OUR BODY AND MIND IS ONE
November 03, 2013
September 10, 2013
Pain's Many Idiosyncrasies
Even as researchers make strides in understanding and treating pain, new discoveries raise many more questions. These recent findings reveal the deep connections between pain and many essential physical and mental processes.
- Patients with chronic back pain tend to be impaired at emotional learning but have increased sensitivity to taste.
- Chronic pain shrinks the brain, up to 11 percent in some cases.
- Those with chronic pain can learn to control their perception of pain by imagining pleasant scenarios or believing a particular stimulus to be harmless.
- Memory of a pain can cause that pain to persist for life, even after the initial injury has healed.
- Chronic pain sufferers can learn to associate a place with their pain. Returning to this space can reinforce the negative association.
September 05, 2013
"We feel that your expertise in hypnosis for health will offer a unique perspective on integrative medicine in this elective. It would truly be an honor to have you speak in our elective this year....I know that you have spoken for us at our past forum, and we have always received very positive feedback and interest in your presentation. We would love to invite you back to speak at this year's elective again."
August 25, 2013
Received this wonderful positive feedback this morning.
Thank you Seth-Deborah Roth! Not only did Dave Alexander GLIDE through the colectomy, he astonished the nursing team with how little pain meds he needed. Your hypnosis CDs WORK! We are now going to use the CDs for chemo and know they will have equally outstanding results! Thank you, truly you have made such a difference!
The Cancer Treatment Support pack is available at
August 17, 2013
Seth-Deborah Roth CRNA,RN,CHt,CI received the prestigious "Charles Tebbetts" award for "Spreading the Light of Hypnosis" from the National Guild of Hypnotists. It is the largest international hypnosis organization with over 12,000 members. The Tebbetts award is given annually to one hypnotist.
Seth-Deborah has been a member of the NGH faculty and is a regular presenter at the NGH Annual Convention.
July 30, 2013
Researchers conclude that hypnosis during embryo transfer is as effective as diazepam (Valium) in terms of pregnancy ratio and anxiety, but with fewer side effects. They recommend that hypnosis be routinely available. !!!!!!
Here is the abstract
July 28, 2013
DR. UDI Bonstein, a physician who studied hypnotherapy at Tel Aviv University Medical School and has practiced it for 15 years, said he would like to have a day at the Israel Society of Hypnosis national conference next May opened to physicians and other professionals who are interested. But some doctors are “still leery, especially as the therapy is not provided by the health funds free, so they don’t want to take the risk and establish a hypnosis institute. If it were included in the basket of health services, many more would do it. And it should be taught to medical students in their final years of studies.”
Here is the link to his article
July 20, 2013
I woke up today to find this wonderful testimonial for my Medical Hypnosis Certification teleseminar course in my email. What a wonderful way to start the day :-
"I saw my first "medical hypnotherapy" client this afternoon!!
She had a brain injury in 2000, but also in Dec. of 2012, she
was in a rear-ending car accident. Pain relief is a part of what we
focused on today. (there are other issues & aspects of course.)
I just want to thank you again for the wonderful class. I used your
initial interview, and it brought so much up to the surface. There
are so many valuable concepts and ideas and techniques to use....
how can I thank you enough? "
and yes....you can read about what is in the 15 hour course at HypnotherapyForHealth.com/?section=hypnosis_training
July 04, 2013
Use hypnosis to stop smoking.Older women who quit smoking can cut heart disease risk regardless of diabetes status
Older women who quit smoking can cut heart disease risk regardless of diabetes status
It is never too late to make the decision to stop smoking! One 2hr hypnosis session and you can be a non smoker. Skype or in person....it works. http://www.HypnotherapyForHealth.com
Epigenetic changes to fat cells following exercise
http:www.HypnotherapyForHealth.com Use hypnosis to create the desire & action. Skype or in person
July 03, 2013
July 02, 2013
In a study made in 1996 in which hypnosis was combined with a cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) it was found that people who used both treatments lost more weight than people that only used CBT.[1 Several other researches have shown similar positive impacts of hypnosis.[2,3,4]
- Kirsch, I. (June 1996). "Hypnotic enhancement of cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments–another meta-reanalysis". Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 64 (3): 517–9.
- Barabasz, Marianne; Spiegel, David (May 1989). "Hypnotizability and weight loss in obese subjects". International Journal of Eating Disorders 8 (3): 335–341.
- Andersen, M. S. (1985). "Hypnotizability as a factor in the hypnotic treatment of obesity". International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis 33: 150–159.
- Allison, David B.; Faith, Myles S. (June 1996). "Hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy for obesity: A meta-analytic reappraisal". Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 64 (3): 513–516.
June 13, 2013
Kate Middleton is planning to use hypnotherapy to ease the agony of labor when she gives birth in July.
The Duchess of Cambridge has reportedly been looking into hypno-birthing techniques, which are based around the principle that fear and anxiety make labor longer and more painful.
As a Hypnotists and a Nurse Anesthetist, I teach hypnosis for childbirth.
June 07, 2013
Here is the latest about the use of hypnosis for dermatology!
June 02, 2013
Here I am on Saturday, getting ready to present at the UCSF 15th Annual Integrative Medicine Forum.
We have much to do to further the field of medical hypnosis. Accupunture, chiropractic, herbs....are all recognized....but the MANY applications of hypnosis......still unknown. So it is not so much about the training but the results we are able to accomplish that need to transmit to the medical community.
