Thursday, May 25, 2017

Coming in for a Tune-Up

(This blog was originally posted on March 8, 2016)

Photo by Rick Hustead

Each year, most of us go to the doctor, or take our kids to the pediatrician or our pets to the veterinarian to get a wellness check-up. We take our cars in to the shop for a tune-up. If your profession requires you to renew your professional license to continue working, you might attend a conference to refresh your knowledge and take a written test to update your certification. And so on.

Hypnotherapy is a great tool for “tuning up” our subconscious and conscious mind by reinforcing positive, healthy lifestyle choices and behaviors while you focus on pursuing new self-improvement goals. For example, athletes often describe how they continuously practice and hone their skills until they become muscle memory. Not only does conscious thought become unnecessary to achieve the desired technique, but many say that thinking about what they are doing, at all, is often an impediment to their success. Similarly, dancers continue to practice and review the foundation movements of their art even as they learn and perfect new techniques and choreography. They know that it is equally important to reinforce the subtle, mental nuances of their art as it is to keep their muscles strong and flexible.

 This is also true of everyday activities and habits. If we do not practice the desired behavior or belief system until it, too, becomes automatic. However, when we are confronted with a challenge or stressful situation, it is easy to slip back into those previous, unwanted habits or beliefs simply because they are so familiar and comfortable. A tune-up hypnotherapy session is an effective way to reinforce those positive, healthy and desired behaviors. In hypnosis, the physical body becomes very comfortable and relaxed, which enables the subconscious mind to accept and incorporate message units (information) into new subconscious knowns. The subconscious mind quickly and easily assimilates these hypnotic suggestions because they are simply reiterations of a previous script. In this situation, hypnotherapy is used to reinforce the desired behavior(s) being an automatic response even during a challenging or stressful situation.

Sara R. Fogan, C.Ht. is a certified hypnotherapist based in Southern California. She graduated with honors from the Hypnosis Motivation Institute in 2005. For more information about Calminsense Hypnotherapy® and to set up an appointment, please visit
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