top of page

Does Hypnosis Work?

The real key to creating the person you want to become is to visualize yourself that way which creates a a positive self-image.

Does Hypnosis Work

Korey Snider Hypnosis

Korey Snider graduated from the Ontario Hypnosis Centre school in August of 2015 in the Professional Hypnosis Certification Course. Korey enrolled in a course to became a basic practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). Korey is a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists becoming a Member in 2015 as well as a member of the National Federation of Neuro-Linguistic Psychology. Korey assists his clients with a range of issues such as anxiety relief, smoking cessation, weight loss goals, sleeplessness/ Insomnia, pain management, changing unwanted behaviours to ones that are more desirable and many more.

The real satisfaction for Korey comes from helping his clients find ease and happiness just by showing them the tools that they already have within themselves to focus and make real changes. Korey learned that the real key to creating the person you want to become is to visualize yourself that way (when the mind and body are relaxed) which creates a positive self-image with a sub-conscious destination allowing yourself to become that person.

Theories about the Mechanics of Hypnosis

There are many theories about the actual mechanics of hypnosis, and making sense of them can be a bit like playing Snakes and Ladders - you tend to end up back where you started a lot of the time. But before considering how hypnosis works, perhaps the first question should be does hypnosis work?

Decades of research and clinical trials have shown that hypnosis can be remarkably effective for a wide variety of conditions. To take a clinical example, a study published in the June 2007 Journal of Paediatrics showed that hypnosis produced a significant drop in the severity and duration of headaches in children, and even a drop in the frequency of the headaches themselves - something like 75%. In the non-clinical field, a University of Iowa meta-analysis by Frank Schmidt showed that hypnosis was three times more effective than nicotine replacement when it came to giving up smoking.

Theories as to how these results are achieved range from the idea that hypnosis produces changes in brain activity, to the idea that the subject is "method acting" the role of a hypnotized person, to the skeptical point of view that it's all down to the placebo effect (which, of course, raises the awkward question "how does the placebo effect work?"). All of these theories, however, are essentially saying the same thing - hypnosis works by communicating with the unconscious mind.

Conscious and Unconscious

Conscious and Unconscious are really just shorthand terms to describe the general characteristics of the human mind. The "conscious mind" is the bit where we tend to "live" - the bit you might think of as "you". If there's a little voice reading these words out loud in your head, that's the conscious mind talking. The unconscious mind is everything else!

The unconscious controls all of the autonomic processes that you don't have to think about - the heart rate, the blood pressure, tissue growth, cell regeneration, the immune system and so on. It's where our thoughts, memories and accumulated experience reside. It controls our emotions, our habits and our responses to the world.

In many ways, it creates that world for us. The unconscious mind handles about two million bits of sensory information every single second. The conscious mind deals with about seven. That means that the reality you're actually aware of from moment to moment has been brought to your conscious attention by the unconscious, in a sort of Readers' Digest version, choosing seven bits which it thinks are important from the two million it's just processed.

The conscious mind is more logical, critical and analytical - it's constantly making value judgments. If somebody was to say to you "you really should give up smoking, you know, it's terribly bad for you", you're highly unlikely to become a non-smoker on the spot. You're more likely to come up with a dozen, rational sounding reasons as to why you should carry on smoking, or you might tell them to shove off and mind their own business. Even if you do consciously accept that you should give up smoking, it's not the conscious part of the mind that's keeping the habit in place.

The unconscious part of the mind, on the other hand, is much more accepting. It's also quite literal and tends to take things personally, relating any information it receives to you as an individual. Hypnosis works by bypassing the critical conscious mind (usually through relaxation or linguistic techniques), and speaking directly to the unconscious in a language which it understands - pattern, association and metaphor.

As mentioned earlier, the unconscious mind is basically in charge. The vast majority of things that we do are unconscious, which we can be grateful for - if you had to consciously think about every single thing you did, you wouldn't do anything. However, it can lead us astray. Most problems are things that we've learned how to do at an unconscious level - we've just learned how to them in an unhelpful way.

Problems are often an attempt at a solution. This is true even for such apparently self-destructive habits as smoking. Many smokers start in their teens, when smoking is seen as a quick way to fit in, acquire adult status or generally appear cool. Through sheer repetition, the unconscious mind becomes convinced that smoking is serving a vital purpose - that it's "good " for you in some way.

Hypnosis works by updating the unconscious mind...

with new and more helpful information, like reprogramming a computer. It can be used to change associations, so that cigarettes, for instance, are no longer seen as "little friends", and are more realistically regarded as "toxic killers". It can also be used to mentally rehearse better ways of going about things, such as being able to deal with stressful situations without having to light up.

Since the unconscious mind controls our autonomic bodily processes, physical change can also be achieved through hypnosis. Pain control is a very good example. The mind alters our awareness of pain all the time - professional chefs, for instance, get burnt on a regular basis, but rarely notice it unless it's particularly severe. You'll have experienced this yourself if you've ever discovered a cut or a bruise and wondered how it got there. Physical events are still occurring, but the unconscious has relegated them to the 1,999,993 bits of sensory information you're not aware of every single second. Hypnosis can therefore be used to amplify that same response and apply it to a specific situation, such as the control of headaches.

Hypnosis works, then, by shaping our perception of reality by dealing directly with the unconscious mind, the seat of most of our problems, and most of our solutions too.

How Can Hypnosis Help Me?

Your thoughts from the past have created your today. If you don’t like where you’re at and desire to change it, it is simply a matter of changing your thoughts, thereby changing your life.

Today, the use of hypnosis is seen in a variety of fields, including: medicine, dentistry, law enforcement, professional sports and education. Hypnosis is used by many major academic medical centers world-wide as a complementary therapy in conjunction with traditional medical care thru integrative therapies programs.

Millions of people find relief using hypnosis with the help of qualified hypnosis practitioners who work with their healthcare professionals or as part of their own self-care routine to assist with specific physical, emotional, mental and performance type issues for improved health and wellness.

Hypnosis is a great tool for creating change for virtually any kind of issue. If you can think it, let hypnosis help you “re-think” it!.

Put a new message in your mind today!

Some of the issues hypnosis is frequently used for are:

• smoking cessation, weight loss issues, achieving goals, public speaking

• stress/anxiety, low self-esteem, grief management, sleeplessness

• motivation for sports/exercise, memory/improve study habits

• changing behaviours/habits (hair pulling, nail biting, picking)

• fears and worries (fear of flying, snakes, birds, enclosed spaces)

• letting go/forgiveness, improving relationships, spiritual exploration

• developing intuitive abilities, removing writers block, accelerated healing

Korey believes hypnotherapy should be affordable for everyone. Many clients discover noticeable changes after their first session. Hypnosis is regarded as a short term therapy and many issues can be resolved in as little as 1-5 sessions.

4 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page