Hypnotherapy is a therapy that is undertaken with a subject in hypnosis.
The word “hypnosis” (from the Greek hypnos, “sleep”) is an abbreviation of James Braid’s (1841) term “neuro-hypnotism”, meaning “sleep of the nervous system”.
A person who is hypnotized displays certain unusual characteristics and propensities, compared with a non-hypnotized subject, most notably hyper-suggestibility, which some authorities have considered a sine qua non of hypnosis. For example, Clark L. Hull, probably the first major empirical researcher in the field, wrote,
If a subject after submitting to the hypnotic procedure shows no genuine increase in susceptibility to any suggestions whatever, there seems no point in calling him hypnotised…
Hypnotherapy is often applied in order to modify a subject’s behavior, emotional content, and attitudes, as well as a wide range of conditions including dysfunctional habits, anxiety, stress-related illness, pain management, and personal development.
Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss
You might be thinking hypnosis is something for entertainment stage shows, or have seen infomercials in which a hypnotist is demonstrating his or her power over the (well-paid) audience!
THIS IS NOT WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT!
Hypnosis, when practiced by a certified practitioner, is approved for clinical use by both the British Medical Association and the American Medical Association. Hypnosis can be used effectively in the fight against weight loss just as it has been used in to help people overcome fears or stop smoking. Most hypnotherapists, when treating over-weight clients, will also give suggestions about exercising, eating habits and balancing your life, during the sessions. This will help change your complete lifestyle. Two things you should know about Hypnosis is that it is safe and it can be used as a very powerful tool in therapy.
Most importantly, clinical studies showing how hypnosis helps with weight loss are irrefutable:
- In a 9-week study of two weight management groups (one using hypnosis and the other not using hypnosis), the hypnosis group continued to get results in the two-year follow-up, while the non-hypnosis group showed no further results
(Journal of Clinical Psychology, 1985).
- In a study of 60 women separated into hypnosis versus non-hypnosis groups, the groups using hypnosis lost an average of 17 pounds, while the non-hypnosis group lost an average of only .5 pounds
(Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 1986).
- In a meta-analysis, comparing the results of adding hypnosis to weight loss treatment across multiple studies showed that adding hypnosis increased weight loss by an average of 97% during treatment, and even more importantly increased the effectiveness of POST TREATMENT by more than 146%. This illustrates that hypnosis works even better over time
(Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 1996).
- The bottom line here is that when hypnosis sessions are added to various weight loss programs, the results are always better — more than 146% better over the long term!
You can find out more about the study of Researchers from Tufts-New England Medical Center (Journal of the American Medical Association Click Here!
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