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November 2010 - Volume 7 - Issue 5
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Hypnotist Mesmerized by Hypnosis

I’ve been a hypnotist for more than ten years and seem to never stop being amazed by its effectiveness as well as its versatility.

Most people think of hypnosis as something to facilitate weight loss, smoke cessation, stress reduction and the like. Some think of it as an entertaining stage show. But in reality, it is so much more.
 
Busting the Myths
There are many myths surrounding hypnosis and I feel compelled to take a moment to clear them up.
 
Hypnosis is a very natural state of mind you experience every night when you fall asleep. You’re never out of control and you will not do anything you do not want to do.
 
Working with my clients has been personally satisfying in many ways. I’ll share just a few of them with you:
 
A Visit to the Dentist
A gentleman came to me with concerns about his upcoming dental visit. He was going to have two wisdom teeth removed and was very nervous about the entire process. He was afraid of getting the pain-numbing injections; the actual pulling of the teeth; and the residual pain after the anesthesia wore off.
 
I helped him to achieve a state of hypnosis and gave him suggestions that he would be relaxed and free of fear and anxiety. I also suggested that his experience would be free of pain during and after the procedure.
 
When it was over, his oral surgeon remarked that he’d never had a patient who was so relaxed and he was even more surprised when my client turned down the prescription for pain meds. My client informed him, “I was hypnotized.”
 
Neck Surgery
A dear friend, named Mike, went into the hospital for neck surgery. Two days after the surgery, his wife called me and she was crying. She’d told me that Mike wasn’t responding well to the pain medication and wanted to know if I would come over to help. When I got to the hospital, he was lying in bed wearing a neck brace and a painful grimace.
 
After guiding him into hypnosis and suggestions were given to him regarding his pain he emerged from his hypnosis free of pain. He later told me that he’d remained pain free for 11 hours.
 
My Mother
My mother (who is 84) had never allowed me to do hypnosis with her. She was in the hospital with pneumonia and had contracted SARS and MERSA while in the hospital. While I was there, her IV needed to be replaced.
 
Due to her age, her skin is thin and her veins are hard to find. The nurse tried to put a new IV in and couldn’t find her vein. This caused mom pain and she began to cry. The apologetic nurse said that she would have someone else attempt to try. I suggested hypnosis to my mother. Nervously she agreed.
 
I did a hypnotic induction and then suggested to my mother that she would feel no fear or pain and that her veins would rise closer to the surface when a nurse came by to give her an IV. After emerging her from hypnosis it was getting late. I had to leave for the evening and was assured by the nursing staff the IV would be replaced shortly after I left.
 
The next morning while driving to the hospital my mother called, teasingly saying, “I’m angry with you.” I asked what she was talking about and she told me that the nurse came in to give her the IV. She’d turned her head the other way and pleaded, “Oh, please don’t hurt me.” The nurse said, “Mrs. Miller, it’s done.” Mom never even felt a thing.
 
Thank goodness for hypnosis.
Glenn Miller is a Certified Hypnotist who is a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists and the International Association of Counselors and Therapists. Questions? Call (561) 201-1838.
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