Hypnotherapy is different than the practice of medicine or psychological counseling. In our process you use the power of your own mind to establish new patterns of thought, feeling, or behavior. This is accomplished by opening a line of communication with the subconscious part of the mind.
Movies and television can sometimes present wild and unrealistic views of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy. You know, the guy with the swinging watch, mind control, and that kind of thing. But that’s not what Hypnotherapy is about at all. It’s about you gaining more control through the practical and efficient use of your natural mental abilities.
This video is an excerpt from a recent presentation by Gary Schwantes at the Millbrae Library, Millbrae, CA.
On Wed. March 29, 2017 at 6pm I'll be giving a free presentation at the Millbrae library called "Hypnotherapy: Harnessing the Power of the Subconscious." It'll be an interactive presentation with plenty of useful information as well as powerful group exercises which can be applied to any area you wish to improve. Hope to see you there! ---http://www.libraryaware.com/…/959fa4b4-a7cf-4de1-93f7-5a3c9…
Hypnosis can help you navigate the holiday season in a healthy way.
Holidays can be a wonderful time to have fun, renew relationships, and enjoy the sensory pleasures of the season. Sometimes though, the holidays can bring up unwanted thoughts and feelings. In an effort to distract ourselves from these thoughts and feelings we may resort to overeating or other unwanted behaviors. You may not be consciously aware of what specifically triggers these thoughts and feelings so it's hard to change them by yourself. That's why it helps to work with someone like a Hypnotherapist. Hypnotherapy can help you break these unwanted patterns and allow you to discover new patterns that serve you better.
Hypnosis can help you boost your performance on important exams.
Whether it's for a school or job related exam, Hypnotherapy can help you realize improved focus and recall, and greater confidence. Our work will also help you stick to your study routine, access your ideal learning state, access your ideal exam performance state, and remove subconscious blocks that interfere with your performance.
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Spring is here and with it comes that intoxicating feeling of renewal. The familiar cycle of warm weather, fields of colorful plants and flowers, daylight savings time, outdoor activities and vacation plans. It's a wonderful time to treat yourself to a Hypnotherapy program. Hypnotherapy can be a great way to re-establish goals and leverage the energy of this vibrant positive force of nature. It can help you get more of what you want in your life and less of what you don't want. Call now (415-601-6575) to learn more about what Hypnotherapy can do for you.
In this article we’ll take a look at a few factors that can profoundly influence your ability to learn and apply new skills effectively. As a bonus I’ve included some simple techniques that are very powerful and easy-to-use. Enjoy the boost, and hopefully this will inspire you to investigate more.
We’re always using our senses simultaneously, but In any given situation, we'll tend to favor one sensory system (Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic, Gustatory, Olfactory) over the others. The preferred sensory system can change depending on the context, but one tends to be the “go to” system for that context. For example, in a class or workshop, some people prefer a teaching style that makes use of charts, diagrams, handouts, etc. (visual). Others may prefer to rely on verbal presentation and recorded audio (auditory), or to have a “hands on” experience.(kinesthetic).
Tip 1: Leverage your sensory preferences
Once you know your preference, you can optimize your learning if you choose a teacher and environment that favors your preferred representational system, or at least includes all of the three main systems (Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic) in their teaching. However, even if the learning environment is less than perfect you can still get great results if you know your preferred sensory system and use it to your advantage. This could mean taking good notes with diagrams, etc. (for visual), recording audio in class (if you prefer auditory), or working through examples between classes to get a better “feel” for the material (kinesthetic). Once you’ve got yur sensory strategy on track, you can develop flexibility and new insights by “trying on” one of your less-used sensory channels to supplement this.
Supercharging External Focus
Have you ever been in a class or training session and found yourself distracted by a nagging mental to-do list, or other thoughts whirling around your mind? Wouldn’t it be great to get rid of that internal distraction? Well, here’s a technique I came up with that will help you improve your focus on the material being presented. It’s quick and easy, and nobody has to know you’re doing it.
Tip 2: External Focus Technique: Counting outbreaths, eyes up
As you listen to the lecture, pay attention to your breathing. Allow it to naturally deepen and slow down. Maintain a soft gaze, and keep it level or at a slightly upward angle during this process (i.e. don’t look down). Begin to count each exhalation, starting at 1. If you reach 5, start over at 1. Notice how the rate of your breathing continues to slow naturally. Let the lecture drift through your awareness while doing this. You’ll find you can still follow it. After a couple of 1 to 5 cycles (or as soon as you feel ready), let the counting fade away completely and shift your primary focus back to the lecture. That’s it! Notice how your mind has settled and your focus improves. The whole process only takes a minute or so. Repeat whenever appropriate. This technique is great for quieting internal distractions, allowing for better focus on external input.
Supercharging Internal Focus
Now, there are other times when we need the opposite, when it’s beneficial to focus internally and detach from external input. For example, when doing creative work, making a tough decision, or solving a complex problem. At these times, internal focus can encourage insights that allow us to work smarter.
