1133 W Main Street, Suite 203
Blue Springs, MO 64015
Phone: (816) 560-6903
Fax: (816) 466-5418
Mike Schweder, CHt

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What is Hypnosis?

Mike Hypnosis, also referred to as hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion, is a trance-like state in which you have heightened focus, concentration and inner absorption. When you're under hypnosis, you usually feel calm and relaxed, and you can concentrate intensely on a specific thought, memory, feeling or sensation while blocking out distractions.

Under hypnosis, you're more open than usual to suggestions, and this can be used to modify your perceptions, behavior, sensations and emotions. Therapeutic hypnosis is used to improve your health and well-being and is different from so-called stage hypnosis used by entertainers. Although you're more open to suggestion during therapeutic hypnosis, your free will remains intact and you don't lose control over your behavior.

Hypnosis is a very normal and natural state that most of us experience every day without even realizing it. For example, if you’ve ever passed your exit on the highway while driving home from work, daydreamed during a meeting, or lost yourself in a good book, you were in a light state of hypnosis. And a light state is all we need for most of the work that we do, including smoking cessation, weight loss, overcoming stress, anxiety, fears, phobias, and so forth. These are all examples of light hypnosis, which occur when the conscious part of our mind is distracted and the subconscious part of our mind takes over.
Lost 62 pounds in 5 months after only 1 session!
I was hypnotized by Mike on August 2, 2010 for weight loss. I weighed a half pound short of 200 pounds that day, but I was highly motivated and wanted very much to lose weight and get healthy. I found the session to be very relaxing and had never been hypnotized before. The suggestions Mike made to my subconscious were very helpful. He told me to drink lots of water, eat healthy and exercise. Even though I had dieted off and on many times over the years, I found that this was different. When I got hungry, I was reaching for fruits and vegetables—not cookies, and I began making good eating choices. I started on an exercise routine that I now really enjoy, and the pounds started coming off. I really wanted to be successful and knew that even though the hypnotism was a fabulous tool, I would still have to do the work to get the weight off, and his suggestions really helped keep me motivated. The weight came off gradually, but consistently. On January 10, 2010, I weigh 138 pounds and am very happy with the results with Mike’s help and highly recommend him and his methods to anyone who is serious and ready to make the commitment to lose weight and get in shape.

Nancy N - Lake Quivera, Kansas

How Does Hypnosis Work?

The human brain is composed of a conscious and a subconscious "mind." The conscious mind makes rational decisions and processes information; however, it is much weaker than the subconscious mind because human emotions, instincts, habits, fears and phobias are more persistent and powerful than purely rational decisions. The subconscious mind makes decisions based solely on avoidance of pain and the pleasure principle. It is not intelligent but rather reactive to pain or pleasure only. Hypnosis works directly with the subconscious mind and replaces negative or unhealthy behavior with positive reinforcement and behavior.

The subconscious mind is meant to serve as our survival instinct, and as such, is extremely powerful, but the subconscious mind is not very good at making decisions concerning something that may feel good to do right now but may harm or even kill you in the future. In other words, your subconscious mind picks the "right now" each and every time, even though it may greatly reduce your quality of life or even kill you in the end. This is because your subconscious is simply too strong for your rational mind to overcome without help from of a qualified hypnotherapist.

Why Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is intended to help you gain more control over undesired behaviors or emotions or to help you cope better with a wide range of medical conditions. Hypnosis isn't considered a treatment or a type of psychotherapy. Rather, it's a procedure typically used along with certain treatments and therapies to help a wide variety of conditions.

Hypnosis may be used for:
  • Smoking cessation
  • Weight loss
  • Addictions
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fears/Phobias
  • Psychological Disorders
  • Stress Management
  • And much more…
Smoked for over 25 years and stopped after only 1 session!
I had tried patches, gum and cold turkey and had never been able to break my smoking habit. I was skeptical that anything would work, but I had to do something to quit.

I tell you, I quit smoking 9 months ago after only one session, and I have never looked back. Because of Mike's hypnosis technique, I have had no cravings and no breakdowns. I have been given the coping mechanisms of learning how to deal with some really tough situations that in the past, would have led me right back to smoking.

Mike has saved my life, and I can never thank him enough for giving me back control.

Laura F – Blue Springs, Missouri

Will Hypnosis Work For Me?

Hypnosis is a team effort between you and your therapist, and has proven to be extremely effective for those who truly want to make a healthy change in their lives; however, you are ultimately in control of your own success. In other words, your therapist can help you achieve a deep state of hypnosis and give your subconscious mind positive suggestions to achieve your goals; however, you can always accept or reject these suggestions while under hypnosis. Therefore, if you are open to hypnosis and allow yourself to be hypnotized and accept the positive suggestions given to you by your therapist, you will be successful.

If you’ve never experienced hypnosis, or have attended a group hypnosis seminar that didn’t work, it is perfectly normal to be skeptical, which is OK and will not affect your hypnosis session. During your initial consultation, your therapist will work with you to help determine if you are ready to make a change. Their primary goal is to ensure your success, and if you and your therapist come to the decision that you’re not quite ready to make a change, they may suggest that you come back when you are better prepared.