Emmanuelle Chriqui uses hypnotherapy sessions to prepare for mindbending new role

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7th Dec 16 | Entertainment News

Actress Emmanuelle Chriqui turned her hypnotherapy sessions into research when she landed the role of a hypnotist on new TV drama Shut Eye.

 The former Entourage star was stunned when she was asked to audition for the role of Gina in the intense new drama, because the part could not have come at a better time in her life.
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“You know that theory art imitates life and life imitates art…? When I got this audition the creator was in the room and I said, ‘This is crazy, I’ve been doing hypnotherapy for the past three years,'” she tells Access Hollywood Live. “I was able to go to my therapist and get some really useful techniques that I was able to incorporate in the show.

“There’s mirroring technique and NLP, neuro linguistic programming…”

Emmanuelle swears by hypnotherapy, admitting it has helped her navigate a few personal issues.

“It was a form of therapy that I really responded to,” she explains. “I was just going through some really crazy stuff in my life and it was great… It’s a therapy session and then 15, 20 minutes of the hypnosis, which just feels just like positive affirmation… It works. I think it works.”

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“You don’t have to be still to still your mind. “

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Kebbek Skateboards team rider Emma Daigle has been on fire all year and took the Finish Line feature in Skate[Slate] Magazine Issue 29.

Peep the new video, Hypnosis, with Emma going barefoot for some daily meditation.

 

“You don’t have to be still to still your mind. “

“Emma Daigle’s everyday meditation in motion.”

 

Article URL Source: http://www.skateslate.com/blog/2016/06/09/emma-daigle-goes-barefoot-in-hypnosis-kebbek-skateboards/

 

Overcoming the myth surrounding willpower

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By Joseph Pond – Published 29/11/2016

A common myth about hypnosis is that it destroys willpower. It’s a silly misconception when you think about it because it suggests that willpower is a special elixir which is in limited supply like serotonin or pixie dust.

Let’s be clear: there’s no such thing as willpower. It’s not a thing. The best surgeon on the planet cannot open you up and extract an ounce of willpower juice. To will something into action is something you do, not something you have. brain-puppet256

Stage hypnotists have long tried to convince their audiences that they possess mystical skills. Additionally, most of our cultural tropes regarding hypnotherapy date back to the Victorian era of medical authoritarianism. Remember the swinging watch? So, it’s not surprising that many people still think of hypnosis as a semi-magical ritual which overpowers one’s resistance. This is, after all, how Dracula exercises his hypnotic power and goodness knows Hollywood doesn’t lie.

The truth is that all language is hypnotic in nature. Telling you not to think of Elvis will of course make you think of Elvis. In the same way, expanding your potential by inviting you to consider certain possibilities is really what modern hypnosis is all about. It’s not magic.

A person’s ability to consider themselves thinner (for example) in such a way that’s compelling enough to motivate one to lose weight doesn’t burn up “willpower juice”. On the contrary, being flexible enough to choose your own internal states at will is a sign of emotional maturity and empowerment.

If you do want to strengthen your will, make a decision and keep it. It doesn’t have to be a major one at first. Get up 30 minutes earlier to stretch. Eat more vegetables. Practice mindfulness. The key is: honour your promises to yourself.

The next step is to decide what you want in life. Be specific and make your goals measurable. Weigh your choices in the light of that decision. As the Cheshire Cat told Alice: “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.”

Further interview details and source are available at: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/overcoming-the-myth-surrounding-willpower-35251480.html

Andre-Pierre Gignac turned to hypnotist amid long goal drought

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 By Tom Marshall

When France international Andre-Pierre Gignac was in a scoring rut for Tigres and had gone 862 minutes without finding the back of the net, he turned to a hypnotist for help.

Gignac visited hypnotist John Milton ahead of Tigres’ crucial Liga MX quarterfinal second leg against Pumas on Saturday, and whatever he did seemed to work. The French striker netted his first goal since Sept. 18 and went on to complete the night with a hat-trick in his team’s 5-0 win.

He even celebrated one of the goals by “falling asleep” in the hypnotist’s style.

