Hypnotherapy

60 MINUTES | $125.00

Hypnotherapy is a very relaxing mind-body therapy used to access, and communicate with, your subconscious and unconscious mind. Hypnosis is not a state of sleep, but rather a state of increased suggestibility and concentration while being extremely relaxed.

Hypnosis is achieved by by-passing the critical conscious mind.  The conscious mind is the part of your mind that you are most aware of. It is the part that helps you solve problems, analyze, make critical decisions and have free choice. The subconscious mind is the largest part of your mind and a main processor for brain activity. The subconscious mind controls the automatic processes you don’t have to think about like respiratory + heart rate, blood pressure, immune system + nervous system function, digestion, cell growth, etc. Research shows that the subconscious mind is largely responsible for most of our decisions, actions, emotions and behaviour. It is also where we store our thoughts, memories and accumulated experiences. The unconscious mind is where your deep rooted desires, beliefs, patterns, and instincts exist. It is a very primal part of the mind. It drives personality and is the code of your DNA (Epigenetics). This part of the mind can only be accessed through meditation and hypnosis.

Brainwaves, or neural oscillation is rhythmic and repetitive neural activity in the central nervous system. This is essentially the fundamental mechanism of all functions of the mind and body. There are five main brain waves ranging from low to high frequency, they are: Delta, Theta, Alpha, Beta, Gamma. The most common brain wave activity during Hypnosis is Alpha and Theta, both associated with relaxation. Each brain wave has a purpose and humans go through a wide range of brain wave activity daily.

Hypnotherapy is a very effective technique used to make behavioural, health and lifestyle changes as well as explore past memories or experiences that are impacting your life in the present moment.  It is a gentle way to re-visit uncomfortable events as a spectator without reliving the trauma in the body.  Hypnosis is also a wonderful tool for self-exploration—connecting with parts of yourself that you can’t access in the conscious state.

History of hypnosis

Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815), an Austrian physician, is widely acknowledged as the 'Father of Hypnosis'. He believed that there was a force field surrounding people; evenly distributed in healthy individuals and unevenly distributed in unhealthy individuals. Initially, he used a magnet, and later his hand, which was passed over the diseased body in an attempt to unblock the magnetic flow. The term 'animal magnetism' was born, and the procedure referred to as Mesmerism. In 1843 'hypnotism' and 'hypnosis' were coined by James Braid (1795-1860), a Scottish surgeon working in Manchester. He found that some experimental subjects could go into a trance if they simply focused their eyes on a fixated place or object. He believed that some sort of neurophysiological process was involved and that hypnosis was very useful in disorders where no organic origin to the problem could be identified.

In 1955 the British Medical Association approved the use of hypnosis in pain management, surgery and child birth, and recommended all physicians and medical students to receive fundamental training in hypnosis. In 1958 the American Medical Association approved hypnosis for medical care. And in 1960 the American Psychological Association approved hypnosis as a branch of psychology. The American Psychiatric Association soon followed in 1961. Hypnotherapy is used today across the globe in hospitals, medical clinics, treatment facilities and therapy offices. It is a safe, drug free treatment appropriate for children, adolescents and adults for a wide range of medical and health care.

how does it work?

In your initial online consultation with the therapist, you will discuss your current state of health, medical history, and what you would like to achieve during the session before coming in person.  

In your first in-person session, you and your therapist compose the suggestions you would like to communicate to yourself, after all, all Hypnosis is self Hypnosis; the Hypnotherapist acts as your guide. Using your own words creates a powerful connection to your subconscious and unconscious mind. After the script has been created, and you are comfortably lying down, the therapist will take you through beautiful and relaxing guided imagery exercises—to engage your imagination and begin to take your body + mind into a state of deep relaxation, into hypnosis.

Once you are in that state, the therapist communicates your suggestions to your subconscious and unconscious mind . Then, you are slowly brought back to your normal concsious state, feeling deeply relaxed and rejuvenated. Changes can often be felt right away—your mind is like a computer, it responds well to new programming.

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Conditions treated by Hypnotherapy

  • Chronic/Acute Pain

  • Chronic Diseases + conditions

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Trauma

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • disordered eating

  • Addiction - drugs, alcohol, smoking

  • Insomnia

  • Sexual Dysfunction

  • Sports Enhancement/Performance

  • Self-Exploration & Improvement

  • Behavioural Change

Certified through the American Board of Hypnotherapy

Certified through the American Board of Hypnotherapy