May 23, 2013
Watch the power of the mind vs pain
Change the way you experience pain with hypnosis
May 18, 2013
Clinical Hypnosis for the Palliative Care of Cancer Patients
By Gary Elkins, PhD,1 William Fisher, MA,1 Aimee Johnson, BA,1 Jim Sliwinski, MA1, Guest Editor, Georgia M. Decker, ANP-BC, AOCN® | August 27, 2012
1Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Baylor University, Waco, Texas
Clinical hypnosis has been defined as a mind-body therapy that involves a deeply relaxed state, individualized mental imagery, and therapeutic suggestion. Clinical hypnosis has a very long history, with reports of medical application dating back to the 18th century. Some have suggested that there is even evidence for the use of clinical hypnosis since ancient times, with inscriptions of hypnotic-like phenomena on a stone stele from Egypt during the reign of Ramses XII, some 3,000 years ago. The word hypnosis, derived from the Greek word for sleep, was coined by James Braid in 1841. Clinical hypnosis is a mind-body therapy, one of the fastest-growing and most commonly employed categories of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM), as defined by the NCCAM (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) of the National Institutes of Health. A national health interview survey of medical usage in 2007 found that 4 out of 10 US respondents reported having used complementary and alternative medical treatments in the previous year. Further, research suggests that CAM use continues to be highest among those with chronic diseases (eg, cancer).[2,3] Mind-body interventions such as clinical hypnosis are also becoming popular for their ease of integration into an overall cancer survivorship treatment plan with relatively low risks.
Hypnosis produces an altered state of consciousness, awareness, or perception. The hypnotic state is a highly relaxed state in which the patient’s mind (conscious and subconscious) is focused and receptive to therapeutic suggestion. It involves learning to use one’s mind and thoughts to manage emotional distress, (eg, anxiety, stress), unpleasant physical symptoms (eg, pain, nausea), or to help change certain habits or behaviors (eg, smoking). While hypnosis sessions may vary depending on a patient’s needs, a clinical hypnosis session typically comprises two basic phases:
Induction. During this phase, the therapist helps the patient to relax, and may ask the patient to imagine a peaceful scene that helps him or her to become more focused and concentrate on what is to be accomplished during the session.
Application. During this phase, the patient receives suggestions. Hypnotic suggestions, the key ingredient of hypnosis, are special statements that are designed to suggest relief from troubling symptoms.
There are several professional associations dedicated to clinical hypnosis that conduct research and provide education, as well as ethical standards of care. One of the largest such associations, the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH), was founded in 1957 and has nearly 2,000 members; its members are required to hold a doctorate in medicine, dentistry, podiatry, chiropractic, or psychology, or a minimum of a master’s level degree in nursing, clinical social work, or psychology. All applicants must be licensed or certified in the state in which they practice. The ASCH administers a program of credentialing and training workshops accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the American Psychological Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the National Association of Social Workers, and the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. ASCH also maintains a Standards of Training, which ensures that participants receive quality, comprehensive training.
A meta-analysis of randomized controlled studies of clinical hypnosis identified 57 studies that demonstrated hypnosis as an effective treatment for a number of health disorders and conditions including pain, smoking cessation, migraines, allergies, analgesia in labor, asthma, dermatology, dentistry, anxiety, hypertension, tinnitus, and postoperative recovery in surgery.
What is the Evidence Related to Hypnosis and Cancer?
Clinical hypnosis has been described in the medical literature to relieve a broad spectrum of symptoms, including treatment of common symptoms associated with cancer care, as discussed below.
Hypnosis is the most frequently cited form of nonpharmacologic cognitive pain control. Hypnotherapy for the management of chronic pain has been demonstrated to provide relief for the symptoms of pain in cancer, arthritis, sickle cell disease, temporomandibular disorder, and fibromyalgia. Hypnosis has demonstrated positive outcomes for the reduction of chronic and procedural-related pain in oncology.
A study of breast cancer patients found that those assigned to treatment (standard care or expressive-supportive therapy) that included clinical hypnosis demonstrated significantly less pain. In addition, patients who underwent hypnosis reported significantly less of an increase in pain over time. Another study of advanced-stage cancer patients with malignant bone disease was conducted by randomizing patients to receive either hypnotherapy or supportive attention (eg, encouragement, active listening). Results showed the hypnosis intervention group had a significant overall decrease in pain.
Syrjala and colleagues studied 45 cancer patients to evaluate the efficacy of hypnosis for pain relief following chemotherapy. Participants were randomized into the following conditions: hypnosis, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), attention control, and standard care. There were no reported significant differences among the groups for nausea, presence of emesis, nor opioid intake; however, the hypnosis group showed a significant reduction in oral pain. Montgomery and colleagues studied 200 patients undergoing excisional breast biopsy or lumpectomy. Participants in this study were randomly assigned to a hypnosis session or to a control condition involving nondirective empathic listening. The hypnosis group had significant reductions in pain intensity, self-reported pain unpleasantness, nausea, fatigue, and discomfort compared with the control. Moreover, the per-patient cost to the medical institution was $772.71 less for those in the hypnosis group compared with patients in the control group, because of reduced surgical time. Lang and colleagues conducted a randomized controlled trial evaluating hypnosis for women (n = 236) undergoing large core breast biopsy. During the procedure, in addition to standard of care, participants received either empathetic attention or a hypnotic relaxation treatment. Results indicated that hypnosis reduced pain and anxiety compared to empathetic attention, which only showed a reduction in pain.
A recently published review examined the evidence from clinically controlled trials, evaluating hypnosis for procedural-related pain in pediatric oncology. Eight randomized controlled trials were analyzed, demonstrating positive outcomes in clinical hypnosis for pain management in pediatric oncology.
It has been reported that 70% to 80% of all cancer patients who receive chemotherapy experience nausea and vomiting. Clinical hypnosis has been studied for relief of nausea and vomiting secondary to chemotherapy. In a randomized study of the efficacy of hypnosis in reducing nausea and vomiting in children receiving chemotherapy, researchers found children participating in hypnosis had less anticipatory nausea and vomiting and less overall vomiting compared with controls who did not undergo hypnosis. This finding was replicated in a later study also demonstrating that patients using clinical hypnosis showed a reduced need for antiemetic medication. A review by Richardson and colleagues of six randomized, controlled trials suggests there were large effect sizes for hypnotic treatments when compared with treatment as usual, and these were at least as large as the effects of CBT. In a study of mediators of a brief hypnosis intervention to control side effects in breast cancer surgery patients, Montgomery and colleagues concluded that clinical hypnosis works to a significant extent through the two psychological mechanisms of cognition and emotion. Results of a study of a 200 breast cancer patients who underwent a presurgical hypnosis intervention to improve postsurgical side effects suggest that, to reduce postsurgical nausea, clinical hypnotic interventions should be designed to specifically target patient expectancies and distress.
