How Hypnosis Works and How We Get Hypnotized

Morning At Dune BeachLast summer I spend some time in the Hamptons having a good time with friends and also doing some hypnosis sessions and teaching private hypnosis courses for self-empowerment.

One of many things I teach my clients is relaxation techniques to manage stress and to elicit a relaxation response. The relaxation response is a physical state of deep rest that changes the physical and emotional responses to stress and the opposite of the fight or flight response.

Another very important lesson I teach my clients is the ability to think critically, because I believe hypnosis is all around us: in the media, TV, internet, social media, politics and even in some of the interpersonal relationships we engage in.

To delve more into some of the insights I share about hypnosis and how it works, listen to the half hour Glimpse of Brilliance podcast hosted by Maayan Laufer, who I also met in the Hamptons this past summer.

Behind The Crystals of Hypnosis hosted by Maayan Laufer.

To schedule a hypnosis session with NYC Hypnotist Elena Beloff, call 646 450 8167 or e-mail info@insidehypnosis.com

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Past Life Regression: Fake or Real?

Freedom concept. Escaping from the cagePast Life Regression is the practice of regressing one into life times previous to the one they live now. Bear with me, if you are a skeptic. Don’t go away just yet. I don’t practice past life regression as a clinical hypnotist and here is why.

Past life regression is based on a belief that your “soul” lives an eternal life travelling from one body to another through many life times. This belief hasn’t been proven by science and there is still no shred of evidence to prove the existence of past lives, to date.

The idea behind these regressions is simple. You see a hypnotist who believes in past lives. You believe in past lives. The hypnotist puts you into a state of trance – a healthy natural state of relaxation and imagination. Then, they ask you to “go back into the life times before this one.” It is basically a command. So, the imagination that you see begins to fit a framework of a presumable ( unproven) “past life time.”  From there on, you can create anything you want, especially with the leading questions of a hypnotist.

I don’t have a problem with the state of trance and imagination. Even Albert Einstein once said, “ imagination is more powerful than knowledge.” In fact, if you channel it right, it can help you paint a beautiful masterpiece, write a screenplay or a novel. Sometimes, it can help you soothe emotional or physical pain by envisioning beautiful sites or vast expanding universes. But to assert that this imagination is your previous life times would be total promulgation.

Past lives is just a popular framework that some people choose to explain their imagination and create certainty. You might as well choose something like “aliens are talking to me” or “angles are guiding me” or “I am accessing future realities or parallel worlds.” You can choose any belief to become the framework for your imagination. Or you can simply play and have fun with it and ride it as a roller coaster without any specific framework. Just use it for good.

To not schedule a session for past life regression, but to learn how to expand and use your imagination and creativity, contact consulting NYC hypnotist Elena Beloff 646 450 8167 or email info@insidehypnosis.com

How a man overcame stuttering after hypnotized into being a sexual animal

Julius CeaserConfidence in a man is extremely attractive to any woman. It’s not so much about being Bratt Pitt or Ryan Gosling, it’s more about being Julius Caesar or General Patton. Power, leadership, confidence are the key ingredients to winning a woman’s heart. Thank the biology’s selfish gene for that, because its no secret: women are attracted to power, men are attracted to beauty.

In this part of my blog I will be documenting some of my most interesting hypnosis sessions. All names are changed and situations slightly modified to protect my client’s confidentiality.

Igor came to me with the stuttering problem. He had a minor speech impediment, where certain words are challenging to pronounce. After many years of struggle, he found a way to manage this problem by scanning for feared words to either shift the conversation or substitute difficult words with synonyms. All stutterers do this to some extent but some become so adroit at it that they appear to stop stuttering altogether. They are often labeled as “closet stutterers.” However, no one knows how much stress they have to endure: hunting, substituting, avoiding, maintaining a constant vigilance, overall feeling exhausted by the end of the day. Igor was a closet stutterer.

