Are you tired of being a slave to old destructive habits? Do you want to gain control over your habits, thoughts, attitudes, and behavior?
-to learn to use more than 10% of your brain? -to be healthy, happy, and successful? Then hypnotherapy may be the right tool for you. You can learn how you can take control of your life through Hypnotherapy!

What exactly is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a tool you can use to reprogram your subconscious mind so you can gain control of your thoughts, behaviors, and attitudes to achieve your goals.  However, no one can make you do anything you don't want to do during hypnosis. The brain is said to operate in four states; Full Conscious Awareness, the Hypnotic State, the Dream State, and the Sleep State.  We pass through all four states sequentially as we go to sleep and as we awaken. When in hypnosis, you can hear everything going on around you. You can hear all of the suggestions you're being given. When in this relaxed state, the subconscious mind is open to accept these suggestions if you choose, and use them to create the behavioral changes or body changes you desire. The subconscious mind  controls much of what we do. The subconscious mind acts like a computer, it does what it is programmed to do. Programming comes from beliefs, attitudes, environment, practice, input from parents and peers, etc. The conscious mind is like the operator of the computer. Changing what you want consciously (the input to the computer), without changing your programming and software (the subconscious mind) leads to conflict and lack of successful changes.  For permanent changes, you can either practice the change repeatedly or directly communicate it to the subconscious during hypnosis. When in a hypnotic state, the subconscious mind is said to be 88% more alert than in a conscious state and it can be purposely directed to what the conscious mind desires.

Misconceptions about hypnosis:
*Putting another in control of your mind -
False - No one else can control your mind or make you do anything you don't want to do during hypnosis.

*  Staying stuck in a trance - False - You are brought out of the hypnotic state by the hypnotist, but in self-hypnosis, you come out of it naturally when you are ready.

*  Being open to the devil - False - you are no more open to the devil during hypnosis than when you're relaxed or sleeping.

As you experience hypnotherapy and learn the techniques for self hypnosis, you can:
*  Gain control of your thoughts, attitudes, habits, and behavior; be the best you can be;
*  Attain your ideal weight and shape;
*  Quit smoking and other addictions the easier way, without gaining weight, without becoming grumpy or shaky;
*  Eliminate phobias, fears of flying, jumping out of airplanes, public speaking, etc;
*  Learn to relax, control stress, and relieve insomnia;
*  Find and deal with underlying emotional causes of problems;
*  Relieve depression, anger, anxiety, and irritability;
*  Learn languages, etc. faster and easier; do better in school, on the job, with tests, etc;
*  Increase reading speed and retention, memory, find lost objects;
*  Manage pain, use as anesthesia, control asthma, control IBS, speed recovery from illness or injury;
*  Increase motivation, gain confidence, and happiness;
*  Improve relationships, both personal and job related;
*  Enjoy exercise, improve sports abilities;
*  Learn to like healthy foods and dislike harmful foods;
*  Lower high blood pressure (if emotionally caused);
*  Adjust to and master life and lifestyle changes;
*  Ease pregnancy and childbirth;
*  Handle emergencies calmly, effectively, appropriately;
*  Look at past events and gather valuable life-learnings, explore past life experiences;
*  Forgive and love yourself and others;
*  Program your subconscious mind to set up circumstances for success in life.

There has been considerable scientific research done on hypnosis:

    *  In 1892, the British Medical Association (BMA) commissioned a team of doctors to undertake an extensive evaluation of the  nature and effects of hypnotherapy.  The Committee reported that they are satisfied with the genuineness of the hypnotic state,  and that hypnosis is frequently an effective therapeutic agent in relieving pain, aiding sleep, and alleviating many ailments such as  psycho-somatic complaints and anxiety disorders (British Medical Journal, 1892) .

    *  In 1955, the Psychological Medicine Group of the BMA commissioned a Subcommittee, led by Prof. T. Ferguson Rodger, to deliver a second, and more   comprehensive, report on hypnosis. The Subcommittee consulted several experts on hypnosis from various fields.  "As a treatment, in the opinion of the Subcommittee it has proved its ability to remove symptoms and to alter morbid habits of thought and behavior" ('Medical use of hypnosis', BMJ, April, 1955; Science Daily,9/28/05)

    * 'There is encouraging evidence demonstrating the beneficial effects of hypnotherapeutic procedures in alleviating the symptoms of a range of complaints. These include tension headaches and migraine; asthma; gastro-intestinal complaints such as irritable  bowel syndrome; warts; and possibly other skin complaints such as eczema, psoriasis and urticaria [hives] ' (BPS, 'The Nature of Hypnosis', 2001) .