Cancer-related fatigue has long been recognized as one of the most difficult symptoms to manage during cancer treatment, and it remains the most common unrelieved symptom of cancer. Research suggests that fatigue is a multidimensional syndrome which results from both cancer and cancer therapies, such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Estimates of the prevalence of fatigue in cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy are diverse. Literature suggests that fatigue can affect 60% to 90% of patients receiving chemotherapy or radiation therapy. This condition is managed through education of patients and caregivers about current evidence-based strategies to reduce fatigue, nonpharmacological interventions including exercise, and pharmacological therapies. Despite the high prevalence of cancer-related fatigue, few intervention options exist. A study was conducted to test the effectiveness of CBT and hypnosis for radiotherapy-related fatigue. Breast cancer patients were randomly assigned to receive either standard care or CBT and hypnosis. Results show that with the cognitive-behavioral/hypnosis intervention, patients’ fatigue did not increase over the course treatment, whereas fatigue among patients receiving standard care increased linearly. Although this initial result is promising, additional research is critically needed in this area. To determine relative contributions of various interventions to fatigue relief in cancer patients, future studies should be designed with subjects assigned to groups providing hypnosis-only, CBT only, and combined cognitive-behavioral hypnotherapy, as well as a control group offering structured attention.
Clinical hypnosis for the treatment of hot flashes has been investigated. In two studies of breast cancer survivors, participants received five sessions of hypnotherapy, (provided approximately weekly) and were instructed in self-hypnosis. The hypnotic intervention was individualized to facilitate a hypnotic state, feelings of coolness, and control of symptoms. The results showed a 69% reduction of hot flashes relative to baseline,[22,23] and are comparable or superior to results from open-label studies with paroxetine(Drug information on paroxetine) and venlafaxine. In a large ongoing randomized clinical trial of hypnosis for hot flashes, 184 post-menopausal women have been randomized to either clinical hypnosis or to structured-attention control that provides supportive, non-directive counseling. Preliminary unpublished results concur with earlier studies suggesting that hot flashes can be reduced by 70% at 3 months follow-up among post-menopausal women.
Hypnosis can also be an effective treatment option for cancer patients suffering from sleep problems. Cancer patients experience sleeping difficulties for a number of reasons, including anxiety related to diagnosis, depression, pain, fatigue, and other treatment-related side effects. Cancer patients have been reported to be nearly three times more likely than members of the general population to meet diagnostic criteria for insomnia.
While sleep disorders can be treated with pharmacotherapy, this treatment modality carries with it the inherent risks of dependence and potentially dangerous drug interactions. Furthermore, pharmacotherapy does not treat the underlying source of the sleep disturbance. Hypnosis provides cancer patients with a safe alternative treatment option that not only improves the ability to obtain restful sleep, but also leads to improvements in other symptom areas.
A study conducted by Elkins et al supports the efficacy of clinical hypnosis in improving the quality of sleep for cancer patients. During this study, 51 breast cancer patients (all female) were assigned to either five weekly sessions of hypnosis or a waitlist control group. The main outcome for this study was a reduction in hot flash occurrence. At the conclusion of the 5-week treatment period, not only did cancer patients report fewer hot flash related daily disturbances, but they also reported significant improvements in sleep quality, as well as fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression. This study provides an example of how hypnosis may be effective at treating a target symptom and improving the patient’s overall quality of life.
How Is Hypnosis Currently Used in Cancer Care?
Hypnosis has been specifically employed in the palliative care of cancer patients to reduce symptoms associated with radiation and chemotherapy, such as pain, nausea, fatigue, hot flashes, and sleep dysfunction. Length of hypnotic treatment varies depending on the nature and severity of the problem. Clinical hypnosis treatment for cancer patients may range from a single session to multiple sessions. In research, cancer patients undergoing clinical hypnotherapy typically receive approximately five sessions or more of clinical hypnosis, each involving a hypnotic induction and instruction in self-hypnosis. The practice of self-hypnosis helps patients achieve a relaxed, therapeutic, hypnotic state. Professionals serve as facilitators of self-hypnosis, often providing hypnosis audio recordings for patients to use between sessions.
Hypnosis is frequently offered in conjunction with other therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Research suggests that using a combination of hypnosis and CBT improved outcomes more than those achieved for at least 70% of patients who used CBT alone. Additionally, CBT techniques can be utilized in a hypnotic context by preceding the CBT technique with a hypnotic induction.
What Are the Potential Risks?
Clinical hypnosis has been commonly described as a safe method when used correctly, having few harmful side effects. However, individuals may initially feel drowsy following hypnosis, due to its focus on increasing relaxation and decreasing anxiety. Unexpected delusional thoughts and trancelike states are also possible. Therefore, clinical hypnosis for patients with psychological disorders involving delusions is unadvisable. The clinical hypnosis literature has commonly listed exclusions for study participants with diagnoses of schizophrenia or borderline personality disorder.
What's the Bottom-Line Message?
Clinical hypnosis is a viable option for cancer patients, who, once trained in self-hypnosis, may employ these techniques to manage myriad symptoms.
In particular, hypnosis as an adjunct treatment for cancer patients and survivors can be effective in treating pain, nausea, fatigue, hot flashes, and sleep disorders. While current research into the efficacy of clinical hypnosis for the palliative treatment of cancer patients is extremely encouraging, some studies have been limited by less-than-desirable sample sizes, and there is a dearth of large randomized controlled trials. Additional research will be needed for clinical hypnosis to become a well-established evidence-based treatment for the palliative care of cancer patients. However, the existing evidence from all clinical research supports inclusion of clinical hypnosis as an effective adjunct therapy in the palliative cancer treatment milieu, and therefore hypnosis should be considered for patients with cancer on a case-by-case basis.
Financial Disclosure: The authors have no significant financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturers of any products or providers of any service mentioned in this article.
Acknowledgment: Dr. Elkins is supported by NCCAM grant 5U01AT004634 and NCI grant R21CA131795.
