Judy came to us to as a last resort; often hypnotherapy is the last resort. It should be the first choice, for its effectiveness and influence on our life but unfortunately it isn’t.
So Judy came to us to lose 25 pounds of extra weight, and to experience one of our weight loss hypnosis programs and asked if there is anything else that can make it even more successful.
Judy was very talkative, happy with her husband and three young children, the youngest one just five. But it became more and more obvious that her happiness was shaky. Judy was looking to lose excess weight and just wasn’t able to achieve her goal, especially since the youngest son was born. She tried various diets and exercise, but the routine house duties, and eventually the new account executive job busying her with frequent client lunches and dinners took over her wishful eating schedule. She always had a “sweet tooth” but now started a full-blown “obsession with sweets” as she called it. “One thing led to another,” and here she was.
To stimulate weight loss results we offered her a hypno-polarity program, integrating hypnosis and polarity therapy, and she open-mindedly accepted.
So what is hypnosis? As many know, but often forget, Hypnosis is a very natural state of mind. We are in hypnosis a lot of the time of our life. Any time we are concentrated on one particular thing: a book we are reading, a movie we are watching, work on the computer, physical exercise, we are concentrated with a by-pass of a conscious function, in other words to the exclusion of anything else. Hypnosis is a very easy state to develop. All you have to do is close your eyes and imagine, for example your living room. But don’t do it right now as you are reading the article, and I truly want you to finish reading it, as there is some very interesting bonus for you in the end.
So hypnosis is a focused state of mind and such state creates openness to suggestions (suggestibility). It is at this moment when your mind id relaxed and open, a hypnotist creates a series of post-hypnotic suggestions, which if accepted, improve your life when you go home.
Now, suggestions may be difficult to accept. For example, if you are given a suggestion you feel uneasy about, e.g. lose weight, you might not agree to accept this suggestion, even in hypnosis, so there we need to do more work.
Professional hypnotherapists know what to do in this case. So don’t worry, you will go home losing weight. Hypnosis authorities such as Milton Erickson and others developed various methods of integrating suggestions.
So, now let us explore what is Polarity and how can we integrate it with Hypnotherapy?
A Swiss doctor, a chiropractor, Dr. Randolph Stone, first described polarity Therapy in 1920s. He noticed certain parallels between health and energy imbalances in a human body over the years of his work and research with patients. The various relations he later discovered between the elements of nature (earth, water, fire, air and ether) and the human energies in parts of the body. The correlation between the psychological balance, proper nutrition, sensible exercise and a healthy body in Dr. Stone’s theory correspond with the known ancient principles of Mind, Body and Spirit being one and in balance with the universal spirit.
Polarity is a diverse energy based modality with an array of healing tools. At the base of the theory lies a principle that imbalances in the circulation and free flow of life energy lead to mental and emotional distress and physical illness. When our life energy is balanced the result is a healthy body and clarity in thought and emotion. Polarity practitioners work from the standpoint that healing comes from within. With proper nutrition, meditation and balance of the elements within one’s body one can achieve miraculous healing. This is why integrating hypnotherapy and Polarity makes for a session with nearly miraculous results.
The process integrating Polarity Therapy and Hypnosis (we call HypnoPolarity TM) working together in our Weight Loss Program has three basic successful features in our 3-step program - Awareness, Acknowledgement and Commitment.
The practitioner and the client work together to allow the client's own inner healing response to emerge. The client sits in a chair or lays or a massage table, while practitioner gently guides her through with light touches on her body and softly spoken suggestions for relaxation of parts of her body, triggering the release of tension.
Often, the client may spontaneously express emotions related to developing awareness of balancing energy within body and mind. This often happens when tense, compressed muscle tissues begin to relax, as a consequence of a general unwinding of the body and the mind in a hypnotic state.
I ask Judy to evaluate her own eating habits. Her main problem was not snacking: she does not snack at work, or eat late at night in bed while watching TV. It was overeating. She eats a lot, literally, a lot of food. Sitting in a comfortable recliner, she almost regretfully described how as part of her job she has to attend business lunches, socialize and go out with clients to dinners. She is successful with clients, but not with keeping track of the food she intakes. Naturally a happy person, she tries to put away feelings of weight gain and is now very often upset looking at herself in a mirror. She sought help through HypnoPolarity.
Acknowledging that she needs treatment and seeking professional help was what she needed as a next step. She was offered a series of evaluations of her old eating habits and a worksheet for creating new eating habits.
As part of the exercise she was asked to fill a daily food log and begin regular exercise while reducing the portion size and the amount of calorie intake by half, eating half-portions of her meals, compensating by eating slowly, mindfully, and using her positive anchors, keeping the image of her new slim figure in the mind’s eye.
As part of polarity integration with hypnosis we moved on to the light polarity touch bodywork incorporating positive hypnotic suggestions empowering her with benefits of future image recorded for her to take home as her reinforcement mp3 at the time of the bodywork.
The session continued on a straight massage table, client fully clothed.
Judy’s post-hypnotic suggestions included direct suggestions for weight loss and self-esteem enhancement, suggestions directed toward improved concentration and focus in life, as well as suggestions for accepting her new slim and fit image. Further, specialized guided imagery accompanied working on the various points in her body emanating the release of the energy needed balancing.
She began unconsciously exploring each current emotion, and in the next segment moves naturally to a release creating a deeper feeling of fulfillment and accomplishment, simultaneously experiencing feelings of warmth and weightlessness, ending in deep body and mind relaxation. Her body released great amounts of energy, the emotional rejuvenation.
It was suggested to Judy that in her imagination she collects all unwanted weight and puts it is a basket attaching a bunch of colorful balloons to the handle of it and releases it up in the air. تIt was also suggested that she imagines the weight melting down out of her body through and through.
Three weeks she reported 8 pounds of weight loss. 4 months later she reported 25 pounds of weight loss.تThe weight stayed off in the next year’s follow up.
Alex, 24, stopped smoking with hypnosis. He called two months later and said plainly: “I just wanted to tell you that your hypno-program works…”
Larissa, 16, could not stop biting her lips. This annoying habit was with her since she was little, and she was not able to display her lips without bloody cracks in them. She stopped biting her lips in one hypnosis session. Tanya, 39, was also able to conquer her obsession with food, and reported lost 11 pounds in 6 weeks. Bill, 67, lost 26 pounds. He stayed with the hypno-polarity program for 8 weeks contemplating the awakening of his body and mind.
While creating your own feeling of being well and emotional stability, you could, find a solution to your own pressing issue. We invite you to discover your own balance and let us know of your interest in hypnosis or polarity through finding more information at http://www.NewYorkAwareness.com.
Morirn Bass is Founder and Director of New York Awareness Center. Morrin has been creating health and wellness for her clients since 2000. Morrin is Board Certified Hypnotherapist and Hypnosis Instructor. Look for more information at New York Awareness Center at http://www.NewYorkAwareness.com