* In 2003, perhaps the most recent meta-analysis of the efficacy of hypnotherapy was published by two researchers from the university of Konstanze in Germany (Flammer & Bongartz).  When all 133 studies deemed suitable in light of this consideration were re-analyzed, providing data for over 6,000 patients, the findings suggest an average improvement in 27% of untreated patients over the term of the studies compared with a 74% success rate among those receiving hypnotherapy. This is a high success rate given the fact that many of the studies measured included the treatment of addictions and medical conditions. The outcome rates for anxiety disorders alone, traditionally hypnotherapy's strongest application, were higher still" . (Flammer & Bongartz, 'On the efficacy of hypnosis: a meta-analytic study', Contemporary Hypnosis (2003), 179 – 197.)

Enough studies have now accumulated to suggest that the inclusion of hypnotic procedures may be beneficial in the management and treatment of a wide range of conditions and problems encountered in the practice of medicine, psychiatry and psychotherapy (BPS, 2001).

 Other examples include:

Weight loss

"  "A systematic review has found that hypnosis enhances the effects of cognitive behavioural therapy for conditions such as ... obeisity" (BMJ, 1999).                                                                                                        

* 'There is evidence from several studies that its [hypnosis'] inclusion in a weight reduction program may significantly enhance outcome.'       (BPS, 'The Nature of             
h   hypnosis',  2001).                                                                     

* EFFECTIVENESS STUDY ON HYPNOSIS AND WEIGHT LOSS: Researchers analyzed 18 studies comparing a cognitive behavioral therapy, such as
r   relaxation training, guided imagery, self monitoring or goal setting with the same therapy supplemented by hypnosis. Those who received the hypnosis lost more     w weight than 90 percent of the non hypnosis, and maintained the weight loss two years after treatment ended. (Bolocofsky, David N.; Spinler, Dwayne; Coulthard-Morris, 
      Linda (1985). Effectiveness of hypnosis as an adjunct to behavioral weight management. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 41 (1), 35-41).

* Another study, published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, divided 109 people into two groups for a 9 week study. The first group were treated with changes in in diet and exercise habits (the only way to lose weight) without the addition of hypnosis. The second group was given the same diet and exercise treatment and was
a  also given hypnosis for reinforcement. After 9 weeks, not surprisingly, both groups lost weight due to the changes in diet and exercise while under supervision. 
    What happened after the 8 month and 2-year follow-ups might surprise you. The group that did not have hypnosis did not lose anymore weight and in fact most
g  gained most of their weight back. The hypnosis group, however, continued to lose weight during both intervals and the studies showed that far more people in the
h hypnosis group met their long term weight loss goals. The hypnosis group continued the eating and exercise habits learned in the experiment while the non-
h hypnosis group did not. (Bolocofsky, David N.; Spinler, Dwayne; Coulthard-Morris, Linda (1985). Effectiveness of hypnosis as an adjunct to behavioral weight management. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 41 (1), 35-41).

* A study, published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, investigated the effects of hypnosis in weight loss for 60 females at least 20% overweight aaand not involved in other treatment. The researchers interviewed each participant this time about their family background, educational background, and their belief as to their hypnotizability. The group was split into hypnosis and non hypnosis groups with both groups being given weight loss behavioral treatments and counseling. TThe results were very interesting. The group using hypnosis lost an average of 17 pounds at the 6 month follow up. The group that did not receive hypnosis only lost a half of a pound. (Cochrane, Gordon; Friesen, J. (1986). Hypnotherapy in weight loss treatment. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 54, 489-492).

* In this meta-analysis, (which is when researchers look across multiple studies), the results of the two studies I just mentioned and other studies were confirmed. In ththe studies of hypnosis versus no hypnosis the average short term weight loss was 6 pounds for those not using hypnosis and 11.83 pounds with hypnosis. Even mmore importantly, over the long term the average weight loss without hypnosis remained at 6 pounds, but with hypnosis it jumped to 14.88 pounds - indicating again ththat the effects of hypnosis seem to compound over time. What is impressive about these results is that doing hypnosis under controlled conditions is extremely didifficult, and to have the research indicate that people are losing anywhere from 2 to 17 times more weight under hypnosis than when they do not use it clearly iniindicates that hypnosis should be used by anyone who is serious about weight loss (Kirsch, Irving (1996). Hypnotic enhancement of cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments--Another meta-reanalysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64 (3), 517-519).

    Irritable Bowel Syndrome      

'R* Randomized trials have shown hypnosis to be of value in ...irritable bowel syndrome" (BMJ, 1999).

