Hypnotherapist Paul W. Smith, CCHt, proves the efficacy of hypnotherapy each time he helps clients to quit smoking, lose weight, or remember where they left the remote. Using only his words, Smith guides patients into a deep state of concentrated relaxation—hypnosis—where the mind becomes hyper responsive to ideas or images. As Smith taps into the unconscious mind, patients retain full control; they can withhold information, respond yes or no, and recall everything they recount. With repeated sessions, patients can gain mastery over their state of awareness and thereby correct behaviors that undermine healthy living.
Drawing from his experience helping professional athletes get in the zone, hypnotist and author Jake Shannon uses his craft to aid clients in achieving peak mental performance so they can effectively discard unwanted dependencies. During hypnotherapy sessions, Shannon speaks to subjects using encouraging language, giving them what he refers to as a "massage of the mind." Through one or multiple sessions, clients learn to relax, meditate, and use positive reinforcement to reverse behavior that can exacerbate smoking habits, weight problems, or excessive anxiety.