The oldest form of psychotherapy

“Hypnosis is the oldest form of psychotherapy … it is a very powerful means of changing the way we use our minds to control our perception and our bodies” – Dr David Spiegel, professor and associate chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford.

Neural changes in the brain

Stanford researchers recently used modern brain imaging to show that while under hypnosis, three distinct areas of the brain were altered and activated. These parts of the brain are associated with absorption away from outside stimuli, controlling body functions, and decreased awareness of one’s actions and behavior.

Source: Stanford University School of Medicine

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Wide-ranging effectiveness

A growing body of scientific research supports hypnotism’s benefits in treating a wide range of conditions, including pain, depression, anxiety and phobias.

Self-belief & self-efficacy

Researchers found that hypnosis treatment results in substantial increases in trait sports confidence, self-efficacy, positive affect, and performance in athletes.
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Improves sleep duration and depth

A recent study demonstrated the effectiveness of hypnotic suggestions to specifically increase the amount and duration of slow wave sleep. They found that hypnotic audio recordings were able to significantly deepen sleep through post-hypnotic suggestions.
Source: Sleep

Enhancing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

A meta-analysis of 18 different studies found that using hypnosis with CBT improved the effectiveness of the treatment for 70-90% of study participants.
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Anxiety & stress

A literature review found that there was significant evidence supporting hypnosis as a rapid, cost-effective, nonaddictive and safe alternative to medication for the treatment of anxiety-related conditions.

Source: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics

Not mind control

When you are hypnotized, you are actually entering a highly relaxed state of inner concentration and focused attention where you are more open to suggestions. You cannot do anything you would not be willing to do.
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Significant weight-loss

A study conducted investigating hypnosis and weight-management found that hypnosis significantly increased the chance of long-term weight and diet change compared to a control group that just did a behavior weight-management program.

Power of the subconscious

A study conducted by a team at the University of Minnesota found that human behavior is strongly impacted by subconscious attitudes. You may lack awareness of these attitudes but they can powerfully influence your behavior, making you do things without knowing why.
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Long-lasting effects

Various studies have found that the effects of post-hypnotic suggestions steadily decrease during the first three weeks but with reinforcement can last 8 months to indefinitely.

Source: Journal of Experimental Psychology and Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology