"One of the most difficult challenges in life is knowing yourself,
but it can also be one of the most rewarding." - Unknown
The main focus of these techniques is on treating the Whole Person by encourgaing forceful self-motivated energy stimulating action by means of altered states. Some of the most commonly used mind-body techniques are explained below.
Ericksonian Hypnotherapy & Hypnosis
"One is not treated with hypnosis but rather through hypnosis." - W. Kroger
Hypnosis is a forceful self-motivated energy stimulating action by means of hypnotic states to help you to think healthier, happier, and be more vibrant and successful while adding the power of relaxation to your life. As you go through your day, you feel better and perform better. We all have the ability to enter altered states of awareness because developing the skill to guide yourself into those states and into a trance is a natural human capability. The main focus is on achieving Well-Being of the Individual Enhanced by means of well established and researched Mind-Body techniques that treat the Whole Person. It works with more than just the conscious mind that analyzes and makes decisions.
What is the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis is a naturally occurring phenomenon in humans. It is the technique and mechanism used to access and deliver instructions to the subconscious mind for inducing trance.
Hypnotherapy is the process of putting someone in a hyperconscious state to work on solving problems or issues through the power of hypnosis and hypnotic suggestions... or metaphoric language to achieve introspection at a deeper level of consciousness.
The modern version of hypnosis, Ericksonian hypnosis, along with NLP techniques, are possibly the most powerful approach to communication ever devised that involves multi-sensory communication as it allows anyone to communicate with the unconscious or subconscious mind. The process is one of guided introspection and dialogue between the hypnotherapist and the client. While the conscious mind enjoys the illusion of control, it's actually the unconscious that's making the important decisions in a person's life. Ericksonian Hypnotherapy is a safe and gentle clinical treatment and the type of hypnotherapy most frequently offered by clinical professionals. This practice is named after the late Milton H. Erickson M.D. who was very influential in bringing the use of clinical hypnosis into the field of medicine and psychotherapy from the 1930's to the 1980's.
Ericksonian hypnotherapy relies on the use of metaphors instead of direct authoritative suggestions. It is a special form of communication to the subconscious where more detailed stories are created to make it easier for the conscious brain to accept it and begin to make the changes at a deeper level of consciousness.
A kind of hyperconscious state occurs at a subconscious level of the mind where any habit or behavioral change takes place. The central nervous system does not differentiate between deep-seated mental programming for an activity and the actual physical activity. Clinical hypnosis encourages and helps this mental programming. Communicating with the subconscious mind gives you access to all the information, memories, and emotions you've ever had. Once accessed, you have the power to change those beliefs and behaviors that no longer benefit you. Through hypnosis and the subconscious mind, you can always find the answers you're looking for within yourself. And you can program the subconscious mind for success through positive suggestions that work to help you achieve the goals you desire. It is a wonderful tool to help and guide you on your path to self-fulfillment joyous and happy life.
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) - A Brief Introduction:
EFT is often called “emotional acupuncture without the needles." It is a safe, easy-to-use, non-invasive energy modality that balances the energy system. Developed by Gary Craig, a Stanford-based engineer, EFT is based on the discovery that imbalances and blockages in the energy meridians of the body can create ill health, negative emotions, and the inability to move forward in life. Most importantly, it is scientifically based on the principles of the electromagnetic energy that flows through the body and regulates our health. It often works where nothing else will, it is long lasting and it can be self applied.
EFT entails simple tapping with the fingertips to input kinetic energy onto specific meridians on the head and chest while you think about your specific problem (a traumatic event, an addiction, pain, etc.) and voice positive affirmations.
The combination of tapping and positive affirmation works to clear the "short-circuit" in the emotional block within your body's bio-energy system, thus restoring your mind and body's balance, which is essential for optimal health and the healing of physical disease.
EFT is very easy to learn, and will help you:
• Remove Negative Emotions
• Reduce Food Cravings
• Reduce or Eliminate Pain
• Implement Positive Goals
• Manage Stress
• Improve Breathing
Imagery & Visualization
Two of the most common techniques used in relaxation therapy and self hypnosis to help you being in a particular state and as part of a stress management routine.
Visualization: Inner Process
Is using the imagination to picture or see a place or thing – focus on sense of sight. You can visualize mental images all on your own, with or without a script for relaxation or making positive changes. Since the mind can’t tell the difference between and image and reality, you’d eventually begin to act on that mental image. You’re picturing the desired end result of your goal.
Imagery: Using Your Imagination
Imagination relates to the conscious and subconscious mind. It can be guided or unguided and it is directed, either by a written, video, or audio script with a beginning, middle and an end. The goal is to access the Inner Self by use all of the senses: hearing, seeing, touching, tasting, and smelling to increase the effectiveness of imagery to enhance its power and effectiveness to effect desired outcomes and positive change.
When guided, imagery is directed toward a specific image, scene, or sensation where the mind thinks of a relaxing image and then responds physiologically as if we were at the place. It has been shown to have a positive impact on psychological and physical health, creativity and performance and is being increasingly used in personal, professional and healthcare settings as a powerful tool for transformation and healing.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming- NLP
Is a process that focuses on the development of strategic and flexible thinking and behaviors, as well as understanding the mental and cognitive processes behind actions. NLP involves the systematic study of human communication and hown humans create reality.
Created in the early 1970's by Richard Bandler, a computer scientist and Gestalt therapist, and Dr. John Grinder, a linguist and therapist. They wanted to know the secrets of effective people and thus invented a process known as modeling that teaches us how to create excellence by duplicating their behavior and competence to achieve excellence. Modeling healthy patterns and behaviors originates new patterns of thinking that motivate people to turn challenges into opportunities. NLP can be helpful in virtually every aspect of personal and interpersonal relations by allowing better awareness and control of oneself, better appreciation of the other person’s feelings and behavioral style, and thus bringing about better empathy and cooperation. NLP is also very helpful in stress management and for developing self-belief, assertiveness and confidence. NLP techniques elicit positive physical and emotional effects for creating personal change.
" The mind is a center of divine operation. The divine operation is
always for expansion and further expression- and that means the
production of something beyond which has gone before... "
- Thomas Troward
The clinical value of hypnosis has been well documented in the book 21st Century Medicine: Clinical Evidence For The Healing Power of The Mind.