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Hypnosis is an effective, empowering way to make positive changes in your life!Richmond Va Spiritual Theory

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis has been used for hundreds of years to build self-confidence; change habits such as stopping nail biting and smoking, facilitate weight loss, improve memory, and to alleviate stress and fears as well as manage pain. Hypnosis is natural and safe. In hypnosis, you are not asleep. Neither are you unconscious. The hypnotic state, by itself, is helpful in that it produces a state of relaxation and attention. While you are in the hypnotic state, your mind is open and receptive to suggestions. Positive and healing suggestions are able to flow deeply into your mind assisting you to make desired changes.

Hypnosis is a state of physical and mental relaxation where you can achieve a focused state of mind. In this relaxed state you can create the improvements that you desire. The hypnotic state heightens memory and perceptions and can act as a catalyst toward rapid healing, enhanced creativity, as well as other benefits.

Hypnosis accesses the part of your mind that is responsible for much of your behavior (the subconscious) and clears the way for change. By neutralizing negative behavior patterns, addressing mistaken beliefs, and offering tools for growth, hypnosis and coaching services can enhance your quality of life. You’ve already discovered that relying strictly on willpower and intellect (the conscious mind) doesn’t work. Empower yourself to succeed, as so many others have, by making your mind work for you—instead of against you.

The Client is always in control and will be able to hear and remember what is said in the hypnotic state. There is no surrender of control. Under hypnosis the client is not asleep or unconscious.

Hypnosis which is also referred to as hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion is not meant to replace any medical or psychological treatment. However, it has been known to be an extremely effective complementary adjunct to mainstream medical and psychological treatment.

Can you be hypnotized?

Yes, any one of normal intelligence can be hypnotized if you have a reasonable ability to concentrate. It is a lot like daydreaming.

Hypnosis is not something that is done to you. Hypnosis is simply a state of focused relaxation. Anyone with the desire to be hypnotized can do so. In fact, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. The hypnotist serves as your facilitator to help you achieve your goals.

Answering these questions may help determine if you would be a good candidate for hypnosis:

1. Can you imagine a pink elephant?
2. Have you ever been so involved in a book or TV program that when someone spoke to you, you did not hear them?
3. Have you ever been so engrossed in your thoughts while driving home from work or school that you did not remember how you got there?
4. Do you daydream?
5. Most importantly, do you want to be hypnotized?
If you answered YES to some of these questions, then hypnosis may be very beneficial to you.

What can hypnosis be used for?

Hypnotherapy has the potential to help relieve the symptoms of a wide variety of conditions. It can be used independently or along with other treatments. For example, it's one of several relaxation methods for treating chronic pain that has been approved by an independent panel convened by the National Institutes of Health.

Some of the goals and items that hypnosis has been used for include:Richmond VA Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy

  • Weight management
  • Self Discovery
  • Creativity
  • Stress management
  • Intuitive Skills Enhancement
  • Fear
  • Smoking cessation
  • Insomnia
  • Study Habits
  • Pain management Sales Success
  • Public Speaking Confidence
  • Behavior modification
  • Nail biting
  • Confidence and motivation
  • Other changes and challenges

What to expect?

Prior to a session, we will discuss your goals or objectives of treatment and how we can work together to realize those goals. We’ll also discuss your lifestyle and circumstances as these may apply to our work together. If we decide to work together, my commitment to you is to provide a supportive, safe, and nurturing environment to guide you on your journey toward personal freedom. Whether you desire to lose weight, feel greater confidence, modify a behavior, or reduce stress, hypnosis can help you achieve these as well as many other goals.

Charlene is NGH Certified, and adheres to the National Guild of Hypnotists Code of Ethics.

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How Does Hypnosis Work?

Hypnosis works directly with the subconscious to effect change through suggestion. It is a state of mind characterized by relaxed brain waves and a state of hyper-suggestibility. Just about everyone has been in a state of hypnosis, many times in his or her life. You drive somewhere and don’t remember seeing all of the usual landmarks because you are on automatic pilot. This natural hypnotic state is also present when you become so involved in a book, TV show, or some other activity that blocks everything else out. Whenever you concentrate completely, you automatically slip into this natural hypnotic state.

The hypnotic state, by itself, is helpful in that it produces a state of relaxation and attention. While you are in the hypnotic state, your mind is open and receptive to suggestions. This opens the gateway to subconscious mind where the healing and emotional change process can take place. Positive and healing suggestions are able to sink deeply into your mind much more quickly and strongly than when you are in a normal, awake (beta wave) state of mind. I am emphasizing positive suggestions because all research has demonstrated that while in the hypnotic state, you cannot be made to do anything against your moral values.

All of our habitual and behavior controlling thoughts reside in what is called our subconscious mind. It's called that because it is deeper than our conscious mind. It's below our waking level of consciousness. We are unaware of the thoughts and feelings that reside subconscious.

Imagine that there is a gateway between your conscious mind and your subconscious mind. Normally, the gateway is closed until your brain waves slow down to a relaxed, alpha brain wave level. This happens when you are asleep. The gate opens for short periods and ideas, images and thoughts come out of your subconscious mind. When you are in a state of hypnosis, the gate opens to enable helpful suggestions to be received by your subconscious mind. Forgotten memories can also be retrieved.

The hypnotherapist helps you to focus your attention and concentration to enable you to go into a natural, normal hypnotic state. Once in the state of hypnosis, the gateway opens and suggestions to assist you can be introduced.

What does hypnosis feel like?

Most hypnosis clients describe the state as extremely pleasant, deeply relaxing, calm, and euphoric. The most common feelings reported by hypnosis clients include the following: deep relaxation; a slight tingly or numb feeling; a feeling of heaviness or a sensation of floating; eye fluttering; and a noticeable change in breathing.

Generally speaking, the client hears and remembers 50-100% of what is said during the session and is very aware of their own body and breathing as well as of the temperature and sounds in the room. Most people (about 90%) are actually more aware (not less aware) when hypnotized. Some people go so deeply into hypnosis that they have no memory of the session but most clients hear and remember most of the hypnosis experience.

What If My Mind Occasionally Wanders During Hypnosis?

While your mind may wander and drift occasionally during hypnosis, it is only your conscious mind that is doing so. This allows your subconscious mind to understand and accept the suggestions for change that you desire.

What are my prospects of success?

Motivation is the key to success. The more you want to make a change, overcome a behavior, or achieve your goal, the greater your odds of achieving your objective.

Will I do something against my will?

No! When you are hypnotized, you are aware of all suggestions given to you and you will not accept any suggestion that in any way violates your personal integrity or standards of behavior. You will not do anything which you would not do when wide awake and alert.

How Long Does It Take?

One session may not be enough to eliminate a habit that took years to develop, although it sometimes happens. Each person is different and unique, but several sessions are recommended for most people. The initial session can last up to 1 1/2 hours and includes discussion of the client's goals and objective, resolution or any misconceptions about hypnosis and the hypnosis session itself. Follow up sessions on any particular goal or objective may take up to an hour.

Should Hypnosis Be A Substitute for Doctor Visits?

No! While hypnosis is safe and often recommended to help resolve many types of problems, it is not a panacea. It is never meant to be substituted for proper, professional health care. A client may turn to hypnosis for pain management, as it is highly effective. Pain is often a symptom that something is wrong; therefore a thorough medical examination is necessary to determine the cause of the pain.

Charlene Dortch is a Certified Hypnotist through the National Guild of Hypnotists,

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