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May 08, 2013
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has just announced that he had secret lap band surgery to lose weight. He stated via his press secretary that he struggled with obesity for much of his adult life, underwent lap band surgery in February to reduce the size of his stomach, at the urging of his wife and children.
I am pleased that he made the decision to finally take control of his weight,however, there is another way. Another way without any of the side effects of surgery. Another way that is also less expensive. It is called Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis. The virtual procedure convinces the subconscious mind that the body has actually experienced weight loss surgery.
The Virtual Gastric Band protocol uses hypnosis to retrain your subconscious mind to be satisfied with smaller amounts of food. It changes how you think about food and gives very safe, very predictable results. The hypnosis convinces the brain that the stomach is full with just a small amount of food and you stop eating.
It is not a diet. We know that diets only work in the short term. The person doesn't feel deprived which can lead to eventual failure to stay on a program.
With Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis there is no costly invasive surgery, no medical risks and no on-going medical treatment necessity. If you would like more information regarding this hypnosis technique and weight loss you might want to look at a video of Dr. Oz discussing Lap Band Hypnosis.
May 01, 2013
I will be presenting at the 15th Annual UCSF Integrative Medicine Forum on June 1st. The key note speaker will be Dean Ornish M.D.
15th Annual Integrative Medicine Forum: Rx CAM: Integrating Complementary and Alternative MedicinesMy workshop is later in the morning
WORKSHOP A 10:15 - 11:15am
Hypnotherapy For Health: Seth-Deborah Roth CRNA,CCHt,CI
Seth-Deborah Roth will be describing how hypnosis works and how it can be integrated in contemporary medical practices. She will give a demonstration of the hypnosis.
April 24, 2013
As a Anesthetist and a Hypnotherapist, I routinely use hypnosis as operative sedation on myself during local & general anesthesia (hearing it the last sense to go)
The "Glide Through Surgery" hypnosis MP3 pack (preop, intra-op, & postop) are available on my web store.
Hypnosis can replace operative sedation - NewsFix.ca
April 11, 2013
I am a hypnotherapy practitioner authorized to use the Palsson IBS protocol from Chapel Hill IBS studies
Here is a current article regarding the use of hypnotherapy for children with IBS as first line treatment
February 05, 2013
October 16, 2012
Sloan Kettering uses hypnosis in their Integrative Medicine program. Here is a link to a story by Dr. Nancy Snyderman on the use of complementary medicines in their program.
I have developed a hypnosis MP3 package that deals with:
The Mind Body Connection is Real, Positive Chemotherapy Visualization and Time Distortion both for 1 hour and 15 minute sessions, Relaxation During Your MRI, Healing Rays During Radiation, Glide Through Surgery Pack (Pre-op Prepare for Surgery, Intra-Op Relaxation and Visualization to be used with local or general anesthesia, Comfortable Post-op), Triumph Over Pain, Turning Off Your Nausea, Victory Over Cancer, Unstoppable Self-Acceptance, Unleashing Your Unstoppable Energy and StressBuster
You can order this Hypnosis for Cancer Treatment Support at :
An article was just release sighting the study that after gastric bypass surgery, substance abuse behaviors rear their little ugly heads. This includes drugs, alcohol and smoking!
Of course they do! If you don't release the emotional issues the driving behavior still exists. One outlet is gone so the others will increase. You haven't released the issues.
Hypnotherapy works. Combine this with the "VIRTUAL GASTRIC LAP BAND HYPNOSIS" and you have a healthy recipe for success.
Skype, in-person or even fly in for the sessions to Oakland Airport & be picked up.
October 05, 2012
Hypnosis works by modulating activity in brain regions associated with focused attention, and this study offers new details regarding neural capacity for hypnosis.
"Our results provide novel evidence that altered functional connectivity in [the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex] and [the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex] may underlie hypnotizability," the researchers wrote in their paper.
For the study, Spiegel and his Stanford colleagues performed functional and structural MRI scans of the brains of 12 adults with high hypnotizability and 12 adults with low hypnotizability.
The researchers looked at the activity of three different networks in the brain: the default-mode network, used when one's brain is idle; the executive-control network, which is involved in making decisions; and the salience network, which is involved in deciding something is more important than something else.
The findings, Spiegel said, were clear: Both groups had an active default-mode network, but highly hypnotizable participants showed greater co-activation between components of the executive-control network and the salience network. More specifically, in the brains of the highly hypnotizable group the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, an executive-control region of the brain, appeared to be activated in tandem with the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex, which is part of the salience network and plays a role in focusing of attention. By contrast, there was little functional connectivity between these two areas of the brain in those with low hypnotizability.
October 04, 2012
Here us an article talking about how fear of going though treatment for infertility cause stress. Having gone through infertility for 11 years, I resonate with my clients who are trying to get pregnant.Stress causes fallopian tubes to spasm. Use hypnotherapy to lesson your stress. IT WORKS. It also helps to get the hormones in better balance levels. Studies have also shown how hypnosis improves he success rate of IVF
Here is the article
October 02, 2012
There has been a new hypnosis study mentioned in today's Los Angeles Times.
It states that " for the highly hypnotizable, a brain structure associated with purposeful attentional control -- the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex -- is activated alongside the Default Mode Network when the mind is at rest. This would suggest that the highly hynotizable have a tighter coordination between brain areas where attention, emotion, action and intention are processed, wrote the authors of the study"
A problem with this kind of study is the hypnotist her or himself, the technique used, any pre-talk to take away fear and the simple feeling of trust one develops with the client. I know of a hypnotist who worked with person from a previous Stanford study who couldn't "be hypnotized" . With his technique and personality and circumstances, the person was able to be hypnotized.
October 01, 2012
Bariatric surgery can be very dangerous!
From this article..."Before opting for surgery, these patients should have tried and failed other means of weight loss."
Dosages of medications following bariatric surgery require adjustment, according to a recently published article in US Pharm.
