Hypnosis for Weight Loss

Hypnosis is a powerful tool but exactly HOW does it work? The real magic is that hypnosis works as both a “magic wand” and as a “snowball gathering snow.”

Let’s take a look at each separately and then how they work together.

The magic-wand effect is when you have a hypnosis session and your issue is solved instantly and without further effort. Magic!

The snowball effect is what you experience with several hypnosis sessions, in which each session reinforces and enhances the relief created by previous sessions.

The reality is that both effects create permanent change. Hypnosis creates the initial change. Reinforcement ensures that the change lasts.

Reinforcement occurs when you regularly use a reinforcement CD made by your consulting hypnotist, induce self-hypnosis, or through continued subsequent sessions with your consulting hypnotist. Your consulting hypnotistguides you in creating the initial change and reinforcing it, thereby accomplishing your goal of permanent, positive change.

Now, let’s look at it a little more closely.

We use hypnosis to change responses and behaviors. All responses and behaviors are learned. All that hypnosis really does is cause very rapid learning (or relearning) to take place so that new responses and behaviors become automatic.

Hypnosis allows this rapid learning to occur by interrupting the conscious, critical factor of the mind/brain. For reasons of survival, the critical factor of the mind/brain slows down the learning process. However, when those initial survival reasons are no longer necessary, it makes sense to interrupt or bypass the critical factor, which is precisely what hypnosis does – painlessly, safely, and effectively.

We know that no learning is INSTANT. You didn’t learn to ride a bike instantly. You didn’t learn to speak instantly. You didn’t learn to read or write instantly. You were taught the initial ideas and methods and those ideas were repeatedly reinforced until they become automatic.

Hypnosis allows that learning or relearning to happen more rapidly. However, as with any learning process, it needs to be reinforced. Thus, hypnosis is both a “magic wand” and a “snowball gathering snow.”


Let’s take a look at Joanna’s experience to get a better idea of exactly how hypnosis DOES work:

Joanna was sitting in the waiting room at the Hypnosis Motivation Institute. She was waiting for her first hypnosis appointment. She was desperate to lose weight. She had lost and gained at least three hundred pounds in her thirty-two years. Now, here she was, seventy pounds overweight again. She had tried everything.

She had heard some say that hypnosis could be like a magic wand. She had heard others say it didn’t work at all. Her best friend Martha had just lost fifty-five pounds using hypnosis. She said it was easy and it worked, but that Joanna would have to do her part too. Would it work for her?

If this reminds you of your own questions about weight loss and hypnosis, keep reading.

We can call the habit of overeating a food habit, compulsive overeating, or a self-destructive habit. Whatever we call it, though, once that kind of behavior takes control, you will need to unlearn old, destructive behaviors and relearn new, constructive ones.

Joanna followed through with her hypnosis for weight loss. She learned the reasons she ate for comfort and she altered those behaviors. She learned that eating good, fueling foods were essential, and she incorporated those ideas into her daily life. She also learned that she needed to move her body more. Exercise became her oasis. It became her “me-time” every day.

Joanna lost her seventy pounds easily and happily and has maintained her new weight because she created a new relationship with food, with her body, and with life itself. That was five years ago.

Hypnosis makes the process of transforming counterproductive behaviors to productive behaviors easy, effective, and empowering. Any behavior that does not serve your goals and dreams can be changed using hypnosis.

Hypnosis accelerates your learning process so that what might have taken you twenty years to “learn” can be restructured in four to six sessions.

Hypnosis is being used in major medical institutions, such as, Harvard Medical School, UCLA, Stanford, Kaiser Permanente, Beth Israel Deaconness Hospital, and many burn centers, to ease pain, fear, and treatment [, and accelerate healing] for their patients.

Hypnosis is approved by, both, the American Medical Association (AMA) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) for Complementary and Alternative Medical Treatment and as an adjunct to traditional treatments.

The moral of this story is this: if you are wondering if hypnosis is a magic wand or a cumulative change response (snowball effect), it is both!

If all else has failed and you are ready and committed to achieving your goals, it is time to try hypnosis. It works!

Susan French, C.Ht.


Recommended Hypnosis Books

Recommended Hypnosis Books:

5. The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook – by Edmund J. Bourne
This book excels not only in explaining the cause and nature of anxiety disorders and phobias but also in describing treatments. Director of the Anxiety Treatment Center in Santa Rosa (California), Bourne emphasizes the cognitive-behavioral model of treatment but includes information on biopsychiatry, intense psychotherapy, and spirituality as additional treatment modalities. This is truly a “workbook,” with exercises designed to facilitate recovery, either through private use or in conjunction with professional therapy.