During the pre-talk, Igor shared with me that a few years ago he went to South America and met Drake, a dating coach, who performed a brief ten minute hypnosis induction with him to help him build confidence meeting women. Drake hypnotized Igor to imagine that he was a powerful man, owning a whole harem of beautiful women; they all desired him, seduced him and he was some sort of sexual animal, impossible to resist. When Igor came out of hypnosis he felt more confident and empowered. To his own surprise his stutter was also gone.

The sexual power and owning a harem of women represented male power for Igor, being some sort of a king, who was able to provide to all of his wives, inseminate them and breed more of his children, that is to spread his genes.

Igor told me that unfortunately the confident feeling lasted only for a few weeks after that brief session and consequently his stutter returned. However, he believed in the power of hypnosis and asked me to hypnotize him again so he could re-experience this exuberant confidence and lose the stutter permanently.

I didn’t want to do the same thing Drake did for Igor, by guiding him into imagining sex orgies in order to overcome his stutter. It wasn’t my style and I am not a dating coach, even though I saw a powerful value in this metaphor for Igor. At the same time, I didn’t want to offer something traditional, conservative and discount the work of Drake. So, I decided that this time, Drake and I “could work” in tandem for Igor: me in the therapy room and Drake in Igor’s imagination.

I used an induction and put Igor into the state of trance, then I guided him back to the experience he had with Drake in 2010. I instructed Igor to imagine Drake and hear his every suggestion one more time, so he could re-experience the same state of extreme confidence and male power, no mater where he was and what he was doing in his imagination.

After Igor achieved the powerful state again, I added a few more metaphors. I guided Igor to imagine and choose people whose confidence, power and vision he admired. Among them were Winston Churchill, Julius Caesar and Thomas Jefferson. Igor imagined himself being these men one at a time. When Igor achieved a magnified state of power mentally, physically and emotionally, I asked him to create a trigger: a deep breath in and out along with his personal code word which he would associate with this desired mental state. This technique is called Anchoring. Anchoring refers to the process of associating an internal state with some external or internal trigger so that the response may be quickly, and sometimes covertly, reassessed at will and at any time.

After Igor’s anchor was locked, I gave him some more suggestions, that from then on it would be easy for him to access this state of confidence and power with his personal anchor at any time and at any place.

Igor was delighted. This time he was convinced that his confidence state is like a software in the mind – always there, available to him permanently. His stutter was also gone. He spoke slowly, smoothly and was very relaxed. The internal state of confidence made him not care about what people thought or said about his minor speech impedement or a random stutter. It simply no longer mattered.

NYC hypnotist Elena Beloff for hypnosis sessions, call 646 450 8167, info@insidehypnosis.com

Hypnotized in 4 Seconds!

advertisingMany of my clients often ask me how long it takes to get hypnotized and if they are hypnotizable.

If you understand the nature and a basic logic behind hypnosis, you will be surprised to find out how we are hypnotized on the day-to-day basis by our environment, without any long extensive hypnotic inductions, normally used by clinical hypnotists.

Yesterday, I when was walking along Central Park West, I saw a bus passing by to my left  and suddenly, in just one instant my whole attention was on two words. On the side of the bus, in bold red color I read “Breaking Bad.” In that same instant I quickly paid attention to the image that was next to it: a dead looking man laying on the grass, his face is barely seen. In that same second I thought to myself “ Oh no, Walter White will be shot to death by the end of the ‘Breaking Bad’ season.” The following second I thought:  that’s impossible, why would the producers of the show want to reveal the ending? In the following third second I thought, “breaking bad” logo is supposed to be in green color, not red, so this ad is not for “breaking bad.” The following fourth second I thought “ what the heck is this ad for?” And then I saw one word RECTIFY. All of that logic happened in just a few seconds! I came home and googled  “Rectify and breaking bad.” Sure enough, it was a new show on Sundance, produced by the creators of Breaking Bad.

This is how I got hypnotized by two words and one image into googling RECTIFY. The “induction” into the state of receptivity –hypnosis- happened under 4 seconds!