VIRTUAL GASTRIC BAND HYPNOSIS WORKS WITH NO SIDE EFFECTS
510-690-0699 In-person, Skype or fly-in to Oakland Airport
September 24, 2012
A hypnosis study was done on patients at Laser Spine Institute having minimally invasive spine surgery in our ASC in Arizona. There were 123 patients in a control group and compared them to 130 patients in the hypnosis group. Results showed that postoperative nausea and vomiting was statistically reduced with hypnosis; the rate of 1.5 percent while the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association reported rate was 2.5 percent in 2010.
In addition, results showed a statistically significant decrease in recovery room time. Recovery time was reduced by 11.7 percent with hypnosis. Patients were more alert after anesthesia and recovered more quickly. Ninety-three percent of patients said that they would request hypnosis for future surgeries. Recovery room staff reported using less pain medication and anti-emetics, resulting in a cost savings. Recovery room staff overtime decreased due to quicker recovery and discharge of patients.
Emphasis is on patient satisfaction. hypnosis decreases pain and anxiety during their surgical process and patients are comfortable when they are discharged.
September 21, 2012
Received this email tonight !
Hi Ms. Seth,
I am a second-year pharmacy student at UCSF. I am helping organize the Integrative Medicine elective this year, and I was wondering if you would be interested in being a speaker for it. Our students really loved you at the Integrative Medicine Forum and we would love to have you speak for us again!
September 20, 2012
Could hypnosis ease your chest pains?Hypnosis is being tested as a way to tackle ‘phantom’ chest pain. In a new clinical trial, researchers at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London, will assess its benefits for people with cardiac syndrome X.
This causes pain similar to angina, although the patient’s heart is, in fact, perfectly healthy.
Cardiac syndrome X is more common in women, especially those who have gone through the menopause. Three per cent of adults may be affected at some stage in their life. Results from an earlier study show that 80 per cent of patients given hypnotherapy experienced a reduction in pain, compared to 23 per cent of a comparison group.
Just how it works is not clear, but doctors say one theory is that it may reduce ‘catastrophising’. This is a tendency to exaggerate the threat from pain, worry about it, and feel unable to do anything about it.
In the trial, 40 patients will undergo ten one-hour sessions of hypnotherapy.
September 09, 2012
Hypnotherapy group with stress reduction achieved significantly more weight loss than the other two treatments.
Randomised, controlled, parallel study of two forms of hypnotherapy (directed at stress reduction or energy intake reduction), vsdietary advice alone in 60 obese patients with obstructive sleep apnoea on nasal continuous positive airway pressure treatment.
J Stradling, 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”
A study of 60 females who were at least 20% overweight and not involved in other treatment showed hypnosis is an effective way to lose weight.
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (1986)
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 those not receiving 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 two 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 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: an average of 17 lbs lost by the hypnosis group vs. an average of 0.5 lbs lost by the control group, on follow-up.
Cochrane, Gordon; Friesen, J. (1986). Hypnotherapy in weight loss treatment. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 54, 489-492.
Two 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)
August 30, 2012
Meditation's ability to lower inflammation levels is particularly important because inflammation plays a significant role in driving the disease process in a whole host of serious illnesses ranging from cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's to arthritis, diabetes and irritable bowel syndrome.
For the first time, the studies are showing that a behavioral practice -- paying attention to your experience from moment to moment -- has the power to change the gene expression in your immune cells.
Here is the article
August 28, 2012
The brain gut connection is real The visceral hypersensitivity seen in some IBS patients is a result of changes in nervous system functioning on both the level of the intestines and the brain. At the level of the gut, it seems as if nerve pathways in the gastrointestinal tract become sensitized to stimulation, resulting in over-reactivity and resulting in pain amplification.
Brain imaging studies provide even more clues: When comparing healthy individuals with IBS patients, there are significant differences in the parts of the brain that are activated in response to pain. In individuals who do not have IBS, rectal distension triggers a response in parts of the brain that are associated with modulating pain. In IBS patients, this same rectal stimulation triggers a response in the parts of the brain associated with vigilance and anxiety -- parts of the brain that serve to AMPLIFY the sensation of pain.
Research is beginning to point to the existence of a mild inflammatory process, particularly in Post Infectious cases of IBS It seems that the cells involved in this inflammatory process are very close to GI nerve cells and thus may contribute to the sensitization that result in pain amplification.
In hypnosis, we retrain the brain in how to interpret the signals as well as releasing emotions that may add to the problem and also to retrain the gut itself.
August 22, 2012
Part of hypnosis is good visualization to accomplish the things you want.
Here are the steps for sports visualization from a article by M. Alexander Kuhn is the founder of Kuhn Solutions Group (Bridgeville, Pa.), an organization focused on athletic peak performance.
Step 1 - Right Setting
If you have little or no experience, find a quiet and dark room. This will aid your ability to concentrate on the imagery your mind will create. After much practice, you will be able to block out all distractions and begin your visualization practice in any setting.
Step 2 - Relaxation
Find a place on the ground (a bed is acceptable) and lie flat on your back. Place your hands next to your sides and close your eyes. Once in the proper position, relax by breathing in a slow and rhythmic manner.
Step 3 - Competitive Environment
Once you are relaxed, let your mind draw the pictures for you. First, visualize the competitive environment in as much detail as possible, including the arena, your opponents, teammates, coaches, and fans. The goal is to use your senses to create a full mental image of the environment you expect to compete in.
Step 4 - First-Person Viewpoint
Once you can see the competitive environment, visualize it from a first-person point of view. Many athletes have a tendency to watch themselves when visualizing. A better technique is to view the competitive environment from your own individual perspective.
Step 5 - Emotions for Success
Before you even begin your visualization, try to feel the emotions you expect to feel in competition: the nervousness, butterflies in your stomach and cold hangs. But also feel confident, excited, and believing in yourself. Every athlete feels pressure in the biggest competition of his or her life. In this step, associate that pressure with a feeling of confidence that you will succeed.
Step 6 - Goal Achievement
Finally, having created a mindset for success, visualize yourself achieving your goal. If you are a swimmer, swim the entire race and out-touch all your opponents. If you are a goalie, stop every shot, no matter how difficult. End each visualization by envisioning the win.