Tip 3: Internal Focus Technique: Power up your daydreaming
Internal focus can be experienced in many ways. One easy way to get started is to simply be mindful during the times when you naturally daydream. Treasure these naturally occurring trance states and write down anything significant that comes to you. With the conscious mind relaxed and out of the way, your powerful unconscious is free to do its work. Your unconscious may surprise you with insights and solutions you hadn’t considered. Even a couple of minutes in this mindful state can work wonders, so do it whenever you need a new perspective or want to integrate new learnings into your life. With some basic techniques and a little practice, you can learn to enter trance whenever you’d like.
Of course, some of the most powerful techniques to encourage timely internal or external focus are Hypnosis, NLP and related modalities. These techniques are typically used in the context of private sessions at first. In these sessions you develop certain skills that help you access your desired states intentionally.
We all tend to learn things more easily when they affect us directly. Relevance directly affects our “learning state.” For example, if I told you that there was $1,000,000 waiting for you in a certain airport locker and then recited the combination, I think you’d probably be very open to quickly learning and remembering the combination. If I gave you the same string of numbers to memorize for a technical examination, you might be a little less enthusiastic and find the numbers harder to learn. What does this tell us?
Tip 4: Keep it relevant: Go there now
Anytime you need to learn new skills or material, find a way to make that material relevant to your life right now. Ask yourself, “What will learning this get me?” or “How can I have FUN with this?” For example, let’s say you have an occupational test coming up and a good score might lead to a higher paying job. Take a moment to visualize or think about the benefits you will experience--buying a new car, taking an attractive member of the opposite sex out for an evening, taking your family on a vacation, really enjoying the new work and your colleagues, realizing your highest potential, serving a spiritual purpose…whatever gets you excited. Once you have something wonderful in mind, I invite you to experience having it right now (you can do this with eyes open or closed). See what you would see, hear what you would hear, and really enjoy the feelings related to these things. Take your time and note the characteristics of your experience. Nod your head lightly when you’ve got it. Now, each and every time you study, start your session by closing your eyes and revisiting this experience for a short while. As you work with the process you’ll get better at it and find yourself really looking forward to it.
The great hypnotherapist Milton Erickson once described the trance state as "the state in which learning and openness to change are most likely to occur." This is a great description. In fact, many believe that we incorporate new information and skills best when we are in a “learning trance.” This is a state where a type of selective thinking is engaged. It’s a state of relaxed concentration, which can become associated with the learned behavior. The learning trance can be initiated by ourselves, a coach, an environmental trigger, or in other ways. Once associated with the learned behavior, the state can be intentionally activated at a later time to allow the behavior to be performed in the optimal way.
Think about a major league baseball player as he walks to home plate and prepares to bat in an important game. Or an Olympic diver as she takes her position before performing the high dive. Notice the highly ritualized behavior and trance-like demeanor of athletes in these situations. The batter always uses the same stance, and the same repetitive actions, as does the high diver. They’ve rehearsed the situation mentally as well as physically many times. When it’s time to perform, they use certain actions, internal dialog, or cues (anchors) to trigger their optimal state for performing the task at hand. Triggering the state allows the learned behavior to be performed as automatically as possible, with a minimum of conscious interference. You see, once a behavior is learned deeply, it can be executed much more efficiently and accurately when we do it unconsciously and automatically, rather than trying to consciously control each little action involved.
Tip 5: Consider exploring the use of Hypnotherapy, NLP, and related techniques
Top performers in sports, performing arts, politics, and many other fields have known about this for a long time and they often use Hypnosis, NLP, and related techniques to achieve this type of automatic execution. With practice, you can apply the same techniques to your exams, job interviews, artistic performances or any other situation where you want to be at your best.
It’s All About You
I’ve given just a few examples of how our learning ability and performance can be supercharged. It’s an exciting and rapidly growing field of exploration. Practitioners of Hypnotherapy and NLP are on the cutting edge in this area. Whether it’s examinations, performing arts, public speaking, reading comprehension, learning a musical instrument, sports, spelling, job interviews, or any other area, the potential to reach higher and perform better is inside you RIGHT NOW. Feel free to contact me with any questions about your particular situation.
Integrative Changework is a term I came up with to describe a session that utilizes a combination of modalities. These modalities or techniques may include Hypnosis , NLP , EFT , and others. In this type of session, each step creates a shift toward the desired outcome. There are many situations where this approach can be very effective. I'll give a few simple examples.
Let's say a client arrives for a session after a bad day, feeling an unresourceful state very strongly. This state may, or may not be related to the original reason the session was booked. In any case, there’s no reason to allow this to interfere with the session. It's actually an excellent opportunity to "tap" on the issue for a while using EFT. This can bring some immediate relief to the client, while at the same time encouraging the unconscious to explore the area. Then, later in the session, we can move more comfortably into NLP or Hypnotherapy.
