Enhancing Athletic Performance With Hypnosis

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Even though sports are mostly thought of as physical competitions, with participants making use of speed, coordination and strength to win; any athlete will tell you that there is a huge mental component involved in any game or competition. It takes much more than just strong muscles or a gift for running fast to win. To excel in sports, athletes must be mentally sharp as well as physically fit.

Mental focus and confidence are essential factors for success in any sport. The real challenge for most players is developing the ability to focus at the required level on demand, and maintaining their confidence and motivation over time. Events such as losses in competition, and especially injuries, can cause lapses in both, making it difficult to recover and perform at previous levels.

Hypnosis can be used to help athletes improve their mental performance, which in turn leads to better physical performance. There are three key areas where hypnosis has proven to be especially effective for training athletes:

  • Narrowing Focus – Allowing a player to “get in the zone”
  • Changing Limiting Beliefs – Removing mental blocks which hurt performance
  • Rehearsing For Success – Practicing mentally and visualizing success

The combination of hypnosis and visualization can have a powerful effect on performance in sports, as well as other areas of life. In a well-known experiment conducted by Australian psychologist Alan Richardson, three basketball teams were tested on their ability make free throws. One team was told to practice their free throws on a basketball court. The second team was told to do nothing, and the third was told to practice by visualizing making free throws in their mind, but not to play for real.

At the end of the test period, the control group who did not practice showed no improvement, the group that practiced on the court showed a 24% improvement, while the group that practiced solely through visualization showed a 23% improvement. Results were nearly identical for those who had practiced on the court and those who just practiced in their minds. Players who exercised their minds actually saw their performance levels rise without any extra physical work.

A study at the University of Utah, using a test group of 43 people, determined that hypnosis has a definite and positive effect on a person’s ability to perform tasks while under stress, which is, of course, a big part of any athlete’s life. Test subjects who underwent hypnosis treatments showed a marked decrease in heart rate and overall anxiety level while performing fine motor tasks under stress.

If you are an athlete looking for new ways to improve your performance, hypnosis can provide you with the means to get through your own mental blocks and unlock better physical performance. By taking advantage of the benefits of hypnosis and visualization, you’ll be able to improve your own results and find new levels of success in sports, as well as other areas of your life. Keeping the mind fit is just as important as keeping the body in shape.

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Managing Diabetes with Hypnosis

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There are many people in the world who suffer from diabetes. It is a common ailment, but despite the seriousness of the issue, there still isn’t a cure for it. All anyone can hope to do is manage their symptoms and take care of themselves the best way they can. Hypnosis is a great tool to help people manage their diabetes because of the psychological aspects associated with the disease.

In a study conducted by Yuan Xu and Etzel Cardena in 2008, it was found that hypnosis works well as an adjunct to insulin treatment. The researchers found that hypnosis managed the psychological aspects of diabetes, which helped improved the overall quality of care for patients with diabetes. Some of the complications include depression, stress, and anxiety, and these complications often led to more physical complications.

Hypnosis used in conjunction with insulin treatments showed promising results, especially with stabilizing blood glucose and decreasing peripheral vascular complications. In addition, hypnosis also helped patients deal with their negative emotions in a healthier way.

A separate study, conducted by Pressman and Cohen in 2005 showed the link between emotions and physical health. Those who displayed negative emotions following their diagnosis of diabetes were prone to more physical ailments. However, patients who experienced positive emotions such as happiness and excitement resulted in direct physiological effects. The study found that the nervous system responded to positive emotions, cortisol decreased as a result of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activation, and an activation of the lymphoid tissues was also present.

What these studies mean for people with diabetes is that there is an option to help manage the negative emotions one feels when they are diagnosed with the disease, and this in turn helps manage the physical aspects of diabetes. It’s important to note that hypnosis is not a cure for diabetes, nor does it claim to be; however, using it together with an approved insulin plan – as prescribed by your doctor – can help you manage the symptoms and side effects of diabetes.

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Reboot Your Brain Summit with Leah Lund

Duration: 34:21

Dr. Steve G. Jones discusses hypnosis and the openness to change. During Alpha, a relaxed state of mind, we can program in positive influence into our subconscious mind. It can be as simple as having the right messages in order to achieve what we want. Dr. Steve shares what hypnosis can feel like for people and the differences between frequencies including Alpha and Beta.