July 19, 2012
Saw a 80 yr old woman today at the hospital who was 3 days post op hip replacement. She was full of anxiety/panic attacks. Taught her EFT, self-hypnosis and went back to the feeling of anxiety during the session. Previous surgery years ago was feeding the current anxiety. Released it...!
I really enjoy it when I do "Hospital Calls"
July 13, 2012
June 07, 2012
This follow-up study clearly shows that beneficial effects of gut-directed HT sustain over a period of 5 years in children with IBS. With more than two third of patients still in clinical remission, gut-directed HT can be considered as a highly valuable therapeutic option for children with long-lasting complaints of IBS.
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June 05, 2012
Survivors of childhood sexual abuse commonly report lingering feelings of being contaminated. This effect can lead to problems with self-esteem and body image, relationship trouble, and behavioral issues such as obsessive washing. Now a study in the January issue of Behavior Modification finds that a treatment that appeals to both logic and emotion, via mental imagery, can help relieve these intrusive feelings.
“Images are much more powerful to change emotions than verbal information.”
This is where the magic of hypnosis lies!!!
Effectiveness of Hypnosis in Reducing Mild Essential Hypertension: A 1-Year Follow-Up. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. Jan, 2007.
Vol. 55(1)1. Gay MC.
Thirty participants who were suffering from mild essential hypertension were randomly assigned to either a control group (which did not receive any treatment) or a hypnosis group (where each person received 8 individually-tailored hypnosis sessions). The results of the study demonstrated that not only did hypnosis reduce blood pressure in the short-term, but when the subjects were followed-up, this effect lasted into both the medium and the long term.
May 19, 2012
Just back from presenting at UCSF 14th Annual Integrative Medicine Forum.
The subject was "Stress, Disease & Hypnosis" . They were really receptive and the demo, as usual, changed a lot of minds ! :-)
May 18, 2012
The use of hypnosis is a natural for pain management. We as hypnotist have always known this and teach many to utilize the power of their brain. their mind, without drugs or to lower the amount of medication that is taken.
Great new research on pain supports what we have always known about the realities of using hypnosis for pain management.
May 05, 2012
In this study hypnosis performed better than previous treatments for hot flashes including black cohosh, soy, and vitamin E which have been shown to be the same as placebo for relieving hot flashes.
The intervention involved mental imagery to evoke coolness, such as walking down a mountain path on a cool day. The imagery was individualized to include places a patient had been to and things she’d experienced. The emphasis was on teaching the women self-hypnosis with the goal of patient empowerment.
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April 25, 2012
An abstract from the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis
Magnetic resonance imaging: improved patient tolerance utilizing medical hypnosis.
Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA 15232.
AbstractMagnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a medical diagnostic procedure which requires a patient to be placed supine into the cylindrical bore of a powerful magnet for approximately one hour. The patient's arms are usually against the sides of the magnet bore with a 3" to 10" space between the patient's face and the top of the magnet bore. This enclosure induces panic and claustrophobic responses in 1% to 10% of the patients undergoing the MRI procedure. There have been many failed diagnostic studies due to patient intolerance, and there are reports of procedure-induced claustrophobia. We describe the hypnotic procedure utilized to reduce anxiety and panic for successful completion of MRI scans. Medical hypnosis has been an effective intervention in ten patients, permitting completion of their diagnostic procedure.
Tested and proven on myself many times. The MRI center where I do my MRI's now has it in its catalogue for their patients.
March 11, 2012
A recent article explained the connection between fats and colon cancer.
"These foods are changing the methylation patterns on a person's insulin genes so that they express differently, pumping out more insulin than the body requires."
"In people that have colon cancer, their glucose metabolic pathways and insulin signaling pathways are running at completely different levels than people who don't have colon cancer,"
Cancer cells love insulin and studies have shown that tumors feed off of insulin.
Educate your hypnosis clients in their health quest.
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According to a newly released study completed by the University of North Carolina and Emory University, being overweight greatly increases the likelihood of developing Type 2 diabetes and other diseases. During the next 10 years, an estimated 40 million individuals in the United States could develop Type 2 diabetes, with an additional 100 million becoming pre-diabetic, a condition that can lead to diabetes if left unchecked.
Since overweight and obese individuals are most at risk due to excess poundage being a contributing factor for developing the disease, it makes sound sense to attend hypnotherapy sessions to release the emotions that lead to overeating and lack of activity. Letting go of the excess weight and changing ones lifestyle could significantly lessen an individual's chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes.
January 24, 2012
January 10, 2012
Researchers surveying 781 former smokers found almost a third relapsed even after using nicotine replacement products. Scientists said the results cast doubt on the long-term benefit of products like Pfizer’s Nicotrol inhaler and GlaxoSmithKline’s NicoDerm CQ patch and Nicorette gum, leaders in a market worth $1.2 billion annually, according to IMS Health, a research firm.
January 04, 2012
Does Childhood Stress Stay with You for Your Whole Life?
I have always known this,
Recent study article talks about how childhood stresses affect us in later life.
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December 27, 2011
The researchers published an article in the respected, PLoS One journal, showing alterations in hypnotized subjects' automatic responses. The scientific community has long been divided over whether hypnosis was merely social compliance or a verifiable state, different from normal waking consciousness. Research now suggests it is an actual distinct state of consciousness.
The Scandinavian scientists focused their study on the eye movements of people in and out of the hypnotic state. They found that the glazed over stare, so often associated with hypnosis in popular imaginings, does in fact indicate a state change. The researchers presented hypnotized subjects with eye tracking tasks that create automatic reflexive eye movements. It was found that there were measurable differences in the responses of hypnotized subjects verses normal waking subjects. Those who were not hypnotized could not reproduce the same eye responses.
December 20, 2011
Hypnotherapy has been proven to help reduce stress and reduce these breakouts. The skin is the largest organ in the body
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World Hypnotism Day January 4th "Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions. Remove the Struggle of Will Power with Hypnosis"
Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions. Remove the Struggle of Will Power with Hypnosis
A FREE World Hypnotism Day event on January 4, 2011.
Learn how hypnosis can help you let go of negative habits or patterns that prevent you from living your best life.
Come join us and be a part of Castro Valley's largest group hypnosis session for achieving your New Year’s Resolution!
