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Hypnosis: Introducing the Altered State

The hypnotic state (also known as a trance state) is often referred to as an “altered state” because its brain waves are alternate to the usual beta-waves of the conscious mind. When the hypnotic state is induced, the critical processes of the conscious mind are reduced to a passive function and the other-than-conscious mind assumes greater activity. In the hypnotic state when the mind current is producing alpha and theta brain frequencies, other-than-conscious portions of the brain are in a heightened state of suggestibility. This state of mind also allows the illumination of forgotten awareness and knowledge.

The experience of hypnosis is one of simultaneous relaxation and awareness. Some hypnosis clients return from the hypnotic state with complete recollection of the details of their session and others do not. Hypnosis is similar to dreaming in that some dreams contain vivid impressions and persistent memories that eventually fade, while other dreams are never recollected.

It is said that, “All hypnosis is self-hypnosis”[1]. Successful hypnosis sessions are very often characterized by the client being fully receptive to the process, surrendering to the comfort of the practitioner’s voice and environment while trusting their own subtle and vivid impressions.

The experience of the hypnotic state is similar to the moments before waking and sleeping, the engrossing depths of focused creative activity, the ‘runner’s high’ and the meditative state. Many clients remark that under hypnosis they feel as if they have “imagined” everything. The other-than-conscious mind perceives abstract experiences as if they were real. The effectiveness of a hypnosis session is not influenced by these feelings or by the presence or absence of the critical, observing mind throughout the session.

The client is an active participant in the journey. The destination is determined by the client and marked by the hypnotist. The client is in complete control of themselves and the session. The client will only accept and respond to suggestions that are in accordance with the ethics, morals and principles to which they already adhere.

Clients coming to a hypnosis session communicate with their hypnotist and establish objectives for the session. In a session, the hypnotist takes on the role of guide, coach or both. In the role of coach, the hypnotist imprints the other-than-conscious with life-affirming, positive, constructive suggestions that create a conditioned response resulting in the meeting of client objectives. In the role of guide, the hypnotist’s purpose is to actively engage the client to ascertain information that will serve to illuminate other-than-conscious knowledge. This process allows the hypnotist to align the client with his or her own personal truth and to access forgotten awareness. The purpose is to seek information that reveals the restrictions and motivations behind present choices and behavior. Once illuminated, an appropriate course of action to modify, eliminate or reprogram the other-than-conscious mind is taken to prepare the client to act on the positive new awareness and manifest their personal and professional goals.

Upon awakening from hypnosis, clients often experience a feeling of being relaxed, refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to take the personal responsibility that will transform their lives.

Article by Kathleen Boldt (Kathleen can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Benefits of Massage

Benefits of Massage and Body Work Treaments

Useful for all of the conditions listed below and more, massage can:

  • Alleviate lower back pain and increase range of motion. 
  • Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stay
  • Ease medication dependence.     
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.    
  • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.     
  • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.     
  • Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.          
  • Increase joint flexibility.          
  • Lessen depression and anxiety.     
  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing yscar tissue and stretch marks.      
  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.       
  • Reduce post surgery adhesions and swelling.         
  • Reduce spasms and cramping.      
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.   
  • Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
  • Relieve migraine pain.

Massage Therapy: A Powerful Ally

There’s no denying the power of bodywork. Regardless of the adjectives we assign to it (pampering,rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reasons we seek it out (a luxurious treat, stress relief, painmanagement), massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen. Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing agesus faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressurealtogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress.This translates into:

  • Decreased anxiety.
  • Enhanced sleep quality.
  • Greater energy.
  • Improved concentration.
  • Increased circulation.
  • Reduced fatigue.

Furthermore, clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage. Theemotional balance bodywork provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits.




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