Shauna Cummins

"In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order." Carl Jung

American Health Magazine conducted a study and found the following results:



Hypnosis has been described as meditation with an agenda, and  is a powerful therapeutic method of communicating with the subconscious that works to transform old habits and behaviors into new, beneficial ones. It utilizes a focused state of awareness similar to meditation that encourages a relaxed, coherent brain wave state. Contrary to popular misconceptions of hypnosis as mind-control, it is a gentle and natural state of mind where the hypnotherapist functions as a guide through the clients own inner healing journey.

American Health Magazine conducted a study and found the following results:

  • 93% recovery after 6 sessions — Hypnotherapy

  • 72% recovery after 22 sessions — Behavior Therapy

  • 38% recovery after 600 sessions — Psychoanalysis

In a recent study from a group of Stanford researchers suggests hypnosis sparks real changes at a brain level. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, the team evaluated subjects' brains in a normal state and during hypnosis. During hypnosis, there were significant changes in activity across parts of the brain involved in attention, muscle function, and environmental awareness. "Hypnosis ... is a very powerful means of changing the way we use our minds to control perception and our bodies," lead researcher David Spiegel said in a statement. 

Dr. Maryanna Polukhin, an internist who incorporates hypnosis into her medical practice (she's also on the executive board of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis). Polukhin states that "Research shows that the average person goes into a trance state many times throughout the day."  In other words, it's a state of profound concentration, that shrinks and focused your attention and blurs away your surroundings.  For example, when you play a game on your phone and don't notice a full hour pass by. Dr.Polukhin states "The state of calm you achieve in hypnosis would take years to master with meditation."

Hypnosis achieved formal recognition by the American Medical Association in 1958. Although hypnosis is not a panacea, it is a safe and effective therapeutic tool. Symptom reduction from hypnosis includes: the alleviation of pain, quitting smoking, releasing weight, improving sleep, reducing stress, overcoming fear, increasing motivation, boosting confidence, overcoming grief, deepening the bond in personal relationships, and recovering from unhealthy repetitive patterns. Hypnosis can also be interpreted as a guided meditation and occurs in a natural state of mind. This means the client does control the process and works with the material that is arising while the practitioner guides with care in a gentle and relaxing way.