James Esdaile (1808 - 1859) was a Scottish medical doctor that was stationed in Hoogly, India with the British East India Company during the 19th Century. While there, he performed over 300 major surgical operations including amputations using hypnotic techniques. Not only was he renown for painless surgeries, but his post-operative work helped reduced shock among his patients and improved recovery rates. His work came to the attention of British-Indian authorities that convened a panel of seven officials to investigate the wide-spread claims of Esdaile's painless surgeries. The investigators validated the claims and Esdaile went on to practice his form of hypnotic medical arts at a hospital in Calcutta.
Esdaile's work is critical to modern hypnosis as it laid the ground work for hypnotic processes in contemporary medical procedures. Today, thousands of patients that cannot tolerate anesthesia and many mothers who prefer to deliver their children naturally are able to take advantage of medical hypnosis as an alternative to narcotics.
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Trichotillomania or hair pulling is an impulse control disorder characterized by the compulsive urge to pull out one's hair. The results usually include embarrassing patches or bald spots that create social anxiety and may even lead to depression.
You can learn more about this condition by visiting the Trichotillomania Learning Center at: http://www.trich.org.
Baltimore Maryland Hypnosis has successfully helped clients with hair pulling and while individual results vary per client, it's worth the free consultation to learn how hypnotic techniques may help you overcome this habit.
Recently I had the honor to train with my mentor Jason Linett of VirginaHypnosis.com and Larry & Cheryl Elman of the Dave Elman Hypnosis Institute in Henderson, North Carolina. The course was a special Master Hypnotist course designed to emphasize the best practices of the legendary Dave Elman. Special consideration was given to his famous Elman Induction. The course was well attended by many professional hypnotists, clinicians and psychologists from around the country. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to train with top-shelf experts in hypnosis profession and I was grateful to be a part of it.
What does a person look like as they start to enter a state of hypnosis? What are the signs of hypnosis? The indicators of a hypnotic state? While it's different for everyone, generally one will notice the client take on an overall relaxed and pleasant state. The following are some of the most common symptoms of hypnosis.
Head & Facial Indicators
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There is no legal definition of hypnosis. Webster's dictionary describes it incorrectly as an artificially induced sleep, but is actually a natural state of mind and induced normally in everyday living much more often than it is induced artificially. Every time we become engrossed in a novel or a motion picture, we are in a natural hypnotic trance.
From Charles Tebbetts' Miracles on Demand. pp. 211 - 212
One of the biggest complaints of my clients is night time eating, especially sweets. Its easy to understand why we get into the habit int he first place. Our society incorporates a sweets at the end of a meal. Plus many of us work really hard, and only at the end of the day do we have time to relax. It's then that we reward ourselves. From there, it becomes easier and easier to snack a little more. Before you know it, you are eating two, three, or four sweet things in one sitting. All of this sugar is going into your system at the worst time of day when you are the least active and close to going to sleep. It will not take long for your body to start showing signs of too much sweets.
If you want to overcome this habit, you 'll need to set in place pattern disrupters, use something to replace the sweets, and be absolutely committed to change. Hypnosis can be used to help defeat this unhealthy behavior as well. Over the years, I have helped many clients reset their sweet tooth. Are you ready to take back control of your life - if so email me today and lets talk about how hypnosis can help you.
This is important so I want to say this first when it comes to hypnosis. Make sure the hypnotist you are working with is certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH). The world's largest and most prestigious organization for the art of hypnosis. The NGH embraces a robust 'client-centered' code of ethics and endorses the latest and most effective techniques for helping clients change. Always look for the NGH seal, and ask your hypnotist about their training and qualifications.
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Scott Howard is an NGH certified consulting hypnotist and the President of the Baltimore City Chapter of the National Guild of Hypnotists. Scott is dedicated to helping everyday people with everyday problems through hypnosis and life coaching.