Story By Lourice Angie
Hypnosis has always had an extensive and checkered history in medicine and entertainment, treading the line between falsity and therapy since around the 18th century. Currently this phenomena is becoming more popular than ever and it is being considered as an alternative treatment for many disorders including weight management, smoking cessation, anxiety, depression, trauma, and irritable bowel syndrome. But what is hypnosis and how exactly does it work?
Hypnosis & the Power of Self Imagination
Warwick Hypnotist Claude Horstmann explains that hypnotism is a state of human consciousness involving focused attention, reduced peripheral awareness, and an enhanced capacity to respond to suggestion. However, there is still some disagreement and skepticism about what the hypnotic state exactly is.
Hypnosis is not a substitute for licensed medical professional care. Many ailments affecting the emotions and physical well-being can be healed quickly and effectively through hypnosis, but will require a licensed medical professional’s referral.
Horstmann says that it is the client’s ability to follow directions and actively participate in the hypnosis process that will directly affect the outcome. It helps considerably to consistently cooperate with the directions given to ensure a better and more successful outcome. The results of hypnosis vary from person-to-person and from session to session, and since every person is different, it is impossible to guarantee specific results.
In the state of hypnosis one may run the risk of recalling depressing memories and painful, dramatic events. These memories may cause considerable anguish and despair. Fortunately, this discomfort is only temporary. The recognition of these uncomfortable memories may help the patient escape the suffering attached to them.
Hypnotists like Claude Horstmann are trained to deal with such episodes. The remarkable healing powers of hypnosis have been experienced by many and scientifically documented in hundreds of studies. Hypnosis is receiving the respect of neuroscientists from all over the world and brain studies conducted on people who are susceptible to suggestion indicate that when they act on suggestions, their brains showed profound changes in how they process information.
Researchers report that people literally change what they see, hear, feel, and believe to be true. According to decades of studies and research, 10 to 15 percent of adults are highly hypnotizable. There are no side effects, false memories, overdoses, infections or complications and in all of recorded history, no one has ever been harmed by hypnosis.
In contrast, millions have been helped to lead happier more productive lives with its use. Hypnosis and self-hypnosis are remarkable tools for personal transformation and change. Its remarkable success with addictions, pain management, and inner growth are well documented.
About the Hypnotist
Opening a Hypnosis practice in Warwick is a dream come true for Hypnotist Claude M. Horstmann, who offers a free self-hypnosis class at Family Friendly Hypnosis, located in the offices of Mary Ann Ryan at the Clocktower building, located at 65 Main St. in Warwick.
Horstmann was introduced to hypnotism during his adolescent years by instruction in the spiritual teachings of Russian mystic George Ivanovich Gurdjieff, where he developed a lifelong interest in the subject of hypnotism. There were no schools for hypnosis when Horstmann was a young man but by age 14, he became acquainted with Franz Anton Mesmer and his contribution to the development of modern day hypnosis practices.
Today, there are many hypnosis schools. Unfortunately, all are not equal. Horstmann is a graduate of two of the most respected schools in the country. The National Guild of Hypnotists recognizes both the Academy of Professional Hypnosis in Union, NJ and the Omni Hypnosis Training Center in Deland FL as profession leaders.
Horstmann used hypnosis to kick a three-pack-a-day smoking habit decades ago. Smoking and obesity contribute greatly to Type 2 diabetes and the diseases relationship to premature death. Horstmann, who is a diabetic himself, has a personal commitment to help others conquer the ravages of this wasting disease.
Diabetic Weight Management
The ravages of Type 2 diabetes can be stopped and are reversible with the proper diet. Family Friendly Hypnosis offers free classes to help diabetic clients stay on track with blood sugar and weight. For one-on-one hypnosis sessions, the client must be under a doctor’s care and have the doctor’s consent. Hypnosis is an evidenced-based, natural healing method. Horstmann believes nothing is more powerful for bringing change into your life.
Smoking contributes greatly to diabetes and numerous other health issues. At Family Friendly Hypnosis, every client is taught self- hypnosis at no extra charge. The goal is to ensure that all clients deal effectively with the many issues and triggers that may contribute to their desire to smoke.
Try Something Unusual
Every Sunday Horstmann offers a free self-hypnosis class from 1 to 3 p.m. Students must enroll prior to the class due to limited space. A $5 donation is suggested to cover class materials. Clients should wear loose fitting clothing and remove contact lenses prior to class. In addition, Horstmann is offering free sessions to local veterans, who in turn, provide a community service of their choice.
For reservations or additional information call Family Friendly Hypnosis at 459-3311 or 662-5919 or visit www.familyfriendlyhypnosis.com.