What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis, as defined by the dictionary, is a special psychological state with specific physiological attributes, resembling sleep superficially and marked by a functioning of the individual at a level of awareness other than the ordinary conscious state. We all have seen hypnosis in cartoons and movies, but does that happen in real life? 

Hypnosis is a reality that many are aware of. Although different from how we perceive it from movies, it could is used as a treatment method in medical sciences.

Kirsch’s ideology on weight loss and hypnosis 

Irving Kirsch is a lecturer and director of the Program in Placebo Studies at Harvard Medical School. He emphasizes that hypnosis can be a therapy to treat conditions like obesity, anxiety, stress, and surgical pain.

Hypnosis can reduce weight without any pain or unease. Many women across the globe have faced the issue of hormonal imbalance due to drug therapy for weight loss. They not only gained weight afterward but also had to experience painful cramps and abnormal behavior because of the imbalance.

On the other hand, cognitive behavior treatment- CBT is a non-drug treatment that can reduce an individual’s weight by 20 pounds after six months. CBT is a form of psychological therapy that deals with issues ranging from emotional affairs to severe mental illness, while CBT is the integration of hypnosis with psychological treatment. It is a method of training community mental health providers in four Evidence-Based Interventions (EBI). The therapy is based on counseling one’s life and the integral part that affects behavior most. So, CBT  improves your physical and mental well-being when the drug therapy increases irritability.

CBT+ is comparatively more efficient than CBT since the patients tend to gain some weight after an undefined period from the latter, but CBT+ has known to have a lasting effect.

 Len Miling on pain reduction and hypnosis

Len Milling is a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Hartford. In one of his articles, he wrote about the role of hypnosis in surgical treatment. The article talked about his finding of reduced pain after surgery in a child through hypnosis treatment. He later found out that hypnosis aids pain reduction during labor or childbirth, enhancing the effect of epidural drugs.

David Spiegel on smoking withdrawal and hypnosis

David Spiegel is a hypnosis expert and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. He claims to have seen half of the people quit smoking after the hypnosis treatment. Even those who had depression found themselves being out of that zone.

Spiegel also emphasized that hypnosis is an effective treatment for stress, anxiety, and other psychological conditions. 

Stages of hypnosis

Hypnosis consists of two stages;

  1. Induction
  2. Suggestion/Instruction
  3. Testing

During induction, the subject relaxes to put the mind to calm down and let the subject enters the zone of hypnosis. The stage can last up to ten minutes or longer. In this, the only surrounding for the subject is the councilor’s voice.

During suggestion/instruction, the counselor tells the subject where to direct their attention. In so doing the focus of beliefs, memories and traumas can be influenced and changed. This aids in changing the reaction to them that the subject may apply in life.

Once out of hypnosis, the results are tested. This is sometimes refered to “poking the bear” because the subject will be asked to try to get their problem back. This insures the subject gets the results they asked for. 

Things to ponder

At New Hampshire Hypnosis the focus in not on “hypnosis” but results. With over 23 years of experience and 20,000 clinical hours we are confindent we can help. Your responcibility is to simply follow the instructions you are given. Most people report that hypnosis is far easier and more enjoyable than they expected. You’ve got nothing to lose but an old habit.  Call today (603)589-8033 and we will answer all your questions.

google reviews

Having been a smoker for 52 yrs I was skeptical hypnosis would actually work for me. I got a hold of David at NH Hypnosis and scheduled an appointment which consisted of 3 sessions of hypnosis. It was a very relaxing and soothing experience but even better it worked! Since that first visit I have not only stopped smoking I don’t even think about smoking. No anxiety no withdrawal symptoms. It was like magic. I should have done this many years ago! Thank you David Barron!


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