I’m Craig Meriwether and I’m a clinical hypnotherapist and certified medical support specialist.
I grew up in San Diego and then lived in Santa Cruz for 10 years. A few years ago my family and I moved to the beautiful, small, mountain town of Flagstaff and California Integrative Hypnotherapy became Arizona Integrative Hypnotherapy.
I became a Hypnotherapist after being fascinated with the idea that you can give someone a sugar pill, a saline injection or even perform some fake surgery or give someone a fake treatment, and a certain percentage of those people through their belief that they will be healed will get better with a substance that has zero healing capability. Their body’s automated healing abilities take over and create the exact chemicals within their own physiology equal to the substance that they think they’re taking. That is the placebo effect.
So, the big question is, is there a way to tap into the placebo effect and mobilize our inner resources for healing without having to be tricked with fake medicine and procedures?
The placebo effect proves we have the capabilities to help heal our bodies. Researchers and scientists have been proving that over and over again for a hundred years.
So how does one harness the power of their own belief system, how does one harness the power of their subconscious mind without using a sugar pill?
Can you teach a person to relax the mind and body to the point where you can tap into the body’s healing response and change their state of being?
YES! This is where hypnotherapy comes in.
Hypnotherapy is designed to illuminate possible patterns of beliefs in your subconscious mind that may be blocking you from health, joy, success, and abundance in your life today, and add positive, healing suggestions to “program” your subconscious mind for success, health and reaching your full potential.
In research published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, hypnosis and related visualization techniques where shown to actually prevent the weakening of the immune response that often follows periods of acute stress.
medical and dental students who were about to take exams and under tremendous amounts of stress were taught self-hypnosis, so doing hypnotherapy on themselves after some training,
in the study the control group, subjects who had not used self-hypnosis as a relaxation technique prior to their stressful event, they showed a 24 percent decrease in T-cell count compared to a 2 percent increase in the hypnosis group – T cells = T-Lymphocyte white blood cells are important to the immune response.
The investigators found that during exam time, the self-hypnosis students exhibited stronger immune responses compared with students who did not learn the technique.
Amazingly, the more often students practiced the relaxation strategy, the stronger their immune response became.
Harvard Medical School’s – Mental Health Newsletter
“Hypnosis also helps to alleviate anxiety. It has been studied most as a treatment for anxiety related to surgery. Many studies have reported that hypnosis reduced anxiety levels and lowered blood pressure in patients before surgery, and enhanced recovery afterward by shortening hospital stays and reducing complications like nausea and vomiting.
“In a 2006 study, for example, patients who underwent hypnosis received suggestions of well-being before surgery. Upon entering the operating room, they reported anxiety levels 56% lower than anxiety levels before hypnosis. Patients in a comparison group, who received the normal presurgical standard of care, reported a 47% increase in anxiety.”
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