What is Hypnosis?
People are sometimes uncomfortable about hypnosis, and I was too, until I learned more about it and became trained and certified as a clinical hypnotherapist. Even though it is an ancient, extremely safe, highly effective process for personal change, it is sometimes misunderstood. Most of the misunderstanding comes from stage shows and the way that it is portrayed in the media. After all no one wants to be out of control and behave in embarrassing ways. Nor do we want to become trapped in hypnosis or worse yet, manipulated against our will.
Hypnosis has been used for many years in a variety of ways. For example, it has been used successfully in surgery, child birth and dental procedures, for anxiety and nausea from cancer treatments, sports performance, and phobias and in many other ways. It is completely safe and it feels wonderful to fully and deeply relax. There are no side effects and it is very effective in helping you easily make the changes you’ve struggled with for years. Many describe the state of hypnosis as feeling deeply relaxed and having a heightened awareness at the same time. In fact, you can come out of hypnosis at any time by opening your eyes. You are in complete control.
Hypnosis works very simply. In a professional one-to-one or group situation hypnosis is achieved by using various techniques to guide you into deeper levels of relaxation and trance. Trance is defined as a state of contemplation or daydreaming and detachment from one’s physical surroundings.
When you think about it, we are in some kind of daydream/trance state most of the time. We quite naturally get lost in our thoughts about either past or future events when driving, taking a shower, gardening, painting, running, fishing, watching TV or reading a book for example. During these activities we leave the here and now while mentally participating in what we happen to be thinking about. It is completely normal and natural that we are in and out of trance all day long. We often get our best ideas while we are in the shower, driving or upon waking in the morning. Daydreaming is similar to being in a light state of hypnosis.
When we are in a hypnotic trance state, we are the most receptive to ideas and suggestions. This receptivity is the reason hypnosis is such a highly effective therapeutic tool that makes change easy and in many cases permanent.
When the hypnotherapist gives you suggestions to help you make changes such as “you love to eat healthy meals; exercise is fun and easy to fit into your schedule; you feel your confidence growing every day; you easily and effortlessly achieve your goals” or others, the barriers to your success dissolve and you find yourself easily making changes. Now, who wouldn’t love to change without the inner struggle?
While in hypnosis, you will not act in ways that conflict with your values and ethics. What that means is that you choose whether or not to accept the hypnotic suggestions. It is in this choosing that all hypnosis becomes self-hypnosis. You are in complete control, and isn’t that good to know.
Imagine being able to eliminate a fear of heights, spiders, snakes, elevators etc, success, public speaking, elevators and more… instantly….in one session….for example…
Note: As of December, 2004 there are more than 5,000 clinical research studies having to do with hypnosis and its benefits currently being conducted worldwide? (According to: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ )
The use of hypnosis was approved by the American Medical Association in 1958, and is now being taught at major universities and respected learning institutions across the country. Hypnosis has proven applications in medicine, dentistry, psychology, obstetrics, counseling, law enforcement, habit management, pain control and in virtually every area of education. Major hospitals are now including hypnotherapists on their staffs.
Our unconscious mind is similar to a video recorder, and it has recorded and stored everything that has ever happened to us. Remember when you first learned to drive how you were aware of everything, your foot on the pedals, your hands on the wheel, staying in between the lines… Then it became automatic and you stopped being aware of all those steps. This automatic behavior is what your unconscious (or subconscious mind) is in charge of. Other actions controlled by your unconscious mind are behavior patterns, habits, breathing, dreams, past thoughts and many life sustaining behaviors we aren’t even aware of.
We have collected a lifetime of stored beliefs, many of which we aren’t even aware of. Some of these beliefs may be preventing us from achieving our goals. For example, if we’re told at an early age that we aren’t good enough, don’t deserve…, or are bad, these beliefs may be dictating how we operate in the world today.
