What is Hypnosis

Hypnosis is a safe technique for relaxation, mental focus, planning for change, and healing pain and illness. Also known as "trance", hypnosis is a state of very deep relaxation during which you are awake and aware, and have a heightened ability to understand your problem and solve it.

"You already have the precious mixture that will make you well."
Rumi

Although movies and stage demonstrations often make hypnosis look strange, scary and out of control, hypnosis is actually a natural state of mind. You spontaneously experience hypnosis when you’re relaxing at the beach, driving, or absorbed in a book or a movie.

hypnosis and hypnotherapy

During hypnosis or self-hypnosis, you are in control. You choose when to go into trance, what to work on during trance, and when to come out. Even in the deepest of trances, (rated by self-report as well as by physiological measures), people can come out when they choose and typically remember what happens. They will not do anything that they do not want to do.

When you enter a state of deep relaxation during hypnosis, you access your creative and problem-solving abilities so that you can change. Hypnosis activates the part of your mind that believes that change is possible, no matter how stuck you usually feel. Your hypnotic mind offers suggestions for overcoming your problems and achieving your goals; suggestions that would not occur in your usual conscious state.

What's the difference between hypnosis and self-hypnosis?

In hypnosis, Merle Bombardieri guides you in and out of trance, making suggestions and providing guidance. In self-hypnosis, you talk to yourself, usually silently acting as your own guide. People usually do self-hypnosis after they have mastered therapist-guided hypnosis several times. To enhance results, Merle will make you a personalized recording you can play at home for self-hypnosis. Doing self-hypnosis at home on a daily basis helps you stay relaxed and continues motivating you to achieve your goals.

How can hypnosis help me?

Hypnosis can intensify the power and speed with which you achieve any goals you are working on in talk therapy. Merle’s clients use hypnosis for:

Merle uses hypnosis to help people discover, recall, and relive their most "in flow" moments, then to tell their minds to automatically bring these experiences into future performances. They can then use self-hypnosis to bring flow to their current performance. This may lead to more consistent success.

For related information, please review our chronic illness and self-esteem pages.