Myths about hypnosis

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Hypnotherapy is a heightened state of concentration and focused attention. Guided by a trained, certified hypnotist or hypnotherapist, hypnosis allows you to be more open to suggestions to making healthful changes in your perceptions, sensations, emotions, memories, thoughts or behaviors.
It’s a type of mind-body medicine. At Frontier, I practice a revolutionary hypnosis method called Control which gives the client Control back over their life. It doesn’t require the client going into a trance. It is a “conversational hypnosis” where the client is fully conscious and fully engaged during the sessions.
There are a lot of misrepresentations of hypnosis seem to pervade television shows and movies.
For instance, they suggest hypnosis produces an unusual state of consciousness (trance) associated with loss of willpower and self-control. The Manchurian Candidate, Dead Again, and The Curse of the Jade Scorpion are some examples of movies that suggest hypnosis induces a trance and compels individuals to steal, kill, or regress to past lives.
Contrary to what you might see in movies or during a hypnotist stage act, people don’t lose control over their behavior during hypnosis. They usually remain aware during a session and remember what happens. Here’s a couple of myths surrounding hypnosis:
Myth: Hypnosis isn’t real. It’s a form of entertainment.
Hypnosis isn’t a stage act or some magical act. Clinical hypnosis is a type of medical therapy that’s often used as part of a treatment plan that includes traditional medical approaches.
Myth: You lose consciousness or have amnesia when you’re hypnotized.
You will remember everything that happens during hypnosis. You remain aware of who you are, where you are and remember what happened during a hypnosis session.
Myth: You’re under the control of your hypnotherapist when you’re hypnotized.
Your hypnotherapist guides hypnosis, but hypnosis is something you do for yourself. You can’t be made to do anything against your will. You won’t reveal any information that you wished to remain secret. You don’t lose control over your behavior. Hypnosis makes it easier to experience suggestions but doesn’t force you to have certain experiences.
Research has found hypnosis to be beneficial in the treatment of numerous health conditions: Pain, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), obesity, psychosomatic conditions, chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting, and others.

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