Hypnosis in the News

How hypnosis can help people quit smoking


 

(CNN) – According to the Surgeon General, cigarette smoking is the single largest preventable cause of disease and death in the United States. The finding was first reported 50 years ago, and the statement is still true today.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about 42 million American adults smoke cigarettes -that’s almost one in five people. The addiction isn’t an easy one to beat, but there’s an unusual treatment helping some people: hypnosis.

Certified clinical hypnotherapist Sean Wheeler says he has helped more than 1,800 people to stop smoking. He says hypnosis isn’t about being in a “trance,” like many people think. It’s actually all about communication.

“My job is to find out about that individual, what their motivations are, what their needs are and what their concerns are. And then once I have that information delivered properly when they’re hypnotized, it can be really, really powerful,” Wheeler said.

According to Wheeler, some patients can leave their first appointment without any nicotine cravings at all. It takes others a few more tries.

“So hypnosis, even when it doesn’t work, does no harm at all. There’s no one who ends up having a physical or emotional or psychological side effect do to stop smoking hypnosis,” Wheeler said.

Hypnosis isn’t the only option for people trying to quit smoking. The American Cancer Society also suggests nicotine replacement therapy, acupuncture and quit smoking support groups.

Wrapping your mind, and math, around new opportunities

reviewjournal.com December 1, 2014 – 3:30 am

The rare entrepreneur isn’t always looking for ways to generate more revenue. Capitalizing on being open and focusing on data might create new opportunities.

One innovative, controversial method to generate sales comes from Jim Kellner, certified hypnotherapist at North Mountain Cardio Health &Fitness LLC in Phoenix.

“Certified hypnotherapists help clients achieve their goals by getting past some of the blocks they have,” Kellner says, “and help them modify habits and establish habits that are more productive.”

He says hypnosis focuses on relaxation, while hypnotherapy seeks to improve a client’s life.

Kellner has helped businesspeople and businesses increase sales. Call reluctance blocking prospecting is a common theme. He tells clients that “failure is only feedback to help the next call.” A month without sales prompted a start-up’s owners to seek him out to foster greater openness to opportunity.

After the session, and aided by recordings, revenue increased $60,000, co-owner Bryan Hess says; so they added a third co-owner and launched Protech Solar LLC in Tempe, Ariz.

Kellner has helped build confidence among unemployed job seekers, public speakers, even a comedian whose fear of flying caused him to turn down opportunities and waste time driving out of state. Others have come prompted by difficult bosses, employees and customers, and a need to meet deadlines, be more organized and be on time. One saved her Army career by losing more than 50 pounds. The hypnotherapist adds that not all suggestions take root immediately. At this writing, Hess plans to return for another consultation.

If Kellner works with suggestive states, Carl Forrest, co-founder of DataSetGo LLC in Arlington, Va., works with hard numbers. His analytics, enabled by technology for even the smallest businesses, change decision-making, he says, from “intuition to data-driven decisions.” He’s used his method about 40 times in his business and a previous organization. Businesses have spanned such industries as construction management, real estate development, finance and retail.

One client, with no tracking infrastructure, needed a database for five offices in two time zones.

“Sales teams were very resistant to incorporating data,” Forrest says. “I had to create a way to change that behavior. A weekly score card for salespeople, project managers, directors and vice presidents motivated salespeople to sell. It also increased data tracking 92 percent.”

He then segmented the sales for 16 team members by industry and size so incoming leads could be matched with appropriate salespeople. In three months, revenue spiked $600,000.

Both Forrest and Kellner say resistance to change may reduce the effectiveness of their methods, Kellner, because stasis is safe and Forrest, because of the transparency data brings. The hyponotherapist adds that his service “creates a state of mind, but people still have to do the work.”

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Using Hypnosis To Be Better At Business

Forbes.com 

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Entrepreneurs and executives use many tools and rituals to stay focused and get ahead. Jack Dorsey assigns business themes to each day of his workweek, Winston Churchill worked from his bed each morning, and President Harry Truman would down a shot of bourbon after a brisk walk each morning before his days toiling in the oval office. But some leaders follow slightly more mysterious regimens to hone their psychological prowess.

“It’s remarkable just how many celebrities use hypnosis—how many CEOs and heads of production companies,” says Dr. Steve G. Jones, a hypnotherapist based in Savannah, Georgia, who charges $25,000 for two hour sessions with top executives, actors, directors and producers. “…It’s sort of a secret weapon for a lot of very successful, very wealthy people.”

