Conditions We Treat

Our office is has moved to much larger space at 9304 Forest Lane, South building, Suite S-240.
Ask your doctor, chiropractor, or dentist if your condition is one that might benefit from hypnosis. Why not ask for a referral to your nearest Pain Escape™ office!

FAQ About Hypnosis

1What is Hypnosis?

Since the 1700's, when hypnosis was first discovered, there have been dozens of attempts to describe hypnosis. The most recent scientific evidence, however, comes from Stanford University School of Medicine, where they discovered 3 things happening in the brain under hypnosis:

  1. The brain becomes focused on a single idea. Some have called this "mono-ideaism". Everything else in the environment is tuned out. (Decrease in activity in the dorsal anterior cingulate)
  2. The brain-body connection becomes activated, allowing the brain to have control over the body. We utilize this to relieve pain. (Increase in connections between the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the insula)
  3. There is a disconnect between your actions and your awareness of your actions. (Reduced connections between the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the default mode network)
An important aspect of hypnosis is that it turns off the "critical faculty", allowing suggestions to reach the subconscious mind. While we may not know the exact mechanism for this, fMRI research shows that our subconscious mind controls our actions and decision-making well in advance of any conscious, logical thought processes. And thus, anything we can do to influence the outcome of subconscious decisions will have a powerful effect on behavior.

2Is it possible that I cannot be hypnotized?

According to some researchers, about 10% of the population cannot be hypnotized. However, the very nature of scientific research requires all hypnotic inductions used in the experiments be performed identically. And that fails to account for the fact that we are all "wired" differently. Your Pain Escape Hypnotist can adjust the hypnosis session to accomodate almost anyone's requirements for obtaining the desired hypnotic state. It is very rare for a Pain Escape Hypnotist to be unable to achieve the desired state.

3What is it like to be in a hypnotic trance?

The closest thing to being in a hypnotic trance is probably watching a movie in the theater. You are relaxed and become absorbed in the film and tune out everything around you, in order to "experience" the movie fully. You are not asleep or unconscious!

4How does hypnosis relieve pain?

For some, pain relief comes as a form of numbness in which you have no sensation of pain at all. For others, hypnosis simply allows the mind to no longer care about the sensations coming from the source of pain. Either way, hypnotherapy can relieve your suffering.

5Can you guarantee success in pain relief?

Just as your physician or dentist cannot guarantee outcomes, neither can we. Every person is wired differently. We will publish percentages of success on our web site, but let's say we have an 80% success rate with some particular procedure. Do you know if you are in that 80% group or not? Your Pain Escape Hypnotist is trained in a wide variety of different protocols for obtaining relief from suffering, and we will zero in on those that offer you the best results!

6How many sessions will it take?

It may sound like a copout to say it all depends on how your mind works with your body. But everyone benefits from the very first session, and we will publish the average number of sessions across the Pain Escape Network. Some are able to re-wire their brain in a few sessions. Some take a few months. We urge you not to think of hypnotism as a magical way to switch pain off in a single session. But everyone realizes a benefit, and you will learn in our sessions how to give yourself more and more relief over time.

7What if I want help with smoking, anxiety, weight loss, etc?

Pain Escape™ offices are focused on chronic pain and the alleviation of anxiety some may have before a surgical or dental procedure. However, some of our Pain Escape Hypnotists also have additional training and Advanced Certifications to provide general hypnosis services of all kinds. Check the Office Locator to see if your preferred office has Advanced Certifications.

Myths about Hypnosis

1Is Hypnosis the same as Mind Control?

Not if it implies that the hypnotist controls your mind. You control your own mind. The hypnotist will lead you in a process that gives you more control over your own mind, to help change the way your mind processes pain, anxiety, and other conditions you want to treat.

2Will I divulge all my secrets?

No. Your Pain Escape Hypnotist is only interested in the things in your mind that improve your health, reduce anxiety, and relieve your pain. If there are things in your past that might be causing your problems, talk to your hypnotist about them, and discuss whether it might be useful to explore those memories.

3Is it possible to get stuck in a trance?

No. The hypnotic state is similar to daydreaming or "zoning out". You've probably done that a thousand times, right? And you never got "stuck".

4Can a hypnotist make me do something I don't want to do?

No. In hypnosis, you won't do anything you do not want to do. You would open your eyes and look at the hypnotist and object to anything that violates your conscience.

5Are there any negative side-effects?

No. Experts all agree that hypnotism is one of the safest methods of treatment, with no after-effects except maybe a profound sense of relaxation and peace of mind.

6Are you going to make me bark like a dog or cluck like a chicken?

No. That's what you see in stage hypnotism shows. We have no use for dogs barking or chickens clucking in our office. But the same mental dynamics that allow someone on stage to not be aware they are barking or clucking is also effective in helping you not be aware you have pain!

7Will I remember what happened while I was in trance?

Yes. The hypnotic state is akin to daydreaming. You are not asleep. You won't have amnesia. You will hear everything said, and you can choose to remember everything you want to remember.

What our clients say

  • Hypnosis helped me turn negatives into positives, manage my pain, and fight to overcome my pancreatic cancer. After the first session, my oncologist said the cancer was reduced 80% and my pain and nausea were gone. After the second session, I was able to start eating again and recover more of my sense of taste. And now I'm on track to be 100% cancer free. Marlo has helped me immensely to keep on fighting for new life. - C.R.
  • As you know, I fractured my pelvis and was in excruciating pain. You taught me how to hypnotize myself before going to bed, and I can report that I had almost miraculous results. I was able to go to sleep and slept through the night for the first time in a long time! - R.M.
  • Remarkable! Initially, I went to normalize my sleeping habits and I have gone from going to sleep at 4 AM to being in bed by 9 PM! In a month, I have felt improvements in almost every area of my life. It's almost like having access to the Genie's Magic Lamp and getting unlimited wishes. - M.J.
  • Since I had my first consultation I noticed great improvement in my sleep issues. I had 3 sessions and the changes were great so I'm having 3 more. I do recommend Human Settings (aka Pain Escape of North Dallas) to all people who want to get better. - P.D.
  • After seeing the dentist several times, a jaw specialist, and an M.D., for intolerable facial nerve pain brought on by stress and jaw tightening, the hypnotist stopped it. After one session I walked out and I have never experienced the pain since. The subconscious mind is a powerful thing and I appreciate the hypnotist for helping me to use it. - K.L.
  • I was limping due to plantar fasciitis on my left foot. I learned how to do self-hypnosis and did it for two nights. On the third day I realized I didn't even notice the pain anymore. It's still there, but I just don't care about it now! - D.M.
  • After years of pain that limited me from physical acitivity, I received one session from Dave and have had no pain in that area and it has been almost 3 months. Very Happy and will continue to receive therapy! - C.G.
  • I was having back and hip pain. After my session with the hypnotist, walking thru the forest, my pain went away. It has stayed away for 2 weeks so far. I just hope it stays in the forest! - M.G.
  • My Bruxism has gone from a 9 to a 3, and my Burning Mouth Syndrome has gone from a 9 to about a 4 or 5 in a month. - T.G.
  • I am sleeping better now. Not as many bad dreams either. - L.B.
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