“What John Milton does is not magic, they aren’t powers,” the hypnotist in an interview with ESPN’s Raza Deportiva. “It is a psychological treatment, an alternative treatment to traditional clinical therapy.”

Because of a confidentiality agreement, Milton couldn’t expand on the specific work he did with the 30-year-old France striker, but he said the results were there on the pitch for everyone to see.

“Through hypnotherapy you carry out a mental treatment, trying to access conflicting thoughts,” Milton said. “With a professional level goal scorer of the stature [of Gignac] we forget that he is also a human being who has certain conflicts that don’t allow him to give his best. With therapy, you focus and mentalize to perform as you should.”

The former Marseille player gave Milton the shirt he wore in the win over Pumas as a show of thanks and attended the hypnotist’s show on Sunday in Monterrey.

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“The Gentleman of Hypnosis” Milton also seems to have been in contact with other Tigres players, such as Mexico winger Javier Aquino.

Tigres play Leon on Wednesday in the first leg of the Apertura semi-final.

URL: http://www.espnfc.com/uanl/story/3007096/andre-pierre-gignac-turned-to-hypnotist-amid-long-goal-drought

 

How I beat my insomnia – with a cure from the 1930s: The German self-hypnosis that’s making a comeback

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  • Arifa Akbar, 44, had suffered from insomnia from the age of ten
  • She tried everything from sleeping pills to giving up coffee and sugar 
  • Finally stumbled upon AT –  a German relaxation technique that requires you to repeat a script three times a day for 15 minutes
  • By week four, the incredible exercise had worked and she now sleeps well 

Now, I am about to say something that I never thought I would: I had a good night’s sleep last night. And the night before that.

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All week in fact, I have tipped into bed, my mind restless for one shuddering moment before I turn to lie flat on my back and repeat a well-rehearsed script, at which point my thoughts drop off into dark velvety sleep.

A full night’s sleep could never have happened a few years ago, without ‘the script’. I am 44 now but until my late 30s, I had insomnia that clung on from childhood and progressively beat me down.

Now, I am about to say something that I never thought I would: I had a good night’s sleep last night. And the night before that.

All week in fact, I have tipped into bed, my mind restless for one shuddering moment before I turn to lie flat on my back and repeat a well-rehearsed script, at which point my thoughts drop off into dark velvety sleep.

A full night’s sleep could never have happened a few years ago, without ‘the script’. I am 44 now but until my late 30s, I had insomnia that clung on from childhood and progressively beat me down.

It began when I was ten — I would deliberately keep myself awake to pick over the day. The habit stayed with me through university but only became a problem when I began working in an office and couldn’t lie in to make up for the lost hours.

It would take me five or six hours to get to sleep and, even then, it would be interrupted. My immune system was shot. I lived on the edge of my nerves. I fought it with remedies from the herbal to the hard stuff, but it just seemed to get worse.

If someone had told me then that I would find my cure in Autogenic Training (AT), a relaxation technique from Thirties Germany with a nerdy name and rigid script that must be repeated several times a day, I would have rolled my bloodshot eyes.

Two decades into the insomnia, at the age of 30, I was waking up — if I had fallen asleep at all — with sore eyes, itchy skin and the high-pitched sense of mental hysteria, which, at its worst, made me feel as though my life was unravelling.

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By my late 30s, I felt as if I had tried every known cure going — and there are plenty, given almost a third of us admit to being sleep deprived.

I tried giving up coffee, sugar and heavy dinners. Still awake. Baking at 3am. Still awake and getting fatter. Hypnosis, which did nothing at all.

In desperation I bought a therapeutic electromagnetic mattress for £150 to ‘recalibrate my energy field’. 

It just gave me a stiff back. Sleeping pills knocked me out for a few days, then the insomnia crept back.

So when I came across a magazine article mentioning AT, a form of self-hypnosis and an apparent fix for insomnia formulated by German psychiatrist Johannes Heinrich Schultz, scepticism kicked in.

I took the article to my GP anyway — what harm was there in running it past him?

Surprisingly, he didn’t laugh me out of his surgery but referred me to an eight-week course at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine. (There are 75 AT instructors registered by the British Autogenic Society. Find your nearest at autogenic-therapy.org.uk).

