (Britannia & Winston Churchill).