The science that supports hypnosis continues to grow as it is being studied and used in leading medical centers and universities throughout the world. Michael Yapko, PhD, a psychologist and fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis says, “Hypnosis works and the empirical support is unequivocal in that regard. It really does help people.” Today, more than ever, more medical professionals are open to the use of hypnosis and how it can help their patients.

Since 1997, I have helped hundreds of people to learn hypnosis in my Seattle Hypnosis with Roger Moore and Bainbridge Hypnosis with Roger Moore offices. I have specialized in medical hypnosis for weight loss, cancer, autoimmune disease, pain control, stress and anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, impotence, incontinence and many other health concerns. You are smart and capable. As a health care support hypnotherapist, my goal for you is to empower your own ability for greater health.

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Does hypnotism have any scientific basis?

While most of us associate hypnotism with entertainment and various forms of therapy, scientific researchers describe hypnotism differently: a state of consciousness involving highly focused attention, minimizing competing thoughts, and allowing an enhanced ability to respond to suggestions. Forget falling into a dream-like state and acting like a chicken – hypnotism, from a scientific perspective, is about achieving the kind of focus you experience when reading a book or watching TV, says AsapSCIENCE.

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Probing Question: Does hypnosis work?

The hypnotized person is not sleeping or unconscious—quite the contrary. Hypnosis (most often induced by a hypnotherapist’s verbal guidance, not a swinging pocket watch) creates a hyper-attentive and hyper-responsive mental state, in which the subject’s subconscious mind is highly open to suggestion. “This doesn’t mean you become a submissive robot when hypnotized,” Ray asserts. “Studies have shown us that good hypnotic subjects are active problem solvers. While it’s true that the subconscious mind is more open to suggestion during hypnosis, that doesn’t mean that the subject’s free will or moral judgment is turned off.”

Probing Question: Does hypnosis work?

I have studied hypnosis for the past 47 years and came to the conclusion many years ago that 100% of people can be hypnotized and that we are always in trance. And, I teach that hypnosis is learning to take control of the trance you are in. When you are eating too much food too fast, you are in speed-eating trance. When you are stressed, worried and awfulizing events that might happen, you are in an unhealthy trance.

Hypnosis is learning to get out of those unproductive trances, and put you back in control of your thoughts, emotions and behaviors. You too can learn hypnosis to be in control of you and your health.

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