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What is Hypnosis?

"The body cannot differentiate between what is imagination and what is reality. Healing begins with your imagination. "

  • Clinical hypnosis is a focused state of awareness, perception or altered consciousness that is used by licensed and trained doctors or masters prepared individuals, for treating a psychological or physical problem. It is a highly relaxed state.


  • Relaxation is not hypnosis

  • Hypnosis is mental

  • Relaxation is physical

  • Hypnosis, is a trance-like state in which you have heightened focus and concentration

Have you ever been driving in a car and look up and don’t know where you are at, this is a form of hypnosis. You are able to drive a car, make emergency decisions but are highly focused on your thoughts, subconsciously aware of your surroundings but not consciously  paying attention.

  • State of intense sense of safety coupled with relaxation, the mind is able to laser focus on positive suggestions which can be carried out at a future time.

  • Theta brain wave activity, mind is open to positive suggestions.

  • The person is always in full control at all times

  • Hypnosis sessions are audio recorded (not video) for the patient to keep and listen to as needed

  • “Hypnosis bypasses the conscious mind’s propensity for excuses.’


A Few Examples for use of Clinical Hypnosis For the treatment of :

IBS, Gastroparesis, Ulcerated Colitis, abdominal pain/dyspepsia, cyclical vomiting  syndrome, Chron’s Disease , chronic pain, migraines, Hyper Visceral Sensitivity, POTS, Functional GI diseases, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Arthritis, autoimmune diseases,  back and neck pain, weight loss, trauma healing, PTSD, dysautonomia, inflammatory diseases, natural child birth, functional cardiac disorders.


Five Basic Steps Hypnosis

  1. Induction- Narrow down focus of attention

  2. Deepening/Trance Ratification- Narrow focus even more. Verbalizations, progressive relaxation, IMAGERY.

  3. Suggestions/ Exploration/ Treatment

  4. Re-orienting / Re-alerting- Inform client they will be coming out of trance. Bring to full awareness.

  5. De- Briefing- Talk about experience

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