Hypnosis for golf improvement

I ask every golfer I work with what percentage of their game do they think is mental and what percentage is technical. Invariably, I get a number around 80% as the mental component.

Whether you are an amateur golfer or a pro, the question to ask yourself then is “what percentage of time and resources do I spent on sharpening my mental skills vs my technical skills?”

Would you like to be unaffected by a bad shot? Would you like to stay focused on the course? Would you like to putt with more confidence?

Hypnosis provides effective mental training for golfers. According to this Times magazine article, when Tiger Woods was a teenager, he worked with a hypnotist to help place his mind in the proverbial zone. In fact, the majority of the PGA tour players work with a mental coach.

I won’t go into the details here on how hypnosis work and why it’s effective (you can read the FAQ section of my website or watch my video introduction). Hypnosis is a calm and focused state of mind and it’s also a highly suggestible state of mind. Hypnosis harness the power of your subconscious mind. Because you probably already know that “you should forget about your bad shot, and anchor good shots” or “you should visualize your ball going to exactly where you want” or “pretend every shot is the only shot” etc. But somehow when you are on the course, your mind just doesn’t seem to be able to cooperate.

Sure you can do positive affirmation and visualization in your normal state of awareness. But doing those under the state of hypnosis will be much more powerful because they go directly to your subconscious mind. For example you might affirm: “I am calm and focused on the course”. In your normal state of awareness this statement will be rejected because your critical factor says it’s not true you were not focused on the course. However if this affirmation is done under the state of hypnosis where the critical factor is bypassed, it goes directly into your subconscious mind. The subconscious mind will execute on this new programming and automatically make you calm and focused on the course.

Through the hypnosis mental training, you will learn to visualize your success in a way that is real, you will learn to bring up on command that confident good feeling associated with a good shot, you will train on self-hypnosis to bring your mind instantly to a highly focused and calm state when you are on the course. Hypnosis is not magic, it is a methodical training of the mind to enter the calm and focused state and to program the positive suggestions needed to succeed in golf.

Are you ready to spend more time and resources on the mental side of golf?

Can hypnotherapy treat bruxism (teeth grinding, clenching)?

Can hypnotherapy treat bruxism (teeth grinding, clenching)?

Can hypnosis really be used to treat bruxism?

Bruxism is when you clench or grind your teeth. It is an involuntary action, observed mostly at night but may also happen in daytime. People can clench and grind without being aware of it. Approximately 8 to 10 percent of the adult population have this condition. Left untreated, it can cause damage to the teeth and surrounding tissue, headaches and jaw pain.

“The exact causes are unknown,” said Dr. Gilles Lavigne, a professor of dentistry and medicine at the University of Montreal, and president of the Canadian Sleep Society. Although the exact cause is unknown, the medical literature shows that stress, smoking, alcohol, caffeine and other factors may set off or worsen the condition.

What are the treatment for bruxism? Many dentists will suggest a mouth guard, a small plastic device that covers some or all of the teeth to protect them against damage, but does not stop the grinding or clenching itself.

The Bruxism Association also suggests hypnosis as a behavioral approach. “Hypnosis has long been under review and some bruxists have found profound relief from problems related to sleep bruxism. One study reviewed the long-terms effects of hypnosis and a positive outcome was still applicable even after 36 months.”

Suggestive hypnotherapy for nocturnal bruxism: a pilot study (1) is a research study that “describes the use of suggestive hypnotherapy and looks at its effectiveness in treating bruxism. The bruxers showed a significant decrease in EMG activity; they also experienced less facial pain and their partners reported less bruxing noise immediately following treatment and after 4 to 36 months.”

“Indications for the use of hypnosis in the treatment of bruxism in relation to its psychosomatic nature”(2) is another study which looks at “the psychosomatic etiology of bruxism. An analysis of the various treatments proposed highlights the value of hypnosis as the ideal way to eliminate the psychological factors causing the onset of bruxism and to provide adequate relaxation while modifying pain perception.”