That is how I found myself sitting with 11 strangers, memorising a script to focus on our bodies from limb to limb, and then our organs, like a strange, verbal body scan.

I was told to repeat the exercise three times a day, for 15 minutes each time — ideally in a quiet spot, sitting back on a chair or lying down with my arms and legs flopped.

It looked like I was merely resting with my eyes closed, but in my head I was repeating sentences: ‘My right arm is heavy and warm’, ‘my solar plexus is warm’, ‘my heartbeat is calm and regular’ and ‘my neck and shoulders are heavy and warm’.

The script had to be followed in a certain order, and repeated three times. There was nothing more to it than that, other than shaking my arms and hands awake at the end.

Dr Schultz’s research found that profound relaxation could be induced by suggestion. Repeating the script would put our bodies into deep relaxation, or so the theory went. 

Jane Bird, a founding member of the British Autogenic Society, explains the science: ‘AT takes us into an altered state of consciousness, influencing the autonomic nervous system which governs our stress response — the fight-flight-fright adrenalin surge. Each AT exercise switches off the stress response and activates the relaxation and repair response.

‘The stress response is an important, age-old function, enabling survival against attack. In modern life we can get stuck in this through the general speed of our lives. This puts us on a low alert that never switches off. Regular AT exercises train the mind-body to switch off the fight-flight mechanism at will.’

And so I started chanting. To myself, that is, silently, three times a day, fitting it into the small gaps in my busy schedule of working with daily newspaper deadlines, tending to a father with dementia and keeping an eye on my ageing mother.

Sometimes I slipped it in before breakfast, but more often I incorporated it into my day — in the gym after work, on the train home or on a park bench at lunchtime.

Dr Brian Kaplan, an AT instructor with three decades of experience, stresses it can be adapted, depending on how busy you are, and even done on the go — just repeating a few lines for a couple of minutes while walking can reap benefits. 

‘If I could make one change in the NHS, it would be to hold one AT session in every GP surgery after hours,’ he says.

A few weeks into my course, I began to feel something shift and so did the rest of the group. 

We had not all come for insomnia — complaints ranged from eczema to asthma, anxiety to high blood pressure. I knew something had changed when someone in the group turned to me and said: ‘You look so different’.

It was true. My insomnia hadn’t disappeared but I began to feel calmer, brighter, and less wired all the time.

In a study published this month, scientists at Freiburg University, Germany, found that sleep sparked processes that are crucial for our brain to remember and learn. Deprived of rest, it becomes muddled with electrical activity and new memories can’t properly be laid down.

I certainly felt my memory get sharper. I didn’t have to write constant reminders to myself or search for the right words while speaking as I’d become used to doing.

The ‘offloading’ exercises later in the course were far wackier. AT can stir up buried emotions, and, to get them out, we were told to pretend to cry to let go of our grief. In another exercise we had to focus on something that had made us angry, then, once enraged, punch pillows or scream and swear out loud.

I kept away from this for fear of what the neighbours might think, but I found my favourite exercise was shaking my body around, like a dog shakes wet fur, to let go of tension.

My insomnia, at my most tormenting, was excruciatingly noisy. I could feel my brain rev up in the night and start to chatter, sorting out things I hadn’t given it time to reflect on.

AT began to turn down the noise. My nightly routine also became less regimented, and I felt something break in the vicious circle.

Then it happened. Around Week Four, sleep came like a welcome black tide, knocking me out suddenly. It felt miraculous. I was overjoyed, but suspicious. This had happened before and insomnia had always returned with a vengeance.

But the insomnia hasn’t come back, bar the occasional bad night after too much coffee. I still think of AT as some form of magic, despite the science. I fear the spell will break and the insomnia will creep back one day.

And so I carry on repeating the script — and, so far, it carries on working its magic.

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Researchers Ask: Do Psychosocial Interventions Affect Well-Being of ALS Patients?

alsnewstoday_blacl-290BY JOANA FERNANDES, PHD – IN NEWS.

