"If somebody told you there was a medication that could treat 100 different conditions, didn't require a prescription, was free, and had no bad side effects, you wouldn't believe them," says Harvard Medical School psychologist Carol Ginandes, PhD. "I don't want to sound like a snake oil salesman, because hypnosis is not a magic wand. But it should be made available as a supplementary treatment for all patients who could benefit. Right now."

The above quote attests to the power of the mind and the mind-body connection. When you enter the hypnotic state, your conscious mind disconnects completely and you engage with your subconscious mind, which contains a record of everything that has happened in your life. By connecting with the subconscious, you are able to retrieve information that helps you understand how repeated experiences, messages and influences can cause "dis-ease" within us. Hypnosis can help free you from the impact of those previous influences that contributed to emotional, mental, or physical ill health.

While often misunderstood, hypnosis is a very natural process that we enter into every day (while concentrating, focusing, day dreaming, driving, etc.). Because each person is unique, we may experience hypnosis in slightly different ways, but, overall, it is soothing, comfortable, and pleasant. Some people have referred to it as a mental massage. And by learning how to do self-hypnosis during your first session, you can return to that wonderful state anytime you'd like. While there, you are always in control and will return to a fully conscious state whenever you want or need to. Hypnosis empowers you make the changes that lead to improved health. It can also serve as a complimentary approach to enhance the outcomes of other health modalities and treatments.

Practitioners: Hugh Sadlier

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