Discover the power of hypnosis for yourself. Perhaps you’re curious about how this works and are mesmerized by the control the hypnotist appears to have with subject on stage. I’ll demystify all of this and introduce you to the key to your success! YES! Hypnosis works and you can discover how powerful your mind can be in supporting your conscious efforts to achieve your goals. Wouldn’t you like to hear a cheering squad in the back of your mind instead of self-criticism? Wouldn’t you like to loose that last 20 lbs for good this time? Or perhaps you’re sick & tired of being sick and tired and would love to just fall asleep easily and effortlessly! It’s time for you to step up in your life and claim your own power. Come and discover this amazing gift that lies within you … you’ll achieve your goals easily!
Come and join us on January 4th 2012 at 7:30 pm and begin living the life of your dreams!
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December 17, 2011
New York Times
Using Hypnosis to Gain More Control Over Your Illness
At the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative Medicine, she had four hypnosis sessions in the month before her procedure, during which she addressed her fear of the coming surgery. She also practiced self-hypnosis every day.
Eventually, she said, “I got to a place where I felt a sense of trust instead of fear.”
In February, doctors removed a plum-sized tumor from her brain. But there the similarity to her previous experience ended. Ms. Ritchie woke up from the procedure, she said, feeling “alert and awesome.” She ate a full dinner that night and went home in two days.
“My neurosurgeon was stunned at how little medication I required before and after surgery, and how quickly I bounced back,” she said.
Ms. Ritchie attributes her speedy recovery and calm state to her hypnosis sessions. Used for more than two centuries to treat a host of medical problems, particularly pain management and anxiety, hypnosis is now available to patients at some of the most respected medical institutions in the country, including Stanford Hospital, the Cleveland Clinic, Mount Sinai Medical Center and Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.
Some critics find the research into mind-body therapies unconvincing, but their skepticism has not deterred patients like Ms. Ritchie. And there are researchers who say they believe that by helping patients feel in better control of their symptoms, hypnosis can reduce the need for medication and lower costs.
“It is an effective and inexpensive way to manage medical care,” said Dr. David Spiegel, director of the Center on Stress and Health at Stanford University School of Medicine and a leading authority on hypnosis.
A study by radiologists at Harvard Medical School, published in 2000, found that patients who received hypnosis during surgery required less medication, had fewer complications and shorter procedures than patients who did not have hypnosis. In a follow-up study in 2002, the radiologists concluded that if every patient undergoing catheterization were to receive hypnosis, the cost savings would amount to $338 per patient.
“When patients are groggy from anesthesia drugs, it costs more to recover them,” said Dr. Elvira Lang, an associate professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and a lead author of both studies. “Hypnosis calms patients.”
If you have a medical condition for which conventional medicine is not working, or you’d like to try a gentle mind-body alternative, hypnosis may be worth considering......
Western Journal of Medicine
Verbal instructions before major operations can influence recovery and cut hospital stays.
During abdominal surgery, the stomach and intestines usually go on strike. Gut movement and digestion are halted. Nothing can be eaten or drunk for days. Anybody who had undergone this ordeal will know that all-important signal that the gut is working again: passing gas. This means the food can be consumed and going home is probably not far away.
A recent study indicates that giving patients specific verbal suggestions before major operations can influence physiological recovery.
In a study of 40 patients undergoing abdominal surgery, one group was given a 5-minute presentation of general instructions and reassurance while patients in the experimental group received 5 minutes of specific instructions about restoring bowl function.
As predicted, patients receiving specific suggestions reported passing first gas after only 2.6 days compared to 4.2 days for the control group of patients. Length of time until first meal, another measure of return of bowl function, also favored the preoperative suggestion group. Though not statistically significant, the experimental group also was discharged from their hospital in 6.5 days on average - 1.5 days earlier than the control group of patients.If these trend results are found significant with a larger group of patients, the projected savings from these brief verbal instructions would be $1,200 per patient assuming minimum room rate of $800.00 per day.
For more information: Disbow EA, Bennett HL, Owings JT: Effect of preoperative suggestion on postoperative gastrointestinal motility. Western Journal of Medicine 1993; 158:488-492
From the Journal of American Family Physician
Relaxation technique reduces patient anxiety before surgery
(85th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America)
The use of hypnotic relaxation techniques before some medical procedures reduced patients' anxiety and pain during the procedures, decreased procedure time and cost, and, in nearly one half of the cases, eliminated the need for conscious sedation altogether.
These were the finding of a study of 161 patients undergoing angiography, angioplasty or kidney drainage. The relaxation technique involved a specially trained nurse or team member reading a script telling the patient to close and relax their eyes, take deep breaths, feel a sensation of floating and to a safe and comfortable place.
The patients were given a bell to ring at any point during the procedure if they felt the need for more anesthesia. All of the patients were offered conscious sedation (a mixture of anti-pain and anti-anxiety medication). Fourteen of the 79 patients (18%) who did not undergo relaxation techniques requested no sedation, compared with 38 of the 82 patients (46%) who underwent relaxation techniques. Replacing or supplementing anesthesia with the relaxation techniques reduced the average procedure time by 17 minutes (20% of total procedure time) and reduced the average procedure cost by $130.00 per patient. This reduction in cost was primarily the result of fewer interruptions during the procedures, and avoiding over or under sedation that usually results in the patient being admitted to the hospital overnight instead of being released within a few hours of the procedure.
Elvira V. Lang, M.D. Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
Hypnosis reduces breast surgery side effects: pain, nausea and other side effects mitigated by pre-surgery sessions, study shows
By Susan Kansagra, M.D.,ABC News Medical Unit Aug. 28, 2007
It's something that's usually associated with stage performances and helping smokers quit, but new research suggests hypnosis may soon be an important tool in helping patients endure common side effects of breast cancer surgery.
Researchers at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York showed that a 15-minute hypnosis session reduced side effects including pain, nausea and emotional distress in patients undergoing breast cancer operations. The study was published Tuesday in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. "If this were a drug, it would be very successful," said lead study author Guy Montgomery, director of the Integrative Behavioral Medicine Program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Montgomery added that hypnosis carries the added benefit of having no side effects - a quality that makes it an attractive alternative to many drugs used for similar purposes.