NOVEMBER 23, 2016 

 

More research studies with appropriate design and control are necessary to understand whether psychosocial interventions improve the quality of life and well-being of patients with neuromuscular diseases, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), says a new study review.

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The review, “Do Psychosocial Interventions Improve Quality Of Life And Wellbeing In Adults With Neuromuscular Disorders? A Systematic Review And Narrative Synthesis,” was published in the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases.

Neuromuscular disorders are associated with increased symptom burden and a decline in the quality of life and well-being of patients. Previous studies have shown that psychosocial factors are better predictors of quality of life than physical impairment in these patients.

As such, psychosocial interventions, which target psychological and/or social factors, and not biological factors, potentially could improve these two parameters among patients with ALS and similar diseases. These types of interventions include psychological therapies (cognitive behavioral therapy), psycho-education and peer support, and may be carried out individually or in groups.

The benefits of psychosocial interventions to the life quality and well-being of patients with neuromuscular disorders remains elusive, as there is a lack of studies addressing the subject.

That’s why the authors selected 3,136 studies from the available scientific literature to investigate the impact of psychosocial interventions among adult patients with neuromuscular disorders, including ALS.

Out of the initial number of studies, only 10 met the authors’ criteria for inclusion in their analysis. Five of these interventions were performed with ALS patients.

The studies covered different types of interventions, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dignity therapy, hypnosis, expressive disclosure, gratitude lists, group psycho-education and psychologically informed rehabilitation. The duration of the interventions ranged from one hour to 10 days, delivered between one week and 18 months, in a clinic or at the patient’s home.

Although seven studies reported a beneficial effect of psychosocial interventions across different neuromuscular disorders, the authors found that most of the 10 papers had poor quality due, for instance, to weak design, lack of control and small population size, which may interfere with the analysis of results.

“There is currently no strong evidence to determine whether psychosocial interventions improve quality of life and well-being in adults with neuromuscular disorders,” the authors wrote. “Although some benefits to both quality of life and well-being have been identified from a number of psychosocial interventions, such benefits are almost exclusively short-term and subject to bias.”

“Multi-site, randomized controlled trials with active controls, standardized outcome measurement and longer term follow-ups are urgently required,” they concluded.

URL Source: https://alsnewstoday.com/news-posts/2016/11/23/20161123psychosocial-interventions-affect-well-being-als-patients/

 

 

 

Has Hypnosis Finally Been Vindicated by Neuroscience?

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Doctor Marie Elisabeth Faymonville performing hypnosis as an alternative to traditional anesthesiology.Photo: BSIP/UIG via Getty Images

Considering its origin story, it’s not so surprising that hypnosis and serious medical science have often seemed at odds. The man typically credited with creating hypnosis, albeit in a rather primitive form, is Franz Mesmer, a doctor in 18th-century Vienna. (Mesmer, mesmerize. Get it?)

Mesmer developed a general theory of disease he called “animal magnetism,” which held that every living thing carries within it an internal magnetic force, in liquid form. Illness arises when this fluid becomes blocked, and can be cured if it can be coaxed to flow again, or so Mesmer’s thinking went. To get that fluid flowing, as science journalist Jo Marchant describes in her recent book, Cure, Mesmer “simply waved his hands to direct it through his patients’ bodies” — the origin of those melodramatic hand motions that stage hypnotists use today.”

After developing a substantial following — “mesmerism” became “the height of fashion” in late 1780s Paris, writes Marchant — Mesmer became the subject of what was essentially the world’s first clinical trial. King Louis XVI pulled together a team of the world’s top scientists, including Benjamin Franklin, who tested mesmerism and found its capacity to “cure” was, essentially, a placebo effect. “Not a shred of evidence exists for any fluid,” Franklin wrote. “The practice … is the art of increasing the imagination by degrees.”

Maybe so. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t work.