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Raise Your Vibration About Alzheimer’s with Lori LeCarl

Duration: 29:31

Dr. Steve G. Jones joins Lori LeCarl as they discuss using hypnosis to help deal with Alzheimers Disease affecting a loved one. The simplest explanation of hypnosis, as described by Dr. Steve, is “a relaxed state of mind where one can experience change”. They discuss many misconceptions and misunderstandings surrounding hypnosis. They discuss the frequency of using hypnosis to get optimal results. We can use hypnosis, not as a magic wand, but as an additional tool in order to get through specific challenges.

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The Impact of Conscious Success with Nabil El Hady

Duration: 23:00

Dr. Steve G. Jones discusses mental health during this interview. If perception is not meeting ones expectation how does that effect their mental health? He discusses the high rate of divorce in the middle east with his interviewer and an example of a mid life crisis. Dr. Steve mentions that when certain expectations are not being met it can affect ones level of happiness. Anytime anyone is in a close situation with other people and they are upset, it can to some degree impact those around them.

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Past Life Regression


There are many theories circling the globe on past life regression, and they often center on its very existence. Although scientific studies have not conclusively proven that reincarnation is real, there is some evidence to suggest that it could be real.

In research conducted by Dr. Ian Stevenson for his book, Reincarnation and Biology: A Contribution to the Aetiology of Birthmarks and Birth Defects, Stevenson found that children often recalled memories from their previous lives without the need for hypnosis, and that in the majority of cases, these same children had birthmarks in places where they had received a wound in their previous lives.

What does this have to do with hypnosis, you ask? Well, although children are sometimes able to recall details of their past lives without any prompting, adults are not as good at recalling similar details without help. Hypnosis allows an adult to go into a deep state of relaxation, which bypasses the conscious mind barriers.

There are many concerns in the scientific community about the validity of hypnosis for past life regression, which Stevenson covers in his book, but he does state that actual life memories may need a vehicle to make it to the conscious mind. Since our minds are designed to protect us, the conscious mind acts like the gatekeeper. It keeps information that is harmful to us buried deep in our subconscious, and you may have to work to bring it out in the open.

Stevenson does believe that a person’s natural recall of past life details is more accurate than those who use hypnosis to retrieve them. However, as a therapeutic option, there is some evidence that past life regression can help a person heal in much the same way as a patient who is helped to remember a traumatic event can neutralize the disabling influence over their lives of the original trauma.

If you believe in past lives and feel that you could benefit from learning about any blocks or negative patterns you’re repeating, past life regression may be right for you. It is important to find a legitimate therapist to walk you through this process, or use a self-hypnosis option that is careful with the suggestive language. One of Stevenson’s concerns regarding hypnotherapy in the use of past life regression was that patients surrendered control to the therapist, and it was easy to unintentionally guide people to see things that didn’t actually happen.

Whether you choose a therapist or self-hypnosis, make sure the source is reputable. Also, consider the emotions attached to the memories you explore. Many people who have experienced a past life regression report feeling intense emotions to situations, emotions that would be difficult to produce on their own with made up stories. That will be a clue that you’re actually remembering a past life versus making up something in your mind.

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Release Your Fears with Hypnosis

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Fears are a normal part of the human condition, but when those fears interfere with your everyday life, it becomes necessary to manage them. There are several ways to do that, and your doctor may have some suggestions, but something you can consider in addition to those suggestions is hypnosis.

According to a study done at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College of London, suggestions given under a hypnotic state, even if only given once, can produce the same effects as long-term conditioning and practice. That’s quite impactful when you consider how it can help manage your fears.

As you may know, fear produces the fight or flight response. From a physiological perspective, it releases hormones that shut down non-essential functions to survival, such as the digestive system, and increases essential functions, such as eyesight. Your heart rate increases and blood flows to the muscles to help you run faster.

Fear also impacts the brain, too. Once the fear pathways are ramped up, the brain will automatically short-circuit more rational pathways. The purpose of this is to help you react to the signals coming from the amygdala. However, in this state, the brain takes in all the details associated with the fear – sights, sounds, smells, time of day, weather, and so on – and remembers them.

Living in a constant state of fear can negatively impact your life. Because of the body’s physical response to stress, chronic fear can weaken the immune system, lead to cardiovascular issues, cause gastrointestinal problems, and decrease fertility. It can also cause issues with your ability to form long-term memories, and it disrupts brain processes that allow you to manage your emotions. As you can see, managing your fears beyond when you actually need that fear response becomes critical to your well-being.

Hypnosis allows you to enter a state of deep relaxation, which automatically takes you out of a fear response. This restores your body’s normal functions and gives it a break. Additionally, hypnotic suggestion works to undermine the negative association your brain has connected with the fear. For example, if you have a fear of elevators, and just walking past a tall building triggers that fear, hypnosis will help you disassociate tall buildings from your fear. It may focus your attention on the beauty of the architecture or some other positive aspect of the building.