Another common example: The client may have an inner conflict about their stated desired outcome or goal. In other words, they feel as if part of them wants it, but part of them resists. NLP can be used very effectively to resolve these types of inner conflicts, allowing the client to adjust their perceptions or the outcome so they can be totally congruent. Hypnotherapy can then be used to encourage the unconscious to move towards the desired outcome more effectively.
Here's another one: Often a Hypnosis session will reveal to the client a vivid picture or symbol representing a symptom or situation. The Dynamic Spin Release (2) or other NLP techniques can then be used to transform the symbol as well as the way the brain processes the issue, thereby creating a shift toward the desired state or outcome.
These are just a few of the countless possible situations where Integrative Changework can be effective. Of course, each client is different and each session is different. Often a simple path to the outcome can be achieved with the use of just one modality. For example, one effective Stop Smoking Hypnosis session can do the trick in many cases. But it's great to have the flexibility of an integrated approach available to use when appropriate.
 As stated by the National Guild of Hypnotists: Hypnotherapy or Hypnotism means the use of trance and suggestion to adjust habits of thought, feeling and behavior. Some key figures in the history of the field: Milton Erickson, Dave Elman, Ormand McGill, James Braid, James Esdaile, Anton Mesmer.
 NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) is an approach to communication and personal development developed by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in the 1970s. Building on the work of Virginia Satir, Milton Erickson and Fritz Perls, Bandler and Grinder also drew upon theories of Gregory Bateson, Alfred Korzybski and Noam Chomsky. The Dynamic Spin Release technique is a component of NLP developed by Tim and Kris Hallbom.
 Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) draws on principles of Acupuncture, NLP, Energy Medicine, and Thought Field Therapy. The process stimulates certain meridian points on the body by tapping on them with the fingertips. Developed by Gary Craig in the 1990s.
One morning recently, I was out in my backyard doing some gardening and enjoying the unusually warm weather. I’ve planted a variety of California Natives back there, and one of my favorites is the Phacelia Californica. It’s a lush green bush with thick velvety leaves, and radiant purple flowers that bloom during the spring and summer. Butterflies and bees love it, and since it’s a Native, it pretty much takes care of itself.
So I was admiring the Phacelia, contemplating its shape and intricate structure, when I noticed several small, bright yellow flowers aggressively poking up between its leaves. Uh-oh! The telltale signs of the very invasive weed Oxalis pes-caprae, also known as Yellow Oxalis. Apparently several of these invaders had established themselves near the base of the Phacelia. I knew it would be a tedious and time consuming task to pull each individual Oxalis plant and separate it from the Phacelia. But I also knew that the weed would spread if I didn’t stop it. “Might as well do it now,” I murmured to myself. “Time to get rid of it.” The weather was surprisingly mild for San Francisco in February. I felt the warmth of the sun on my back and a cool breeze caressing my skin. The light chatter of bird songs mingled with various city sounds to create a soothing ambience. For a few moments I just stood there taking it all in, as my thoughts gradually blended into the fabric of the morning.
I began by following one of the thin green Oxalis stems downward from its tiny flower top. As I separated the Phacelia branches, tracing the Oxalis stem down between them, I breathed in the earthy vegetative smell of the plants and the soil. But when I got down to the cooler, shaded area under the very lowest Phacelia leaves, I discovered something unexpected. The stems from all of the Oxalis flowers converged into a single trunk. Surprise! They were all part of the same plant. When seen from above, the angry-bright yellow flowers had looked like many separate plants; but that was an illusion. Actually they were all connected to the same little trunk, and you can remove all of them at once by pulling out that little trunk and root. I laughed out loud when I realized how easy it is, when you know exactly what to do.
So, using my thumb and index finger, I grabbed the little weed trunk at the point where it entered the dark, moist soil and pulled firmly but steadily. The motion felt familiar and automatic. Soon, the root popped free with a faint sound and a very satisfying feeling of release. It came out intact, very long and very white, having been hidden underground away from the sunlight. Its whiteness was a shocking contrast to the many delicate, bright green stems, and tiny yellow flowers dangling from it.
The gentle percussive sounds of a woodpecker echoed through the neighborhood as I ran my finger along the length of the long white Oxalis root and felt its smoothness. Wisps of tiny root hairs and a light residue of soil clung to the root. A bumble bee hovered nearby, attracted by the Phacelia. Its soft humming mixed with the other sounds and created a gentle crescendo as it flew a little closer. Sunlight caught the bright yellow pattern on its little black body as it circled the plant and then buzzed away in a zig-zag pattern.
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Summer can be a great time to get a new perspective on things. Take this opportunity if you can, to plan a short (or long!!) trip out of town, or enjoy a little outdoors fun with friends and family. And of course it's a great time to make new friends. Even if only for a day or two relax, kick back, and go with the flow...hey, it's totally socially/societally (is that a word?) sanctioned and that means you're free to let your imagination roam without limits. See you at the beach!!!!!