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As more people strive to take control of their own healthcare, alternatives to traditional medical procedures are becoming popular. Hypnosis is an easy way of addressing health issues that can be used by the healthcare provider or consumer. Hypnosis is so easy to use that it is not even necessary to hypnotize a subject in order to use the technique. Why? Because hypnosis is not what you think it is. You will learn in this book what hypnosis is really about, how it works, and how to use it to affect health in yourself, your clients, your friends and your patients. Improve nutrition, spur weight-loss, stop smoking, improve arthritic joints, control pain, make childbirth easier, change just about any physical attribute. Hypnosis is not an end-all, be-all, but can and will help you to change your life for the better.
For over thirty years I have been a practitioner in the art and science of hypnotherapy. I have personally trained over 10,000 men and women in the professional use of hypnosis. I taught my first university course on the subject back in the 1970s and in all those years, out of the dozens and dozens of books I’ve read on hypnosis and its applications, I have only been able to give high recommendations to two of them. With the arrival of Hypnosis in Healthcare, I can now recommend a third.
There are quite a few good specialty texts out there: Ormond McGill’s Encyclopedia of Stage Hypnotism and books about NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) come to mind, but Hypnosis in Healthcare is an all around good, solid, eclectic, basic text. I hesitate to call it a primer for fear of trivializing so important a work. Perhaps, if I may be permitted, I will coin a new definition for the word and call this book a prime, because Hypnosis in Healthcare may well become your cornerstone, your prime from which all further study in the field will radiate. It will become your Rosetta stone, which will enable you to quickly and easily interpret other texts of similar nature.
Hypnosis in Healthcare is incredibly brief when one stops to consider how complete it is. The book is chock full of insight, ideas, scripts, techniques, hypnotic suggestions, and metaphors for various syndromes. I believe I can say, without fear of contradiction, that never before has so much practical, useful information about the practice of hypnosis gone into so few pages. This is a teaching text for someone who wants to enter the remarkable world of hypnosis but has previously been distanced from it by time constraints. I personally read the entire manuscript in one sitting on my computer screen. It was easy! The language, the concise thinking, the ordered presentations all conspire to move one inexorably forward. You want to keep reading because it is like catching a momentary glimpse of the secrets of a master of the craft and wondering what you’ll miss if you stop!
In short, you will undoubtedly read a lot of books about hypnosis as you continue your studies, but once you have read this little treasure, it will become your standard of excellence against which you will measure all the others.
Steven A. LaVelle
Note: Steven A. LaVelle is an internationally known researcher, lecturer, author, and instructor in the field of hypnotherapy. He is one of the founders of the Hypnosis International Board of Registration and a charter member of the International Association of Counselors and Therapists.
"Mr. LaFevers takes the mystery out of hypnotism and shows it to be an effective alternative and or supplement to more traditional methods of health care."
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Book Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
No. of Pages: 194
Paper Weight (lb): 8.4