New Year? Make it a New YOU!

It’s a new year, and a good time to take stock of your life. Where are you going, and how are you getting there? You can start something anytime, not just once a year on January 1st! You can change anything in your life at any time, as long as you have a strong enough reason to change. So how do you go about doing so?

Questions to Answer

Start out by asking yourself some pointed questions such as “why do you want to change?” and “what do you want to change?” Pay attention to your words. Change your ‘trying,’ ‘shoulds’ and ‘maybes’ into MUSTS. The reason for this is that once you change your thought patterns and know you MUST do something, that’s when you’ll finally achieve lasting results. Your reasons for change are the most important step in creating a vision to change.

Using Hypnosis as a Tool

hypnosis for weight lossHypnosis is a valuable tool that can help you to focus on what it is that you want to change. It can help your mind expand and create the results you want.

How does it do this? Because using hypnosis is like planting a garden: First, you have to plant the seed of your MUST into your subconscious mind. Next, you have to water your garden, and you do this by practicing self-hypnosis and visualizations daily.

Daily Nurturing

It takes effort to make sure your seeds get the sunlight and nutrients they need to grow into a blossoming garden. Implement the actions you need to nurture them, such as eating healthily if your goal is to lose weight. Push yourself beyond your comfort zones, do your workouts and change your eating habits, to achieve the results you want.

Do a Little, and Do it Often

Start out with taking small steps in the right direction, and commit yourself to following through. Repetition is important, to break the old habits and teach yourself new ones. Whatever it is you want to achieve—more money, less stress, weight loss, more confidence—all these things are possible if you plant the seeds, water the garden and nurture it until it grows.

Making the Commitment

Hypnosis and self-hypnosis can help you to achieve whatever goal you set yourself for 2015, but you must be the one to commit and do the work. You must change your routine, your thoughts and your habits if you’re going to be able to create a lasting change in your life this year.

Take a look at this video about making progress by Anthony Robbins, and let me know if you need my help to make real, lasting changes in your life RIGHT NOW.


A New Revolution? Using Hypnosis for Health Purposes

Over the years hypnosis has had something of a bad rap in many circles. Many people don’t understand how hypnosis works, and as a result they fear it. And of course, the images of those crazy shows where people get “hypnotized” to cluck like chickens just don’t help! In reality, hypnosis is nothing like that and an authentic hypnotherapist would no more jump off a cliff than practice that type of idiocy. With the growing awareness of alternative therapies, using hypnosis for health purposes is becoming mainstream and a new revolution in the 21st century.

History of Hypnosis

The art of hypnosis has a long and colourful history. Believed to date back to the Hindus of ancient India who took sick people to sleep temples to be cured, the concept hasn’t changed much since then. What has changed, however, is the way we see it and the names we call it, which over the centuries ranged from “magnetism” through “mesmerism” and finally hypnosis. It was elevated to a science by James Braid, a Scottish surgeon who gave it the name hypnosis.

How Hypnosis Works

Mature woman relaxing with eyes closedJames Braid did more than just name hypnosis. He also discovered the real truth behind the science, which is the fact that it has more to do with fixed attention than with being in a trance. This understanding is central to dispelling the potentially harmful myths about it.

Hypnosis works by creating changes in the areas of the brain that are involved in attention, and by modifying the connections between the motor cortex and other regions of the brain. To achieve this, the hypnotherapist uses various techniques to put you into a relaxed state of mind, which makes your subconscious mind more receptive to re-education.

This helps give you greater control over actions and responses you might otherwise struggle to control consciously.

Conditions Treated

Because of this, hypnosis has proved effective in treating multiple health issues that have a basis in mental or emotional control. Hypnosis for weight loss is particularly effective, and I’ve had success using it myself to lose 70lbs after childbirth. It works by using suggestions to help you reduce cravings, and visualization techniques to picture yourself achieving your goals.

Some of the other medical conditions treated successfully by hypnosis are:

  • Stopping smoking
  • Stress-related conditions such as gastrointestinal and dermatological problems
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Sleep disorders
  • Sedation for pain control during medical and dental procedures
  • Nausea resulting from chemotherapy

Results and Side Effects

Hypnosis is very effective at providing relief from conditions that have a mental component. After the session is over, you will have full recall of everything that took place during the event, and will feel calm and soothed as a result of the relaxation techniques used. It usually takes a few sessions to see distinctive results—much like medical treatment, it doesn’t often work right away but takes time to have an effect. Side effects are minimal if you’re healthy, but patients who abuse drugs or alcohol aren’t ideal candidates for hypnosis because they may become delusional as a result of their substance use.

During hypnosis, you’re never out of control. You’re never unaware of your surroundings or incapable of coming out of your state of relaxation. The hypnotherapist is a guide, helping you to reach a deeper level of awareness and connection with your unconscious, but he or she is not able to take over your mind or compel you to do anything against your will.

If you want more information about using hypnosis for weight loss or any other purpose, contact me here to schedule a discussion about your needs.