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Holistic Hypnotherapy is the art of using affirmations, guided imagery and visualizations to help one achieve optimum physical and mental health.

Advocates of hypnosis contend that the imagination is a potent healer that has long been overlooked by practitioners of Western medicine.

Hypnosis can relieve pain, speed healing and help the body subdue hundreds of ailments,including depression, impotence, allergies and asthma. It can also be extremely effective for losing weight. Hypnosis has also been used for many years as an adjuct to get people to quit smokng.

The power of the mind to influence the body is quite remarkable. Although it isn't always curative, holistic hypnotherapy can be helpful in a high percentage of the problems that people bring to the attention of their physicians.

Hypnosis is the most fundamental language we have. Everything you do the mind processes through images. When we recall events from our past or childhood, we think of pictures, images, sounds, pain, etc. We hardly ever think in words. Images aren't necessarily limited to visualizations but can be sounds, tastes, smells or a combination of sensations. A certain smell, for example, may invoke either pleasant or bad memories in you.

Similarly,going to a place where you had a bad accident may instantly invoke visions of the accident and initiate a flight or fight response.

Think, for example, of holding a fresh, juicy lemon in your hand. Perhaps you can feel its texture or see the vividness of its yellow skin. As you slice it open, you see the juice quirt out of it.The lemon's tart aroma is overwhelming.

Finally, you stick it in your mouth, suck on it and taste the sour flavor as the juices roll over your tongue. More than likely, your body reacted in some way to that image. For example,you may have begun to salivate.

Visualization is the language, the biological connection, that the mind uses to communicate with the body. As we will soon see, this is extremely useful in mind body healing.

Unfortunately, many of the images popping into our heads do more harm than good. In fact, the most common type of self-hypnosis is worry. The truth is that what we worry about exists only in our imaginations. Unharnessed, a steady dose of worry and other negative images can alter your physiology and make you more susceptible to a variety of ailments,ranging from acne to arthritis, headaches to heart disease, ulcers,backaches and many other llnesses.

It is estimated that an average person has 10,000 thoughts or images flashing through their mind each day. At least half of those thoughts are negative, such as anxiety of job related stress, a forth coming speech, family or financial problems, etc.

Your thoughts have a direct influence on the way you feel
and behave. If you think that your job is enough to give you a headache, you probably will come home with trobbing
temples each day. This is just another clear example of the power the mind exerts over the body.

If you can learn to direct and control the images in your head, you can help your body do what it needs to do to stay healthy. Our imagination is like a spirited, powerful horse. If it's untamed, it can be dangerous and run you over.

But if one learns to use his/her imagination in a way that is purposeful and directed, it can be a tremendously powerful vehicle to get you where you want to go, including to better health.

So yes, through holistic hypnotherapy, you too, can help harness the energy of your mind by using it to create a happier, more peaceful spirit and a healthier body.


"The study of hypnotic phenomena is now squarely in the domain
of normal congitive science, with papers on hypnosis
published in some of the most selective scientific
and medical journals."

July, 2001