Hypnosis helps you manage your fears by changing your associations with them. It also helps you get to the core reason for your fears, and helps you overcome mental blocks so you can release your fears entirely. It’s important to keep in mind that hypnosis isn’t a cure-all, but it can help you manage your fears when used in conjunction with the medical advice provided by your doctor.

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Hypnosis and Childbirth

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Giving birth to a child is an experience that is in equal parts exhilarating and painful, according to many women. Some women choose to use pain management drugs to make it through the labor while others attempt to have a natural birth, but either way, there is a certain amount of pain expected during labor. One of the best kept secrets when it comes to managing labor pain is hypnosis.

There have been several studies conducted in Europe and China about the effects of hypnosis on the length of labor, the need for medication, rates of surgical intervention, and postpartum depression. The studies all conclude that hypnosis can help in each of these cases.

The study conducted in China by researcher, T.Y. Hao found that nurses who controlled their conversations to purposefully advance the birthing process were able to help mothers in labor significantly reduce the lengths of the first and second stages of labor. Additionally, another study compared hypnosis to Lamaze training. In this study, those women who participated in hypnosis experienced a shorter first stage of labor – by 98 minutes for first time mothers and 40 minutes for second time mothers.

A British study monitored 45 women, both first time and second time mothers, who received hypnosis and found that 55% of those women did not require medication to make it through the labor. The non-hypnosis group was comprised of 90 women; again including first time and second time mothers, and found only 22% of that group could make it through labor without medication.

Hypnosis works with childbirth for the same reason it helps manage other types of pain. It reduces a mother’s stress over the labor process, and it helps them associate childbirth with positive feelings and aspects rather than focusing on the expected pain. Through deep relaxation and breathing, a mother can mentally prepare her body for the process, and reduce the pain receptors’ signals to the brain. This helps manage the pain during labor, and can lead to faster labors that do not require medication.

Each woman is different, and one woman’s experience will not be the same as another woman’s. Labor is complicated and often unpredictable, so it is best to speak with your doctor about your options before making any decisions. Hypnosis should be used in conjunction with your doctor’s prescribed plan, and when used appropriately, can help you manage pain symptoms, reduce the need for an epidural, and decrease your chance of postpartum depression.

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Hypnosis in the Treatment of Depression

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A picture I took of a double rainbow over the High Roller in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is 167.6 metres (550 ft) tall. It opened to the public on March 31, 2014, and is currently the world's tallest Ferris wheel.

According to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, major depressive disorder affects about 14.8 million American adults over the age of 18 in any given year. Depression is more common in women than men, it can develop at any age, but is more common around 32, and those with depression are four times more likely to develop a heart attack than those without a history of depression. It is a common, but serious issue in the United States, and for some reason, still remains a relatively taboo topic.

For most people, depression is treated with medications, psychotherapy, or a combination of the two. However, more doctors are looking at alternatives to medication and one that has promising scientific results is hypnosis. Medication has side effects, not all of which are good, and many patients report not feeling like themselves when they take medication. There is a need to seek alternative forms of care.

Psychotherapy has an excellent track record, but it often takes a long time to help patients overcome their depressive feelings. Hypnosis works to change behaviors by overcoming fixed beliefs and blocks, both of which have shown a significant improvement in just one session when compared to psychotherapy alone.

Dr. Michael Yapko, a clinical psychologist whose work focuses on treating depression, has said that hypnosis is relevant to treating depression because it helps “build positive expectancy regarding treatment, addresses numerous depressive symptoms, and modifies patterns of self-organization that contribute to depressed thinking and mood.” Yapko does feel one of the best approaches to treating depression involves a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and hypnosis.

Since hypnosis relies on suggestion to change the subconscious mind’s perception, it’s no wonder that doctors and researchers find hypnosis an effective tool in their arsenal to treat depression. During a study that was published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, researchers found that patients who received a combined regiment of CBT and hypnosis fared better than 75% of patients who received CBT without hypnosis.

Although researchers are still pursuing studies like these to address psychiatric concerns, the initial results show hypnosis as a viable option to incorporate with a doctor’s approved treatment plan. It is important to note that hypnosis does not claim to cure depression. Additionally, if you or a loved one is suffering from depression, you should seek qualified medical advice and begin an approved treatment plan.

Once the terms of your plan are set in place, ask your doctor about incorporating hypnosis into that plan because the benefits can lead to a quicker recovery and feelings of empowerment as you take portions of your healing into your own hands.