Jones spends the first hour of his sessions simply speaking with his clients to get to know them and understand the goals they wish to achieve through hypnotherapy. “I’m looking for what it is that’s getting in their way,” he says. “Sometimes it’s just a life event—divorce, someone died, some sort of illness, they got fired.” Jones also searches for his clients’ strengths, or a hero they have that’s real or imagined that he can use to inspire their subconscious selves.

As far as goals are concerned, mostly it comes down to money. “Usually they say, ‘I want to make X amount of money per year,” says Jones. “That’s not really a juicy enough goal. It’s got to be something that there’s passion about.” Instead, he zeros in on what his client could create that’s positive that might result in a large payday.   Read entire Forbes article here

 

Hypnosis for Improved Poker Performance: An Interview with Elliot Roe

pokernews.com  November 7, 2014    Dr. Tricia Cardner

How many times have you engaged in some sort of behavior, either at the table or away from it, that went against your best interests? Have you ever procrastinated when you planned to be working on your game? Have you ever used alcohol or drugs as a way to dull the pain? Is tilt a problem for you?

Let’s face it, everyone self-sabotages at least some of the time. In the short run, procrastinating feels good. We get to avoid something that we perceive to be overwhelming, boring, or unpleasant. Likewise, drugs and alcohol provide immediate relief from stress and anxiety. In the long run, however, these strategies are stop-gap measures and do not allow us to deal with underlying issues that keep us from performing at our highest levels.

What is a poker player to do when stress, anxiety, frustration, boredom and the like present themselves? I’d like to suggest that hypnosis is a useful methodology for dealing with these types of issues. Hypnosis has much in common with meditation which has been empirically shown to have positive effects on performers of all types.

To find out more about hypnosis, I conducted an interview with Elliot Roe, a certified hypnotist who has worked with over 170 poker players of all levels. Elliot has made it his mission to help poker players learn how to eradicate common self-sabotage issues like those listed above.

Dr. Tricia Cardner: Can you briefly explain what hypnosis is and how it can be used by poker players to improve performance?

Elliot Roe: Hypnosis is a natural state that can be used to help focus the mind and therefore improve performance at the table. The best way to think about hypnosis for poker is as a form of guided meditation where you actively work on improving your weaknesses at the table. Anyone who can mediate can be hypnotized.

TC: What types of problems can hypnosis address?

ER: Hypnosis can be used to improve any issue at the table that’s being caused by an irrational emotional response. This includes rage tilt, anxiety, shaking during hands, lack of motivation, lack of focus, and other forms of self-sabotage like procrastination and irrational thinking.

TC: Let’s take the mystery out of hypnosis for people. Isn’t it the case that everyone experiences trance-like hypnotic states on a regular basis?

ER: Yes, it’s the state between waking and sleeping in the morning. It also happens on the section of freeway that you can’t remember traveling because you were on autopilot while driving the car. We are all in this state many times a day and as a hypnotherapist it’s my job to help guide you there. At the end of the day, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. By taking control of these natural trance-like states, players can learn to control emotional states and improve their mental game.

TC: How can players learn to put themselves into a hypnotic state so they can create better results at the table?

ER: I have created pregame warm-up MP3s to help prepare clients for their sessions. These help to relax and focus the player for success prior to sitting at the table. I also offer one-on-one hypnotherapy sessions that delve much deeper into the root causes of emotional issues at the table. They are more like a form of therapy than typical suggestion-based hypnosis.

TC: How would a player determine if he or she should try hypnosis?

ER: Any player who finds that they are playing in a suboptimal way without understanding why should consider hypnosis as a tool to improve their game. Tilt doesn’t always come from a player experiencing a rage. It could just as easily be a player who just feels uncomfortable at the table and who is finding that they are making poor plays in an attempt to change variance.

TC: Where can a player get more information about you specifically and hypnosis generally?

ER: They can visit my website to get more information. Also, they can sign up for a free tilt-busting mp3.

Thanks to Elliot Roe for taking the time to answer these questions. I feel confident that hypnosis is another tool that serious poker players can consider adding to their existing toolkit of mental skills.

Dr. Tricia Cardner is the author of Positive Poker with Jonathan Little, available in paperback, audio, and e-book formats via D&B Poker as well as through the PokerNews Book Section. Follow her on Twitter @DrTriciaCardner.

 

Bill Murray used hypnosis to treat cat allergy

www.wdef.com Oct 23, 2014

Bill Murray

Actor Bill Murray used hypnosis to cure his allergy to cats so he could share scenes with a feline in his film “St. Vincent.”

The “Lost in Translation” star plays a curmudgeonly hermit who spends most of his time with his pet cat Felix in the new movie, so Murray took an unconventional measure to treat his allergy to film with the animal.

He told Ellen DeGeneres in an interview on her talk show on Wednesday, “I read someplace that allergies are psychosomatic and you can actually hypnotize yourself and overcome the allergy.

“So I used to do that. I used to go to girls’ houses and they had cats and all of a sudden I’d be looking at them crying and they’d be like, ‘What did I say?’ and I’d go, ‘No, it’s not you!’ So I learned to hypnotize myself and get over it.

“But then I decided I didn’t really like cats that much, so I stopped. I’m more of a dog guy. But for the movie I went back to that and it worked.”

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Hypnosis therapy can affect childhood asthma

Dr. Patrick Massey Dr. Patrick Massey

www.dailyherald.com – posted: 10/25/2014 7:00 AM

Is it possible that the mind can have an effect on the severity of childhood asthma?

Over the past 30 years of medical research, the answer is a resounding “yes.” Decades of research have shown that various mind-body therapies, relaxation approaches and hypnosis can have a profound effect on the severity of asthma and medication use in children. These benefits can be immediate, are lasting and, unlike medications, have no significant side effects.

Asthma is characterized by a narrowing of the airways, commonly resulting in wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath. Asthma is a very wide spectrum illness affecting over 7 million children per year. It can be quite mild requiring no medications or so severe that frequent hospitalizations are necessary. Fortunately, among children, even severe asthma rarely is fatal. However, over half a million children are seen in emergency rooms every year for exacerbation of their asthma symptoms. It is a primary reason for children to miss school.

One interesting area of asthma research is how the mind is able to affect asthma symptoms. This falls under the classification of a relatively new area of medicine called psychoneuroimmunology. Over the past 30 years there has been robust research looking at the effect of stress reduction therapies, meditation, prayer and even hypnosis on reducing the symptoms and severity of asthma in children. Children seem to be exquisitely sensitive to hypnosis.

Hypnosis is not a state of where the mind is shut down. It is a state of intense concentration. In this particular state, the mind is more easily receptive to positive suggestions. Interestingly, hypnosis seems to be most effective in those with a good imagination as well as a higher IQ. Children have wonderfully vivid imaginations and this makes hypnosis a very good therapy for them.

One particularly good study published in 1984 looked at the effect of self-hypnosis with about 200 asthmatic children. Children were taught self-hypnosis techniques and practiced them regularly. The children were followed for about two years. Over that period of time they reported a 50 percent reduction of symptoms as well as a significant decrease in use of medications. In addition, the children had a 70 percent reduction in school absenteeism. Some of the children even had complete resolution of all asthma symptoms. This study was repeated in 1995 with a different group of children and results were the same.

In adults, there are significant side effects to long-term use of asthma medications. The side effects are simply compounded when medication use begins in childhood. Hypnosis is a very safe and simple procedure that can reduce the severity of asthma symptoms as well as decreased use of medications. In my opinion, this is a therapy that should be commonly offered to all asthmatics, both children and adults.

• Patrick B. Massey, MD, PH.D., is medical director for complementary and alternative medicine at Alexian Brothers Hospital Network and president of ALT-MED Medical and Physical Therapy, 1544 Nerge Road, Elk Grove Village. His website is www.alt-med.org.

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Senior Spotlight: Hypnosis and Insomnia

By Neal Timoney

Dr. Robin Adair Aston was in the studio for this week’s Senior Spotlight talking to Wayne about different ways in dealing with insomnia, including her own specialty, hypnosis. Dr. Aston lists a few quick ways to clear your mind to be able to sleep, such as by writing down your thoughts as you lay in bed. Watch Show Here

 

Woman says hypnosis helped her lose 140 pounds

Posted 3:19 pm, August 18, 2014, by CNN Wire,

Hypnosis Helps Woman Lose 140 Pounds

Hypnosis gastric bypass is exactly what its name implies. A hypnotist walks patients through a simulated version of gastric bypass surgery — from meeting the doctor, nurse and anesthesiologist to describing the surgical procedure to leaving the hospital.

After hypnosis, Greenberg said, the mind believes the stomach is smaller, decreasing appetite and shrinking the physical capacity for food. There are also other types of weight loss hypnosis — some focus on retraining the brain to simply eat healthier or less.

An immediate change

After her first session, Evans said she started craving spinach. By the next day, she said she was eating a quarter of what she had before.

“I physically couldn’t eat as much as I had been, and I only wanted really healthy things,” she said. “I haven’t had a soda since that day, whereas before, it was every day.”

The weight came off steadily at the beginning. But as it does for many people, the losses eventually began to slow. After she lost 100 pounds, Evans started exercising in order to reach her goal.

“I love it now, but the first time actually going to the gym was the hardest,” she said. “I felt like I was going into a shark tank.”

It took two years to reach her goal of 150 pounds, losing almost half of her body weight. Evans has since maintained her weight for over three years. She does a lot of weight training and said she tries not to weigh herself, since muscle weighs more than fat.

Instead, she prefers to say that she wears a size 6, and has done so for years.

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Moms forego medicine for hypnosis

Rebekah Rae. CREATED Jul 20, 2014 KMTV Action News 3
Omaha, NE – It’s a birth practice that’s becoming more popular among expecting mothers. Being hypnotized, once labor begins.

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Hypnotherapy an unconscious way to change minds

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – abcnews4.comJul 16, 2014 4:39 PM PDT

Higher Performance Life Coaching Hynonosis newsResearch shows it can help with weight loss, breaking a bad habit, hot flashes, and even pain management. While many people think of hypnosis as a parlor trick, it’s being used as a relaxation technique to change thoughts, feeling and behaviors. read more

 

 

 

 

 

Hypnosis helps with weight loss

POSTED 11:05 AM, JULY 13, 2014, fox17online.com

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – You can lose weight, quit smoking, or manage the stress in your life. That’s the message from “Lifestyle Engineer” Eric Webster. He stopped by FOX 17 to talk about hypnosis and how retraining the mind can treat problems at the base level rather than just treating symptoms.

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5 Science-Backed Health Benefits Of Hypnosis

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Higher Performance Life Coaching and HypnotherapyIt sounds like the work of sorcerers and scam artists, but hypnosis can play a very real role in protecting and promoting health.

This isn’t the “You are getting very sleepy…” hypnosis you’re used to seeing in pop culture references, buta clinical procedure used in conjunction with other therapies and treatments, according to the American Psychological Association. Hypnosis for health benefits “should be conducted only by properly trained and credentialed health care professionals (e.g. psychologists) who also have been trained in the use of hypnosis and who are working within the limits of their professional expertise,” according to the APA’s website.

The “state of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention” brought on by hypnosis may help us use our minds more powerfully, according to the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH). And harnessing the powers of the mind has inspired researchers and clinicians in various fields to explore the use of hypnoss in a number of health outcomes.

Medical hypnosis, sometimes calledhypnotherapy, uses verbal repetition and/or mental imagery (facilitated by a hypnotherapist or one’s self) to induce a “trance-like state” of increased focus. It’s typically described as feeling calm and relaxing and usually opens people up to the power of suggestion, according to the Mayo Clinic. read more

Using Hypnosis To Reduce Addiction Cravings?

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Addiction is a multi-pronged disease that affects the brain, the psyche and the body of those who have developed the disease. All the effects of addiction intersect when the addict experiences cravings. Cravings can be intensely psychological and, when they’re accompanied by physical symptoms of withdrawal, they are extremely challenging to resist. It is these cravings that lead so many addicts to relapse. For anyone addicted to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, gambling or any other additive behavior, cravings are tough to beat. Practitioners of hypnosis believe they can help.

What Is Hypnosis?

Higher Performance Life Coaching HypnothearapyHypnosis, also called hypnotherapy, creates a deep sense of relaxation in the patient along with shifts in consciousness. While in this state, the patient is suggestible. The therapist can give the patient ideas, to which he will be more responsive than usual. This does not mean that a therapist can control the mind of the patient or that the patient gives up free will. In fact, through hypnosis, a patient can actually learn how to control himself and his actions more effectively. read entire article