Hypnotherapy  dates back to the earliest recorded history in Egypt, Greece, India, Persia, China and even England as a way to evoke the mind/body, spirit/emotion connection, to “go within and find out”, and to bridge understanding.  Often the person assisting with the hypnosis was called a Shaman, the root meaning of the word shaman or saman is “to know”.  In ancient Egypt one could visit the Sleep Temple in Luxor and be pampered with massage and remedies while your hypnotist/shaman/priest or priestess would assist you as you drifted off into a restful state using ritual and incantation. 

Today hypnotherapists generally use soothing words and soft music to assist you into an alpha or theta brain wave state called a trance. These brain wave frequencies relieve stress and facilitate deep relaxation and mental clarity as well as many other beneficial results. Using magnetic resonance and Electroencephalographs scientists have measured these states of mind under hypnosis and meditation and concur with the benefits.

Hypnosis is basically meditation with guided intent. In hypnosis a person is relaxed, highly focused and able to explore memories. This allows people to process information, and creates healthy associations to that memory.

Hypnosis is enjoyable and the client is always in control and can remember everything upon coming out of trance, often the results can be carried on and open other important doors long after your session. Sometimes one session is all that’s needed, and other times more sessions are required for optimal results. It’s always up to the client; it’s always a very deeply relaxing experience and a release. If you have never been hypnotized or think you can’t be hypnotized, give it a try…it’s nothing like stage hypnosis performances. You will get something beneficial out of your session.


 “What Happens to the Brain During Hypnosis” by Tony Sokol, December 22, 2015, Science and Resaerch.

Shelly Stockwell PhD, Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Lisa Boulton

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