Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Weight loss Hypnosis - Does it work?

It's a fact: Diet's tend not to work. Hypnotherapists will tell you that only if you get rid of the reason, you will get rid of the weight. Is this true?
A lot of people are overweight, some just plain fat and even others obese. The reasons for all this excess weight are numerous. Refined sugars and processed foods certainly contribute. Overeating is a big factor. Some people eat when they are emotional. Most of us take too little exercise and sit down way too much. The reasons for being overweight are endless. And in the end almost everybody has turned to a diet to try and get rid of the excess body weight.
There are thousands and thousands of diets out there. Hollywood stars support some of them; some are dangerous, some just plain stupid. Some work some of the time; some work most of the time. But let's get right down to it - most of them last only so long and before you know it, the diet has ended and the fight against fat starts all over again.
Most people have tried fad diets and found them not to work, and then perhaps turned to doctors and their medicine. I know of a doctor who injected his patients with insulin to get them to reduce their weight. Interestingly enough this doctor was as round as a ball himself, so one wonders how his patients trusted him. There are hundreds of different pills you could take, all dutifully prescribed by well-meaning doctors relying on drug companies who make elaborate claims. 
Other people try group programs that work perhaps on a shaming basis, where everybody has to weigh themselves in front of the group. When these have failed, people tend to turn to alternative remedies. Perhaps some old "Boereraat" that comes from grandma's kitchen, or perhaps Eastern methods. In desperation some people turn to hypnosis thinking that one session with a hypnotherapist will solve years of eating problems.
When you start searching through the Internet, you will find many fantastical claims as to what hypnosis can do for you. It almost sounds like magic. But let's be honest here. It took you years to pile on the weight, and getting rid of it is not going to be an easy thing to do. It may take just as long, if not longer, to shake it all off. 
With so many people turning to hypnosis for weight loss, let's take a look at how this could work, if indeed it does work at all.
Generally hypnotherapists agree that weight is a protection mechanism and that if you can find the root cause of the weight gain, the weight will eventually lose itself. For instance- a young girl is sexually molested, and to protect herself from unwanted male attention, she adds body weight to make herself look unattractive. When she visits a hypnotist, this person will usually "regress to cause", in other words taking the client back in time to the event that caused the subconscious weight gain and resolve the emotional issues around that. This is supposed to be all that is required to help a person get rid of the weight.
According to the Vanderbilt University one should be careful of overzealous claims made by hypnotherapists when it comes to weight loss. Research has shown that the programs that did have an effect were tailored to the client and resulted in low to moderate weight loss. 
The Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology reported a Meta analysis (in other words a comparison of different research studies) that indicated that "hypnosis increased weight loss by an average of 97% during treatment, and even more importantly increased the effectiveness of post treatment by over 146%. This shows that hypnosis works even better over time."
It must be stressed that the hypnosis sessions which were most effective in reducing weight and keeping it down, were longer-term therapies where hypnosis was used as an adjunct therapy. Hypnosis in isolation therefore has low results, but when combined with other methods increases the results that can be obtained, even after the programme has ended.
What does this mean for a person who wants to reduce his or her weight? Well, first it means that the weight is not going to magically disappear overnight. It is going to be a long a difficult process that is going to need lost of hard work.
You are going to have to consult a doctor to find out if there are any medical reasons for the weight gain, such as any medication you may be taking or medical conditions that are increasing the weight. You are going to have to go and see a nutritionist to help you work out a proper eating plan that is just right for you. You are going to have to go and see a health fitness expert to work out an exercise routine.
And you are going to have to go and see a hypnotherapist to help you think differently about food. You may need suggestions for ego strengthening, how to manage your emotions, creating intelligent relationships with food and so on. It is going to take time, effort and commitment.
One excellent therapy that some hypnotherapists use is called the Weight, Hypnotherapy and YOU, developed by Dr Judith Pearson, a leading hypnotherapist and psychologist. This eight-session programme incorporates all the aspects mentioned above and is a longer-term approach to changing the way you think and believe about food. Not everybody uses this programme though, and Hypnosis Works! in Pretoria is one of the few hypnotherapy practices that has adopted this approach.
The bad news is that there is no quick fix to weight loss. The good news is that there are methods that work, they just take time and need to be done in conjunction with other methods. It all boils down to a healthy lifestyle choice. If you are prepared to make the changes required, you will find hypnosis a helpful adjunct therapy to boost your chances of success.

