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The Difference between Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

The Difference between Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

It is estimated that hypnosis techniques have been around for over 5,000 years. Modern Kappasinian Hypnotherapy (Developed by Dr. John Kappas, the founder of HMI College of Hypnosis, the first fully accredited school for hypnosis in America) has been around since 1967.


Hypnotism / Hypnosis

Basically, hypnotism is the act of putting someone into a hypnotic trance.  That process is called "Induction" because it induces the hypnotic session where the client's brainwaves are slowed from Beta waves to Alpha or even Theta waves, which is the stage just before Delta waves where the client is fully sleeping. It is important to realize and remember that the state of hypnosis is a normal state that all people go through naturally before they go to sleep each night.  It's an intermediate state between waking and sleeping where the person is fully aware, but the mind's attention has drifted to other things than the current room and chair they are sitting in.  If you've ever missed your exit while driving on a highway, then you've probably been in a hypnotic state.  It's no more mysterious or strange than just that! It's not dangerous, it's completely natural and normal.  The tricky part is to get the person to just the right level of relaxation and suggestibility where they can hear and absorb suggestions into their subconscious mind at just the right level for the type of therapy they need, but without going too deep and falling asleep. 


Hypnotherapy is the addition of post hypnotic suggestions into the subconscious while the client is in the hypnotic state and open to suggestion, to help the client achieve the goals they are there to achieve. This is where the client gets messages about not smoking, or not drinking, or not biting their nails, or being on time for meetings, eliminating fears, adding focus and confidence, etc..  There is a whole art and science to this part of the process using trigger words that already have meaning for that client, using the right language that matches the client's E&P suggestibility score, etc. This is where the real value is for most people.  

It's important to note that, unlike surgery or drug therapies,  hypnotherapy is not something that is done "to" you.  Rather, it is something we work on together.  It is fully cooperative and requires you to participate.  You have to do your part as well.  You must be committed and  really want the results for it to work. 

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