The Love Detox Telesummit with Alicia Eccles

Duration: 29:22

Dr. Steve G. Jones shares how he found hypnosis. They discuss during this tele-summit how we can use hypnosis to create better relationships in our lives. Dr. Steve talks about changing our cycles in order to get clear on what we really want and how hypnotherapy can help us get this clarity. Creating the future that you want using NLP techniques. He discusses myths around hypnosis. How we can use hypnosis to overcome bad relationships and move forward. Alicia asks, can anyone be hypnotized?

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Fierce, Fit and Fun with Jennifer Lake

Duration: 25:21

Dr. Steve G. Jones explains hypnosis and hypnotherapy and the differences between the two. Hypnotherapy involves positive suggestions while hypnosis is the process of moving someone into a relaxed state. How we can replace our negative thoughts with positive ones through repetition. Dr. Steve shares some of his own limiting behaviors and thoughts in the past. How limiting beliefs around money have affected him in the past and using the power of “putting it out there” to change your mindset. We can use hypnosis to overcome points of resistance in areas such as career, money, family etc. There is always going to be another plateau and goals to reach. Dr. Steve shares the difference between hypnosis and meditation and how we can use both to our advantage.

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Online Dating Discussion with Jason Augustus Newcomb

Duration: 45:23

Dr. Steve G. Jones and Jason Augustus Newcomb conclude their Route 66 discussion. Jason, an author, who wrote a book about sexuality, and Dr. Steve, who has authored numerous books, discuss online dating. They talk about Tinder and other dating apps. Match, eHarmony and other professional sites are discussed and Dr. Steve shares his experience with these services over the years. How the latest technology has made dating more accessible and efficient.

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Website Design Part Two with Jason Augustus Newcomb

Duration: 43:39

Dr. Steve G. Jones and Jason Augustus Newcomb continue their discussion about Web Design on their Route 66 road trip. Dr. Steve answers Jason’s questions regarding marketing through his website. Jason is an expert in metaphysical self help or conscious living and has written several books on the subject. Jason’s main question has to do with the “real estate” of a website and what is it that makes a better website. Dr. Steve talks about A/B split testing and discovering what works best based on conversion rates. It is important to keep up with current fashion and technology. They discuss what typical response rate looks like.

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Website Design Part One with Jason Augustus Newcomb

Duration: 12:30

Dr. Steve G. Jones and Jason Newcomb who are both in the self help field discuss the importance of a website. Jason has written The New Hermetics and The Book of Magic Power which are both designed to help you live your life to the fullest. They discuss the different platforms for web design and how updating the look of your site every couple years can be beneficial.

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Free Online Advertising with Jason Augustus Newcomb

Duration: 42:21

Dr. Steve G. Jones and Jason Newcomb (the bad boy of self help) continue their Route 66 discussion. Dr. Steve reveals how any publicity can increase your marketing potential. From interviews, podcasts, magazine articles and YouTube they discuss many platforms for marketing. Dr. Steve shares with us his process of getting exposure through various media outlets. How living in a small town can be to your advantage. They discuss how the “train wreck” or “local hero” can be appealing. Dr. Steve talks about how an online presence can be very helpful. They discuss the benefit of becoming your own publicist and what that entails. Confidence is the key, get out there and make it happen.

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Lower Your Blood Pressure with Hypnosis

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High blood pressure can lead to all sorts of medical issues, such as damage to your arteries, your heart, and your brain. Hypertension can slowly and silently damage your body for years before symptoms ever appear. That’s why regular check-ups with your doctor are important, and if you have been diagnosed with hypertension, your doctor will also recommend some new lifestyle changes to make.

One of the options you can incorporate with your doctor’s advice is hypnosis. John Gruzelier, a research psychologist at Imperial College in London, explains that hypnosis works because it significantly affects the part of our brains that controls the higher level executive functions. It changes how our brains work, making it easier to adjust daily behaviors to accomplish our goals.

There is an ongoing pilot study at the University of Florida, conducted by counseling psychologist, Paul Schauble, which has so far reported results of patients being able to make lifestyle improvements that have lowered their blood pressure. Some significant changes in this process include losing weight, smoking cessation, and learning to eat a healthier diet.

Hypertension isn’t just related to weight, smoking, and diet, though. Some people experience high blood pressure because of stress. In this case, hypnosis works a relaxation technique. Part of the process is to relax the body and prepare it for suggestion. This is done through deep breathing and guided imagery, which can help lower blood pressure in that one sitting, and become a practice to manage one’s blood pressure in the future.

