Hypnotherapy is a complementary and alternative medicine in which the imagination is used in an attempt to help with a variety of problems, such as breaking bad habits or coping with stress.
The term "hypnosis" comes from the ancient Greek hypnos, "sleep," and the suffix "osis “ condition/ state.The discipline that uses hypnosis in the therapeutic field is called hypnotherapy.
 Hypnosis is a natural, normal and pleasant state of the mind that we have all experienced during our everyday life.  At night while we fall asleep,  in those 30-20 minutes before we get into the real state of sleep, we all pass through a point when we are half awake and half asleep. This trance-like state is also part of being absorbed entirely reading an exciting book, watching a movie, daydreaming, driving along a familiar route and arriving at destination realizing we do not remember part of the journey.  As a hypnotherapist I will help you attain a natural normal and pleasant trance-like state, then give suggestions to change thought patterns and behaviors.

Hypnosis is created by an overload of message units, disorganizing our inhibitory process (Critical Mind), triggering our fight/flight mechanism and ultimately creating a hyper-suggestible state, providing access to the subconscious mind.  Although the hypnotherapist guides and develops the hypnotic state, the ability to be hypnotized rests within the client's hand; the client is always in control. Hypnosis works with the power of the subconscious mind to change habits and behaviors. 
The subconscious mind is considered to be the source or root of many of our behaviors, emotions, attitudes, and motivations. Hypnosis is believed to be a powerful tool for accessing the subconscious mind and creating improvements in our lives. 

After consulting with the client to determine the nature of the problem, I prepare the client to enter the hypnotic states by explaining how hypnosis works and what the client will experience. I test the subject to determine degrees of physical and emotional suggestibility than I Induce a hypnotic state in the client using individualized methods and techniques of hypnosis based on interpretation of test results and analysis of client's problem. The purpose of the hypnotic state in the client is to increase motivation and/or alter behavior pattern through changing subconscious beliefs,  and also to train the client to self-hypnosis conditioning.
The feelings and experiences one has in the hypnotic state can vary from individual to individual. Many people remain entirely aware of everything that is going on while in hypnosis. Some individuals experience a hyper-awareness where sensations are perceived enriched and vivid. The ability to visualize or imagine is often enhanced. A feeling of deep relaxation is common, and some people describe the hypnotic state as an escape from physical tension and emotional stress while remaining completely alert. 


The potential of hypnosis is scientifically documented. The subject in hypnosis can change the perception of the external world; it can perceive stimuli that in reality are not there and not perceive those that are present; it can distort perceptions of actually existing stimuli by creating illusions. It thus becomes possible to perceive, for example, a smell, a light, a non-existent noise or to perceive as pleasant a very unpleasant odor, as a low-pitched sound, like a red-green color or develop insensitivity in any sense organ if necessary for the benefit of the subject. 
Sensory experience can be modified in hypnosis; the experience of the body can be altered, and in particular, it is possible to control pain. The subject in hypnosis can efficiently direct his introspection in the different sectors of his body; he can enlarge or reduce the sensations that come from inside his body, he can alter the sensible physiological parameters such as the heartbeat, the respiratory rhythm, the temperature skin. For example, suggestions of cold and heat may lead to vasoconstriction and vasodilation, respectively. Simple suggestions of greater or lesser frequency of the heartbeat and the breath, increase or decrease of the arterial tension or muscular fatigue and anxiety or tranquility, are also able to adequately determine an increase or a decrease of the pulse frequency, of the breath or arterial tension. Furthermore, in the context of gastrointestinal functions, the tendency towards increased production of gastric juice and pepsin has been noted, inducing satisfaction, as well as decreased production, instead of provoking anger or fear.
With hypnosis it is possible to enter one's history and change the criteria for processing incoming information; it is possible to change the meanings that the subject has given to his experiences in the past by enjoying the alternatives he possessed. Changes in memory continuity can be achieved (partial or total amnesia).
Emotions are a response of the organism to moments of existence. While the voluntary control of emotions in the waking state seems to be a particularly difficult task, in hypnosis these can be amplified or resized; and there is also the possibility of suddenly moving from one emotion to another with the suggestions given by the hypnotist.
Through hypnosis, the subject can learn to decrease his emotional resonance. The ego-sensation can be detached from a wide variety of information and situations to which it usually is applied. In a subject, in age regression, the emergence of a memory with a particularly engaging emotional tone can be experienced not as an experience of its own, but simply as neutral information drawn from memory. The sense of the ego (self) can also be detached from one's body as it happens through the non-perception of pain.
In hypnosis, there is the possibility of altering the quality and quantity of voluntary muscular control, of motility and in particular of modifying some modalities of the functioning of our organism, believed outside of any voluntary control, such as those of the neurovegetative system, of the system neuroendocrine and the immune system. All the possibilities of behavior listed cannot be thought of as achievable at the same level by all the subjects, at least immediately, as they are involved in genetic predisposition and learning times.
As beliefs switch in the client’s system, changes can take place at any time but generally speaking It is not about changing overnight, not about wishful thinking neither is about positive thinking 
it is about steady incremental change and delivering a message to the subconscious mind to affect the automatic behaviors.
The sessions of Hypnotherapy can be in person the client is in the area of  Los Angeles or remote (Skype, FaceTime, Whatsapp) if the client is anywhere in the world.
Each session last  60 or 90 minutes, I offer these two options base on the presenting issue the client wants to work on. 


The major purpose of this program is for vocational or avocational self-improvement and those problems of psychogenic or functional origins are treated by psychological or medical referrals only (Business and Professional Code 2908)
Leonardo Lupori is a Certified Hypnotherapist Honors and Director’s awards winner at Hypnosis Motivation Institute College in Los Angeles and a member of American Hypnosis Association
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