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.
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.
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:
- Physical comfort and healing. Controlled studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of hypnosis in reducing chronic pain, increasing a sense of wellbeing in those coping with acute and chronic illness, in preparing for surgery and other medical techniques with calm and confidence. During your hypnosis session, Merle teaches you to lower the intensity of your experience of pain, mentally rehearse and motivate yourself for optimal self-care, reduce stress by imagining successful surgery and treatment outcomes, and activate your immune system and your body’s healing powers. Hypnosis also promotes healthy eating and weight loss, smoking cessation, and other health-enhancing habit changes.
- Easier, Deeper Sleep. Hypnosis for many people can alleviate Insomnia. Merle helps you vividly imagine falling asleep, sleeping deeply through the night and waking up refreshed. She replaces negative self-talk of the impossibility of sleep with calm, soothing affirmations. Merle combines hypnosis with mindfulness meditation, and stress reduction techniques based on the latest sleep research. Many clients report that after months of tossing and turning, they now enjoy easier, deeper sleep.
- For Peak Performance. Doing your best work with confidence and ease. Does it feel as if life is more of a struggle than it should be? Are you struggling with creative blocks or terrified of public speaking or auditioning for a performance? Have there been times when your actions seemed to flow more easily and naturally? Merle can coach you to achieve peak performance a.k.a. being "in flow," or "in the zone" Whether at work, at school, in sports, or in a relationship, achieving peak performance not only eliminates negative behaviors such as self-sabotage and critical self-talk, but also cultivates the ideal mental conditions for consistent, high-quality, peak performance.
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.