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Self Hypnosis

Self-Hypnosis is the ability to create a self induced relaxed state of mind and body.  When you are in a trance state you can focus your energy on a specific goal or simply quiet your mind and go into a state of deep mental and physical relaxation.  Make yourself as comfortable as possible, either in a chair or by lying down on a couch or bed.

With practice you will find it easy to block out distractions and still be able to focus your mind.

Close your eyes and begin to breathe very slowly and deeply in through your nose and out through your mouth. As you breathe out, imagine you are breathing away any nervous tension left in your body.

Just relax and pay little attention to any thoughts that come and go. You will quickly enter a light trance state

A good technique to guide your self deeper into trance is to count down silently and men-tally from ten to one. Relax more and more with each descending number. You can imagine you are stepping down ten steps into a beautiful setting. Do not worry that you are not deep enough in trance or that nothing is happening. Being in a trance is often very subtle. The more you practice the better you will get.

Allow yourself to go deep inside your mind and feel safe and secure as you do this. You may fall asleep in trance but will just wake up naturally when you are ready to.

When you reach the deeper trance level you can relax and meditate or you can give yourself some positive affirmations.

Slowly repeat the affirmations over and over in your mind.

It is very important to state affirmations in the positive present tense, for example:

Do not say: “I do not want to be fat.”

Do say: “I LOVE being fit, slim and healthy.” Or “I AM fit, slim and healthy.”

Make the affirmations accurate. Your subconscious mind believes exactly what it is told. You are creating new positive beliefs that will be accepted exactly as they are stated. So it is very important to take time and care to word your affirmations correctly.

You can also use visual images and feelings in Self Hypnosis. Different people respond differently to different stimuli. So experiment to see what works best for you.

When you feel it is time to wake up from the trance, all you need to do is slowly and mentally count your self back to number one. Tell yourself you are becoming more awake with each number. When you reach the number one, open your eyes and you will be wide-awake.

Self Hypnosis is very useful as it can, with practice, be used at almost any time for the many different benefits associated with Hypnosis.

Maximum Power,

Dr. Dave Hill, DCH

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” -Walt Disney


Time Magazine Article On Smoking Deaths

Time Magazine put out a health feature story on cigarettes recently.

You can read the full article here: Time Magazine Smoking Article

Maximum Power,

Dr. Dave Hill, DCH

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” -Walt Disney

Permanent Weight Loss with Hypnosis

Most people eat for comfort or to relieve stress and those habits become a life-long problem.  Hypnotists work with you one-on-one and help you solve that problem – once and for all.  Hypnotists learn what unique triggers effect your personal eating habits and use techniques of neuro-linguistic programming, regression, and other hypnotic techniques to develop customized hypnosis for you. Through hypnosis you will learn to look at food differently and change you habits permanently.

It’s very easy and often takes little or no willpower.

It’s also proven to work better than anything else you can try.  And, unlike the diet roller-coaster, you will see and enjoy lasting effects in just a few short sessions.

The difference between permanent weight loss and temporary gains and losses is purely psychological. 95% of people on ANY diet end up gaining the weight back AND THEN SOME!

But with hypnosis you learn how to think differently. You learn how to identify and then separate emotions from your eating habits and so your gains aren’t dependent on the form of mental “adrenaline” we call willpower.  Your gains are the result of real and permanent changes in your outlook and so they are for real and forever.

Research Proving Hypnosis Works to Help You Lose Weight

Hypnosis Over 30 Times as Effective for Weight Loss
Investigated the effects of hypnosis in weight loss for 60 females, at least 20% overweight. Treatment included group hypnosis with metaphors for ego- strengthening, decision making and motivation, ideomotor exploration in individual hypnosis, and group hypnosis with maintenance suggestions. Hypnosis was more effective than a control group 17lbs vs. 0.5 lbs on follow-up.  Cochrane, Gordon; Friesen, J. (1986). Hypnotherapy in weight loss treatment. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 54, 489-492.

2 Years Later Hypnosis Subjects Continued To Lose Significant Weight

109 people completed a behavioral treatment for weight management either with or without the addition of hypnosis. At the end of the 9-week program, both interventions resulted in significant weight reduction. At 8-month and 2-year follow-ups, the hypnosis subjects were found to have continued to lose significant weight, while those in the behavioral-treatment-only group showed little further change. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (1985)

Hypnosis Subjects Lost More Weight Than 90% of Others and Kept it Off
Researchers analyzed 18 studies comparing a cognitive behavioral therapy, such as relaxation training, guided imagery, self monitoring or goal setting with the same therapy supplemented by hypnosis. Those who received the hypnosis lost more weight than 90 percent of the non hypnosis, and maintained the weight loss two years after treatment ended. University of Connecticut, Storrs Allison DB, Faith MS. Hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy for obesity: a meta-analytic reappraisal. J Consult Clin Psychol. 1996;64(3):513-516.

