Hypnosis for Relaxation

As a hypnotherapist who spends his time helping people overcome fear, sadness, anger, guilt, addictions, and compulsive behaviors–it’s easy to forget that hypnosis is an excellent tool for simply helping people relax.

Hypnosis is the bypass of the analytical mind through focused attention. When the thinking part of your mind becomes bypassed, you can accept powerful suggestions for changes that you want to make. And who wouldn’t want to become more relaxed?

Hypnosis supercharges your ability to relax both physically and mentally, because the analytical mind is not in a position to interfere with that relaxation. The racing thoughts that create tension and stress are bypassed. The worries and concerns that block physical and mental relaxation are bypassed. While in hypnosis, you are able to relax your muscles and your mind so completely that you might even flush, because the involuntary muscles around your capillaries are so relaxed!

This level of relaxation releases stored tension and helps increase circulation in the body, allowing for increased healing and physical comfort. According to Dr. John Sarno, this profound kind of physical relaxation has even eliminated chronic pain in his patients, because the pain was being caused by muscular tension that blocked the flow of blood and oxygen to the afflicted ares of their bodies.

If you have any questions about hypnosis and relaxation, please email me or give me a call at 360-778-3922. I love to answer questions about all the profound ways hypnosis and hypnotherapy can improve our lives.


Hypnosis and Weight Loss

Many people think of hypnosis as being a good tool for losing weight or quitting smoking. But what makes hypnosis so effective at helping people lose weight and keep the weight off?

It’s a common axiom that in order to lose weight, you need to eat less and exercise. If people grow up in households where unhealthy food, overly large portions, or a sedentary lifestyle are the norm–this kind of background may result in a lot of bad habits that people may need to break in order to reach their goal weight permanently. For example, consuming large quantities of sugar, high-fructose corn syrup (now often disguised as “corn sugar”), and even artificial sweeteners like aspartame, are causing Type II diabetes to occur in epidemic proportions in the US. Because habits are stored in the subconscious mind, it is very easy to use hypnosis to remove these bad habits and replace them with the kinds of healthy behaviors that people need to lose weight. Hypnosis can help motivate you to exercise more and eat healthier foods.

But there’s another and bigger reason for people to struggle with weight loss: emotions. As a culture, we are not very good at understanding emotions and responding to them in a satisfying way, so we learn very early on in our lives how to distract ourselves from uncomfortable feelings. How many kids have been given a cookie when they cried, in order to make them feel better? That kind of response can teach people to use food as a coping mechanism for uncomfortable emotions. Whenever we feel bad about something, we distract with food, because we know it helps a little. It distracts from that uncomfortable feeling for a little while at least. But the problem is that the feeling comes back, and so does the urge to distract from the feeling, so you end up eating more and more, trying to avoid that uncomfortable feeling. That’s how people overeat and gain weight, even when they don’t want to overeat.

I use hypnotherapy to help clear away those uncomfortable emotions from the past that have been driving them to overeat. I also teach my clients how to respond to their emotions in a satisfying way, so those feelings can go away and not become another reason to distract. This combination of freeing people from old uncomfortable emotions and teaching them how to respond to new emotions–is an incredibly effective method for helping people reach their goal weight and stay there permanently. No more yo-yoing!

For more information about my weight loss program, please visit: http://www.rootofhealing.com/weight-loss-in-bellingham.html

To learn how hypnosis can help you respond to emotions in a satisfying way, please visit: http://www.rootofhealing.com/addiction-habit-in-bellingham.html


Richard Blake, CHT

Can you get stuck in hypnosis?

Welcome to the first installment of HypNotice, my new monthly blog!

I want to take up a recent news story about a stage hypnotist working with a group of middle-school students, several of whom supposedly got “stuck” in hypnosis. Here’s a link to the story if you care to investigate: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2012/06/15/quebec-hypnosis-show-high-school.html

I’m sure that any professional hypnotherapists who heard about this story must have done as I did: groan and shake their head.

Folks, it’s impossible to get “stuck” in hypnosis. It’s a misconception. It’s a myth. Why? Because hypnosis is the result of bypassing the analytical part of the mind through focused attention. You remain conscious and in control during hypnosis, except that your thinking voice is hushed. For this reason, anyone in hypnosis is free to emerge from hypnosis at any time they wish, simply by choosing to stop focusing their attention.

The whole idea of getting stuck in hypnosis did originate with stage hypnosis. Imagine a stage hypnotist providing the usual verbal or visual cues that give a group of audience members the opportunity to focus their attention, so they can bypass the analytical part of the mind and enter hypnosis. He then asks them to perform and pretend things. At the end of the show, he directs them to emerge from hypnosis as he counts from 1 to 5, or something similar.

The only problem is that one of the audience members chooses not to comply. She chooses to remain in hypnosis. And it is a choice. You can always choose to focus your attention, or not.

But to an audience full of people who assume that hypnosis is some weird form of mind control, they might well have believed that the person–against her will–got “stuck” in a “trance” state. But to a trained hypnotherapist, it’s simply a case of noncompliance.

So, back to our group of high-school students in Canada. Were they stuck? No. “Stuck” means that you want to emerge from hypnosis, but you can’t. These students could emerge, but they were stubbornly refusing to do so–which is further proof that no one ever loses control when they enter hypnosis.

By the way, I know of two techniques for persuading noncompliant people to emerge from hypnosis: 1) threaten to never let them enter hypnosis again unless they emerge from hypnosis right now, or 2) tell them you bill people $20 per minute when they stall around and refuse to emerge themselves.

It’s amazing how quickly people will emerge when presented with terms like these. :)

Richard Blake, CHT