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!

 

Mindfulness: it’s more than just meditation

mindfulness-hypnosisNear the beginning of 2015 I added mindfulness education to my private practice. I teach nearly all my clients about mindfulness, and like the guy in the Hair Club commercials, I use it regularly in my own life, too. And like it has for my clients, it has brought about some significant positive changes in the quality of my life.

What is mindfulness? I like the Psychology Today definition: “…a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.”

Mindfulness evolved from Buddhist meditation, but it is much more than that. It is a way of living your life fully in the present, free from the regrets of the past and the anxieties of the future. Our thoughts frequently lead to a chain of other thoughts and can pull us out of the moment and launch us into the past or future. You might think “Why did I ever drop out of college?” and that can lead to thoughts like: “It ruined my chances of getting a good job. Now I can’t earn enough to live the way I want.” And so on. Before you know it, you’re mired in regrets, unable to appreciate the good things that are presently a part of your life.

An important aspect of mindfulness is being “nonjudgmental” about your thoughts. Let’s say you have a worrisome thought. Try to consider it as “not important but also not unimportant” as well as “not good but also not bad.” It’s just a thought, a simple construct of your mind. Just kind of there. By not assigning the thought any type of value, positive or negative, you blunt its power to pull you out of the present moment. In fact, you can use that thought as a reminder to focus back on the present moment (like working, enjoying time with a friend or even falling asleep). When you can successfully do this, the thought becomes disorganized and fades from your mind. If you have the same thought a few minutes later, again be nonjudgmental and let the thought be a second reminder to focus back in on what you’re doing in the present moment. If you have the same thought ten times in a row that is ten reminders to focus on the present moment. Learning to be nonjudgmental becomes easy to do with the right mindset and some practice.

I’m a skilled hypnotist so falling asleep is rarely a problem for me, but mindfulness has become my go-to method for falling asleep on those nights when my mind is racing. I simply do a simple meditation on my breathing: mentally saying “in” on the inhale and “out” on the exhale. You’re always breathing in the present moment so it’s a good thing to meditate upon to be mindful. I’m nonjudgmental about any thoughts that occur, using them as reminders to focus back on my breathing and soon I am sound asleep.

I’m also really good at getting rid of a headache, but before I learned mindfulness it took me about thirty seconds to a minute to zap a headache into nothingness. Now I just become nonjudgmental about the headache as it is beginning and it usually fades in less than ten seconds!

If you’d like to learn more about mindfulness, look for books by Jon Kabat-Zinn or Thich Naht Hanh.

If you’d like a FREE copy of my mindfulness breathing meditation recording, email me at info@danperezhypno.com and I will send it you!

Pain relief hypnosis now more important than ever

pain-relief-hypnosisPain relief hypnosis has become more important than ever following changes in pain-killer drug classifications.

Almost a year ago, the Drug Enforcement Agency created a new rule about drugs containing the opioid hydrocodone. It was reclassified as a Schedule II controlled substance, prohibiting pharmacies from recognizing refills and phoned-in prescriptions for those medications (which include Norco, Vicodin, Lortab and Vicoprofen).

This situation, spurred by rampant abuse of hydrocodone (as well as its addictive nature),  has resulted in those suffering from chronic pain having a more difficult time getting the drugs in question. Such drugs require a written prescription. Doctors can’t call in, fax or send electronic prescriptions to a pharmacy. Each prescription lasts for only one month and no refills are permitted. Other Schedule II pain relief drugs include Dexedrine, Oxycontin, Percocet and Adderall.

Fortunately, hypnosis has long been an excellent alternative to relieving chronic pain. In three to five sessions, clients can experience considerable, lasting relief from their pain, with no side effects. Hypnosis is safe, non-invasive and non-addicting. A doctor’s referral and patient release form are strongly recommended.

A 2003 study concluded that “hypnosis has a reliable and significant impact on acute procedural pain and chronic pain conditions.” (Psychological Bulletin, Jul 2003;129(4):495-521) 

A 2007 comparative study of thirteen clinical trials of hypnosis and its effect on pain relief noted that “hypnosis interventions consistently produce significant decreases in pain associated with a variety of chronic-pain problems. Also, hypnosis was generally found to be more effective than nonhypnotic interventions such as attention, physical therapy, and education.” (Int. J. Clin. Exp. Hyp. 2007;55(3):275-87)

I tailor my pain relief sessions to the client’s exact needs, and teach strategies and skills to make pain relief significant and long-lasting. For more information, see my website at  www.danperezhypno.com or call 800-481-5949 today for a free 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.