There are also many published case reports of hypnotherapy for bruxism, demonstrating how enduring change may occur rapidly in spite of the chronicity of a patient’s complaint. Change usually happens within just a few hypnosis sessions.

There are many different approaches in hypnosis to treat bruxism. For example, direct suggestion works great with young kids. And in adults, the most effective approach might be using advanced insight based techniques to trace the root of the problem and work on it from there.

So yes, if bruxism has been bothering you, you should definitely try out hypnotherapy!

1. Suggestive hypnotherapy for nocturnal bruxism: a pilot study, American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis 1991 Apr;33(4):248-53.

2. Indications for the use of hypnosis in the treatment of bruxism in relation to its psychosomatic nature, Minerva Medica 1983 Dec 30;74(51-52):2975-8.

How can hypnosis and NLP help entrepreneurs and business professionals succeed?

How can hypnosis and NLP help entrepreneurs and business professionals succeed?

It’s remarkable just how many celebrities use hypnosis—how many CEOs and heads of production companies. It’s sort of a secret weapon for a lot of very successful, very wealthy people.

says Dr. Steve G. Jones in this Forbes article: Using hypnosis to be better at business.  In fact, not only in the business world, first rate politicians also routinely employ the techniques of hypnosis. This Forbes article: Donald Trump, political mass hypnotist? outlines how Donald Trump uses hypnosis to influence.

Dilbert creator Scott Adams (who is a also a trained hypnotherapist) describes the state of hypnosis as acquiring a power.

The subject has all of his regular faculties operating plus he gains some more, if he has no objection to those new powers. For example, a subject under hypnosis would get a little extra power in one or more of these areas:

1. Extra relaxation
2. Extra imagination
3. Extra focus

I see hypnosis as an extremely powerful tool in creating the success mindset – unlocking your beliefs in yourself, connect with your own confidence and competence. Most of the people think they have to succeed in order to feel successful. But they got it backwards. You have to feel successful first, you have to have the success mindset first before your can create the success you want in life.

Hypnosis and self-hypnosis are also very powerful in finding creative ideas and solutions. Albert Einstein (1879-1955) once said,“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them”. To break free from the way he thought, he used self-hypnosis to explore his creativity. Einstein was known to have hypnosis sessions every afternoon.  According to his writings, his famous “E=mc2″ revelation came during one of these sessions.

Adding NLP techniques, entrepreneurs and executives can further increase their influence and persuasion power. Entrepreneurs have to sell their ideas to investors and employees, executives have to sell their ideas to their bosses and colleagues. NLP helps you build connection and rapport so your messages can get across and get accepted by others more easily.

If you are serious about becoming successful, then hypnosis and NLP are two powerful tools that you have to have. It makes the journey easier, more enjoyable and possible.

Hypnosis: anxiety and stress treatment

Hypnosis: anxiety and stress treatment

Do you know that hypnosis is an excellent tool to treat anxiety and stress? If you suffer from anxiety, the overwhelming feelings of fear and worry can be troubling and hard to control. These feelings are usually intense and out of proportion to the actual troubles and dangers in your everyday life. They can make it hard to function at home, at work, or in social situations.

Hypnosis is gaining popularity in the mind-body arena in treating stress and anxiety. It is becoming mainstream as more and more scientific research support the effectiveness and benefits of hypnosis.

Harvard Health Publications from Harvard medical school had an article on Treating anxiety without medication. It listed hypnosis as the first tool to manage stress and anxiety. “hypnosis is sometimes used along with cognitive behavioral therapy to treat anxiety. It can help people focus their attention, rethink problems, relax, and respond to helpful suggestions.”

In another Harvard Health Publications article, Dr. Michael Miller points out that hypnosis is actually an approved treatment for the relief of pain and anxiety.  And in The pain-anxiety-depression connection, researchers showed that hypnosis training reduced both gastrointestinal distress and levels of depression and anxiety in 71% of those studied. “During this therapy, a clinician helps a patient achieve a trance-like state and then provides positive suggestions — for instance, that pain will improve. Some patients can also learn self-hypnosis.”

