Reclaiming life and health through hypnosis
Nancy Philpott, Emotional Health Coach and CEO of Heart Sync Wellness Center, provides strategic intervention to help people understand their emotions and change unhealthy patterns of behavior. Through hypnosis and hypnocoaching, Nancy gives people emotional management tools and strategies to reclaim life and health.
When were you introduced to hypnosis?
I was a smoker for 37 years and tried everything there was to quit. Somebody recommended hypnosis, so I went in not expecting it to work because nothing had. As a nurse, I’d been trained to follow Western medicine philosophy, so it was difficult for me to believe something worked unless the method had been tested and proven based on scientific research. However, I came out a committed nonsmoker, fascinated with what happened and the whole process. Through hypnosis I discovered the link between my emotions and smoking and how to interrupt the behavioral pattern.
What happens in the first session?
The first session is an introductory session on how the subconscious and the unconscious minds work together and communicate. I’m the facilitator; it’s kind of like playing Simon Says. I say, “Okay, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and focus on your breathing.” If you’ve ever done a guided meditation session, it’s not unlike that. During hypnosis, you’re relaxed, concentrating, paying attention, and then following the hypnotherapist’s guidelines.
How does hypnosis work?
As a facilitator, I’m trained to help you access subconscious memories and put in new information to neutralize the things that are getting in the way of your success. You’ve got to recondition your responses and focus your attention on whatever outcome you want to achieve. When you’re in hypnosis, you can say, “Here are the behaviors I want to correct, and here is what I want to do instead.” For example, if you’re smoking or overeating when you’re seeking comfort, you can condition yourself to take deep breaths or drink water. We would put those behaviors in the subconscious, and then you have to condition that response.
What would you say to people unsure about hypnosis?
One of the greatest challenges is changing people’s perception of what hypnosis is. Most people expect to be quacking like a duck or barking like a dog. Often people are afraid to try it because of stories in the media about people losing control during entertainment hypnosis. Clinical hypnosis is about reconditioning responses, focusing attention, and creating new outcomes.
By Meredith Morrow
Photos by Rudy Ximenez