Hypnosis for children can be highly effective

hypnosis for childrenThe idea of hypnosis for children might make you do a double-take at first, but unlike adults, children are very open to the hypnotic process. Their vivid imaginations and sense of play are natural complements to the hypnotic process. Additionally, children are open to new things and don’t have some of the fears and misconceptions that may make adults think twice about seeking out a hypnotist.

The history of pediatric hypnosis begins in 1779, when Anton Mesmer reportedly used hypnosis to help a child with visual problems. For decades afterwards, however, hypnosis was rarely practiced with children, because people thought that children could not be hypnotized. Research in the 1970s suggested that children were actually easier to hypnotize than adults, and also suggested that hypnosis was effective in helping children overcome behavioral and physical problems.

Modern hypnosis for children can help with a variety of problems, including nightmares/night terrors, enuresis (bedwetting), swallowing problems, trichotillomania (hair-pulling), food aversions, fear/phobia responses (I’ve helped cheerleaders get over short-term fears associated with certain routines), anxiety and stress, academic and athletic excellence, migraines, chronic pain and more easily going through medical procedures (pill-swallowing, injections, etc.).

I helped one young girl who was having nightmares every night by helping her build a “magic wand” that, for her, made the nightmares stop completely. We filled the hollow wand with items symbolic of safety, magic, family and pets. My favorite item was a birthday candle, with its implicit symbolism of wishes coming true! As we constructed the wand she became completely invested in the process and has been free of nightmares ever since.

If there is one thing that kids consistently dislike, it’s getting an injection. Most hypnotists can hypnotize your child to have a “magic spot,” which is a small area of anesthesia on their arm. The magic spot takes the hurt out of getting a shot. This can also help prevent needle phobias when your kids grow up.

Here is a trick for parents: when your child is completely caught up in a movie or video game (so intent that you have to call their name more than once to catch their attention), they are actually in a hypnotic trance state. So it’s a perfect time give them a positive hypnotic suggestion such as, “You’ll really want to do your homework tonight,” or “You will want to clean your room after this.” This suggestion will sail past their conscious awareness and straight into their subconscious. I have a friend who gave the “clean your room” suggestion to her two sons, and although one of them turned and said, “Mom, you’re weird,” both boys cleaned their room later in the evening! Sweeten your suggestions with words like easy, fun, and happy.

Is your child struggling? Visit www.danperezhypno.com to find out more about how hypnosis can help! Or call 800-481-5949 for a confidential 20-minute phone consultation!


Migraine relief with hypnosis

migraine relief houston texasAbout 28 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches.  Migraines are characterized by an intense painful throbbing or a pulsing sensation in one area of the head and is commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and/or extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine pain can last for hours or even days. Some migraines are preceded or accompanied by sensory warning symptoms (aura), such as flashes of light, blind spots, or tingling in your arm or leg. Common treatments include drug therapy (such as calcium blockers or beta blockers) and lifestyle changes (avoiding migraine “triggers”).

What is less commonly known is that migraines respond very well to hypnosis intervention. Hypnosis has long been used for both acute and chronic pain relief, and those same techniques, in the hands of a skilled hypnotist, can help not only relieve pain from an ongoing migraine, but can even head off a migraine as it is just beginning. Some cursory research on the internet may lead you to believe migraines can only be managed, but the truth is, hypnosis can help eliminate them entirely, freeing you from both side effects of various drug interventions as well as limiting lifestyle changes.

In a 1961 study published in the American journal Northwest Medicine, of 90 people who suffered from vascular and migraine headaches, hypnosis intervention provided up to 8 years of complete relief (or more) for approximately 38% of the sufferers. Others reported significantly diminished suffering. This study was interesting to me, because 7% of the sufferers developed “substitute symptoms” after their migraines diminished. Such symptoms included nightmares, hay fever, arthritis and ulcers. Most modern hypnotists now understand the mental process by which these substitute symptoms occur, and can employ techniques to prevent them from occurring.

I use a very effective migraine protocol developed by Colorado hypnotist Melissa Roth that is aimed at creating lasting, complete relief from migraine headaches, without any occurrence of substitute symptoms. In just a few sessions, you can free yourself from debilitating migraines and have a much happier, pain-free lifestyle! Check out Hypnosis Works! for more information. Call 800-481-5949 for a free consultation.