A Survey of Psychotherapy Literature by Alfred A. Barrios, PhD. Revealed the Following Recovery Rates:

Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions.

Behavior Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions.

Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery after 6 sessions.

-Source: Alfred A. Barrios, PhD

What is Hypnosis

All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, not the mystical, mind-control manipulation you see on TV. Effective hypnosis simply helps you access the subconscious mind to make positive changes. It’s quite safe—in fact it has been approved for use by the American Medical Association since 1958.

Have you ever been totally unaware of driving your car to the point that you didn’t notice what was going on around you? This trance-like state is similar to what occurs during hypnosis.

When you’re under hypnosis, your attention is focused, you are deeply relaxed and more open to suggestions. This is an ideal state to gain control over your behavior, emotions, and physical wellbeing.

In 1796 British physician Edward Jenner invented the smallpox vaccine. When first introduced, it was met with skepticism as is Hypnosis today.  However, with the increasing number of success stories, more and more individuals are choosing Hypnosis as a viable solution to help them achieve their goals and make the LONG LASTING changes they desire.




Hypnosis is effective, comprehensive, life-changing, and designed for a lifetime.

Hypnosis has been used for years by the ancient physicians, priests, and Egyptians to name a few.  Today hypnosis has been approved by the Pope, and many other professional, trusted and accredited organizations. Practicing hypnotists offer a service that supports the medical field.

Though hypnosis is not a medical field and should never be used to replace or in place of what a clinical professional does or prescribed drugs, it is a proven profession that helps numerous individuals with change in ways many other systems can’t.  Instead simply realize that hypnosis brings an additional modality to the process of healing and wellbeing.

Why Hypnosis?

Many times the only things really hindering us from being healthy, happy, and successful are our own thoughts.  It is easy to think about what you don’t want (a problem such as smoking, being over weight, anxiety, fear) or what we should be doing differently (such as eating right, exercising, taking action toward goals, etc.). Too many people have never been taught how to master their thoughts to achieve the results they know are best for a better life.

People constantly think about why they can’t change and continue to allow unhealthy habits and patterns in their thinking produce behaviors and outcomes they really don’t want.

Whatever limiting thoughts exist for you, hypnosis can help!  Hypnosis will take you from THINKING about what you don’t want, to DOING what you want to be doing, easily and effortlessly!

Whatever challenges, personal improvement, or goals you want to achieve NLP Mind/Body Success Coaching can help.

During hypnosis:
  • Your attention is more focused
  • You’re more deeply relaxed and calm
  • You’re more open to suggestions, and less critical or disbelieving

The purpose of hypnosis is to help you gain more control over your behavior, emotions or physical well-being.

It’s not clear how hypnosis works. Hypnotists say that hypnosis creates a state of deep relaxation and quiets the mind as does meditation. When you’re hypnotized, you can concentrate intensely on a specific thought, memory, feeling or sensation while blocking out distractions. You’re more open to positive suggestions and guided imagery that can be used to change your behavior and thereby improve your health, performance and well-being.

Myth: You can be put under hypnosis without your consent.
Reality: All hypnosis is self hypnosis.  Successful hypnosis depends on your willingness to experience it.

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Know the Facts about Hypnosis and Weight Loss

Experimental Evidence: Does hypnosis really work for weight loss?

Although there has been a lot of talk surrounding hypnosis and weight loss, only researched experimental studies can provide the actual statistical proof of whether hypnosis actually works for losing weight and maintaining it.

Cochrane & Friesen (1986), however, investigated the effects of hypnotherapy alone. The only supplemental materials were whether participants also got audiotapes or not.

This study sampled 60 women between the ages of 20-65 who were at least 20% overweight.

They could not participate in the program if they were in any other treatment group at the time.

They were randomly assigned into either one of the two experimental groups (hypnosis + audiotapes or hypnosis alone) or the control group.

Prior to starting the treatment, participants were weighed in order to use comparison weights for post treatment weighing. Participants in both experimental groups met with a hypnotherapist a total of 24hrs over a period of 4 weeks.

The control group did not receive hypnotherapy.

Those in the hypnosis+ audiotapes group were told to listen to the tapes daily if possible.

There was no contact with the three groups until the 6month follow-up.

The results showed that hypnosis was an effective treatment for weight loss, and the addition of audiotapes made a slight difference.


hypnosis+ audiotapes lost an average of 17.82lbs;

hypnosis alone group lost an average of 17.12;

and the control group only lost an average of half a pound.

This study, hence, provides support for the use of hypnotherapy as a treatment for weight loss.


Note:  It is important as with any medical problem, before seeking a complimentary solution, go to your doctor obtain a referral for all complimentary healing modalities. The information provided in this website is not offered as medical advice in any manner. MindScapes UnLimited, Lori Bestler and anyone affiliated with either party are not rendering psychological, medical or other professional services or advice; therefore hereby disclaim all liability for the use of any information or products associated.


