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What Is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a state of consciousness characterized by focused attention, increased suggestibility, and heightened relaxation.

It is often induced by a hypnotist or hypnotherapist through the use of verbal cues and other techniques.

During hypnosis, the subject is guided into a trance-like state where they become more receptive to suggestion and are able to bypass their critical thinking faculties.

This can be used to help people overcome a variety of issues, such as fear, sadness, and past pain.

Hypnosis has been used for centuries, and although there is still debate about how it works, it is generally considered a safe and effective technique when used by a trained professional.


Who Can Benefit From Hypnosis?

Hypnosis can potentially benefit anyone who is willing and able to enter into a state of deep relaxation and increased suggestibility.

Some common issues that can be addressed through hypnosis include:

  1. Fear and stress: Hypnosis can help people learn to relax to decrease fear and stress more effectively.

  2. Phobias and fears: Hypnosis can help people overcome phobias and fears by helping them confront and overcome their underlying fears.  Hypnosis can also change the way a person represents an event or current phobia in their mind, to then change their response to it.

  3. Habits: Hypnosis can be used to help people overcome habits by changing their underlying beliefs & associations.

  4. Performance enhancement: Hypnosis can be used to help people improve their performance in sports, public speaking, and other areas by boosting confidence & reducing fear.

It's important to note that hypnosis should always be conducted by a trained professional and is not a medical or psychological treatment substitute.

3 Things Hypnosis Cannot Do

While hypnosis can be a powerful therapeutic tool, there are certain things it cannot do.
Here are three things hypnosis cannot do:

  1. Control your mind:

    Despite some common misconceptions, hypnosis cannot make you do anything against your will or values.

    While hypnosis can increase suggestibility, the subject always retains control over their thoughts, actions, and decisions.


  2. Cure medical conditions:

    Hypnosis can be used as a complementary modality, but it is not a cure-all.

    Hypnosis should never be used as a substitute for medical treatment or advice.


  3. Retrieve forgotten memories:

    While hypnosis can sometimes be used to help people access forgotten memories, it is not a reliable way to retrieve accurate information.

    In fact, hypnosis can sometimes lead to the creation of false memories, so it should not be relied upon as a tool for forensic or investigative purposes.

How Does Hypnosis Work On The Brain?

The exact mechanisms by which hypnosis works on the brain are still not fully understood, but research has provided some insights into the neural processes involved.

Here are some key findings:

  1. Changes in brainwave activity:

    During hypnosis, the brain undergoes changes in electrical activity, with an increase in theta and alpha waves and a decrease in beta waves. These changes are associated with relaxation, suggestibility, and increased focus.


  2. Activation of the prefrontal cortex:

    Hypnosis appears to activate the prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain responsible for planning, decision-making, and self-awareness.

    This suggests that hypnosis may help people become more introspective and self-aware.


  3. Decreased activity in the default mode network:

    The default mode network is a network of brain regions that is active when the brain is at rest and not engaged in a specific task.

    Hypnosis appears to decrease activity in this network, which may be related to the reduced sense of self and increased suggestibility experienced by some people during hypnosis.


  4. Changes in brain chemistry:

    Hypnosis has been shown to alter levels of neurotransmitters such as dopamine, which is associated with reward and motivation, and serotonin, which is associated with mood regulation.

    These changes may contribute to the therapeutic effects of hypnosis.

It's worth noting that the brain changes associated with hypnosis can vary between individuals, and more research is needed to fully understand how hypnosis affects the brain.

What Are Some Hypnosis Techniques?

There are many different techniques that can be used to induce hypnosis, depending on the hypnotherapist's training and the needs of the client.

Here are some common hypnosis techniques:

  1. Progressive relaxation:

    This technique involves guiding the client through a series of muscle relaxation exercises to induce a deep state of physical relaxation, which can help facilitate hypnosis.


  2. Eye fixation:

    This technique involves asking the client to focus their gaze on a particular object, such as a moving pendulum or a fixed point on the wall.

    The repetitive motion or fixed point can help induce a trance-like state.


  3. Guided imagery:

    This technique involves guiding the client through a visualization exercise, such as imagining themselves in a peaceful and relaxing environment.

    This can help the client enter a state of deep relaxation.


  4. Rapid induction:

    This technique involves rapidly inducing hypnosis through a sudden shock or surprise, such as a loud noise or a sudden movement.


  5. Self-hypnosis:

    This technique involves teaching the client to induce hypnosis on their own through self-guided relaxation and visualization exercises.

It's important to note that different techniques may be more effective for different people, and a skilled hypnotherapist will tailor their approach to the individual needs and preferences of the client.

What Is Self-Hypnosis?

Self-hypnosis is a technique in which an individual induces a hypnotic state in themselves without the assistance of a hypnotherapist or another person.

Self-hypnosis is similar to traditional hypnosis, in that it aims to induce a state of deep relaxation and heightened suggestibility.

However, with self-hypnosis, the individual is in control of the process and can choose the suggestions or affirmations they wish to use.

Self-hypnosis can be learned through self-help books, audio recordings, or by working with a qualified hypnotherapist.

The technique typically involves finding a quiet, comfortable space, relaxing the body, and using relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or progressive muscle relaxation to enter a trance-like state.

Once in the trance state, the individual can use positive affirmations, visualization techniques, or other suggestion-based techniques to achieve their desired goal, such as reducing stress or overcoming a phobia.

Self-hypnosis can be a powerful tool for personal growth and self-improvement, but it is important to note that it should not be used as a substitute for medical or psychological treatment.

If you are considering using self-hypnosis, it is best to work with a qualified hypnotherapist who can guide you through the process and ensure that it is safe and appropriate for your needs.

Hypnosis Near Me

Giovanni Maccarrone is a trained Hypnotist who may use hypnosis as part of your coaching package.

He believes that hypnosis is a tool that can be used to get results, usually in conjunction with coaching and other techniques, rather than on its own.

Giovanni Maccarrone may or may not use hypnosis during your coaching, based on if he feels it would help you get your results.

Call Giovanni Maccarrone To Do One-On-One Coaching: 647 231 5727 or

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