Think about it, in one moment, my critical faculty was completely bypassed as soon as I saw the words “Breaking Bad” and a picture of a dead looking man on the grass. Two words and one image evoked a strong emotion of shock, mixed with worry “ Oh no.. Walter White will be killed.”

This conclusion was immediately rationalized by me when I realized that it would be illogical for producers of the show to reveal the end of the season, especially on the poster and even more, the “breaking bad” logo was supposed to be in green color, not red. But it was too late, the campaign has evoked the strong  emotion in me, for a “dead Walter White” and lo and behold, my attention was quickly fixated on the word “Rectify.”

Hypnosis is a bypass of a critical faculty and the establishment of selective thinking.

We are hypnotized every day by one another and our media and advertising driven environment. There is nothing mysterious about hypnosis. Hypnosis is all around us.

Here it is, the ad that hypnotized me: rectify on sundance.

To schedule a session with NYC Hypnotist Elena Beloff call 646 450 8167. Overcome stress, bad habits, stop smoking, alcohol addiction, performance anxiety, motivate for success and more. Anything is possible with the power if your mind!

 

 

How to Overcome Sexual Performance Anxiety

Happy coupleSexual performance anxiety can be overcome with hypnosis therapy. In a matter of one hypnosis session, you can be tuning your thoughts in a positive direction and looking forward to the most pleasurable activity in your life – sex!

At the base of all performance anxiety problems, be it stage fright, fear of public speaking or sexual performance anxiety – there lies a pattern of constant overplaying of a negative inner dialogue. A negative expectation of a failure and a nagging overplaying of the thoughts such as “ I will look bad”, “What will she or he think of me” “ I will feel ashamed”, “I won’t get an erection”, “ I hate myself”, “He thinks I am lame” and etc – all these thoughts can be devastating and affecting one’s ability to perform a natural human function, such as having sex. Some of my clients with this problem have reported, that they even began to dread sex and avoid it, as if it was some chore.

We form beliefs throughout or lives. Whatever we expose ourselves to: various situations, people, events – they all have a powerful effect on how we build our models of the world. Our models of the world define our lives. Because what you believe in – becomes your life.

Negative beliefs usually form after a person is being exposed to negative life situations or circumstances ( willfully or not). Also, negative beliefs often form at the time when certain specific failure or traumatic event take place or someone makes a critical comment about you or your activity.

Many of my clients with sexual performance anxiety report a specific, often embarrassing failure incident that happened in the past, after which they tend to fixate on the idea that such failure might happen again.

It is important to know that everything your unconscious mind does, has a positive intention. If your mind knows you failed in the past, it will do all possible to help you avoid this unpleasant situation again. So how does it try to help you? Simply by reminding you about it, fearing it would happen again and trying not to let that happen. Except the mind doesn’t often understand that by “reminding you about this event”  doesn’t help you at all. It actually does the opposite – you begin to ruminate over the negative, and your expectations tend to materialize again. Because what we think becomes our actions, behaviors and physical expressions.

When I work with my clients with sexual performance anxiety, I use hypnosis to help them break connections with the past. In deep trance I convince their unconscious mind that what happened in the past is done and finished and has no effect on their current thought processes anymore.  On the deep level of the mind they begin to understand that the only way to enjoy sex and receive pleasure is to truly immerse yourself in the experience, let go of the past, and be fully in the moment. I give my clients positive suggestions about their sexual performance, and expectation of success at all times. After the session they feel renewed, recharged, ready to rock the world with their God given talents!

Testimonial from a recent client:

“I am doing very well. My last encounter was perfect, no issues what so-ever. The sessions seem to be working, no hang-ups, getting lost in the moment, having fun. I’m much more confident, a lot less comparing, being happy with myself.” L.T.

SCHEDULE A SESSION  with NYC Clinical Hypnotist Elena Beloff to overcome a sexual performance anxiety . CALL 646 450 8167. New York Hypnotherapy with Elena Beloff is your Solution to Problem.

