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Travis Hagedom lost 100 pounds through Rosano's hypnosis weight control program.

Every year, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions and within three months most of those resolutions have failed. Hypnosis can help people turn their New Year’s resolutions into reality.

Would you like to develop an unshakable self-confidence? Quit smoking? Lose weight? Eliminate insomnia? Reduce stress?

All these goals for change are possible with the help of clinical hypnosis. And that’s only the beginning. With hypnosis, you can learn to control your inner mind, put an end to your fears, eliminate bad habits and create a brand-new you.

You can be as happy and successful as you want to be.

Hypnosis is an accepted clinical modality for changing behavior. For many, the first thing that comes to mind when they think of hypnotism is an image of a hypnotist putting people under control for questionable purposes, as seen on TV or in the movies.

Hypnosis does not make you do things against your will, or reveal your deep, dark secrets. The hypnotist is not in control of you, but simply facilitates the relaxing, hypnotic state and then gives positive suggestions to bring about changes in your thought patterns.

In 1961, the American Medical Association (AMA) answered this question for medical professionals in the United States: “Does hypnosis work?” In that year, the AMA published a short report from studies it had commissioned, which read: “Hypnosis has a recognized place in the medical world and is a useful technique in the treatment of certain illnesses when employed by qualified personnel.”

This was a major step for the AMA; by publishing the report, it recognized hypnosis as an orthodox medical treatment — rather than one relegated to the realm of alternative or holistic medicine. Hypnosis has been widely and successfully used within the medical community for many years.

Have you ever fought with yourself about eating that tasty, calorie-filled bowl of ice cream? Or smoking that cigarette after you promised yourself you wouldn’t?

You know you shouldn’t, but you do it anyway. You can’t help yourself because you have a strong craving for those things you are attached to. After a few hypnosis sessions to control your eating habits or smoking, you simply have no more cravings for those things.

Hypnosis is a natural relaxed state that is experienced in-between being awake and being asleep. It’s similar to when you are driving and you miss your exit, when watching a movie that you are completely engrossed in or listening to music that captivates you. 

You are not “thinking” during these times. You are in a deeply focused, relaxed state, and it feels good. 

Hypnosis refers to a range of relaxation techniques that allow certified hypnotist practitioners to bypass the conscious mind and access the subconscious. The peaceful state that occurs under hypnosis has been compared to a state of deep meditation or transcendence, in which the innate recuperative abilities of the psyche are allowed to flow more freely.

During this state, the subconscious mind is receptive to positive suggestions so you can change your thoughts, to change your life.

What can you expect during your hypnosis session? An experienced hypnotist will take time to get to know you and ask questions to make the session most effective.

The first part of your session would be a discussion about the thoughts or habits you wish to change with hypnosis. The hypnotist would then create hypnosis “goals” with you.

Once your goals are created, you would then enter a state of relaxation facilitated by the hypnotist. At this point, the hypnotist would repeat your goals to your subconscious mind, which would then become a new way of thinking for you.

Hypnosis is a powerful tool for making lasting life changes. Your mind is very powerful, and you can harness its power for your betterment.

Hypnosis works well for weight control, as well as eliminating insomnia, fears, stress, anxiety and chronic pain. It can bring optimism, confidence, self-respect, relaxation, peace, good study habits, enhanced athletic abilities and many other benefits resulting in a better, healthier life.

To learn more about hypnosis, visit healthychangesvt.com.

Susan E. Rosano, MA, is a Certified Consulting Hypnotist, NLP Health & Wellness Coach, Reiki Master and Registered Expressive Arts Consultant, Educator and Therapist. She has worked in private practice, Healthy Changes Vermont, as a Certified Consulting Hypnotist and Health Coach for seven years in Brattleboro. In addition, Susan has worked at St. Francis Hospital’s Integrative Medicine Department in Hartford, Conn., as a hypnotist, treating patients there for smoking cessation, insomnia, chronic pain, weight control and many other issues. She earned a master’s degree from Wesleyan University and a post-graduate certification as a Pastoral Counselor. For more information, contact her at srosano754@gmail.com.