When we work with our clients we help them identify their outcomes, reframe limiting beliefs and design specific suggestions that most fit their personal situations. We use various hypnotic inductions to trance, guided imagery, relaxation techniques and NLP exercises. We also teach our clients how to use self-hypnosis for mental relaxation and programming the mind to maximize the groundwork done during our sessions.
Hypnosis is an old modality. It is looked upon as both a special state or a special process. Most hypnotist tend to view hypnosis as a process of transmitting ideas which requires a special state of receptivity, like for example a state of focused attention, daydreaming or simply trance. This process results in a behavioral change in a subject.
The ways with which such states of receptivity to suggestions are induced have evolved throughout the history of humankind. Frantic dancing around the fire in primitive societies, chanting in Sleep Temples in Ancient Greece or beliefs in the power of magnetism during the times of mesmerism in 1700’s were all ways to induce the states of receptivity to suggestions.
Today, the methods we use to induce the states of receptivity are no longer mysterious; they are now understood from a scientific view-point. For example, Dr. Milton Erickson’s hypnotic inductions have been replicated and are now widely used by modern clinical hypnotists. Also, the Relaxation Response technique by Dr. Herbert Benson (1975) has been subjected to the strict standards of Western Scientific Medicine: measurability, predictability and reproducibility.
Clinical hypnosis is not faith healing. You don’t have to believe in it in order for it to work. You don’t have to believe in any deity or supernatural ability of a hypnotist either. There is a simple formula to hypnosis: a state of receptivity followed by suggestions. The state of mental and physical relaxation, required for programming of the mind in clinical hypnosis – can be naturally induced with a variety of hypnotic inductions.
Finally, anyone with normal intelligence (or above) who is willing to follow the instructions of a hypnotist can be hypnotized.