We can change these beliefs IF we are aware of them and consciously and consistently use our willpower to create a new belief/behavior. However, for many of us willpower alone can be very difficult. Hypnotherapy, NLP and coaching are tools that can very quickly and effectively change beliefs and behaviors permanently. In our sessions positive suggestions are made directly to your unconscious mind that can override negative, limiting and destructive beliefs. Coaching supports you in creating clarity, action plans and accountability which allows you to achieve the success you desire.
When you work with us, you will co-create the suggestions you receive during hypnosis. These suggestions will support you in making the changes you truly want in your life. Change can be far easier than you ever thought possible. You can find yourself enjoying exercise, easily eating healthy food, losing weight, quitting smoking, becoming more confident, overcoming fear of public speaking, phobias, improving performance, eliminating stress, achieving your goals and many, many more goals.
Did you know that as of December 15, 2004 results from more than 3,000 clinical research studies are available showing positive benefits from hypnosis?
(Go here to view studies: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ )
Here’s an example:
In a research study on Self-hypnosis for relapse prevention training with chronic drug/alcohol users, (Am J Clin Hypn. 2004 Apr;46(4):281-97), individuals who played self-hypnosis audiotapes “at least 3 to 5 times a week,” at 7-week follow-up, reported the highest levels of self-esteem and serenity, and the least anger/impulsivity, in comparison to the minimal-practice and control groups.
Hypnosis cannot, and should not, stand alone as the sole medical or psychological intervention for any disorder. Hypnosis should not be used instead of appropriate medical, dental, or psychological treatment, and any individual with a medical or psychological problem should first consult a qualified health care provider for diagnosis and professional advice. Hypnosis should only be practiced by those who have been appropriately trained, who practice appropriately, and within the scope of their training.
HYPNOSIS AND NLP FOR SPORTS AND PERFORMANCE
Hypnosis and NLP for sports will drastically improve your success rate. Because of its proven effectiveness, it is also very effective in other types of performance such as sales, communication, acting, singing, public speaking, leadership and even managing people. No longer is training, equipment and practice the only thing that will give you the competitive edge in performance…
Harnessing the power of your mind will have a tremendous effect on your success. When we plant the seeds of success in the fertile ground of our minds we organically create a culture for those seeds to thrive and grow. Picturing exactly how we will perform acts as a magnet drawing us to the manifestation of it. And, receiving positive suggestions for success through hypnosis increases your ability to achieve the outcome you desire.
At Integrity Coaching & Training Systems, we will show you how to get in your personal “CHE®Zone” and so that you can improve your performance substantially. You will learn to take control over your thoughts and behaviors while creating the success you desire.
Did you know that Sports Hypnosis is used by the pros…?
In 1984, Time magazine reported that Mary Lou Retton used hypnosis to prepare for the L.A. Olympics and to block pain in her injured foot in order to win the Gold Medal.
Jimmy Connors used Sports Hypnosis for his U.S. Open Tennis wins.
Phil Jackson has used and still uses mediation and hypnosis for all his championship basketball teams with the Bulls and Lakers.
Beijing 2008 Olympics: The only 2 shooters who won Gold Medals for the U.S. worked with a hypnotist.
Learning to let go … Australian pole-vault medal hope Steve Hooker’s career almost didn’t get off the ground until he learned to get over the fears inside his head with hypnosis
Phil Jackson (NBA head coach) insists that the Chicago Bulls practiced daily self-hypnosis when he coached Michael Jordan and the Bulls to their 6 NBA Championships.
Performing at your best requires concentration, focus, skill, and most importantly the belief that you can do well at whatever you are doing. Working with Integrity Coaching & Training Systems’ clinical hypnotherapist, NLP master and coach who understands how the mind body connection works will give you the extra edge others don’t have. This can significantly increase your ability to perform at your maximum ability. Using our hypnosis CDs for performance success in addition to our programs will substantially increase your success.
By law, all disorders listed in the DSM require a written referral from a licensed medical professional for us to work with you. The information on this website is for educational purposes only. We are not doctors and you should always consult with your doctor before beginning any treatment for pain or healing or accepting any healthcare advice.