* Medics at The University of Manchester have discovered a way to treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) using hypnotherapy. Two hundred and fifty patients who have suffered from IBS for over two years were given twelve one-hour sessions, during which they were given an explanation of how the gut works and what causes their symptoms.  "IBS is ideal for treatment with hypnosis, as there is no structural damage to the body," explained Professor Whorwell.  "During the hypnotherapy, sufferers learn how to influence and gain control of their gut function, and then seem to be able to change the way the brain modulates their gut activity....with a success-rate of about 70%" (University of Manchester, 2005,  Hypnotherapy An Effective Treatment For Irritable Bowel Syndrome. ScienceDaily,

* "Hypnotherapy is superior to standard care in children and adolescents with functional abdominal pain and irritable bowel syndrome.  In a randomized controlled trial, hypnotherapy led to a cure by the end of treatment in 59% of 53 young patients compared with 12% of those getting standard care, according to Arine Vlieger, M.D., Ph.D., of St. Antonius Hospital in Nieuwegein. What's more, after a year of follow-up, the hypnotherapy had resulted in a cure in 85% of the children, compared to 25% of those getting standard care, she said. (Michael Smith, MedPage Today, May 22, 2007)

Chronic pain

* The evidence supporting the effectiveness of hypnosis in alleviating chronic pain associated with cancer seems strong. In addition, the panel was presented with other data suggesting the effectiveness of hypnosis in other chronic pain conditions, which include irritable bowel syndrome, oral mucositis [pain and swelling of the mucus membrane], temporomandibular disorders [jaw pain], and tension headaches (NIH, 1995) .

 * The results of this study lend strong support to the clinical use of hypnotic suggestion, deep relaxation and other nonmedical techniques as alternatives to pain-killing drugs. One of the most widely used of such alternatives, for example, is controlled breathing in childbirth. Dr. Spiegel said. ''If you focus on some other sensation, it can mute your perception of the pain.... He added: ''Learning to focus elsewhere is a cognitive discipline that can be learned. One way to teach it is hypnosis.' (DANIEL GOLEMAN, HEALTH: Psychology; Study Finds Hypnosis Can Suppress Brain's Perception of Pain ).

* 'There is convincing evidence that hypnotic procedures are effective in the management and relief of both acute and chronic pain and in assisting in the alleviation of pain, discomfort and distress due to medical and dental procedures and childbirth (BPS, 'The Nature of Hypnosis', 2001).

* In a study funded by the NIH's Office of Alternative Medicine, researchers taught a self-hypnosis technique to people suffering from chronic back pain.  By  
p practicing the technique regularly, these patients were able to reduce their pain sensation by 80%. They also said they felt significantly less depressed and were able to sleep better at night" (HypnoTherapy: Health Benefits, Alternative Medicine Therapies guide,
h   http://stason.org/TULARC/health/alternative-medicine/HypnoTherapy-Health- Benefits.html).

Anxiety, stress, panic disorders, phobias, depression

* In 1999, the British Medical Journal published a Clinical Review of current medical research on hypnotherapy and relaxation therapies, it concludes, 'There is good evidence from randomized controlled trials that both hypnosis and relaxation techniques can reduce anxiety, particularly that related to stressful situations" (BMJ, 1999).

* ' Hypnotherapy and relaxation therapies ...are also effective for panic disorders" (BMJ, 1999).

 * A study investigated the "effectiveness of cognitive hypnotherapy (CH), hypnosis combined with cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), on depression, 84 depressives were randomly assigned to 16 weeks of treatment of either CH or CBT alone. At the end of treatment, patients from both groups significantly improved compared to baseline scores. However, the CH group produced significantly larger changes in Beck Depression Inventory, Beck Anxiety Inventory, and Beck Hopelessness Scale" (Assen Alladin and Alisha Alibhai, Cognitive Hypnotherapy for Depression: An Empirical Investigation, Abstract).

* "A systematic review has found that hypnosis enhances the effects of cognitive behavioral therapy for conditions such as phobia ...and anxiety' (BMJ, 1999).

* 'Hypnosis and the practice of self-hypnosis may significantly reduce general anxiety, tension and stress in a manner similar to other relaxation and self-regulation procedures. (BPS, 'The Nature of Hypnosis', 2001)

 * Another study reviewed the "evidence for the use of hypnosis in the treatment of posttraumatic conditions including posttraumatic stress disorder and acute stress disorder. The review focuses on empirically supported principles and practices and suggests that hypnosis can be a useful adjunctive procedure in the treatment of posttraumatic conditions" (Steven Jay Lynn and Etzel Cardeña, Hypnosis and the Treatment of Posttraumatic Conditions: An Evidence-Based Approach, Abstract).


* In addition to the treatment of psychiatric disabilities, there is a place for hypnotism in the production of anesthesia or analgesia for surgical and dental operations  ('Medical use of hypnosis', BMJ, April, 1955)

 * "A meta-analytical review of studies using hypnosis with surgical patients was performed to determine the effectiveness of the (hypnosis) procedure. The results indicated that patients in hypnosis treatment groups had better clinical outcomes than 89% of patients in control groups. These data strongly support the use of hypnosis with surgical patients" (Guy H. Montgomery, PhD*, Daniel David, PhD*, Gary Winkel, PhD*, Jeffrey H. Silverstein, MD{dagger}, and Dana H. Bovbjerg, PhD*, The Effectiveness of Adjunctive Hypnosis with Surgical Patients: A Meta-Analysis).

