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Can Hypnotism Help You Sleep?

Of the many types of mind-body medicine, few are as misunderstood as hypnosis. Because of the unfavorable ways that it has frequently been portrayed in movies and TV, many people have preconceived notions about hypnotism.

The truth is that hypnotism has demonstrated medical benefits and can unlock the power of the mind to improve both mental and physical health. Rather than a strange or eccentric practice, it is instead conducted by trained professionals who can harness this technique to create long-term positive outcomes.

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The Best Therapy You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Without a doubt our thoughts exist in some kind of form, and in a real way. The term Thought Field Therapy is most appropriate to what we are doing.

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“I Tried Hypnosis for Insomnia. Then My Skin Cleared Up.”

Written by: Sarah Ban

I don’t understand it, either, but I’m not complaining.

As a freelance writer, I often have chaotic periods where I have tons of projects and deadlines going on at once. A few months ago, I had multiple assignments with some big names in beauty, and I was feeling excited (getting work is always good when you’re a freelancer) and anxious at the same time. A never-ending checklist whizzed through my mind day and night—especially at night when my head hit the pillow. After five straight weeks of relentless tossing and turning, I was ready to try anything to get to sleep. I’d tried taking hot baths, taking sleep supplements, and applying lavender balm on my temples, but nothing worked. I spent hours every night staring at my bedroom ceiling, analyzing every detail of my life. And so, in a last-resort attempt to quiet my overactive mind, I ended up on a hypnotist’s chair.

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Celebrities who have used or use Hypnosis

People seem to have an insatiable appetite for reading about celebrities. There are more and more stories in the press about people in the public eye who have turned to hypnosis to help them. One of the things that often shows how famous people are slightly different from the rest of us, is something that you may not have considered before….It’s simply that they are not afraid to ask for help. They know that we cannot do everything for ourselves and so looking for assistance with a problem is something that comes very naturally to them.

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Understanding NLP – Part 3

This is the third and final installment of a 3 part course on understanding NLP. The Meta-Model.

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Has Hypnosis Finally Been Vindicated by Neuroscience?

Considering its origin story, it’s not so surprising that hypnosis and serious medical science have often seemed at odds. The man typically credited with creating hypnosis, albeit in a rather primitive form, is Franz Mesmer, a doctor in 18th-century Vienna. (Mesmer, mesmerize. Get it?)

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Understanding NLP – Part 2

Part 2 of a series of 3: A brief overview of the Meta-Model. Sensory Acuity, Mirroring/Matching, Predicates, and Anchors will be briefly explained.

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Understanding NLP – Part 1

Part 1 of a series of 3: An overview of NLP, Representational Systems, Major Presuppositions and Eye Accessing Cues.

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Can Hypnosis help you THRIVE?

The real key to creating the person you want to become is to visualize yourself that way (when mind and body are relaxed) which creates a positive self-image.

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Hypnosis and Smoking Cessation

A clinical Hypnotist will generally treat two different types of clients when it comes to smoking cessation. The first type of client is one that intellectually realizes that stopping smoking is a good idea and as would like to be a non-smoker. This type of client generally takes longer to stop smoking and will need more sessions than the second type. The second type of client is one that has a heart felt desire to become a non-smoker. This type of client wants nothing more to do with smoking and just needs some help to break the subconscious habit. This type of client will find it far easier to stop smoking and will generally stop in a single direct suggestion hypnosis session.

Smoking cessation for the first type of client is more difficult as it’s still intellectual. It’s still part of the conscious mind process and when there is a conflict between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind, the subconscious mind always wins. The hypnotist will help the client to make this a subconscious desire. This process may take a couple of sessions. Once the subconscious mind is fully on board, the client is adequately motivated to stop smoking and it’s then a simple matter to break the habit in direct suggestion in a hypnosis session. For the client to try to shortcut this process is not advised. It’s not possible to withhold information from your own subconscious mind, and this will lead to further costs or failure. When there’s a struggle or dispute between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind, the subconscious mind always wins. Hypnotherapy is a completely non-invasive therapy and has no side effects other than relaxation. Because hypnotherapy works so quickly it’s relatively inexpensive. Hypnotherapy strives to help clients achieve independence and self mastery quickly instead of working to make clients life-long repeat customers.

Hospitalized patients who smoke may be more likely to quit smoking through the use of hypnotherapy than patients using other smoking cessation methods. A new study* shows that smoking patients who participated in one hypnotherapy session were more likely to be nonsmokers at 6 months compared with patients using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) alone or patients who quit “cold turkey”. The study also shows that patients admitted to the hospital with a cardiac diagnosis are three times more likely to quit smoking at 6 months than patients admitted with a pulmonary diagnosis.

“Our results showed that hypnotherapy resulted in higher quit rates compared with NRT alone,” said Faysal Hasan, MD, FCCP, North Shore Medical Center, Salem, MA. “Hypnotherapy appears to be quite effective and a good modality to incorporate into a smoking cessation program after hospital discharge.”

Dr. Hasan and colleagues from North Shore Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital compared the quit rates of 67 smoking patients hospitalized with a cardiopulmonary diagnosis. All patients were approached about smoking cessation and all included in the study were patients who expressed a desire to quit smoking.

At discharge, patients were divided into four groups based on their preferred method of smoking cessation treatment: hypnotherapy (n=14), NRT (n=19), NRT and hypnotherapy (n=18), and a group of controls who preferred to quit “cold turkey” (n=16). All patients received self-help brochures. The control group received brief counselling, but other groups received intensive counselling, free supply of NRT and/or a free hypnotherapy session within 7 days of discharge, as well as follow up telephone calls at 1, 2, 4, 8, 12, and 26 weeks after discharge. Patients receiving hypnotherapy also were taught to do self-hypnosis and were given tapes to play at the end of the session.

At 26 weeks after discharge, 50 percent of patients treated with hypnotherapy alone were nonsmokers, compared with 50 percent in the NRT/hypnotherapy group, 25 percent in the control group, and 15.78 percent in the NRT group. Patients admitted with a cardiac diagnosis were more likely to quit smoking at 26 weeks (45.5 percent) than patients admitted with a pulmonary diagnosis (15.63 percent).

“Patients admitted with coronary symptoms may have experienced ‘fear and doom’ and decided to alter a major health risk to their disease when approached about smoking cessation,” said Dr. Hasan. “In contrast, pulmonary patients admitted for another exacerbation may not have felt the same threat. They likely felt they can live for another day and continue the smoking habit.”

The researchers note that hospitalization is an important opportunity to intervene among patients who smoke.

“Doctors and other health personnel should use this occasion to firmly recommend smoking cessation and emphasize the impact of smoking on their disease process and hospital admission,” said Dr. Hasan. “Pulmonologists, in particular, should make a stronger case and more passionate message to their patients, and efforts should be coordinated with counselling.”

“As physicians, we are constantly reviewing new approaches for smoking cessation and revisiting existing approaches to confirm their effectiveness,” said Alvin V. Thomas, MD, FCCP, President of the American College of Chest Physicians. “The results of this study and many others confirm that using a multimodality approach to smoking cessation is optimal for success.”

This study was presented at Chest 2007, the 73rd annual international scientific assembly of the American College of Chest Physicians.

Source:, American College of Chest Physicians