4. Hypnotherapy – by Dave Elman
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Westwood Publishing Company (June 1, 1984)

3. Self-Change Hypnosis – by Richard MacKenzie
The techniques that you will learn in Richard’s groundbreaking new book will both challenge and inspire you to achieve the truly impossible. One of his favorite quotes comes from a man called Henry Ford. It says “Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.” He believes that if we change and challenge the things that we believe about ourselves, that we can ultimately change and take control of our own destinies.

2. Conversational Hypnosis: A Manual of Indirect Suggestion – by Carol Sommer
Carol Sommer is a licensed clinical counselor who has been teaching clinical hypnotherapy since 1984. She is a certified Hypnotherapist and Consultant with American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and a certified trainer of Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP). Carol is also a contributing author of The New Private Practice (W.W. Norton, 2001) as well as several research papers on hypnosis.

1. Covert Hypnosis: An Operator’s Manual – by Kevin L Hogan
Covert Hypnosis is the utilization of techniques and strategies to change the perception and behavior of others in a completely unconscious way. The optimal applications for covert hypnosis are in the fields of selling, advertising, marketing, relationships and of course, therapy.

Famous Court Cases Involving Hypnosis

A trained hypnotist can reach a person’s psyche and allow the person to see clearly what his mind has seen and recorded. According to Freud nothing that we see or hear is ever forgotten. Hypnosis allows us to bring to conscious memory what was collected by our superego. The use of hypnosis to heighten the recall ability of eye witnesses to criminal acts is reported in the case of the serial killer Ted Bundy.

Ted Bundy stalked young girls beginning in 1974. He is charged with killing at least 30 girls. After one of his horrific killing sprees, he was seen leaving the scene of a house by Nita Neary. The house was later discovered to have four dead bodies of girls that had been beaten to death. Nita Neary was hypnotized and picked out Ted Bundy’s picture from a photo gallery. A month passed when Ted Bundy struck again. He abducted and killed Kimberly Leach, a twelve year old girl. Another eye witness Clarence Anderson was hypnotized and identified Ted Bundy. Because of these eye witness accounts, Ted Bundy was prosecuted and after 11 years of trials and prison escapes was found guilty of two murders. Later, he confessed to having killed 30 girls. He was electrocuted on February, 1989.

Bizarre Crimes Involving Hypnosis

Hypnosis has been used to solve crimes for many years now. An early documented account was published by Popular Mechanics in their April, 1960 edition. The article was called Solving Crimes By Hypnosis. The purpose of the article was to discuss the use of hypnosis in helping the memory recall ability of five policemen who had witnessed a staged murder. The hypnotist was Dr. Dezzo Levendula who was lecturing the class in Scientific Law Enforcement at the campus of Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

While lecturing, two secretaries were seen fighting and one of them stabbed the other. Another professor, Dr. Gerber entered the room and told the twenty policemen who were in the class that they had witnessed a staged murder. Then, Dr. Levendula asked for volunteers to allow themselves to be hypnotized. Five policemen volunteered. They were told to write down what they had seen. They were then hypnotized and awakened. They were asked to write down again what they had seen. Their memory improved with each hypnosis. It was suggested that using hypnosis to get more information from eye witnesses would be a useful tool in solving crimes.

Hypnosis or mind control has been studied from many positions since it does seem to work to erase preconceived expectations. The staged murder involved two stenographers. Both of them looked professional, and their fight and behavior was shocking. To arrive at a better eye witness report of what had been witnessed, the police officers had to be guided through hypnosis to look beyond personal appearance to the criminal act itself.

Stop Smoking With Hypnosis and Success Rates For Smoking Cessation With Hypnosis

Hypnosis is possibly one of the world’s oldest forms of preventive and alternative non-medicine induced method of healing. Most people have a misconception of hypnosis through a lack of understanding it. Some say it is the perfect form of persuasion. Maybe it is… maybe it isn’t , but whatever it is, it’s been proven to work. Hypnosis helps you to relax, allowing people to tap into their subconscious mind, to create new realities through images and thoughts and to eventually manifest those into their own lives.

Research studies show that during hypnosis, clients are given coping tools for withdrawal symptoms and the urge to smoke. The client is given an audio cd of their training to continue their reinforcement of coping skills at home. The goal is that over time the client will gain increased confidence in their ability not to smoke. Hypnosis is gaining wider acceptance at some of the nations respected hospitals and medical research centers.

For women it may sometime seem more difficult to stop smoking. Studies speculate that the probable reasons might be due to the fact that some women are more emotional and sensitive than men. Therefore a woman may smoke a cigarette a lot quicker than a man. Because of this sensitive nature in women, sadness becomes another issue which hypnosis can address with a medical referral. Studies showed that hypnosis was helpful for would be quitters and with a much higher success rate with hypnosis than trying to quit cold turkey.

