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What is hypnosis and hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis is a very pleasant state of deep relaxation. When you are hypnotized, you are not asleep or unconscious. You are aware of everything that is taking place. In fact, this trance state is very natural to everyone. We go in and out of trance numerous times per day. If you have ever daydreamed or completely spaced out and missed your exit while driving, then you have experienced being in a trance. You are aware of your surroundings yet your attention is focused somewhere else. In both cases, the conscious part of your mind is distracted or extremely focused, allowing the subconscious part of the mind to take over.

Hypnosis occurs when the trance state is guided and utilized for the purpose of changing thoughts or behaviors. Bypassing the conscious mind that holds all current awareness and beliefs, allows the client to set aside negative or critical thinking. This allows you to believe whatever you want to believe, and your unconscious mind responds to create the desired change.

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What is the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis is a trance state of heightened focus and deep relaxation. Hypnotherapy is a type of treatment that employs the state of hypnosis as a means to facilitate healing and support clients in reaching their goals.

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Can I be hypnotized?

Most likely YES! If you possess normal cognitive function, you can experience hypnosis. It is something that you have been experiencing your entire life. It occurs just before you fall asleep, when you are waking up, and when you become fixated on something like the flame of a candle or the sound of water dripping from a faucet.

Some of our clients find it very easy to achieve a trance state, and others need a little more guidance while acclimating to the process. In fact, it’s similar to meditation in that you have the opportunity to experience deeper and deeper levels of consciousness the more you practice. Your degree of success depends on your willingness to be hypnotized, the degree of your desire and motivations for change, and your ability to follow directions. Most of the time, when a person believes they can’t be hypnotized, it’s because they have a false expectation of what they will experience. They may anticipate a loss of control, the experience of being unconscious or “going under,” or maybe they have had a previous experience that was unsuccessful due to lack of rapport with the practitioner.

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Are there people who just aren’t “hypnotizeable”?

Hypnosis or being in a trance is something that most people do on their own throughout the day. Have you have ever let your mind wander to a place where you become unaware of what is happening in your immediate environment (e.g., spacing out during a conversation or missing your exit on the freeway because your mind was elsewhere)? Then you have been in a trance or hypnotic state. Remember, you are completely in control during a hypnosis session. If someone is unable to be hypnotized, it’s usually because a part of the person does not want to be hypnotized. The majority of clients are able to be hypnotized.

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Does it really work?

Yes, this type of healing therapy certainly does work, and it can work for you! Many scientific studies demonstrate its effectiveness for such issues as smoking cessation, weight reduction, stress management, and so much more. Hypnotherapy helps you gain control of your subconscious mind and become aware of the old programs that are influencing your behavior so that you can shift them.

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Will hypnosis help me lose weight?

You know what to eat and that the body needs to move to be healthy. You have read all of the books, tried every fad diet, or even taken drastic measures like surgery. You would do anything to get off the crazy train of shame and self-loathing but for some reason, nothing works. And if it does work, it’s not for very long. Sound familiar? You are definitely not alone. Are you ready to get off this insane hamster wheel of struggle and suffering?

Hypnotherapy allows you to walk through the door of your dysfunctional relationship with food and see what is behind it. There is an undeniable link between weight gain and the desire to avoid processing uncomfortable emotions. People that have trouble losing weight or keeping it off have often developed habits of eating that are based on emotional needs rather than physical hunger. By uncovering the reason that you are overeating and processing emotions that lead to making unhealthy choices, we can start to shift unwanted behaviors.

Calories and nutrition do count. Exercise is important. There is no magic wand that will make your body metabolize French fries as if they were celery sticks. However, when you connect with your motivations for losing weight and identify the obstacles that have been holding you back, you might find that you no longer crave French fries or even have the ability to stop after one or two.

Compulsive eating is an attempt to avoid emptiness. When we resist that emptiness or try to fill it with food, the weight persists, even if a crash diet can hold it at bay for a time. Hypnotherapy is a process that allows us to safely welcome in what we most want to avoid so that we can acknowledge it and release it. Also, it helps you to identify old programs that your subconscious mind has been running. Suggestions that you may have picked up in childhood, such as clean your plate or that ice cream with get you through your break-up, could be influencing your choices unconsciously. By utilizing the hypnotic trance state, we can speak directly to the subconscious and begin to tell a new story. We can let go of the past and the out-of-date image of ourselves by imagining who we are becoming. The subconscious mind does not differentiate between what is real and what is imagined. As you release those old hurts and fears, you release the desire to avoid them with food. You will create space to visualize and believe in that healthy, happy, and fit version of you. The body can only achieve what the mind believes is possible. Once you believe in your ability to heal your relationship with your body and food, anything is possible.

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If I’m hypnotized, do I give up control?

Absolutely not. You are always in control. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. The trance is a natural state that you allow yourself to experience. You have the power to emerge from that state if you wish at any time.

When you realize that you are the one in control and feel comfortable, you can then decide how deeply you wish to go. The practitioner is your guide and helps lead you through the process, but the change can only be made by you.

