Basically, there are two types of hypnosis. (Really, there are as many “types” of hypnosis as there are hypnotists. But I’m generalizing styles and techniques into two broad categories.)
The first is “Direct Suggestion.” This is when we get you into a trance and I simply tell you good things about yourself. “You are confident. You are a non-smoker. You eat only healthy foods and only when it is healthy to eat them. You are comfortable and pain-free.” And so on.
Direct Suggestion is a legitimate and effective hypnotic technique. As far as it goes. The main problem with Direct Suggestion is that it often doesn’t last. Generally, when considered successful, Direct Suggestion lasts about a week, maybe two at most. And then it “wears off.” That is because the underlying issue, the “root cause”, remains unaffected. Typically an individual relying on direct suggestion must continually reinforce it with either frequent visits to the hypnotist or listening to a recording.
When I started my hypnosis practice it was kind of a joke to me. The two issues hypnosis is best known for are weight loss and smoking cessation. And those were two areas I had absolutely no interest working with.
Then I had my first quit-smoking client.
Wham! They quit, and both of us could see right away the drastic change and improvement in their life. They were happier, healthier, more positive, less stressed and less anxious. They were thrilled. Their spouse was thrilled. They smelled better, looked better, felt better. They walked away from our sessions a non-smoker for life, and they knew they would never go back.
And I was hooked.
Smokers have two things going for them that few of us have: clear, compelling desire to quit smoking, and the support of our culture, their families, and their bodies.
Smokers want to quit, and you can see it in their faces, hear it in their voices, see it in their fidgety limbs and distracted looks around the room. They want it so bad, but they also...
To serve my West Seattle, White Center and Burien clients better, I am opening an additional office in West Seattle, starting in 2018!
WholeHealth Hypnosis was born in West Seattle, and earlier this past year outgrew its space and re-opened in the Mt. Baker neighborhood, just 20 minutes away. I am thrilled that the tremendous success and increased demand has made opening a second location back in West Seattle a logical next step!
I am partnering with Inner Alchemy to provide hypnosis, hypnotherapy and related services to the community on Wednesdays. Be on the lookout for upcoming classes in self-hypnosis and other exciting modalities in the coming months!
Located on 35th Ave SW, Inner Alchemy is a consortium of healers and helping professions dedicated to providing a safe space for healing, health, and growth in West Seattle. I am really excited to be joining them.
Contact me if you have any questions or interest in hypnosis or hypnotherapy, in Seattle or West Seattle!
You've wanted to quit. You may have tried to quit. Probably a couple times. But you just couldn't do it. You started up again - you may have even been thinking "Why am I doing this? I don't want this." While you lit up or dipped again.
You want to quit, but on some level you need to keep smoking or chewing. That's why it is called an addiction.
I can help.
I have a tremendous success rate at helping people stop smoking and chewing. In fact, no one who has ever come to me and wanted to stop has failed to stop. For good.
How would it feel to be a non-smoker? To be free from the cost, inconvenience, and social stigma associated with smoking or chewing? You can have that.
Most people start experiencing change from the very first session. We make the changes deep, real and lasting through the fourth and fifth sessions. In a matter of three or four week...
Christian Skoorsmith is now certified in Emotional Freedom Technique.
Also known as "tapping," EFT combines contemporary psychology with ancient acupressure points to offer a dynamic, fast-working, easy-to-learn technique to reset our "emotional circuitry." Tapping is based on the principle that the underlying cause of our negative feelings or behaviors is a disruption in our body's energy system. EFT provides a simple way to reset the system.
It is a profound and genuine "mind-body" modality, involving both psychology and the energy meridians of the body.
EFT has been helpful in working with addictive cravings, weight loss, allergies, anxiety, sadness, physical pain, anger, jealousy, phobias, low self-esteem, negative beliefs, sports performance, dyslexia, headaches, stress, chronic fatigue and much more. Incorporated in a regimen that includes hypnosis and coaching, EFT is a powerful tool.
WholeHealth.Today was recently listed among the top 100 hypnosis blogs on the internet. It is an honor to be listed alongside so many of the powerful and informative blogs that influenced my early development in hypnosis!
I mean, really, hear something nice about your person or personality, and absorb it into your being, let it sink down deep into you and have it affect the way you think about yourself and your place in the world?
I didn't think so. Honestly, neither can I. There always seems to be some barrier, some instinctual prejudice against myself, so that I can't easily accept positive observations about me or my character, and have that be meaningful. I doubt I'm unique in this way. In fact, I'd wager that most of us have a pretty well-developed filter against affirming feedback.
If you're anything like me, there's always a nagging voice somewhere that says "this person is just being polite," or "they don't really mean it," or "they obviously don't know any better," or even "if they only knew... I know how it really is." It might even be "they have to say that." Or if the genuine niceness somehow gets through, then "why didn't...
We all know movies aren't good resources for information. But still....
Every few years a film comes out that uses hypnosis as a backdrop for suspense, chills or even horror. What is more disturbing, after all, than the prospect of losing control over our own minds, being forced to do things against our wills, becoming terrified shells of the individuals we once were?
Except that it is, predictably, complete hooey.
And it stands to reason: Hollywood needs a boogeyman, a malevolent force, a mechanism by which a silent and sinister plot is perpetrated. It is just unfortunate that they use the word "hypnosis," because what they are talking about doesn't resemble hypnosis at all.
Genuine hypnosis would make for the most boring thriller movie ever. No one can hypnotize you to do something against your will or even without your approval. Seriously.
Even stage hypnotists aren't making people to sing like Elvis or cluck like a ch...
WholeHealth.Today will have a booth at the Emerald Spiral Expo in Kent all day tomorrow! Come learn about all kinds of alternative health, wellness an spirituality possibilities, including hypnosis with yours truly.