Hypnosis More Than Doubled Average Weight Loss
Study of the effect of adding hypnosis to cognitive- behavioral treatments for weight reduction, additional data were obtained from authors of 2 studies. Analyses indicated that the benefits of hypnosis increased substantially over time. Kirsch, Irving (1996). Hypnotic enhancement of cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments–Another meta-reanalysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64 (3), 517-519.

Hypnosis Showed Significantly Lower Post-Treatment Weights
Two studies compared overweight smoking and non-smoking adult women in an hypnosis-based, weight-loss program. Both achieved significant weight losses and decreases in Body Mass Index. Follow-up study replicated significant weight losses and declines in Body Mass Index. The overt aversion and hypnosis program yielded significantly lower post-treatment weights and a greater average number of pounds lost. Weight loss for women: studies of smokers and nonsmokers using hypnosis and multi-component treatments with and without overt aversion. – Johnson DL Psychology Reprints. 1997 Jun;80(3 Pt 1):931-3.

Hypnotherapy group with stress reduction achieved significantly more weight loss than the
other two treatments.

Randomized, controlled, parallel study of two forms of hypnotherapy (directed at stress reduction or energy intake reduction), vs dietary advice alone in 60 obese patients with obstructive sleep apnoea on nasal continuous positive airway pressure treatment. J Stradlinga, D Roberts, A Wilson and F Lovelock Chest Unit, Churchill Hospital, Oxford, OX3 7LJ, UK

Hypnosis can more than double the effects of traditional weight loss approaches
… An analysis of five weight loss studies reported in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical
Psychology in 1996 showed that the ” … weight loss reported in the five studies indicates that hypnosis can more than double the effects” of traditional weight loss approaches. University of Connecticut Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology in 1996 (Vol. 64, No. 3, pgs 517-519).

Weight loss is greater where hypnosis is utilized
Research into cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments established that weight loss is greater where hypnosis is utilized. It was also established that the benefits of hypnosis increase over time. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (1996) Showed Hypnosis As “An Effective Way To Lose Weight”

Maximum Power,

Dr. Dave Hill, DCH

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” -Walt Disney

The Top 5 Myths About Hypnosis

Myth #1 – Hypnosis Is Mind Control.
Thanks to a number of different movies, comic books, and other works of fiction, many people believe that hypnosis is a form of mind control or brainwashing. While this certainly serves for an interesting plot line and can help sell books and tickets to movies, it is entirely fictitious. Hypnosis does not give a person control over another person. Rather, it helps that person to gain control over his or her own mind.

Myth #2 – The Hypnotist Has Special Powers.
Some also believe that hypnotherapists have special powers. After all, they must be able to perform some sort of magic in order to get such great results, right? Wrong! A hypnotherapist doesn’t have any special powers. Rather, he or she simply understands the techniques necessary to help a person unlock the powers of his or her own mind and to make the person more susceptible to suggestion. This misconception has been brought about by stage shows, which may be quite entertaining but do not reflect the true use and purpose of hypnosis.

Myth # 3 – Being Hypnotized Causes A Loss Of Awareness.
Another popular misconception is that the person being hypnotized is unaware of his or her surroundings or is unconscious while in a hypnotic trance. To a certain extent, this myth is perpetuated by hypnotists as they use the term “sleep” when putting a person in a hypnotic state and the term “awake” when bringing them back out. In addition, the word hypnosis is actually derived from a word that means sleep in Greek. In reality, the hypnotized person is in a relaxed trance during which he or she is always aware at some level and remains alert.

Myth #4 – Only The Weak Can Be Hypnotized.
Some also believe that only weak-minded individuals can e hypnotized. This goes back to the misconception that hypnosis is a form of mind control and, as such, a person capable of being hypnotized is too weak-minded to resist the control. According to research, however, a person’s intelligence or level of gullibility has nothing to do with how easily he or she can be put into a hypnotic trance. Sex and race have no bearing either, though some research does suggest that their could be a genetic link associated with how easily a person can or cannot be hypnotized.

Myth #5 – Hypnosis Is All imaginary.
Some also mistakenly believe that hypnosis is all the result of an overactive imagination. In actuality, research has found that those people that are more imaginative actually do not do quite as well with hypnosis. In addition, PET scans have actually showed changes in blood flow in the brain while in a hypnotic state.

Maximum Power,

Dr. Dave Hill, DCH

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” -Walt Disney

Can Hypnosis Make You Thin?

Tired of Carrying Around Those Extra Twenty Pounds? Sick and Tired of Diets That Don’t Work? Are You Ready to Shed That Flab Once and For All?

Hypnosis may be the answer for you.

But not if you are expecting miracles.

Hypnosis is not a magic bullet. It cannot make you stop craving potato chips or never feel hungry again. It cannot make you exercise or make you like vegetables or make you do anything.
What, then, can hypnosis do that “will power” cannot?

Hypnosis, a state of deep relaxation and intense mental focus, can help you “reprogram” old attitudes and beliefs about eating. While in the state of hypnosis your subconscious mind is more available to you, more open to receive suggestions that will then become a part of those messages in the “back of your mind” that nudge you toward new behaviors. Like a modern day Jimminy Cricket, hypnotically implanted messages urge you to “do the right thing” – to follow through with the challenges that you decided to make in your life.