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Post-Hypnotic Suggestion to Overcome Anxiety

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New York Hypnotherapy and Lavender Oil Anchor

I once worked with a woman who came to me to overcome the anxiety she associated with seeing her daughter-in-law. She experienced an over-all negative state, which hindered her from expressing herself and simply having a good time with family when they gathered for dinners. I asked what she wanted to feel instead. She said that she didn’t want to feel a sudden liking of this woman or any friendship yet. She simply wanted to feel at ease. She wanted to be comfortable enough to interact normally with her family without constantly experiencing an unpleasant anxiety when she looked at or tried to speak with her daughter-in-law.

I asked her to recall a memory from the past when she felt total bliss and happiness. She said it was with her kids when they were small and they were all lying in bed together. At that moment her life felt worth living.

I explained to her how creating a specific anchor and associating it with this positive memory could help her deal with her anxiety. She could use a trigger associated with this memory and use it every time she was near her daughter-in-law. Over time this would naturally replace her state of anxiousness.  I also suggested some examples of different anchors she could use. She chose an olfactory anchor of lavender oil.

I hypnotized her into trance state and guided her back in time to her memory of when she was with her kids in bed, full of happiness and joy. She gently smelled lavender oil with her eyes closed, as I brought it near her nose. We did this a few times, so that the lavender oil anchor could be naturally and efficiently associated with the state of ease, comfort and peace.

A few days later she told me that she had dinner with her family and her daughter-in-law. She put a little bit of lavender oil on her wrist. Whenever she needed to experience the state of calm and ease, she simply smelled her wrist and felt very positive. She was able to interact and communicate and make choices from a very powerful and positive place of peace and love. This became a powerful post-hypnotic suggestion with a little aid of lavender oil anchor.

SCHEDULE a HYPNOSIS SESSION with NYC Hypnotherapist Elena Beloff. CALL 646 450 8167. Overcome performance anxiety, stage fright and fears of public speaking using hypnosis and NLP anchoring techniques. 

How does Smoking Cause Cancer?

When a tobacco cigarette burns, it releases a cocktail of about 4000 chemicals, more than 70 of them are cancer causing substances.

Scientists have shown that these chemicals can damage a person’s DNA and therefore change the genes, hence causing cancer by the cells growing abnormally and multiplying out of control.

Among these carcinogenic substances  are:

Tar –  a sticky brown residue, which smokers inhale every time the smoke; tar also forms stains on a smoker’s teeth, fingers and lungs

Arsenic, which is used in wood preservatives

Benzene, an industrial solvent, refined from crude oil

Cadmium, used in batteries

Formaldehyde, used in mortuaries and paint manufacturing

Polonium-210, a highly radioactive element

Chromium, used to manufacture dye, paints and alloys

1,3-Butadiene, used in rubber manufacturing

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, a group of dangerous DNA-damaging chemicals

Nitrosamines, another group of DNA-damaging chemicals

Acrolein, formerly used as a chemical weapon

Metals, such as nickel, lead, cobalt and beryllium. These metals are easily absorbed by the lungs when smoked.

There are many more chemicals, that don’t directly cause cancer, but they make it easier for others to do so. Nicotine is not a carcinogenic, however it is a highly addictive drug, which causes a person to want to smoke more and regularly, increasing the chances of getting cancer from inhaling harmful carcinogenic chemicals contained in the cigarette.

SCHEDULE A HYPNOSIS SESSION for SMOKING CESSATION with NYC Hypnotist  Elena Beloff in her Midtown Manhattan office. CALL 646 450 8167 NOW or email info@insidehypnosis.com

Let the results surprise you and let your life improve in the direction of your health and self-esteem!

Source: Cancer Research UK

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Hypnosis and Dating

How can hypnosis help you improve your relationships?

I recently shot a short video, which I may develop into a TV or an online show called “HypnoDating with Elena Beloff.” The concept is simple: I help people find love using hypnosis. I work with people individually to help them break through limiting beliefs and perceptions. I also work in groups using hypnosis to reverse gender, so the subjects could understand how the opposite sex thinks and functions.

