You read that title right, that says Hypnotherapist!
We now have a hypnotherapist here at Cutting Edge Physical Therapy and she is absolutely amazing! Not only does she have 25 years of hypnosis experience, she is certified with the National Guild of Hypnosis, received her certification in Advance Medical Hypnosis, and is also a Hypnobirthing practitioner!
I’ll be the first to admit when I hear ‘hypnosis’, my first thought goes to someone waving a pocket watch in front of my face and making me think that I’m a chicken. Well, I’m here to tell you now that what Jolene does is NOTHING like that.
Let me just give you a quick preview of what her hypnosis services can provide for you:
- Stress and anxiety reduction
- Weight reduction
- Smoking cessation
- Chronic pain control (aka learn to release your body’s natural painkiller: Endorphins)
- Relieve migraine headaches, back pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and more
- Improve your overall quality of life by establishing harmony of body, mind and spirit!
Not convinced yet?
Well, we’re going to let Jolene (and her informative pamphlets and website. You can check it out here) break it all down for us.
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a naturally induced state of relaxed concentration. A state of mind and body in which we can communicate suggestions to our subconscious mind.
What is the subconscious and its function in hypnosis?
When a child comes into the world, it basically comes with a blank disk on the conscious level. As a child develops it becomes environmentally hypnotized and learns through observation and experience. These become messages that are input to the subconscious and stored. Positive messages create a positive imprint; negative messages create a negative imprint. These messages create conditioning that results in attitude, beliefs and behaviors.
Hypnosis creates the relaxation that allows a path to be made to the center of the subconscious where old messages are eliminated and new therapeutic messages are substituted.
Suggestions are at the root of all of out behavior, out self-esteem, out motivation, our career status and our overall success or failure.
Suggestions = Beliefs = Feelings = Attitudes = Behavior = Success/Failure
-Marie F. Mongan, M.ED.M.HY. (Inroduction to Hypnosis for Birthing Manual)
Speaking of the mind, here are the ‘Rules of the Mind’:
Rule #1: Every thought or idea causes a physical reaction
For every thought or emotion there is a related physical response, thoughts that are imprinted into the subconscious mind create a biochemical response within the body. After a period of time, we create our own health or illness with conditioned physical responses. Medical studies tell us that over 70% of human ailments are functional rather than organic; this means we can alter the function of our systems with negative ideas held in the subconscious mind.
Rule #2: What is expected tends to be realized
Whatever a person focuses upon, whether it is of an internal or external origin, becomes manifested. The brain and the nervous system respond to mental images. The mental image formed becomes the blueprint and the subconscious mind uses every means at its disposal to carry out the plan. Intention and words creates our experience.
Rule #3: Imagination is more powerful than knowledge and reason
The non-reasoning, computer-like subconscious does not distinguish between fact and imagination. This is how we create positive change with hypnosis, we can use our imaginations to form new images in the subconscious, which free the mind and remove old outdated ideas.
Rule #4: Once an idea has been accepted by the Subconscious, behavior becomes easier to change with each subsequent similar thought
With the use of hypnosis, we can offer new ideas to replace old ideas; with reinforcement and encouragement soon, any opposition to chance is removed from the subconscious and the mind accepts the new idea and behavior can change. Continued exposure to positive input creates change.
Rule #5: The mind can hold only one thought at a time
Opposing thoughts cannot be held simultaneously, holding positive thoughts create a positive outcome. Hypnosis can assist us in choosing integrity in our lives, in assisting that our thoughts, actions and our words become congruent.
Rule #6: When dealing with the Subconscious mind, the greater the conscious effort, the lower the Subconscious response
The subconscious mind accepts thoughts and experiences without judgement, so it takes everything literally. Just like a child. The deep reservoir of the subconscious mind is not subject to forced quick and easy change. If we learn to just “let it happen,” our subconscious mind will take control and change our behavior. Develop a positive mental expectancy and problems can and will be solved.
Can I even be hypnotized?
Generally speaking, 90-95% of the general population can be hypnotized. The others have an IQ less than 70, or have a sever mental disability that doesn’t allow them to reach the focused state of awareness necessary for a hypnosis trance.
What does hypnosis feel like? Will I know I’m being hypnotized?
Hypnosis is not a state of trance of sleep like you have seen in the movies or at a hypnosis stage show. While in hypnosis you might experience a state of mind similar to daydreaming or focusing that occurs when you are engrossed in a book or staring at a fire.
Tingling in your hands and feet are common as you are able to redirect blood flow to your extremities, relaxing all different muscle groups in your body. During hypnosis, your body will feel more peaceful and relaxed that it has ever felt before. Because of the deeply relaxed state you achieve during hypnosis, oxygenation is increased to all muscles of the body, allowing muscles to relax and release previously held tension.
Most people are skeptical at first, and then they noticed an inexplicable improvement in the way they felt.
Is hypnosis safe? Or can you make me act like a chicken?
Hypnosis is completely safe! You are in control at ever moment and can terminate the relaxed state at any time. You cannot be made to do something against your will. The Hollywood version of hypnosis portrays hypnosis as a comedic or dramatic event and it is neither. The hypnosis process is simply a deep and focused state of relaxation.
Ok, now that we know all about hypnosis, what are the long-time benefits of using it?
When hypnosis is practiced over a period of several weeks you will experience a noticeable decrease in anxiety and marked improvement in recall, academic performance, and self-confidence, with bonus feature of psychological health and happiness.
Hypnosis gives you the power and control to select the habits you wish to overcome such as smoking or overeating and the power to strengthen the weaknesses you wish to change. Since the subconscious mind is our driving force, we always do what our subconscious believes. The good news is that we can reprogram new information in the subconscious by substituting new constructive ideas for existing negative ones, then with daily reinforcement new habits are established.
For every though or emotion there is a related physical response. Thoughts that are imprinted into the subconscious create a biochemical response within the body; hence, over a period of time we can create our own health or illness with conditioned responses. This rule of the mind is primary as it applies to our emotional and physical wellness.
New programming in the subconscious is always more powerful and wins out over past programming when the two are in conflict. The subconscious mind cannot distinguish between fact and fantasy. Therefor, whatever the mind can imagine, the body has no choice but to experience.
Wow. I don’t know about you, but I feel like my mind exploded. Hypnosis is nothing like I perceived it to be.
And that was all just the basis of hypnosis in general! I haven’t even gotten to Hypnobirthing®! So stay tuned for a future post all about it!
Well, if hypnotherapy is something that you may be interested in get in with our amazing hypnotherapist, Jolene Shields, here at CEPTUT! Check out her website at www.joleneshieldshypnotherapy.com or give her a call at 801-942-6175 to schedule an appointment today!