Hypnosis 101

What Is Hypnosis?

Hypnotherapy can help patients overcome a range of health concerns, from anxiety and pain management to smoking cessation and weight loss. By guiding you toward a deeply relaxed, focused state of attention—much like being absorbed in a good book or an athlete who is “in the zone”—the mind becomes open and responsive to suggestions that will help accomplish goals and improve your life.

Studies have shown that 90% of the population is easy or moderately easy to hypnotize. What’s more, research supports the value of hypnotherapy in treating a variety of health issues. For example, patients who use hypnotherapy prior to surgery have been shown to have better outcomes than 89% of those who don’t.

1. There is also evidence that hypnosis can more than double the effects of a cognitive-behavioral treatment for weight loss.

2. Most people find the process of hypnosis pleasantly calm and relaxing.

The benefits of hypnotherapy are often cited in the media, and there has been over a century of careful scientific study of the subject. The American Medical Association, American Psychological Association and The New England Journal of Medicine have all acknowledged the merit and benefits of hypnosis.

Using recorded guidance and suggestions, self-hypnosis can be just as powerful as hypnosis with a hypnotherapist. Self-hypnosis has been used to successfully treat a range of conditions, including depression, anxiety, nail biting and weight management. Dr. Larry offers a selection of hypnosis audio materials specifically designed for individuals who need assistance with physical health, relaxation, fertility and birth, or personal development.

1 Montgomery, David, Winkel, Siverstein & Bovbjerg (2002)
2 Kirsch, Montgomery & Saperstein (1995)


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