Hypnotic messages that suggest new attitudes like “You eat small portions of food and feel completely satisfied. You eat only in response to your body’s natural need for food as fuel” can help re-program bad eating habits. Repetition of such suggestions, especially if listened to regularly on a taped message, can boost your determination and enhance your conscious “will power.”

Often, however, such messages alone are not enough. It takes a combination of behavioral modification (watching your diet, learning how to eat healthily, exercising regularly) and psychological education (understanding why you have certain eating patterns and how to change them) in order to achieve permanent weight loss. A good hypnotherapist will address both of these issues as well. Not only should you receive mental suggestions for behavioral and lifestyle changes, your hypnotherapist should explore any emotional connections to food and eating habits. Once you realize why you are eating when you are not hungry (and if we all ate only when we were hungry there would be no need for any weight loss programs) you can begin to change that behavior.

A good hypnotherapist will work with positive programming, using your own success to spur you on and not rely on “aversion therapy” or “negative conditioning” to achieve results. Suggestions that stress positive changes (looking the way you want to look, feeling the way you want to feel) and that increase self-esteem can help you succeed not only in your weight loss, but in other areas of your life as well.

Mental imagery is another important part of hypnosis. Using hypnosis for weight loss, after achieving a deep state of relaxation your hypnotherapist might lead you through an imaginary journey where you might imagine yourself wearing a dress or a suit that you have grown out of; and you might imagine the positive comments of your family, friends, or co-workers. You would be encouraged to use all five senses in your imagery, seeing and feeling yourself grow thinner, stronger, more healthy and vital. Studies show that the more real your inner experience, the more likely the final results will match your mental “program.”

When used as a part of an overall program of behavioral modification and attitude adjustment, hypnosis can be the extra dimension that your weight loss program needs for long term success. While not magic, hypnosis can provide powerful tools to help you fight the battle of the bulge, tools that just may make the difference between success and failure.

Maximum Power,

Dr. Dave Hill, DCH

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” -Walt Disney

Break your bad habit overnight. Studies show hypnotherapy can help you conquer your troubling obsessions

The word hypnosis may conjure visions of the time you saw The Amazing Boris get the shyest wallflower to dance like a chicken, or of a creepy B-movie guy

You can read the online version of the story by clicking here.

Maximum Power,

Dr. Dave Hill, DCH

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” -Walt Disney

Hypnosis Can Help You Reach Your Personal Best

Training Only The Body And Ignoring The Mind Invites Mediocre Performance

Hypnosis will not turn the weekend warrior into a national champion, but it can help anyone achieve their personal best.  How?  By arming them with improved concentration, a clearer focus on goal achievement, the ability to visualize, and most importantly, a strong positive mental attitude.

Most sports psychologists agree that 80 percent of an athlete’s performance is due to attitude and mental conditioning.  Concentration is vital, but sometimes difficult to develop.  Hypnotherapy has long been an effective means of improving concentration skills.  Post-hypnotic suggestion can help a person focus on the task at hand and shut out distractions.

Goal setting is also essential.  Without a goal, it is pointless to begin any task.  A goal must be specific; otherwise, it is impossible to tell when the goal will be reached.  Playing better tennis is too general; but, improving a serve or a backhand is easily attainable, and successful attainment is easily recognized.

Visualization can also provide an essential element to achieving success.   Mental rehearsal before the performance can lead to increased confidence during the performance.  Visualization at the moment of performance can produce dramatic results.

Imagery should include all the senses, and not be limited to just the visual.  A diver for example, would see the form of the dive, smell the chlorine, feel the wetness of the entering the water, and hear the cheers of the crowd.  Perfection requires the use of all the senses.

Many professionals employ some form of self-hypnosis to help them achieve their success.  Mary Lou Retton, for example was only 16 when she won the Gold Medal in 1984.  The night before the competition, she lay in bed and mentally rehearsed her performance.  Just as she had many times before, she imagined herself going through the routine.  She saw her body performing the moves; she felt the impact as her hands grabbed the bars.  She imagined herself performing all her routines perfectly – seeing herself in her mind, going through all the moves with charm, poise, and confidence.  The result was a perfect performance, and a Gold Medal.

Most important of all is positive attitude.  Hypnotherapy can change negative thoughts and eliminate performance anxieties. The occasional poor performance will no longer cause irritation, anger, discouragement, or any other detrimental emotional reaction.  Performance anxieties related to fear of failure, fear of humiliation, or even the fear of success (the apprehension that success will cause others to expect even further improvement) can also be dealt with and eliminated.  As a result, concentration, coordination, and technique will all improve.  Enjoyment will be greatly enhanced.

Positive Mental Attitude and Hypnosis go hand in hand to create winners!

Maximum Power,

Dr. Dave Hill, DCH

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” -Walt Disney

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