More than 200 years later, research in neuroscience is confirming at least parts of Mesmer’s outlandish theory. No, there is not magnetic fluid coursing through our bodies. But the power of mere suggestion — of imagination, as Franklin phrased it — is a more effective treatment than many modern skeptics might expect, causing real, measurable changes in the body and brain. Hypnotism has been shown to be an effective treatment for psychological problems, like phobias and eating disorders, but the practice also helps people with physical problems, including pain — both acute and chronic — and some gastrointestinal diseases. Physicians and psychologists have observed this with their own eyes for decades; now, many of them say that brain-imaging studies (not to mention the deep respect people tend to have for all things prefixed by “neuro”) are helping them finally prove their point.

People who practice hypnotism in a clinical setting have long argued that the hypnotized patient enters an altered state of consciousness. Even if you’ve never undergone hypnotherapy, chances are you’ve experienced this state yourself. “It’s like getting so caught up in a good movie that you forget you’re watching a movie, and you enter the imagined world,” said Dr. David Spiegel, a psychiatrist and the medical director of Stanford University’s Center for Integrative Medicine.

In person, this looks strange enough. “There are a lot of ways to go into this state, but one way is to count to three,” Spiegel explains. “On one, you do one thing — look up. Two, two things — slowly close your eyes and take a deep breath. And three, three things — let the breath out, keep your eyes relaxed, and keep them closed. Let your body float. And then let one hand or the other float up in the air like a balloon.” When in this state, the hypnotized person’s hand will rise up into the air, as if on its own accord; Spiegel can reach over and gently pull the hand down, but it will float right back up again, as if it’s filled with helium.

In the brain, this state looks stranger still. A landmark study in the prestigious journal Science in the late 1990s, led by Pierre Rainville of the University of Montreal, described a study in which hypnotized people briefly placed their left hand in either painfully hot water, heated to 116 degrees Fahrenheit, or room-temperature water. Some of them had been told that they would be experiencing pain, but that they wouldn’t be very bothered by it — if, on a scale of one to ten, the hurt would normally register at an eight, they’d feel it as if it were a four. As all the participants placed their hands in the 116-degree water, their brains were scanned. The results were clear: Those who had been told that the pain would be less intense showed less activity in their brains — specifically, in the anterior cingulate cortex, which is associated with pain processing.

“That study changed the whole landscape,” said Dave Patterson, a psychologist at the University of Washington in Seattle, who has been using hypnosis since the 1980s to help burn victims withstand the intense pain that comes with the necessary but excruciating bandage removal and wound cleaning. Since the ’90s, other well-designed, controlled studies have been published showing similar changes in brain activity. In another slightly trippy example, researchers suggested to people in a hypnotic state that the vibrant primary colors found in paintings by Piet Mondrian were actually shades of gray. “Brain-scan results of these participants showed altered activity in fusiform regions involved in color processing,” notes psychologist Christian Jarrett.

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“With hypnosis, you capture people’s attention. … You get people to turn to a more passive state of attention and to stop judging everything. To just let it happen,” Patterson said. “And when you do this, the amazing thing is that it’s as if you’re talking directly to the part of the brain that’s monitoring the reactions.” In his work, he ties suggestions of comfort to the daily practice of caring for burn wounds. “In burn care you know they’re going to pull off the bandages and then they’re going to start washing the wounds,” he explains. “The message is that when your wounds are washed, that will be the reminder of how comfortable you are.” The patient will often look like they’re asleep. “But if you ask them, ‘If you can still hear me, feel your head nod,’ almost always you’ll get that head nod,” he said. He’s seen this work for decades, but is so grateful for the recent advent of brain-imaging studies. They serve as evidence he can hold up to skeptics: See? Do you believe me now?

Not every person is hypnotizable to the same degree; some aren’t hypnotizable at all. “Hypnotizability … is modestly correlated with absorption, a personality construct reflecting a disposition to enter states of narrowed or expanded attention and a blurring of boundaries between oneself and the object of perception,” writes John F. Kihlstrom, a psychologist at the University of California, Berkeley, in a 2013 paper in Cortex. “Absorption, in turn, is related to ‘openness to experience,’ one of the ‘Big Five” dimensions of personality.”

But the reason why this ever works, for anyone, is still not clear. Some researchers argue that hypnosis may help us tap into “the autonomic nervous system to influence physical systems that aren’t usually under voluntary control,” Marchant writes in her book. She points to Karen Olness, a retired pediatrician and former member of the NIH Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, who has worked with children who could, through hypnosis, increase the temperature of their fingertips “way beyond what would be achieved merely from relaxation.”