The British Psychological Society has now officially declared hypnosis a proven therapeutic medium to curb stress, anxiety, pain, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, and migraines. “Improvements from hypnosis can be as specific as eliminating erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation, remaining committed to a workout plan, delivering a dynamic sales presentation—or as broad as improving motivation and increasing confidence,” said psychologist and certified hypnotherapist Marty Lerman, Ph.D., author of Mindshift.

As world’s leading institutions on health all acknowledging the effectiveness and benefits of hypnosis in treating stress and anxiety, isn’t it time for you to consider hypnosis as a possibility to deal with stress and anxiety?

Can hypnosis help learn a new language?

Can hypnosis help learn a new language?

Someone asked me recently if hypnosis can be used to help him learn French because he feels he has hit a plateau. Yes it can!  The state of hypnosis is a state of high mental alertness (contrary to popular belief). Hypnotic states are associated with increased theta wave activity*. See this Forb’s article on theta wave and foreign language learning. The article talks about Researchers from two Swiss universities found that they could enhance the learning of words from a foreign language by exposing people to the words during non-rapid eye movement sleep (NonREM sleep) – the deep, dreamless sleep period that most of us experience during the first few hours of the night. They found that learning the foreign words overlapped with the appearance of theta brain waves, an intriguing result since theta is the brain wave state often associated with heightened learning while awake.

The best way to use hypnosis to learn a new language is probably through self-hypnosis.  If you would like to find out more about self hypnosis, just drop me a line.

*Sabourin, M. E., Cutcomb, S. D., Crawford, H. J., & Pribram, K. (1990). EEG correlates of hypnotic susceptibility and hypnotic trance: Spectral analysis and coherence. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 10(2), 125-142.

Does hypnosis really work?

Does hypnosis really work?

Many people think hypnosis lack scientific evidence. Some of them even perceive hypnotherapists as charlatans.  But on the other hand, we also hear stories of dramatic success with hypnosis. So does hypnosis really work?  Is there really something there that goes beyond the placebo effect?

Stanford’s Dr. David Spiegel is in the forefront of research into hypnosis.  Dr. Spiegle is the Director of the Center on Stress and Health at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is a Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences as well as the Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford.

Dr. Spiegle spoke on new research at the Integrative Medicine Research Lecture Series presented by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).  He said “Hypnosis can be an effective method for managing pain, and treating anxiety and stress-related disorders. Past studies have shown that people hypnotized before operative care have a shorter procedure time and a significant reduction in intraprocedural complications, such as hypoxemia and vomiting.” In the talk, he also gave examples of recent research that shows that hypnosis can relieve Parkinson’s tremors, help people quit smoking and help moderate gastric acid production.

Dr. Spiegel commented in this New York Times article “[hypnosis] is an effective and inexpensive way to manage medical care… People think hypnosis is about giving up control. But it’s actually giving control back to the patients.”

So yes, hypnosis really works. Here are more hypnosis related articles on Stanford University School of Medicine’s blog.

Top 10 New Year’s resolution – is yours there?

Top 10 New Year’s resolution - is yours there?

Have you thought about your New Year’s resolution yet? Are you curious what other people are aiming for in the new year? I came across on statisticsbrain.com the most popular New Year’s resolution statistics. Here are the top 10 things people want to achieve:

1. Lose Weight
2. Getting Organized
3. Spend Less, Save More
4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
5. Staying Fit and Healthy
6. Learn Something Exciting
7. Quit Smoking
8. Help Others in Their Dreams
9. Fall in Love
10. Spend More Time with Family

As a Board certified hypnotherapist, I am wondering how many people are aware of hypnosis as a tool to help them achieve their New Year’s resolution?

If you are curious how hypnosis may help you, be it stop smoking, lose weight or something else, you can get in touch with me at http://www.innerwisdomhypnosis.com