Most people start smoking young in years and continue across a lifetime; with multiple periods of remission and relapse.

Statistics released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention show that more than 45 million people in the United States are smokers in spite of anti-smoking campaigns. Smoking remains the leading preventable cause of death.

Trying to quit smoking on your own has a far less success rate. Some researchers show that doing it on your own rates about 5%. Using hypnosis is above 66%, and 94% with multiple hypnosis sessions, using behavior therapy about 25%, and using Nicotine Replacement Products about 10%.

The benefits of not smoking are priceless and life changing such as: adding more years onto your life and gaining self-respect. Your lungs will become cleaner and stronger. You will have more energy, more of a sense of accomplishment and more time for the things that you have always wanted to do. (smoking occupies a lot of time) There you have it… not only will you look and feel better…you get to keep money in your pocket.

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St. Petersburg Hypnotist Located Conveniently in St. Petersburg Hypnosis Center. Hypnosis for stop smoking, diet and weight changes, stress, sleeping, pain (with medical referral), goals, behavior changes, prosperity awareness, relationships, procrastinating, positive thoughts and much more. http://www.floridahypnotherapy.com

Tamara Shadday C.Ht.

What is the Cost of Hypnosis?

Come visit our office and find out how hypnosis can help you with what it is you want to change in your life. Hypnosis and changing your thoughts can change your life in so many positive ways. You can stop smoking, release weight, improve relationships, de-stress, learn to relax and sleep better and make all kinds of improvements in your life.

We invite you to visit our office. Discuss what it is you want to change in your life with our professional hypnotist. Let us make a session plan and program specifically tailored to what it is you want to accomplish. Release old habits, change negative thoughts and behaviors in to positive ones.

In order to personalize your hypnosis program, we invite you to come in and answer some questions and visit our office located conveniently in St. Petersburg. Your FREE HYPNOSIS CONSULTATION will last approximately 30 minutes or more. At your Free Hypnosis Consultation we will answer all of your questions. There is no pressure or obligation at all. We will explain how hypnosis is right for you and let you know if you need to get a medical referral. The screening lasts about 30 minutes, and is both fun and educational.

Our programs are customized to you the individual. There are so many differences between the people we see, and the help they need, that we like to make a personal assessment. When we know more about you we can tailor a program that is right for you, and assess what the fees will be in your case. Our fees are reasonable and affordable.

Please schedule your free hypnosis appointment online or call us to make an appointment. If our lines are busy or you receive an answering machine please be sure to leave your name and phone number clearly, as well as a good time to call you back. We do return all calls promptly. And you can schedule your FREE Hypnosis Consultation online very easily.

Hypnosis is Not a Religion

Hypnosis is a Science Not a Religion Let us consider our mind a two story building. We can call the upper story our conscious mind and the lower story our subconscious mind. You are reading this article through your conscious mind. Within a couple of hours or a span of a day or two, it will seep down into the subconscious mind, which is where all the information is stored. A specific stimulus associated with that event will pull up all the stored information to the conscious mind.

Our subconscious mind holds memories, experiences, events, both good and bad that happened in our lifetime. It is these stored thoughts and feelings that surface to our conscious mind in response to a specific stimulus. I believe we all have heard about a motivational speaker, Wayne Dyer. He mentioned in one of his video clips that “Thoughts Are Energies.” Then, if thoughts are energies, then that makes them alive.

Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. in one of his interviews said that we are a Petri dish of 53-73 trillion cells. He said that he has spent a lifetime doing cell cultures and seeing cell behavior and their reaction in different environments. If we put the cells in a negative environment, then they are going to respond in a very different way, meaning their entire chemistry and morphology changes in a negative way. On the other hand, if we place those cells in a good environment, then they will respond in an absolutely healthy way.

What Dr. Lipton meant was that if we are going to think positive, then we are going to create a positive environment and live a healthy life. If we are going to think negative, then we are going to create a negative environment and live an unhealthy life. Now coming back to our topic, Hypnosis is a Science Not a Religion. What is hypnosis? Hypnosis is a way to tap into the subconscious mind. Hypnosis is a very unique way to enter into the mind at the subconscious level and record new and positive affirmations.

Let us explore it a little further. Hypnosis is a state of focused relaxation where an individual is neither asleep nor awake. At that point in time, the hypnotist speaks positive affirmations (positive ways of looking at things) or changes a particular way of thinking in the subconscious mind to change the already recorded program in the subconscious mind. When the individual is asked to come out of trance, he or she may not remember anything about it depending on the suggestion and level of trance, but the change has already been made at the subconscious level.