Two hundred women who were about to undergo surgeries like a breast biopsy or removal of a suspicious breast lump participated in the study. About half of the women received a 15-minute hypnosis session shortly before their operations. The other women in the study had a consultation with a psychologist before the surgery. The hypnosis session included relaxation exercises that encouraged the women to think of pleasant thoughts, such as a beach on a warm day. The women who did not undergo hypnosis talked to a psychologist, who listened and offered supportive comments. After their surgeries, the women who had hypnosis experienced less pain, nausea, fatigue, discomfort and emotional upset than their counterparts - - and these differences were substantial, the study's author reported.
Not only did hypnosis reduce the side effects from surgery, but it also did this while reducing the amount of anesthesia used during the surgery. Additionally, the researchers showed that hypnosis decreased the amount of time spent in the operating room by almost 11 minutes, leading to an overall cost savings of about $770.00 per patient. These results were seen despite the fact that treatments involving hypnotism don't work for everyone; previous studies have shown that about 11% of people are resistant to hypnosis. But researchers noted that the tests used to weed out hypnosis-resistant women from the study would have taken longer to perform than the hypnosis itself. …
It also helps take attention away from pain, and some studies have even shown that hypnosis can actually change the way a patient perceives pain. "When we take an aspirin, we expect to have headache relief," Montgomery said. "One of the things hypnosis is very good at is helping people form expectancy to these outcomes, such as less pain and less nausea."… C. Richard Chapman, professor and director of the Pain Research Center at the University of Utah said, "This study adds to a growing body of evidence showing that psychological interventions complement medical interventions. Such interventions empower patients by engaging them in their own care and giving them control over their own pain, nausea and discomfort." Montgomery said that even patients who are skeptical about or fearful of hypnosis can take advantage of its benefits if they are properly counseled. “We're going to tell you that hypnosis is typically not like hypnosis used in television or seen in movies," he said. "Rather, its something that we can do together that can help you reduce side effects. You're really the person in control." Adding to this notion is the fact that the hypnosis sessions the women underwent included instruction on how they could perform hypnosis on themselves in the future.
Not Just for Breast Cancer Surgery
In addition to being effective, hypnosis may also prove to be a versatile tool. The benefits of hypnosis have been shown in previous research to extend to other procedures as well, including gynecological surgery and coronary artery bypass. Montgomery said he is hopeful that doctors continue to expand the use of hypnosis in other medical applications. "This could become part of standard care," he said. However, he added, "it's not a panacea for everything, but rather a tool in the toolbox that we can use to address specific problems."
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Learning Rapid Inductions or "Speed Trance" has proven to be so valuable in my clinical practice whether with clients or doing demo's in promoting hypnotherapy to the public. Therefore, I invited John Cerbone, "TranceMaster" form New York City, to come out the the San Francisco Bay Area and give his famous weekend workshop.
Below is the info about the workshop. You can call me at 510-690-0699 if you have any questions or contact John directly at 718-227-4868
He is also a Certified Hypnosis Instructor with the NGH
November 11-13, 2011 -
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Castro Valley, California
across the street from Bart Station in Castro Valley & right off 580 highway at Redwood Road exit
Friday night: 6pm
Saturday = 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday = 10:00am - 5:00pm
Learn Speed Trance and discover how easy it is to drop
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>> This weekend will be packed with info not found on any DVDs - that you can ONLY get from John Cerbone!
All levels and all branches of hypnotists - newbies to seasoned pros, stage, street and clinical - are welcome to attend.
Use these powerful techniques to jump-start (and even save) stage hypnosis shows, to insure deep levels of therapeutic trance in clinical hypnosis, and to entertain with street or party hypnosis or during magic, illusion and comedy shows.
Even with little or no hypnotic experience, you can master instant and rapid induction techniques in one weekend - and learn to demonstrate the power of hypnosis in ways only others could dream of!
And if you are already experienced with hypnosis, you will absolutely love how Speed Trance and phemonena techniques can spice up your performances and enhance outcomes in clinical sessions!
Attend this weekend class and you will also learn how to :
Use humor as a hypnotic convincer in multiple settings
Pick natural subjects that will respond instantly
Use hypnotic phenomena to change perceptions and beliefs
Harness the power of hypnotic language for increased outcomes
Overcome skepticism and anxiety
Use Speed Trance methods in crisis and trauma situations, and with various client populations
Create eye-popping phenomena from hypnotic amnesia to levitation, catalepsy to invisibility, time distortion to ...
Structure complete 'Street Hypnosis' and impromptu party routines ~ and more!
If you've seen the "Speed Trance" DVD, you know how powerful and useful these amazing techniques can be in many different situations ~ so imagine 2 full days of hands-on training to practice and refine your skills, learn even more approaches and explore even more applications! ~ Your potential will be unlimited!
This class is taught by Speed Trance method originator John Cerbone
- guaranteeing you no boring lectures and non-stop fun!
You may have seen Cerbone on video, on YouTube.com, or at the Hypnoticon 2008 convention, or performing a unique and unusual 2-man stage hypnosis show with Richard Nongard on the Las Vegas Strip. John has hypnotized close to 60,000 people in his career, on television, radio, stage, and baseball arenas.
At the end of the training, you will be "Hypnosis Gurus Certified"! Receive a Certificate of Completion in Speed Trance - a fancy certificate to hang on your wall or post on your website, to let everyone know that you really know your stuff.
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October 11, 2011
The number of hospitals offering complementary and alternative medical services has tripled since 2000, driven principally by patient demand for low-risk therapies such as massage, guided imagery, meditation and as Reiki.
Forty-two percent of the 714 hospitals surveyed said they provide unconventional therapies, and executives listed patient demand as the top criterion in choosing which therapies to offer, according to a report released in September by the American Hospital Assn.'s Health Forum and the Samueli Institute, a think tank that supports alternative medicine. In 2000, just 14% of hospitals told AHA researchers that they provided complementary therapies.
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