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About Hypnosis

Hypnosis is a method of communication that induces trance.

Trance is a natural state of mind. It is the place where a tired mind goes to rest. We experience trance many times every day. When you catch yourself day dreaming, or you are so absorbed in a book that you do not hear someone trying to get your attention, or when you are so consumed in thought that you have driven past your destination or finding yourself at home and don’t remember the drive, or so focused on what you are doing that everything else surrounding you is excluded. These are all a form of a natural everyday trance. Each of us is quite familiar with these and can easily relate to them.

One common misconception about hypnosis is that it is a form of unconsciousness, similar to sleep. This is mistaken, current research suggests that hypnosis is actually a wakeful state of focused attention and heightened suggestibility with a marginal awareness. Unlike unconsciousness, you remain in control all the time.

Another common misconception involves the ‘popular’ idea of hypnosis. Stage hypnosis is an act, its application is based on a series of interpretations that stage hypnotist makes when people choose to come up on stage to be hypnotized. To be hypnotized any hypnotist must have the participant’s permission before he or she is taken into trance. If the hypnotist does not have your tacit acceptance you will just dismiss any suggestion the hypnotist makes. Any attempt at hypnosis would fail before it started.

Through hypnosis you can access the subconscious mind, giving it powerful suggestions for the changes that you wish to make in your life. In the case of hypnosis the saying “Change your mind …Change your life” could never be more accurate.

Carol Ginandes of Harvard Medical School states that “hypnosis has been used in Western medicine for more than 150 years to treat everything from anxiety to pain, from easing the nausea of cancer chemotherapy to enhancing sports performance.” She includes in her list of hypnosis treatment applications: phobias, panic, low self-esteem, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, stress, smoking, colitis, warts, headaches, and high blood pressure.” This is not a new technology western science is using. This is a time – honoured technique that expands across all medical diagnostic areas.

Medical authorities from both the Mayo Clinic and Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine (SCIM) highly praise hypnosis as a powerful and effective way to enhance the healing process or make impressive transformation. The Mayo Clinic offers hypnosis as a psychological and medical therapy to help relieve symptoms of some diseases and conditions and “the medical hypnosis program offered by the Stanford Center of Integrative Care is designed to be an integrated component of a patient’s overall medical care.”

Dr. Alfred A. Barrios, a clinical psychologist (B.S. Caltech, Ph.D. UCLA) stated in an article for the journal Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice that the average success rate for hypnotherapy was 93% after an average of 6 sessions. This was compared to a 38% success rate after an average of 600 sessions for psychoanalysis and 72% after 22 sessions for behaviour therapy. Powerful numbers that maintain their strength today; for example Victoria’s Quit Smoking Clinic mirrors these statistics and offers a two year guarantee to back up their success rate,

Hypnosis is backed up by both Western and Eastern medicine…both note how hypnosis helps give us powerful resources to treat illness, anxiety, trauma, or addictions. Here is where Victoria’s Quit Smoking Clinic comes in. We offer hypnosis that will help a client overcome the obstacles he or she is faced with. Our particular focus is as Victoria’s Quit Smoking Clinic.

Remember that hypnosis accesses the subconscious mind, giving it powerful suggestions for the changes that you wish to make in your life.

“What the mind believes…the mind creates.”TM

When you are experiencing trance the conscious and subconscious minds are in alignment, so it is easy for you to access memories and store new information. You become the observer in a session, without judgment, analysis or critique; some describe it as if you are watching yourself on TV. Once permission for hypnosis has been given to the therapist by the conscious mind suggestions can be made and remembered that will remind you of your goals. These new suggestions will help make powerful changes happen within you. One striking example is when a smoker becomes a non-smoker. This happens easily because the conscious mind does not get in the way; it is not criticizing, judging or analyzing the process or the suggestions, it just does what it has been suggested to do. The suggestions have become accepted as truth within the conscious mind and those, combined with your permission and willingness to hear, put truth into action. Sometimes change happens in very subtle, yet distinct ways and other change happens instantly. Imagine coming into Victoria’s Quit Smoking Clinic a smoker and walking out a non-smoker! Imagine saying ‘I Quit’ and it being true! One session, it can be as simple and easy as that.

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