Olness thinks there must be something about the intense mental imagery that comes with a hypnotic state. One little boy she worked with told her he was imagining that he was touching the sun. Whether such visions activate different parts of the brain than those associated with rational thought is less clear. As Olness says, “We’re a long way from specifics on that.”

We have, however, come a long way from the days of Mesmer’s animal magnetism. The increasing interest in mindfulness meditation suggests that mainstream acceptance of the mind-body connection is growing. This year, two well-received books by serious science journalists, Marchant’s Cure, out in January, and Erik Vance’s Suggestible You, out this month, explore this territory — the demonstrable results of hypnosis, faith, and even magic — long dismissed as pseudoscience or explained away as the placebo effect. Just last month, NPR reported that placebo pills work even when people know they’re taking a placebo. “Those are real, biological changes underlying those differences in your symptoms,” Marchant told Science of Us earlier this year. It’s all in your mind. But that doesn’t mean it’s not real.

URL: http://nymag.com/vindicated/2016/11/has-hypnosis-finally-been-vindicated-by-neuroscience.html

Hypnotist can act as a pilot for your dreams

Michael Salerno, For Living & Being 12 a.m. EDT October 29, 2016 .   The Poughkeepsie Journal | 2016-10-29T04:00:55.383Z site-masthead-logo2x

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A few weeks ago, I had a reader contact me through email about my monthly hypnosis articles. She wrote, “I’ve enjoyed reading your articles over the last few months and I found the one about smoking cessation of particular interest to me. Hypnosis sounds like a wonderful idea, but I’m afraid it won’t work on me. I can be pretty stubborn and I hate to give up control.”

If you’re thinking the same thing then you may be surprised to learn that we experience hypnosis on a daily basis. Have you ever found yourself completely immersed in an activity to the exclusion of everything else? That is a natural trance state. Some other common examples of this are becoming transfixed on the plot while watching a movie or working diligently and finding that the last few hours have gone by without your conscious awareness. Since the name of this monthly column is “The Truth about Hypnosis,” I thought that I would use this month’s forum to dispel many of the myths that are out there about hypnosis and well… tell the truth about hypnosis.

While the “modern era” of hypnosis dates back to the late 1700s and the work of Austrian physician Franz Anton Mesmer, for whom the term mesmerism was coined, the ancient Chinese and Egyptian texts all mention procedures that are hypnosis by another name. Despite the fact that hypnosis has a long and storied history, it’s almost as if most of the information the general public has about hypnosis is misinformation and it’s not what they believe it to be.

While there are a number of definitions of hypnosis that are out there, the one I use is the bypassing of the critical factor of the conscious mind, that analytical judgmental portion of us, and the establishment of acceptable and selective thinking (thoughts, ideas or concepts).

The very name hypnosis in itself is a misnomer. The word hypnosis comes from a Greek root word meaning “sleep.” Although it might look as though a hypnotized person is asleep they are not, in fact they are from it. In hypnosis you are even more alert and aware of everything around you than you are in your “normal” day-to-day life. In hypnosis your concentration, attention and awareness are heightened while everything else around is simply off in the background or in the distance. Instead of sleep, hypnosis is simply magnified concentration.

There is a belief within the hypnosis community that all hypnosis is really self-hypnosis. We enter a form of hypnosis everyday on our own driving from one destination to another, reading books, watching moves or simply daydreaming. A brilliant hypnotist named Dave Elman discussed this in his book “Hypnotherapy,” written in 1964. Elman, who spent close to three decades teaching hypnosis to medical professionals, said there is really no such thing as a hypnotist. As a practitioner employing this tool, all you can ever do is show a client how to go over the hurdle from a normal, waking or sleeping state into a peculiar state of mind known as hypnosis. You won’t hypnotize him or her, he or she will hypnotize themselves. This means that those using hypnosis wield no power over any client.

