Hypnosis: A Life Skill

Recently, I returned from the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis in San Antonio where I had the pleasure of presenting to a multidisciplinary group. Most folks have one of several possible responses to clinical hypnosis – disbelief, skepticism, bemusement (as in they had an experience in Vegas or a frat party) or curiosity. Most are unaware of its full potential and scope of applications across many fields.

Hypnosis or more correctly self-hypnosis (as clinicians consider all hypnosis to be self-hypnosis) is a life skill that can make the vicissitudes of daily life manageable. There are uses in medicine, dentistry, mental health, human potentials development, education and entertainment.  The applications for daily living, once mastered, are limited only by one’s imagination.

So what is hypnosis?

Dr. Peter Sacco defines it as,” tunnel vision for greater awareness”. My view is that it is a shift in mind set from the usual allowing change to take place. Other more complicated definitions exist, but there is not enough space to discuss them.  Hypnosis is a natural process that we experience several times a day  whether we are aware of it or not. Being aware and consciously using it opens up a world of possibilities. When all is said, hypnosis is the ultimate in self-control!

This link connects to a video of Dr. Elisabeth Marie Faymonville, an anesthetist, who has pioneered hypnosedation, which is a combination of hypnosis and local anesthetics for surgery. The results speak for themselves. Easy to use, less complications, faster recovery and cost effective to use which are all concerns in today’s health care environments regardless of where you are in the world.

I’m interested, how do I learn?

Many health care practitioners offer hypnosis as part of their care. Generally an organic web search with local search parameters will generate a list for you to investigate. If you are unsuccessful, look for clinical associations e.g. the Canadian Society of Clinical Hypnosis –Ontario Division, or the American Association of Clinical Hypnosis. They have lists of clinicians that are taking patients or clients and the services they offer.

If this does not result in finding an appropriate clinician, then ask your health care providers. You may have noted that I emphasize clinicians and health care providers for a simple reason- if one does not treat something without hypnosis, one should not treat it with hypnosis.

Should you still not be successful with your search, see our web site for information. We also offer an affordable stress management program utilizing self-hypnosis for bruxers, that is, grinders and clenchers because stress has a negative impact on our overall health including gum disease.

Self –hypnosis a life skill worth learning!


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