Often, the realization that you are in control and that you can make change yourself, is very empowering. You might find yourself experiencing deep trance states the more you experience hypnosis; however, you will always be aware of what you are doing and feel secure in the knowledge that you can always stop a session if you feel uncomfortable.

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Will I get “stuck” in a hypnotic state?

No. Hypnosis is a trance state that is very natural. Just like you will not get stuck in a daydream and lose touch with reality, you will not get stuck in a hypnotic or trance state. You are in complete control during a hypnotherapy session. You can go into whatever level of trance that you are comfortable with and bring yourself out of it at will.

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What should I do to prepare for hypnosis?

We recommend not drinking caffeine or taking anything that will make it difficult for you to relax during the session. Other than that, no preparation is required.

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What will happen during my session?

Your practitioner will take a detailed history and discuss in-depth what your challenges have been and what you would like to accomplish. Then, you’ll discuss your goals and desired outcome for your sessions. Using a range of different techniques, your practitioner will relax you with guided visualization, make you feel comfortable, and work with you toward achieving your goal. After a session, you might feel uplifted, lighter, and very relaxed. Often, change is very subtle; we will be working with your subconscious mind, and you might notice a very positive shift in how you are feeling.

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I don’t live in Seattle; can I still work with you for hypnosis?

Yes! We offer hypnotherapy sessions via Skype.

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How quickly will I see results from hypnotherapy?

Results vary significantly depending on the client and his or her specific goals. Some clients notice a significant shift after one session, and others need more time to work through the blocks they would like to address. We recommend three to five sessions to start seeing results. Remember, hypnotherapy is not a magic bullet. Your commitment to the process and achieving your goals will significantly impact the results that you achieve.

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What is Reiki?

Reiki is a form of Japanese healing energy work. Reiki treats the whole person—emotionally, physically, and spiritually. It works to balance and strengthen the body’s energy centers, also known as Chakras. This non-manipulative, hands-on healing technique helps to stimulate immune system function and maximize individuals’ innate ability to heal themselves.

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How can it help me?

Reiki is beneficial because it helps to bring the mind, body, and spirit into alignment with one’s highest potential. It puts the body into a state of relaxation where healing can happen. Receiving Reiki helps alleviate physical pain; detox the body; reduce stress; manage anxiety; process feelings of sadness, grief, or loss; and promote general well-being. Reiki can help clients find peace, clarity, and purpose.

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How does Reiki work?

Reiki follows the map of our energetic system. Reiki energy is pulled through the practitioner to the client. The practitioner transmits this energy to the client by using hand positions on or above parts of the body that correspond to the major organs and energy centers (aka chakras).

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What is a chakra?

Chakra is Sanskrit word that means wheel. There are seven chakras in the body that each correspond to different body parts and emotions. They are the second part of the energetic system that is important to Reiki. Often, blocked energy in our seven chakras can lead to illness. Reiki works to clear those blocks and assist energy in moving freely through the body.

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What should I do to prepare for Reiki?

You don’t need to do anything to prepare for a Reiki session. Just wear comfortable clothes and arrive ready to relax.

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What will happen during my session?

Every Reiki session is different. You might experience are a sense of deep relaxation, sense colors, experience childhood or past memories, or release emotions. Regardless of how you experience a Reiki session, you will leave feeling relaxed and refreshed.

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How quickly will I see results from Reiki?

In most cases the relaxation and stress relieving benefits of Reiki will be immediate. Clients will often see significant result within 3 to 5 sessions. Those addressing more complex physical and/or emotional issues may require more sessions. Many clients incorporate Reiki as part of their weekly or monthly self-care regiment.

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Life Coaching

What is life coaching?

Life Coaching helps functional people become even more functional—like having a personal trainer for your life. Working with a Life Coach can help you to overcome obstacles and create a plan for performing at your highest level. Coaching assists you in performing at your highest level professionally, personally, and financially. Many clients seek out Life Coaches for help with relationships, career, motivation, health, and spirituality.

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How can a Life Coach help me?

A Life Coach can help you discover what is keeping you from achieving your goals. Once these obstacles have been addressed, you will be ready to create a plan that will move you toward what you desire. Your Coach will ask you powerful questions, listen, and give you open and honest feedback. It will be like having your own personal cheerleader.

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Who needs a life coach?

Anyone who needs support in achieving their highest potential as well as anyone who feels stuck, lacks direction, or is searching for purpose.

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What other types of Coaching do you offer?

Seattle Healing also offers Relationship, Spiritual, and Business coaching.

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What will happen during my session?

Your Life Coach will ask questions that will help to identify what is blocking you from moving forward. Together, you will create a plan of action to address those issues.

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What is expected of me after my session?

Your Life Coach is also your accountability partner. Together, you will decide how to follow up after each session.

I don’t live in Seattle; can I still work with you for life coaching?

Absolutely! Skype is perfect for a Life Coaching session.

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