Did You Know?

Facts about hypnosis from current research findings.

As of December, 2004 there are more than 5,000 clinical research
studies having to do with hypnosis and its benefits currently being
conducted worldwide? (According to: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/)
As of December 15, 2004 results from more than 3,000 clinical
research studies are available showing positive benefits from hypnosis?
(According to: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/)
According to studies done at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience ,
University College London, suggestions given in a hypnotic state, even once,
can produce actions in human beings that are the same type of actions that
would have resulted from more long-term conditioning and practice.
In a research study on Self-hypnosis for relapse prevention training with chronic drug/alcohol users, (Am J Clin Hypn. 2004 Apr;46(4):281-97), individuals who played self-hypnosis audiotapes “at least 3 to 5 times a week,” at 7-week follow-up, reported the highest levels of self-esteem and serenity, and the least anger/impulsivity, in comparison to the minimal-practice and control groups.
In a research study done with 60 college student volunteers (Spring of 2004 at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona), using hypnosis with ego-enhancement suggestions showed “significantly dramatic effects” in brain-wave patterns, subjective sense of self-confidence, and test scores.
As reported by NewScientist.com news service:
“Hypnosis is more than just a party trick; it measurably changes how the brain works,” says John Gruzelier, a research psychologist at Imperial College in London . “Hypnosis significantly affects the activity in a part of the brain responsible for detecting and responding to errors, an area that controls higher level executive functions.”  The finding is one of the first to indicate a biological mechanism underpinning the experience of hypnosis. “This explains why, under hypnosis, people can do outrageous things that ordinarily they wouldn’t dream of doing,” says Gruzelier, who presented his study at the British Association for the Advancement of Science Festival in Exeter , UK . Gruzelier hopes it will also benefit emerging research showing, for example, that hypnosis can help cancer patients deal with painful treatments.
Research using positron emission tomography (PET) scans, shows that hypnosis might alleviate pain by decreasing the activity of brain areas involved in the experience of suffering. Scientists have found that hypnosis reduced the activity of the anterior cingulate cortex, an area known to be involved in pain, but did not affect the activity of  the somatosensory cortex, where the sensations of pain are processed.
Clinical trials of therapeutic hypnosis confirm its potential benefits. Christina Liossi, a psychologist at the University of Wales in Swansea , recently conducted a study of 80 cancer patients aged 6 to 16. She found that those under hypnosis experienced far less pain during treatments than control children, who simply talked to the researchers normally.
In an ongoing pilot study being done by University of Florida counseling psychologist Paul Schauble, preliminary results show hypnotized patients with hypertension are more easily able to make lifestyle improvements that can lower blood pressure.
A study being done by a team of University of Florida researchers is finding that learning self-hypnosis gives a patient greater control over the stress, anxiety and pain of medical operations and childbirth, overall. “Training patients in hypnosis prior to undergoing surgery is a way of helping them develop a sense of control over their stress, discomfort and anxiety,” says Dr. Paul Schauble, psychologist. “It also helps them better understand what they can do to bring about a more satisfying and rapid recovery.”  He also said, “We’ve found, in working with individual patients, that they often feel literally stripped of control when they go into the hospital. The surgeon may do a good job of explaining the surgery, but patients’ anxiety may make it difficult for them to absorb or comprehend. This can result in undue apprehension that can create complications or prolonged recovery.”
“Children make excellent subjects for hypnosis because they spend more time using their
imaginations,” says Florida counseling psychologist Paul Schauble. “But with practice most adults can learn how to enter into a therapeutic hypnotic state quite easily as well.”
In 1998 Henry Szechtman of McMaster University in Ontario and his co-workers used PET to image the brain activity of hypnotized subjects who were invited to imagine a scenario in which they were listening to someone speaking to them, and who then actually experienced a scenario in which they were listening to someone speaking to them. The researchers noted that the act of imagining a sound, called hallucinating a sound, was experienced exactly the same as real hearing, both being experienced as coming from an external source.
18 separate studies found that patients who received cognitive
behavioral therapy plus hypnosis for disorders such as obesity,
insomnia, anxiety and hypertension showed greater improvement
than 70 percent of the patients who received psychotherapy alone.
Hypnosis cannot, and should not, stand alone as the sole medical or psychological
intervention for any disorder. Hypnosis should not be used instead of appropriate medical, dental, or psychological treatment, and any individual with a medical or psychological problem should first consult a qualified health care provider for diagnosis and professional advice. Hypnosis should only be practiced by those who have been appropriately trained, who practice appropriately, and within the scope of their training.

Information taken from World Hypnotism Day


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