If you have high blood pressure, hypnosis may be an option to help you lower the risk of serious damage to your body. As with any medical condition, you should always talk to your doctor first. Hypnosis is not intended to be a cure, but rather a therapy used in conjunction with your doctor’s prescribed plan. High blood pressure can lead to serious injuries, so be sure to consult your doctor first.

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Marketing with Websites and Email Collection with Jason Augustus

Duration: 27:34

Dr. Steve G. Jones and Jason continue their route 66 road trip interview. Jason sells metaphysical and meditation products on his own personal website. They discuss how you can sell using your website and support yourself while helping other people. Jason talks about how he gives away a free Kabbalah meditation when people sign up for his newsletter. This meditation is designed to lead your consciousness in new directions. Dr. Steve and Jason talk about “freebies” in marketing. What is an equal exchange? How does our perception and framework affect our approach to marketing? They pick apart different approaches to email marketing and how to approach different audiences.

Dr. Steve has many years of study with marketing and has written several books on the topic including the Holistic Millionaire. He also helps dissect Jason’s approach during this interview.

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Hermetics Explained by Jason Augustus Newcomb

Duration: 21:33

Dr. Steve G. Jones and Jason continue their route 66 interview. They discuss Jasons new book The New Hermetics. What is Hermetics? Jason and Dr. Steve explain what the idea of Hermetics is. Based on Hermes who was equated with magic, Hermetics can be divided into several aspects.

  • Our mind and the universe share a consciousness on some level.
  • The Alchemical movement and the idea of connecting with a Source, the idea behind the movie “The Secret“.

Jason discusses how Hermeticism, Alchemy and Kabbalah intersect. Hermetics can be used an umbrella term for someone who thinks outside the norm but specifically refers to people who open up to the divine consciousness. Dr. Steve who was a preacher from 1990-1995 and Jason discuss the fascinating idea of gnosis.

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Introduction to Jason Augustus Newcomb

Duration: 25:35

Dr. Steve G. Jones and good friend Jason Augustus Newcomb drive down route 66 during this interview. At the beginning of their careers they became fast friends. Jason was studying hypnosis at the time and now focuses on Hermetics. Hermetic refers to the greek god Hermes which covers everything from alchemy to the new thought movement. Dr. Steve introduces us to Jason during this interview and they discuss the self-help movement. Astrology, tarot, and other rituals are some of the methods that Jason uses. They talk about psychic mediums, raising the dead and what can be of therapeutic value to us. Can past life regression be beneficial? Jason talks about his metaphysical approach to self-help and the significance of the number 7.

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Using Hypnosis to Relieve Anxiety Before Surgery

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Learning you need surgery can cause you some anxiety, which is perfectly normal. Some people may worry about the procedure itself while others are concerned with the pain that may come after the surgery. However, worrying about these fears can cause you to lose sleep, feel sick before the surgery, and in some cases, prolong the pain after surgery. It’s better for you to minimize the anxiety you feel before surgery.

The first step is to figure out what about the surgery bothers you. If you’re worried about the actual surgery itself, perhaps you need more education. Talk with your doctor about the necessity of surgery, and make sure you understand both the need and the benefits of completing the surgery.

The next step is to talk about your concerns with your family and close friends. Sometimes our fears can be overcome simply by talking about the issue and feeling heard by those we love. This tactic may not rid us of our anxiety completely, but it does help. They may be able to offer insight and tips from personal experience, so don’t discount the benefits of talking.

After learning more about the surgery, and speaking with family and friends, the next thing you can do is seek alternative methods to assist with reducing anxiety before surgery. There are several options available, but studies show hypnosis as one of the most effective options you can use.

Guy H. Montgomery, PhD, a psychologist and director of the Integrative Behavioral Medicine Program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, conducts extensive research on hypnosis and pain management. During one of his studies, Montgomery and colleagues tested the effectiveness of a 15-minute pre-surgery hypnosis session to an empathic listening session in a clinical trial with 200 breast cancer patients.

The results of that trial were posted in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, and found that patients who received hypnosis reported less post-surgical pain, nausea, fatigue, and discomfort. From this research study, Montgomery concluded that hypnosis helps patients reduce their stress and develop positive expectations about the outcomes of surgery.

If you can’t seem to overcome the majority of your pre-surgery anxiety, then hypnosis may be able to help. As always, be sure to consult your doctor first. Hypnosis is not a cure-all, but it does provide many positive benefits when used in conjunction with your prescribed medical plan.

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