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or the therapeutic application of hypnosis, is a powerful tool for self-empowerment. By eliminating
barriers or blockages between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind hypnosis can help
unleash positive potential. Bad habits can be broken and new patterns of thought and behavior
can be achieved when self-limiting fears, false conceptions, and troubling confusions are resolved.
Some people falsely think of hypnosis or hypnotism as being something mysterious as if it were
magic or an unconscious state of mind. In fact, hypnosis is the induction of a state of mind that is
similar to daydream reveries or the moments just before drifting off to sleep.
The major difference between everday trance states and hypnosis per se
as practiced by a hypnotist or hypnotherapist is that its induction is
intentional. Hypnosis is not only not a state of unconsciousness, it is a state of highly focused
consciousness. Through the use of suggestion and the cooperation
between the hypnotist
or hypnotherapist and client, the subject first enters into
a state of profound physical relaxation and then into a relaxation
of the mind that is at the same time highly focused. This
combination of physical relaxation and relaxed mental focus
creates a state of optimum suggestibility which makes the
therapeutic usefulness of hypnosis possible. The uses of
hypnotherapy include weight-loss and weight
management, smoking cessation,
improved motivation and self-esteem,
improved creativity through the unblocking of creative potential,
stress reduction and stress management, control of
anxieties and phobias such as public
speaking, stage fright, airplane or flight anxiety (fear of flying),
test anxiety. Any type of anxiety or phobia including anxieties
which cause insomnia or interfere with sleep. Anxiety concerning dating and forming healthy relationships. Memory enhancement, enhanced sports performance and performance
enhancement of all kinds. Hypnosis and hypnotherapy can help with academic testing
and/or exam preparation. All kinds of perfornance anxiety can be helped by hypnotherapy.
Hypnosis can also help alleviate anxiety concerning surgery, fear of needles,
dental visits and other medical examinations and procedures including childbirth. The management of addictive behaviors is one of the
many other useful applications of hypnosis. Hypnosis plus positive thinking equals change.
Old habits and behaviors are not easily changed, but
hypnosis is an empowering tool that makes changing bad habits easier. Along with
habits of good driving and good speech, or good dispositions such
as calmness in moments of difficulty or crisis, there are the
reverse bad habits and dispositions. There are the habits of
overeating, poor eating, and smoking. Cigarette smokers and tobacco
users who make the wise choice to quit have habits based
on both behavioral (or pyschological) as well as physical (or chemical) factors.
There are irrational fears of crowds or of speaking before groups. There are
the array of anxieties in response to different types of stressful
situations such as those relating to your business or job, nervousness
about taking tests or examinations of all sorts. We may tell ourselves
over and over again to relax, that our fears are irrational, that we should
quit smoking or stop eating so much, etc. and yet our minds may not
want to listen. We need to move beyond the status quo.
Hypnosis and hypnotherapy can help!
For hypnotherapy to be successful a client must want to change. Positive changes
through hypnotherapy result from the harmonious cooperation
between the conscious and subconscous minds and can sometimes
can seem natural and easy. For example, losing
weight through hypnosis and hypnotherapy is very different than
conventional dieting. To make a bold metaphor,
dieting is akin to war, whereas weight control through hypnosis is
the waging of peace between conscious choices and subconscious cravings.
The positive change from negative eating habits to healthful and
sensible patterns of eating in order to lose weight and keep it off, when done through a program of hypnotherapy, is a
wonderfully natural experience compared with the experiences of
most dieters. Much the same comparison may be made between
conventional stop smoking programs and
Hypnosis and Holistic Health
There is a consensus that a positive mental attitude powerfully supports both healing and
disease prevention. Hypnosis goes further. The positive thinking that is
conducive to hypnotherapy can, in the hypnotic process, powerfully communicate
subconscious suggestion in the form of visualization, affirmation, and deep
Hypnotherapy and the therapeutic use of hypnosis is a holistic and
complementary method of pain management and wellness.
I work in conjunction with other health care practitioners to
utilize hypnosis in a manner that complements and supports ongoing treatment and
healthy lifestyle changes.
Hypnosis and Philosophy
is a natural relationship between hypnosis
and philosophy. Philosophy is concerned with the conscious
mind and with conscious attitudes and beliefs. What happens when
inadequately analyzed beliefs conflict with a positive decision to
modify habits or behaviors?
Hypnosis and the practice of hypnotherapy can bring the conscious and subconscious minds into
harmonious balance. However, the subconscious will reject hypnotic
suggestions that conflict with a person's values and beliefs, and
when these beliefs are in a state of general disharmony indirect
and subtle conflicts can interfere with hypnotherapy. As a
philosophical practitioner and certified hypnotherapist,
I offer sessions in practical philosophy or philosophical counseling either separately
or synergistically combined with hypnotherapy. Philosophical
disciplines ranging from Taoism to existentialism to pragmatism
are used with the goal of achieving clarity and harmony of mind.
Philosophical counseling is also complementary for clients interested
in exploring past life regression. Regardless of whether
the hypnotherapy client believes that "past lives" remembered under hypnosis
are real memories or are only imaginary, the significance
of the issues and patterns that are uncovered can be meaningful, profound
and lasting. The utilization of philosophical counseling to clarify and
understand broader implications enhances the significance of both hypnotherapy and past life regression work.
Discussions, Groups, Seminars
Group hypnosis sessions are a great way to experience hypnotherapy for the first time and can also supplement the work of ongoing private sessions.
Philosophy discusssions are conducted regularly and can complement private sessions and/or be entertaining and stimulating opportunities for the exchange of ideas. Corporate and organizational group sessions are available for weight reduction, smoking cessation, motivation for exercise and general wellness. Motivation and peak performance are also prime areas of focus. Seminars may include both group hypnosis and philosophically oriented discussions intened to inspire, motivate, and clear the muddles and conflicts that can interefere with the wellness of both the individual and the organization as a whole!
Finally, the Social Philosophizers social club is based on the principle that intellectual mingling is the best form of social mingling. It is a club for both singles and non singles who value intellecual communication as an important part of socializing and social networking. Please click here for more information on groups, discussions and seminars.
Integral Hypnosis is conveniently located in Newton, MA near the Mass Pike and Route 128 and
is within a 1/2 hour drive of the following Greater Boston, MetroWest, North Shore and South Shore