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What is Hypnosis?

When most people think of hypnosis, the first thing that comes to mind is “mind control”, which is the absolutely incorrect. Hypnosis is your natural ability to dissociate from current awareness.


From birth everyone has the ability to dissociated, which means to not be concentrating on the present and being in your thoughts or a memory. If you are having a conversation with someone, and as they are speaking, you recall something in the past and lose what the person you are listening to is saying, then you had a moment of dissociation.

Physical and Brainwave State of Hypnosis:

When you are awake, you have a waking heart rate, pulse, blood pressure, body temperature and brainwave activity. When you are asleep, your pulse rate decreases, as does your body temperature, heart rate and blood pressure. And your brainwave activity shows more slow wave activity.

Hypnosis is a paradoxical state, which means you brain wave activity shows you are alert and wide awake, while your body seems asleep. You have a decrease in physiological activity in pulse rate, body temperature, and blood pressure. In this state, you have the ability to control your autonomic nervous system and even are able to control bleeding and sensation of pain.

The Hypnosis Experience:

Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness characterized by enhanced receptivity, relaxation and heightened imagination. It’s not really like sleeping, because the subject is alert the whole time. It is most often compared to daydreaming, or the feeling of “losing yourself” in a book or movie. You are fully conscious, but you tune out most of the stimuli around you. You focus intently on the subject at hand, to the near exclusion of any other thought.

Some of the Areas that Hypnosis is Effective:

With hypnosis, you can learn how to respond to and control various conditions, such as in pain management. Hypnosis is helpful in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), chronic pain and chronic illness, and childbirth. This method is also extremely effective in peak performance, sports psychology and performing arts.

Dr. Diane® is a Certified Consultant with The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
Four of Dr. Diane®’s hypnosis scripts on the following areas are published in the Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors. Edited by D. Corydon Hammond, Ph.D.-Norton, 1990.

  • Hypnosis in Pain Management
    Suggestions with Postherpetic Neuralgia (‘Shingles’)
  • Hypnosis with Cancer Patients
    Breast Cancer Radiation Treatment and Recovery
  • Hypnosis with Medical Disorders
    Suggestions for Vaginal Warts
  • Hypnosis in Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Childbirth Script/ Approach to Childbirth.

History of Hypnosis

Methods of healing have been used for thousands of years. The modern methods of hypnosis is consider to have started with the flamboyant, Viennese physician named Franz Anton Mesmer. He was born in 1714 and died in 1815. His method was a combination of what is now known as Energy Psychology, QiGong, and other energy medicines, along with suggestions of dissociation and relaxation. He referred to his methods as restoring the body’s magnetic balance. Many people would refer to being “Mesmerized.” He was very successful in treating many forms of diseases and illness.

James Braid (1795-1860), seeing Mesmer at work thought the person was in a sleep like state, thus he coined the word “Hypnosis” which means in Latin, Sleep.Braid methods did not include any of the energy work that Mesmer and to many Braid was the father of modern hypnosis, while others give this honor to Jean-Martin Charcot (1835-1893).

Years later, Sigmund Freud, used hypnosis and age regression to work with severe trauma. Louie Chase, who had a practice in Boston, MA. was one of Freud students and was the supervisor for Eugene Isotti, who was the supervisor and instructor for Dr. Diane®, specifically for her childbirth program.

Dr. Diane® spent over five years in research on her childbirth program, entitled Stoler Method for Pain Control Childbirth. She personally delivered over 50 babies using her method. Her research was presented at an International Conference prior to her brain injury in 1990. She was in the process of getting her program patented, when she had her accident and brain surgery. Years later she discovered her method was being used under the title, HypnoBirthing.

How Many Sessions to Learn Hypnosis Effectively?

Dr. Diane’s program consists of three parts:

  1. Demystifying hypnosis and explaining that hypnosis is a natural occurrence in which you have full control over what is going on. Answering any questions and concerns
  2. Writing an individualize script for the need for hypnosis, such as for pain management, phobia, sports or performing arts
  3. Teaching an individual to be able to put themselves into hypnosis within 3 seconds, (pain takes 5 seconds to register) at the depth level that is best for the situation.

Other Uses of Hypnosis

  • Pain Management
  • Phobias
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Sports
  • Performing Arts
  • Childbirth
  • Shingles
  • Herpes
  • Myoclonic Movements
  • Surgery
  • Stress Management
  • Memory Improvement


Relaxation is a part of hypnosis, yet it is an entity in and of itself. It is impossible to be tense and relax at the same time. Through the use of progressive relaxation, and specific breathing techniques, you are able in a conscious state to relax your body and control of your body.

The relaxation technique is very effective for stress management, anxiety, trauma, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, tension, stuttering, smoking, childbirth and sports and performing arts.

Visual Imagery

Visual Imagery requires picturing behavior in your mind in a relaxed state, which can then modify the actual behavior and emotional part of the behavior Through your ability to picture, taste, touch, and move, you can use this relaxation technique extremely effectively in peak performance, pain management, and stress management.

Ready to Gain the Benefits of Hypnosis?

If you want to learn how to take greater control of your life through the use of hypnosis, relaxation techniques or visual imagery, schedule an appointment for an in-person, phone or Skype consult with Dr. Diane®.

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