Hypnotherapy has been around for thousands of years, and has enjoyed many eras of popularity, divided by spaces when it fell out of favor. If you want to learn more about the history of Hypnotherapy please scroll down to that section.
In a nutshell, Hypnotherapy is:
“a process which produces relaxation, distraction of the conscious mind, heightened suggestibility and increased awareness, allowing access to the subconscious mind through the imagination. It also produces the ability to experience thoughts and images as real”
A.M Krasner, Ph.D.
Because Hypnotherapy bypasses the conscious mind it is very important to allow only a trained professional to utilize this technique with you. You need to ensure that your Hypnotherapist is reputable and has very high standards and integrity. If you fall in love with Hypnotherapy (as I did) and would like to learn how to practice Self-Hypnosis, I suggest taking the Basic course with either Alan or Ruth Eastman of The Excel Center Counselling and Hypnotherapy Clinic, Red Deer. Alan R. Eastman is the Executive of the Professional Board of Hypnotherapy, Inc. a worldwide Hypnotherapist Organization.
Although Hypnotherapy will work on anyone, it is most effective on those who are right brained, visual or auditory learners, and of above average intelligence. See my Blog on Hypnotherapy to see if you are left or right brained! Here is a way to determine what learning system you primarily use, thanks to A.M. Krasner, Ph.D.:
Strong in Auditory Channel
Prefers to have someone else read instructions when putting a model together, reviews for a test by reading notes aloud or by talking with others, talks aloud when working a math problem, prefers listening to an audio track over reading the same material, commits things to memory by saying them out loud, uses rhyming words to remember names, plans the upcoming week by talking it through with someone, prefers oral instructions from an employer, prefers talking/listening games, keeps up on news by listening to the radio, is able to concentrate deeply on what another person is saying, uses free time for talking with others.
Strong in Visual Channel
Likes to keep written records, typically reads billboards while driving or as passenger, puts objects together easily using written directions, follows written recipes easily when cooking, reviews for a test by writing a summary, writes on napkins in restaurants, commits things to memory by writing them down, uses visual images to remember names, loves reading books, plans the upcoming week by making a list, prefers written directions from an employer, prefers reading/writing games like scrabble.
Strong in Tactile (Touch or Movement) Channel
Likes to build things, uses sense of touch to put a model together, can distinguish items easily by touch when blindfolded, learns touh system rapidly in typing, moves with music, doodles and draws on any available paper, is an out-of-doors person, moves easily; is well-coordinated, spends a large amount of time on crafts and handiwork, likes to feel texture of drapes and furniture, prefers games where movement is involved, finds it fairly easy to keep fit physically, one of the fastest in a group to learn a physical skill, uses free time for physical activities.
content from The Wizard Within, by A.M. Krasner, Ph.D.
Hypnotherapy has a strong, and interesting history…To be added soon.