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Hypnosis & Guided Imagery

   What is Hypnosis?

   Hypnosis is a particular altered state of selective hypersuggestibility brought about in an individual by the use of a combination of relaxation, fixation of attention and suggestion. In other words, it is opening up the subconscious to achieve the clients desired natural and healthy results.

   What is a Hypnotherapist?

   A Hypnotherapist is an individual trained and skilled in the use of hypnosis for the purpose of assisting others in creating desired healthy and productive state changes in their minds, bodies and lives.

   What is Guided Imagery?

   Guided Imagery is a powerful yet gentle technique that focuses and directs the imagination. One of the most appealing and forgiving features of Guided Imagery is that anyone can use it. Because it makes use of a kind of natural trance state, it has been considered a form of hypnosis. Guided Imagery's powerful effect flows from its involvement of the whole body, the mind, emotions and all the senses.
   Guided Imagery has been shown to be effective in a great many areas, including:
     • increasing one's skill level in fields of endeavor such as writing, acting, singing and public speaking as well as in sports such as golf, baseball, football, skiing, tennis, etc.

     • reducing or eliminating migraine headaches and pain.

     • reducing nausea and depression associated with chemotherapy.

     • lowering blood pressure and reducing blood loss during surgery.
     • lowering cholesterol and glucose levels in the blood.

     • heightening short term immune cell activity.

   What does the hypnotic state feel like?

   The feeling is no different than one might have while meditating or "day dreaming" and is closer to a waking state of mind rather than sleep. The client can hear, respond to voice instruction, carry on a conversation and exhibit a normal metabolic rate. Most individuals describe the hypnotic state as "pleasant" and "relaxing".

     Who is in control?
   The client is always in control of their thoughts and actions. The hypnotherapist is a facilitator and is only present to assist the client.

Hypnosis does not replace the need for medical attention, nor is it a substitute for psychological counseling. Hypnotherapists do not diagnose or treat medical problems.

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