Hypnosis in Arizona

What criteria should you look for when choosing a hypnotherapist?

First, find out if the hypnotherapist in Arizona is certified by a professional hypnotherapy association independent from where they learned hypnosis.

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That means if there are any unresolved complaints about their practice, they can be held accountable and not be re-certified.

You can also contact the association in Arizona to learn if the hypnotherapist has a history of complaints. Beware of bait and switch!

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If the hypnotherapist practices other modalities, such as Reiki, Tarot, massage, or does psychic readings or psychotherapy, chances are you are going to get a “watered down” version of hypnosis, rather than what you might get with a practitioner who specializes solely in hypnotherapy.


If self hypnosis instruction and techniques included

Fifth, and most important, find out if instruction and techniques of self-hypnosis is included.

Do they record the session, provide reinforcement recordings, or is there an extra cost for that?

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Reinforcement of your desired behavioral change is paramount and best done at home where you want the results, not in their office.

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Otherwise, you will be paying full price for a reinforcement session in Arizona that would be more empowering for you to learn how to do on your own.


Hypnosis - The Five States

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It is imperative that a hypnotist learn people reading and body language. This process involves interpreting and reading people's minute movements. As a hypnotist assists an individual or group to attain a desired state, he must recognize several subtle signs, at a glance. Watching for these changes actually must become second nature, as he hones his skills as a hypnotist.

In my series of articles on hypnosis, I am attempting to expose the value of hypnotic states and their purpose, by removing some of the fears and misconceptions that people have about hypnosis. Perhaps, then, it will be viewed in the positive and useful light for which I believe it was discovered.

In most cases, the hypnotist will narrow his field of non-verbal communication to only those signals that pertain to his concerns. A stage hypnotist may watch for signs of resistance in his subject and choose to send that individual back to his seat. He simply does not have the time to deal with resistance because "the show must go on." On the other hand, he might still be watching for those individuals who are displaying a natural tendency to go into a somnambulistic state, of which I will discuss, shortly.

The hypnotherapist takes his time to help an individual work through his fears, thus eliminating the resistance. Each hypnotist has his own style and, therefore, his own combination of signals he watches for during the hypnosis process. Whatever the reason a person seeks hypnosis they will either go through one of the five states of hypnosis or go directly to a particular state. It is the hypnotist's responsibility to recognize these hypnotic states and when the individual has achieved his desired level.

The state of hypnosis (depth of relaxation) depends on the purpose. If the individual is seeking physical relaxation, it is much different than the level needed to have dental work or surgery. This is why it is very important that the hypnotist recognizes these signs and states of hypnosis. However, it is not necessary for the person being hypnotized to recognize or to know how it works in order for these signs and states to take place.

The five states are: The waking state, light or superficial, somnambulism, coma, and hypnosis attached to sleep. When I speak of waking hypnosis, I must also mention waking suggestions and their differences. An example of waking suggestion would be when someone in the room yawns and others witness this and begin to do the same. The next thing you know, the room is full of people yawning.

With waking suggestion, there is no bypassing of the critical faculty (factor). Another example of waking suggestion would be when someone says, "please come in and have a seat over here." You are simply making a suggestion, statement, or request. As a reminder, the critical faculty is that part of your mind which passes judgment. When it is bypassed, the hypnotist is able to substitute selective thinking for conventional judgment making. Suggestions, which are received in a normal state of consciousness, and do not bypass the critical faculty, are called waking suggestions. Waking suggestions can be used to reassure and comfort someone who is in fear of something. For example, words given by a doctor to a patient, "you'll be all right" or "it's not that serious," will ease the person's fears and bring some instant relief.

Waking hypnosis involves bypassing the critical faculty and implanting selective thinking without the use of the trance state. It can be used when resistance to the trance state is encountered. It may also be used to produce short-term amnesia or anesthesia to save time and when seeking short-ranged results. To achieve waking hypnosis, the mind of the person being hypnotized must focus around a given idea and it must be a suggestion that the person desires.

Hypnosis, as it is attached to sleep, is the deepest level known at this time. Sleep and hypnosis are two entirely different states. When hypnosis is attached to sleep, the sleep changes to a hypnotic state. This dynamic state can be used to create the most powerful anesthesia, relieve the tension and anxiety as it pertains to surgery, and promote quick recovery. It can also be used for those individuals who suffer from traumatic events buried deeply below their conscious awareness. This state has been coined, "hypnosleep." There is a slowing down of the mental process during sleep, and in deep sleep, there seems to be an apparent loss of consciousness.

During hypnosis this does not occur, reflex actions remain normal. Although the vital signs can be affected and slowed down by suggestions, they can't be affected simultaneously, as it occurs in natural sleep. As the bodily functions slow during sleep, i.e., respiration slows and becomes deeper; blood pressure and heart slows as do the reflexes of the body. During hypnosis, there may be the slightest of slow down, but in most cases, those vitals are not affected. This does not mean that suggestions cannot be used to produce natural sleep, if the right techniques are used.

There are five steps to induce hypnosleep. The first is to make sure the person is soundly asleep by monitoring their respiration. The second, there must be a very gentle approach as the critical faculty is bypassed. This bypass must occur instantly. The third, ideomotor signals must be set in place. Fourth, proceed with the use of compounding suggestions. And fifth, remove the hypnotic state so the person can continue with his natural sleep.

Many years ago, when I was learning this technique, I practiced on my young son. When I felt we were in rapport, I would give him suggestions. Some of which I could observe the following morning. These suggestions included, shortly after he wakes in the morning, he would take out the trash, empty the dishwasher, etc. As I became more efficient, it was amazing to me how he would perform the suggested tasks, just as though they were a normal part of his morning routine (and, of course, they were not).

I was not always successful. One night, while pacing his breathing, I changed mine a little more and a little sooner than I should have. Immediately, from a very deep sleep, he sat straight up in the bed, looked at me with a startled glazed look in his eyes and promptly asked me "What's wrong?" In a calm voice, I said "Nothing, I was just saying good night to you." Since I was really concentrating on the procedure and not expecting that kind of reaction from him, I can tell you it startled the daylights out of me.

Learning the art of hypnosis is not a weekend event. It takes years of research and practice to attain the skills needed to use the many aspects of this dynamic, often misunderstood, method of healing. Its success, in the treatment of so many conditions, is often over-shadowed by modern medicine. And the quick-fix mind set in much of today's society relies on pills and a willingness to suffer from their side effects.


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The following article will shed some light on the various myths and facts surrounding the art of Hypnosis.

One: A hypnotist has the ability to completely assume control over a persons' mind.

Perhaps this is one of the most widespread myths related to hypnosis. This myth is not even overtly exaggerating; it is completely false. Hypnosis is essentially about regaining control over one's mind through practice. Self-control thus achieved is employed to make the mind stronger. No hypnosis will try to control and dictate what your mind should do. Very simply, no hypnotist has the power to control your mind unless you truly permit it to happen. The hypnotist will only make positive suggestions that may or may not be accepted by you. The subconscious mind will always refuse to accept suggestions it does not want to.

Your hypnotist is not some supernatural being with extraordinary powers. He's human, just like you and me, and his art is to condition the human mind through positive suggestions making things better for you.


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