A word, record, has been used in the article a couple of times and it might seem a bit confusing. Let us understand it. If an individual gets aggravated to a specific stimulus, then the stimulus and the response to that specific stimulus is recorded in the subconscious mind. Now, whenever that stimulus occurs, a pre-recorded program will play out in the form of aggravation, anger, frustration, etc.

It is important to mention here that Hypnosis is just a way to tap into the brain to remove negativity or painful thoughts from subconscious and not a religion.

Tamara Shadday C.Ht.

New Years Resolutions and Hypnosis

40 to 45% of American adults make one or more resolutions each year.  “A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.” ~ Author Unknown


For thousands of years, in many civilizations from the Sumerians to the Romans, people have wanted to start the new year off on the right foot. Symbolically speaking, January 1st is a powerful time to ask important questions about one’s life: if one is happy with the direction it’s going, if one’s health, personal habits, relationships, financial picture, could be improved.
You CAN stick to your New Year’s Resolutions to stop smoking, lose weight, get healthier, stop procrastinating, get out of debt, change habits, obtain more prosperity, reach your goals and more.  Whatever your New Year’s Resolution is, hypnosis can help you be successful with it.


Unfortunately people are not successful with their New Years Resolution because they are trying to change a habit, without changing their beliefs and getting to the core issue of why they were behaving that way to begin with.  Many people are successful with their New Years Resolutions with willpower alone for only days or weeks, but do not create permanent change.  Hypnosis can change that success rate for your New Years Resolution dramatically by reaching the subconscious mind and making permanent positive change in your life.

Among the top new year’s resolutions are resolutions about weight loss, exercise, and stopping to smoke. Also popular are resolutions dealing with better money management / debt reduction.

Top New Year’s Resolutions:

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Manage debt/save money
  3. Get a better job
  4. Spend more time with family
  5. Quit Smoking
  6. Eat right/Get fit
  7. Reduce Stress

Let hypnosis help you make your New Year’s Resolutions into permanent positive change.  Make an appointment today for a FREE Consultation with the Hypnotist.


World Hypnotism Day January 4th

World Hypnotism Day is January 4th and was created to promote the incredible benefits of hypnosis.  Hypnotists and Consulting Hypnotists worldwide will use their gift to bring awareness of the uses and benefits of hypnosis. World Hypnotism Day is a date for education, improvement, and assistance to those who are looking to improve themselves and the quality of their lives.

Hypnosis has many benefits and can improve your quality of life. The many uses and benefits of hypnosis are endless. Some of the most common uses and benefits of hypnosis include:

Smoking Cessation

Stress Relief

Natural healing from injury and illness as adjunct to your current medical care
Weight management
Mental and physical relaxation
Panic and anxiousness relief
Increased immune system function

Sports enhancement
Increased energy
Improved logic, reasoning, memory and creativity
Better focus and concentration
Emotional healing from trauma
Improved mood
Behavior modification for undesirable behaviors (including habits)
Strengthen positive behaviors
Pain management
Gain confidence

Age or Past Life Regression

Another great use and benefit of hypnosis is that it can prepare you for a future event. For example, if you have a public speaking engagement, but you are nervous speaking in front of speaking, hypnosis can help. Your mind will rehearse the event so you are confident that you will speak smoothly and persuasively. On the day of the speaking engagement, you will feel relaxed and assured with the confidence of knowing you will perform at your peak. This is possible because your mind is an amazing, complex machine which does not realize the difference between the rehearsals and the actual event. When the event day arrives, your mind thinks it has been through this exact situation before and does not send out alarm signals. Those alarm signals are what makes us stress, sweat, tremble, and lose mental focus in certain situations.

Hypnosis is not dangerous, and you are not giving up control of yourself by being hypnotized. Hypnosis is a heightened state of relaxation that is best described as daydreaming. You are in another world, but you are still aware of what is happening around you. During hypnosis, you remain conscious and are simply open to suggestion. So if you have a desire to improve your life hypnosis is a wonderful modality to get you on the road to success with your desires.

Hypnosis is a wonderful alternative to dangerous medications and is adjunct to your current medical treatment. World Hypnotism Day offers a great opportunity for you to discover how hypnosis can help you overcome your difficulties in life and attain the success you have always dreamed of with the help of hypnosis.


How Quickly Can Your Health Improve after Quitting Smoking?

Did you know that smokers are 2 to 4 times more likely to develop heart disease than someone who is a non-smoker?

Quitting can change that risk quickly. Usually in 2 to 3 weeks a smoker who quit will show improvement in their circulation, and after a single year the risk to heart disease can be cut in half!

About 40 percent of smokers attempt to quit each year. Less than 3 percent of those trying to quit actually succeed!

Studies have shown that smokers who use hypnosis to stop smoking have a good chance of breaking the smoking habit.