Elman went on to write that a more accurate term than hypnotist is a hypnotic operator. As the operator you teach the client how to achieve hypnosis then, if the client is willing, you stimulate his or her imagination, acting so to speak, as a “dream pilot.” It is pleasant to know that you can pilot anyone’s imagination, stimulating more enjoyable, more intense, and more productive thoughts and behaviors.

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Finally Elman stressed that this “piloting” ability should not be confused with power. He emphasized the words, “if the client is willing,” because consent is imperative with hypnosis. You cannot impart a suggestion unless the client is willing to take it. At all times and in all degrees of hypnosis, the client has complete power of selectivity. He or she therefore reacts only to suggestions that are reasonable and pleasing. You may have seen demonstrations of hypnosis at a comedy club or at a fair where people performed outlandish antics; but the fact remains that those individuals chose to perform those antics. Think about those times in your life when you’ve had a crazy dream. The odd behavior you may have witnessed on behalf of someone who is hypnotized was just like a dream that was induced by the hypnotic operator. And regardless of how odd or outlandish it was, it seemed reasonable and pleasing to the hypnotized person, or they would have rejected the suggestions.

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Mother, under self-hypnosis, gives birth to son a wee fast

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By Rachel Sauer
Saturday, May 12, 2012

Miranda Rice Richardson was ready.

She’d waddled through her fourth wedding anniversary the day before, she’d eaten spicy food, she’d done everything she could think of to convince her small passenger to make an appearance.

So, she woke up at 7 a.m. April 15 feeling ready. Maybe not as ready as she ended up being, but still: It was time. And she woke to a contraction.

For the previous seven weeks, she’d driven to weekly Hypnobabies classes in Gunnison, so she patted her husband, Evan Richardson, and said maybe he should put her in hypnosis.

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But Miranda, 25, just knew. She’d had a baby before — their 2-year-old, Jonah, was asleep in his nearby room — and she trusted her intuition. As the Hypnobabies course trained her to do, she did self-hypnosis and felt just fine.

She called her friend and her mother-in-law and told them she’d be having the baby that day, but there was no rush.

But mother’s intuition is a mysterious thing. Her mother-in-law just knew, too, and came over immediately, anyway. She got Jonah ready and Miranda, grudgingly, sent him off with a kiss. Miranda’s friend pulled up as they were leaving.

Miranda wasn’t in pain, she said. The hypnosis dulled the contractions, so she didn’t realize how close they were together. But hey! Yikes! Two minutes apart!

Evan sprang into action. Get the car! Get Miranda downstairs! Get to the hospital!

She calmly told him she needed to go to the bathroom first, so he and her friend helped her in. And that’s when she felt the head. And a little shoulder.

Um, Evan? The baby’s coming. Right now.

A quick, 9 a.m. call to 911, then Evan helped her crouch right there on the bathroom floor. Miranda’s friend, somehow, knew how to guide the baby out. When the EMTs arrived at 9:07 a.m., Miranda was cradling little Jude Richardson.

“I just felt so calm the whole time,” Miranda recalled, remembering Jonah’s natural birth in the hospital and its accompanying pain and anxiety.

The EMTs helped her deliver the placenta and clamp the cord, and sooner than would seem possible, she, Evan and Jude were sitting on the couch under the living room picture window.

The morning sun glowed gold on the small family as Miranda reflected on life’s surprises and its gifts, and on the enduring miracle of motherhood.

URL: http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/articles/mother-under-selfhypnosis-gives-birth-to-son-a-wee

 

HTI Britain Concludes teaching Advanced Analytical Hypnotherapy in Continental Europe

Dr. John Butler, director of HTI of Britain has just concluded teaching its course on Advanced Analytical Hypnotherapy, in Budapest, Hungary.  

The Course was enthusiastically received by the professionals who attended including members of the medical, dental, psychological and psychotherapy professions as well as professional hypnotherapists who had not received this level of training in the medical applications of hypnotherapy in Hungary before.

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The interest in serious hypnotherapy training has been growing well in Hungary over the last 2 decades as the therapy becomes increasingly popular with the Hungarian public.

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For further details can be obtained at: enquiries@hypnotherapytraininginstitute.org