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Relationships are very important  – they help us grow. Through relationships we are able to confront our many parts within – those that are fear or pain based and visa versa – we can enhance our virtuous parts.  Through deep connection with others we are able to heal, grow and expand our thinking.

Many times people are afraid of love or at very least build connections that may have a potential for short or long term relationships. Especially in big cities, like New York, where people often think they are not ready or not good enough for a relationship  and so on.

Hypnosis can help you break some of the limiting beliefs that hold you back in life. Hypnosis can help you visualize your desired healthy and happy relationship, so you can begin to attract love, as you stay naturally and more open to it. Hypnosis can help you believe that you deserve happiness and love. Want it, and you can have it.

Elena Beloff, Consulting Hypnotist in NYC is available for hypnosis sessions in midtown Manhattan office and for Skype hypnosis sessions.

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Hypnosis in NYC with hypnotist Elena Beloff. New York Hypnotherapy sessions in Midtown  Manhattan.

How much do hypnosis sessions cost?

The first questions potential clients ask a clinical hypnotist are: “how much do hypnosis sessions cost” and  “how many sessions are needed to work on an issue?”

Fees of course vary from hypnotist to hypnotist. Experience and location of the practitioner also define the price. Hypnosis in NYC can be fairly expensive. On the average a professional hypnotist in Manhattan with experience of over ten years would charge $200 per hour. It usually takes two hypnosis sessions to work on a specific issue. If it’s per hour basis charge then your first hypnosis session may last anywhere from one hour and forty-five minutes to two hours, which is $350 or $400 per session, in that case a follow up hypnosis session lasts only one hour. So in total you will pay $550 or $600 for your hypnosis treatment.  Some hypnotists charge a flat fee of $250 per hypnosis session, which may last up to two or more hours, depending on a hypnotist.

Smoking cessation sessions normally require one session.  The cost can vary between $250 to $400 per session. If the price is high, that means you get a better location and a more experienced hypnotist.

Hypnosis sessions for weight loss vary from person to person and depend on how much weight a client wants to lose. Most hypnotists in Manhattan charge $250 or $300 per weight loss session and require a commitment to five or six sessions for better results. It is common for a client to pay in advance for the amount of sessions required for weight loss program.

All of these fees are quoted in year of 2012. Fees change with time due to inflation.

Elena Beloff, consulting NYC hypnotist is available for hypnosis sessions in Manhattan. Her offices are located on Uppers East and Midtown. Call 646 450 8167 to schedule a hypnosis session.

NYC Hypnotist for Social Anxiety

One of my youtube followers and long time fan, after seeing my first self-hypnosis video, asked me if I could make a self-hypnosis program for social confidence.  He said that he was going to participate in a few social events in October, which would require him to interact with new people, quickly build conversation and remain eye contact. He wanted to feel confident doing that.

From my experience as a full time consulting hypnotist in NYC,  I can say that at the bottom of social phobia problem often lies an issue of low self-esteem, constant self-judging and comparing yourself with others, which results in overplaying of a negative inner dialogue like: “ I am not that smart, I have nothing to say, others are better than me, I will say something stupid and people will laugh at me” and so on so forth. Many people with social phobia perceive social interactions as something “torturous”, rather than a relaxing activity, during which people can exchange positive energy and have fun. This successful social interaction is possible is if they are natural, self- accepting and non-judging, stay in the moment and feel internally happy.

You don’t have to try hard to be social either, you can simply feel positive, comfortable within yourself – and all social interaction will happen naturally and spontaneously. People will come to you and try to talk to you, because your positive attitude and energy will draw them to you.

I created this new self-hypnosis program which will help many people who battle with social anxiety. This hypnosis program is only 8 minutes longs. It induces a state of focused attention and allows your unconscious mind naturally and easily  accept  new programing for social confidence. Positive suggestions for ego-strengthening and high self-esteem are included in this program.

NYC Hypnotist Elena Beloff is also available for hypnosis in NYC. Private Hypnosis Sessions are conducted in Midtown Manhattan office.