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Hypnosis: Aligning the Conscious and Subconscious Mind for Well-Being

Jul 31, 2012 07:37PM ● By Lee Walker

Hypnosis, first associated with the work of Austrian physician Franz Anton Mesmer [1734-1815], has come a long way since it was introduced as a treatment for hysteria during the 18th century. Now accepted by the medical community for the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, sub-clinical depression, addictions, certain habit disorders and pain, hypnosis is also recognized as a self-regulation tool for reducing the fear and anxiety sometimes experienced before medical or dental procedures.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), clinical studies show that using hypnosis, which creates a bridge between the conscious and subconscious mind, may reduce an individual’s need for medication, improve their mental and physical condition before an operation, and reduce the time it takes them to recover from surgery. UMMC also reports that most people begin to see results after four to 10 sessions.

Through the induction of a hypnotic state, characterized as hyper-awareness, an individual’s conscious and unconscious desires are brought into alignment using relaxation techniques, a series of mental images and suggestions that are intended to change behaviors, relieve symptoms and reduce or eliminate mind blocks to success in achieving goals. Sessions, customized according to an individual’s objectives, are generally recorded so they can be used later for reinforcement.

In 1958, both the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association recognized hypnotherapy as a valid medical procedure. Since 1995, the National Institutes of Health has recommended hypnotherapy as a treatment for chronic pain.

For more information on hypnosis, contact Lynn Thomas, RN, CHt, Concerned Health Alternatives, at 239-597-1328. Also visit

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