MIndfulness and Hypnosis

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Research shows overwhelmingly that self-regulation is a vital component to health and wellness. "Focusing on being intentionally aware of what you are sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and helps to reduce stress." Mayo Clinic

Examples of Mindfulness include:

  • being conscious about what foods you eat

  • paying attention to the feelings you have before you act, eat, or react

  • paying attention to your senses actively and in the moment

  • feeling more balanced and connected

  • lowering the risk of heart disease

  • reducing chronic pain

  • alleviating gastrointestinal difficulties

  • improving mental health

  • increasing self-regulation

  • cultivating a stable healing presence and healthy internal and external environment

 

Mindfulness and Hypnosis

"A closer look at the processes, goals, and outcomes of both mindfulness and hypnosis reveals that they share fundamental similarities of purpose and practice knowledge." Psychology Network, blog excerpt from "Suggesting Mindfulness" by Michael Yapko, 2011

Hypnosis uses active, directed suggestion to focus, then alter, the awareness - cognitive, sensory, relational, and emotional. These alternations give rise to dramatic shifts in perspective, attitudes, behavior, and even personal transformation. 

What Happens in a Hypnosis, Closed-Eye Process?

First, it is important that you choose a certified hypnotist or hypnotherapist. In the initial session, the hypnotist will help you to relax in a safe, comfortable setting. They will explain the process to you and inquire as to your goals. Then they will use an induction technique that uses repeated verbal cues to guide you into a receptive, trance-like state. In that state, the hypnotist can help you slip below ego defenses and hardwired, outdated, or ineffective scripts and beliefs that limit your goals and optimal health and well being.

Steps in the Process:

  1. Coaching interview to determine your vision and goals - what do you want to work on or change?

  2. Induction (closed-eye process to drop into a trance-like state) to look at past patterns and details impacting the current situation 

  3. Returned to full consciousness at which time you will discuss the situations that contributed to the issue to review or revise the session goals

  4. Induction to change the associations, patterns, and messages to align with your current goals and vision

  5. Returned to full consciousness and given a recording of the second induction with the agreement to listen to the recording for 21 consecutive days, to deepen the new habits, behaviors, and mindset.

Most conditions can be cleared with one 3-hour session. However, it is generally recommended that you participate in several coaching sessions afterwards to address the changes that may be needed in your relationships, environment, lifestyle, career, and other areas as a result of the history surrounding the negative habit or behavior.

The fastest and most direct way to change is to re-wire the brain for success. Mindfulness helps clients to become aware and to self-regulate. Hypnosis helps clients to re-wire outdated beliefs and habits that limit optimal health and wellness. Coaching helps clients to stay on track by providing accountability and the opportunity to continue to put change into context in other areas of their lives.