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By Katherine Zimmerman,CHT
Printed in Employee Magazine, December 1996

Have you ever watched a stage hypnosis show? They are very funny. But afterward, you
may have wondered why anyone would volunteer to look so silly. And beyond that, what
practical, therapeutic application is there for hypnosis?

First, let's dispel any negative ideas you may have from seeing a stage hypnosis show.
Stage show volunteers make a subconscious agreement to go into trance by the very act
of volunteering. There are always one or two who volunteer to prove that hypnosis will
not work for them, but a good stage hypnotist will spot them.

If the subjects act silly during a show they can blame the hypnotist, "He made me do it!"
Whether they realize it consciously or not, they were perfectly willing (at some level) to
do whatever was suggested or they would not have done it!

The number one fear people have about hypnosis is thinking that they will be out of
control. If I could use hypnosis to control others I would have the world's most
cooperative teenager. He would cheerfully do the dishes and empty the trash. Naturally,
he'd get straight A’s and never talk back. Hypnotherapists would make a fortune turning
the rest of the world's teens into perfect specimens!

The truth is that you are in complete control during a hypnotic trance. No one can
hypnotize you against your will and no one can make you do anything that goes against
your morals, beliefs, ethics or principles while in a hypnotic trance. If you find a
suggestion to be offensive, you can simply bring yourself back to full awareness. You are
able to lie while in trance, so you are unlikely to tell the hypnotherapist your deepest

Hypnosis is simply a natural state of deep physical and mental relaxation. We pass
through the hypnotic state daily as we go to sleep at night and as we awaken in the

We are often in a light hypnotic trance when we are engrossed in reading a good book or
watching a movie. And we certainly experience highway hypnosis when we are driving
that same stretch of road for the 1,000th time! How many of you have noticed that you
sometimes lose your awareness of time and your surroundings while driving?

Benefits abound during a hypnotic trance. For example, 15 minutes of hypnosis is equal
to an hour of deep, restful sleep. A two hour afternoon nap can be accomplished with a
30 minute trance. A relaxed person accomplishes twice the work of a tense, nervous
person with half the effort.

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There are many uses for hypnosis. The two which have received the most attention are
smoking cessation and weight reduction. 30% of the people who use hypnosis to stop
smoking never think about cigarettes again! And as most of us already know, diets do not
work. Hypnosis works to uncover and eliminate the underlying cause of the excess

Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool for self-improvement because it helps us tap our inner
resources. Each of us has the answers to our problems within our subconscious. Hypnosis
creates a bridge from the conscious mind to the subconscious. Your answers are then
easily accessed.

I am often asked what issues interest people who seek help from a hypnotherapist. There
is an endless list of areas that can be addressed with hypnotherapy besides smoking and
weight loss. Clients often wish to work on improving self-esteem, enhancing creativity,
improving sports performance, relieving insomnia, tapping into their spirituality,
overcoming issues of codependency, and for healing past traumas, to name just a few. I
always recommend that my clients learn self hypnosis. It reinforces the work from their
private sessions and speeds their recovery process. At the same time it will reduce their
stress immensely.

During hypnosis you are tapping into the power of your subconscious. The subconscious
accepts suggestions without evaluating or analyzing. New positive information can easily
be added and our experience of life permanently altered. The subconscious cannot tell the
difference between a visualization and an actual event. We can visualize what we want in
a given situation and the subconscious will match our inner reality (what we have
imagined) to our outward experience.

I'll give you an example from my own life: I have had a hip replacement. As a natural
part of healing, my body has surrounded the prosthesis with scar tissue. It's good because
it keeps my hip from rattling around. It's bad because sometimes the scar tissue becomes
inflamed. There is no cure so I just need to wait it out. Several years ago I used
hypnotherapy to heal my inflammation. During trance, I imagined that the scar tissue
looked like the La Brea tar pits. In order to feel better, I "knew" that I needed to drain the

The colleague I was working with couldn't even imagine how I could do that. Luckily,
the imagination is full of ideas. I imagined that there was a stopper at the bottom of the
pit (like the one in the bathtub), so I pulled the plug. To complete the process, I filled the
empty pit it with dry, warm soil. Within 24 hours my discomfort had stopped. None of
what happened in my imagination makes any sense to my conscious, analytical mind. But
it stopped the pain. There is no logical reason why this imagery should work, but it does.

You can use the power of your imagination to create coping strategies for whatever life
hands you. For example, creating the image in your mind of a beautiful garden or a
tropical island during a dental visit would be an excellent way of coping with a
potentially unpleasant activity.

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Take a moment right now to think of an area in your life which could be improved
through positive programming and deep relaxation. My clients consistently report that
they sleep more soundly and they are better able to cope with stress following their

These are just two side benefits to resolving core issues permanently with hypnotherapy.

Why not give it a try?

Information on the author:

Katherine Zimmerman, CHT, Phone: 916-373-1932, trancetime@charter.net

Katherine Zimmerman is an internationally-known author and speaker, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist,
Reiki Master, and EFT Trainer with a private practice. Since 1989, she has taught classes on self-hypnosis,
EFT, and other related subjects, along with doing presentations on hypnotherapy at professional
conferences nationwide.

A prolific writer, Katherine’s published works include The Business of Hypnotherapy: Establishing and
Maintaining a Successful Practice; Hypnotherapy Scripts Volumes One and Two; a series of Instructors
Manuals containing everything an instructor requires to teach these classes and seminars. The manual cover
a variety of topics including Self-Hypnosis, Hypnosis for Public Speaking, Empowering the Inner Child,
and Self-esteem and Stress Reduction; and her book Finding Your True Self: Using Hypnosis and Other
Tools to Uncover the Real You.

She is an author and consultant, has lectured through the Speakers Network, at the University of California,
Davis, taught through the Learning Exchange in Sacramento, California and currently teaches through the
Experimental College at UC Davis.

Katherine is a former guest lecturer for the University of California Medical Center, Davis and former
guest instructor for Hypnotherapy Training Institute of No. California. She is authorized to teach
hypnotherapy for a California private postsecondary education institution approved under California
Education Code 94311(a). Certificate No. 126054 and is currently a hypnotherapy instructor for the
Sacramento branch of the California Professional Hypnosis Institute.

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