 *  A study published in the medical journal, Lancet, found that patients hypnotized before surgery required less pain medication, sustained fewer complications, and left the hospital faster than those who were not given hypnosis (Michael Waldholz Wall Street Journal, Hypnosis Goes Mainstream, http://www.burlingtonhypnosis.com/articles/WallStreet.htm).

Child birth

* "Hypnotism... in suitable subjects ... is an effective method of relieving pain in childbirth without altering the normal course of labor" ('Medical use of hypnosis', BMJ, April, 1955).  For many years now women have chosen to go through childbirth without using medication. HypnoBirthing, as it is called, teaches pregnant women to take advantage of their body’s natural anesthetic abilities in order to make childbirth a less painful, more positive experience. Studies have shown that hypnosis plays a positive roll, not only for the mother, but for the baby as well (Debra Gordon, The fresh face of hypnosis: an old practice finds news uses – New Wisdom Better Homes & Gardens, Feb, 2004, http://www.gohypnotherapy.com/hypnosis-information/hypnosis-articles-essays-on-hypnotherapy-written-by-hypnotherapists/fresh-face-of-hypnosis/)


* *  "Hypnotherapy and relaxation therapies ...are also effective for ...insomnia, particularly when integrated into a package of cognitive
th therapy (including, for example, sleep hygiene)"  (BMJ, 1999).

* * "Hypnotic treatment may assist in insomnia" (BPS, 'The Nature of Hypnosis', 2001).         


**  'Randomized trials have shown hypnosis to be of value in asthma " (BMJ, 1999).   

* * Over a six year period, 173 successive patients suffering from asthma were treated using self-hypnosis, 82% were either much improved or experienced total         
r  remission of symptoms (Maher-Loughnan, G.P. 1970, 'Hypnosis and autohypnosis for the treatment of asthma', International Journal of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis. 18: 1 -14).


**  'Relaxation and hypnosis are often used in cancer patients. There is strong evidence from randomized trials of the effectiveness of hypnosis and relaxation for cancer r   related anxiety, pain, nausea, and vomiting, particularly in children' (Vickers & Zollman, 'Clinical Review: Hypnosis & Relaxation Therapies', BMJ, 1999).

Headaches and migraines

* An updated review of the literature on the effectiveness of hypnosis in the treatment of headaches and migraines, concluded that "it meets the clinical psychology research criteria for being a well-established and efficacious treatment and is virtually free of the side effects, risks of adverse reactions, and ongoing expense associated with medication treatments" (D. Corydon Hammond, Review of the Efficacy of Clinical Hypnosis with Headaches and Migraines).

Bone fractures

* A Harvard researcher reports that hypnosis quickened the typical healing time of bone fractures by several weeks (Judy Callihan Warfield, Why Hypnosis?, http://www.successhypnotherapy.com/topics/about-hypnotherapy/why-hypnosis-2.html ).

Burn patients

 * Doctors at the University of Washington’s Regional Burn Center in Seattle regularly use hypnosis to help patients alleviate excruciating pain (Judy Callihan Warfield), .

Stroke victims

* Studies have shown that using the hypnosis technique of imagery had dramatic affects on patients who had lost the use of their limbs due to stroke. Their rehabilitation was shorter and much easier.

Smoking cessation

* In 1992 a large research project into stop smoking methods was undertaken at the University of Iowa. This comparison of over 600 studies of nearly 72,000 people to find the most effective method to stop smoking, put hypnosis right at the top. This was reported in the New Scientist that "Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit. Willpower, it turns out, counts for very little" (New Scientist, Volume 136 issue 1845 31 Oct 1992, page 6)

Research by The New Scientist Magazine (1992) has shown hypnotherapy to be the safest and quickest way to quit smoking. People were six times more likely to quit with one session of hypnosis and remain non-smokers over 12 months after their session, compared to those who used Nicotine Replacement Therapy.

* Results of a study, which were published in the Journal of Applied Psychology and included 48 studies of hypnosis covering 6000 smokers, clearly showed that hypnosis was three times more effective than Nicotine Replacement.

Hypnosis when combined with a Wellness Consultation can greatly multiply its effectiveness.  During a Wellness Consultation with Dr. Laurie Lynch, you can learn what foods are a cause of addictions and what foods and herbs can help break the addictions. You can also learn about the damage smoking has done to your body and how to nourish the damaged areas with the right nutrients so the body can heal itself.

 Laurie Lynch is a certified Hypnotherapist, NLP practitioner, Time Line Therapist, as well as a Wellness Consultant, Naturopathic Doctor, Master Herbalist, Nutrition expert at the Living Well Health & Education Center, (910) 426-5159.


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