What is hypnosis? Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness similar to the pre and post sleep states. You know...when you are winding down from the day, and you are finally drifting off into your dream world. Everyone experiences this altered state, or trance, at least once a day, and usually many times a day while absorbed in an engrossing activity such as watching TV or reading. During hypnosis, a relaxing CD with soothing, healing water sounds...the kind that help you drift far, far away from your day, is used to set the stage for life improvements such as quitting smoking. According to research, when brain waves are slowed down, the way we process information changes. We process from the "top down", instead of from the "bottom up". This allows the unconscious mind to accept the suggestions that allow you to make the changes you desire.
Hypnosis is possibly as old as mankind. The old myths and misconceptions about hypnosis have given way to proven, scientifically sound applications. Today, the use of hypnosis is seen in a variety of fields including medicine, dentistry, forensics, psychology, professional sports, the arts, and education.
Most people have a limited understanding of the positive results that can be achieved in a clinical hypnosis session. In order to dispel some of the myths, the answers to the most frequently asked questions about hypnosis are listed below.
Q: How does hypnosis work? A: Our minds work on two levels - the conscious and the unconscious. We make decisions, think, and act with our conscious mind. The unconscious mind controls our habits. In the relaxed state known as hypnosis, we can communicate directly with the unconscious mind. This is why it is so quick and easy to change habits of a lifetime with hypnosis.
Q: Will hypnosis work for me? A: Generally speaking, every normal person is “hypnotizable”. That is, people with an IQ of at least 70 and no severe mental disorders can easily go into trance. Therefore, virtually anyone can achieve successful results using hypnosis.
Q: How will I know if I am hypnotized? A: Most people cannot tell the difference between the hypnotized and the waking states. Some people feel relaxed and lethargic, and others feel a lightness. One thing that people do notice is an inexplicable change in their daily behaviors.
Q: Is hypnosis safe? A: Hypnosis is completely safe. You are aware and in control at every moment and can terminate the session at any time. Hypnosis is not sleep, nor can you get “stuck” in a state of hypnosis. And, you cannot be made to do something against your will! Hypnosis is a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable experience.
Q: How does hypnosis help me to kick the smoking habit? A: Because smoking is a habit, it is controlled by the unconscious mind. Since hypnosis works directly with the unconscious, this is the only method that makes sense! We can help you effortlessly transition into the healthy lifestyle of a happy non-smoker!
Since 1992, according to New Scientist, it has been known that "Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking." Its quote was based upon a study cited within the Journal of Applied Psychology, earlier that same year.
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Taken from the American Statesman, Austin, TX March 17, 2010...
ATLANTA — Quitting smoking can turn
A year after kicking the habit, smokers' arteries
showed signs of reversing a problem that can set the stage for heart
disease, according to the first big study to test this.
improvement came even though smokers gained an average of 9 pounds after
they quit, researchers found. Their levels of so-called good
cholesterol improved, too.
"A lot of people are afraid to quit
smoking because they're afraid to gain weight," said the study's leader,
Dr. James Stein, a University of Wisconsin-Madison cardiologist.
new research shows these people gain a health benefit even though they
pick up pounds that hopefully can be shed once they've gotten used to
not smoking, he said.
Smoking is one of the top causes of heart
disease, and about one-third of smoking-related deaths in the U.S. stem
from heart disease.
A heart attack often motivates longtime
smokers to give up the habit.
Results were published in the
Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
**Individual Results May Vary Based on Various Factors, the most
important being the Client's Beliefs, Desires and Expectations