For more information visit www.hypnosis-works.co.za


Hypnosis Pretoria

Clucking like a Chicken

Hypnosis is arguably one of the most misunderstood of the healing professions. The main reason for this is that people have so many misconceptions about it. The reasons for these misconceptions?
An audience member is called up onto the stage where the mysterious looking hypnotist with the pointed little beard and penetrating eyes quickly puts her into a trance. She almost falls over, but as he keeps whispering into her ear, the hypnotist stabilizes her and soon she opens her eyes and takes her place among the three other people already seated on stage. The show is about to begin.
It does not take long for the lady to start walking around the stage, clucking like a chicken and laying eggs, to the great amusement of the curious audience who has packed out the theatre. She soon becomes a washing machine, speaks like an alien and ends up kissing a broom sincerely believing it is the love of her life. The audience falls about laughing, in stitches as the hypnotist controls his victims to the point where they do the simply ridiculous.
No wonder the general public is scared when considering using hypnosis to solve problems! Popular culture has portrayed hypnosis in a very negative light and characters like Svengali have become firmly entrenched in the collective unconscious. Svengali is a fictional character in George du Maurier's 1894 novel Trilby. He is a hypnotist who makes the title character into a famous singer.[1]
It is important to understand that a Hypnotherapist has no supernatural power, cannot control or force you to do things you don't want to do and most certainly has no wish to manipulate you in any way. His or her only aim is to use the power of your own subconscious mind to find solutions to those problems that you may have.
Yes indeed, stage performances demonstrate to some level the power of hypnosis, but it is important to remember that nobody will do something they don't want to do. The lady on our stage really wants to be there, is extremely suggestible and most certainly knows what she is doing. Is she being controlled or is she simply doing what she is asked to do? Does she feel compelled to do it?
During the hypnotic process one of the main things that need to happen is the bypass of the critical factor. This means that a point is reached where the conscious mind will no longer "judge" the suggestions that are given but will simply and without question do what is asked. Our stage hypnotist is very skilled in applying what is known as the "spiral of belief". In other words, he will start by asking the victim to do something very simple and gradually work up to the more ridiculous skits.
Do the people on the stage know what they are doing? Of course they are! Are they being forced to do something against their will? Of course not! They choose to do it, spurred on by the applause and laughter from the appreciative audience.
So many people entering a therapy room, where hypnosis is used as a method to facilitate change, are scared that they will lose control and end up clucking like chickens. It is important to know and understand that the Hypnotherapist and the stage hypnotist have two very different aims. The one wants to entertain an audience, while the other is there to help the client overcome problems and improve their lives.
So the next time you are thinking of solving those issues that have been bothering you for a long time, whether they be anxiety and stress, concentration and memory or anger issues, remember that the Hypnotherapist is trained to assist you through the power of hypnosis and will never ask you to do things you do not want to do. Instead the therapist will be your guide and using relaxation techniques will assist you in finding a speedy resolution, changing your life for the better.
If you want to cluck like a chicken, that's entirely up to you!
 For more information visit www.hypnosis-works.co.za
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Stop Smoking Hypnosis

Are smokers becoming an endangered species?

It used to be that in the good old (bad old) days, everybody smoked. Doctors and dentists recommended certain brands, the rich and the famous smoked, it was glamorous to smoke while skiing in the Swiss Alps or while diving the reefs of the oceans, and every movie had a brooding, smoking hero. Those days are part of our ancient history and these days it seems that smokers are becoming an endangered species!
The 2011 Nicorette South African Smoking Survey found that an astonishing 76% of smokers tried to get rid of their habit over the past year. Ever-stricter government legislation and the public's general trend of negativity towards smokers resulted in 72% of participants in the study having a more negative outlook towards smoking. It seems that from year to year, smoking is losing its "cool" factor as attitudes towards tobacco become less tolerant among smokers and non-smokers alike.
It comes as no surprise then that more and more people are looking for ways to get rid of the filthy habit. Feeling ostracised from society, being the only smoker left in the workplace or being forced to smoke outside when at home, smokers are looking for ways to kick the habit. 
There are many different solutions to the problem, some more effective than others. Nicotine replacement therapy works for some, while others choose medication available on prescription. Some just go cold turkey while others turn to electronic cigarettes. These methods sometimes work, but mostly people find themselves going back to smoking after a while.
The reason for this is that they have not changed the habit on a subconscious level. Smoking, like all other habits, is formed through repetition. Remember learning to brush your teeth? Your mother had a hard time to get you to do it properly and consistently, but through nagging, repetition and other sometimes subversive methods she imprinted this (good) habit on your subconscious mind and now you do it automatically.
Remember learning how to drive a car? It took patience, nerves of steel, and complicated coordination you did not know you had, until eventually it became second nature to you. Now you sometimes arrive at your destination not even remembering how you got there, as it has become a subconscious action.
The same is true of smoking. Nobody is born a smoker, it is a learned habit. According to the Nicorette study, 79% of smokers started before the age of 20. It was a horrible thing to do at first, but with time and repetition smokers taught themselves how to smoke, how to inhale, how to hold the cigarette. It then became a subconscious habit that needs no thought. It has become an automatic habit.
Most people struggle to quit their smoking habit, because what they do not realise is that you have to replace the bad habit with habits that are good and healthy for you. Simply deleting the habit will not work, as happens when you consciously stop smoking using the support systems like nicotine gum, patches or medication. Unless the smoking habit is replaced with a good and healthy habit, it is almost inevitable that the smoking habit will return to fill the void left when you stopped smoking.
One method that is increasingly popular is using hypnosis to quit smoking. There is a growing body of evidence that hypnosis has the highest success rate of all the methods that could be used. 
The British National Council for Hypnotherapy recently released information based on the results of more than 600 studies, and the conclusion is that hypnosis is three times more effective to help people to stop smoking than nicotine replacement therapy.
More and more people are drawn to the fact that hypnosis is a natural method without any side effects. They are realising that unless the habit is changed at a subconscious level, their chances of success are slim.
Unfortunately there is no one proven method used by all Hypnotherapists, as each Hypnotherapist has his or her own approach. When seeking help from an hypnosis professional, several questions must be asked before embarking on a therapy plan. Does the Hypnotherapist see smokers on a regular basis? Is the therapy geared towards replacing the bad habit with good and healthy ones? Does the Hypnotherapist take his or her time, or is it just a one-hour session that seems to be all about making money? Are there backup plans and safety nets in place to help a person who might be having some difficulties?
No matter what approach is used, one thing is certain: Smokers are becoming the minority, and soon there might be none left! Imagine if we all had the choice to breathe freely and easily, to live healthy smoke-free lives, without any fears for life-threatening diseases. imagine a world in which smokers are something you see in museums!
For more information on how to stop smoking, visit www.hypnosis-works.co.za or call Hendrik Baird on cell 083-379-2489.
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