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Greater Boston Hypnosis
For an appointment call 617-964-4800
What Is Hypnosis?
Hypnotherapy, or the therapeutic application of hypnosis, is a powerful tool for self-empowerment. By eliminating barriers or blockages between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind, hypnosis can help unleash positive potential. Bad habits can be broken and new patterns of thought and behavior can be achieved when self-limiting fears, false conceptions, and troubling confusions are resolved. Some people falsely think of hypnosis or hypnotism as being something mysterious, as if it were magic. In fact, hypnosis is the induction of a state of mind that is similar to daydream reveries or the moments just before drifting off to sleep. We are conveniently located next-door to Boston in Newton, MA near the Mass Pike and Route 128.

The major difference between everday trance states and hypnosis per se as practiced by a hypnotist or hypnotherapist is that its induction is intentinal. Hypnosis is not only not a state of unconsciousness, it is a state of highly focused consciousness. Through the use of suggestion and the cooperation between the hypnotist or hypnotherapist and client, the subject first enters into a state of profound physical relaxation and then into a relaxation of the mind that is at the same time highly focused. This combination of physical relaxation and relaxed mental focus creates a state of optimum suggestibility which makes the therapeutic usefulness of hypnosis possible. The uses of hypnotherapy include weight-loss and weight management, smoking cessation, improved motivation and self-esteem, improved creativity through the unblocking of creative potential, stress reduction and stress management, control of anxieties and phobias such as public speaking, stage fright, airplane or flight anxiety (fear of flying), test anxiety. Any type of anxiety or phobia including anxieties which cause insomnia or interfere with sleep. Anxiety concerning dating and forming healthy relationships. Memory enhancement, enhanced sports performance and performance enhancement of all kinds; listen to this radio interview on golf and hypnosis (WBZ-FM, Boston) hosted by Hardy. Hypnosis and hypnotherapy can help with academic testing and/or exam preparation. All kinds of perfornance anxiety can be helped by hypnotherapy. Hypnosis can also help alleviate anxiety concerning surgery, fear of needles, dental visits and other medical examinations and procedures including childbirth. The management of addictive behaviors is one of the many other useful applications of hypnosis. Hypnosis plus positive thinking equals change.

Old habits and behaviors are not easily changed, but hypnosis is an empowering tool that makes changing bad habits easier. Along with habits of good driving and good speech, or good dispositions such as calmness in moments of difficulty or crisis, there are the reverse bad habits and dispositions. There are the habits of overeating, poor eating, and smoking. Cigarette smokers and tobacco users who make the wise choice to quit have habits based on both behavioral (or pyschological) as well as physical (or chemical) factors. There are irrational fears of crowds or of speaking before groups. There are the array of anxieties in response to different types of stressful situations such as those relating to your business or job, nervousness about taking tests or examinations of all sorts. We may tell ourselves over and over again to relax, that our fears are irrational, that we should quit smoking or stop eating so much, etc. and yet our minds may not want to listen. We need to move beyond the status quo. Hypnosis and hypnotherapy can help!

For hypnotherapy to be successful a client must want to change. Positive changes through hypnotherapy result from the harmonious cooperation between the conscious and subconscous minds and can sometimes can seem natural and easy. For example, losing weight through hypnosis and hypnotherapy is very different than conventional dieting. To make a bold metaphor, dieting is akin to war, whereas weight control through hypnosis is the waging of peace between conscious choices and subconscious cravings. The positive change from negative eating habits to healthful and sensible patterns of eating in order to lose weight and keep it off, when done through a program of hypnotherapy, is a wonderfully natural experience compared with the experiences of most dieters. Much the same comparison may be made between conventional stop smoking programs and hypnotherapy. List of Services Page.

While the core of my work consists of private sessions in my Greater Boston area office, sessions by telephone or Skype are available on an issue-appropriate basis. I also conduct group sessions and seminars; please call for more information.

Hypnosis and Holistic Health
There is a consensus that a positive mental attitude powerfully supports both healing and disease prevention. Hypnosis goes further. The positive thinking that is conducive to hypnotherapy can, in the hypnotic process, powerfully communicate subconscious suggestion in the form of visualization, affirmation, and deep emotional healing.

Hypnotherapy and the therapeutic use of hypnosis is a holistic and complementary method of pain management and wellness. I work in conjunction with other Greater Boston area health care practitioners to utilize hypnosis in a manner that complements and supports ongoing treatment and healthy lifestyle changes.

Hypnosis and Philosophy
There is a natural relationship between hypnosis and philosophy. Philosophy is concerned with the conscious mind and with conscious attitudes and beliefs. What happens when inadequately analyzed beliefs conflict with a positive decision to modify habits or behaviors?

Hypnosis and the practice of hypnotherapy can bring the conscious and subconscious minds into harmonious balance. However, the subconscious will reject hypnotic suggestions that conflict with a person's values and beliefs, and when these beliefs are in a state of general disharmony indirect and subtle conflicts can interfere with hypnotherapy. As a philosophical practitioner and certified hypnotherapist, I offer sessions in practical philosophy or philosophical counseling either separately or synergistically combined with hypnotherapy. Philosophical disciplines ranging from Taoism to existentialism to pragmatism are used with the goal of achieving clarity and harmony of mind. Philosophical counseling is also complementary for clients interested in exploring past life regression. Regardless of whether the hypnotherapy client believes that "past lives" remembered under hypnosis are real memories or are only imaginary, the significance of the issues and patterns that are uncovered can be meaningful, profound and lasting. The utilization of philosophical counseling to clarify and understand broader implications enhances the significance of both hypnotherapy and past life regression work.

My book, Ethical Empowerment: Virtue Beyond the Paradigms (2014) develops an ethical theory that seeks to go beyond an over-reliance on hypnotic-like, preconditioned thinking and then applies derived ethical perspectives on a variety of personal and social issues of our time. The use of hypnosis, much like any powerful tool, can be used for both good and bad. In this book, 'hypnosis' is predominantly used in the vernacular and informal sense of social and cultural reinforcements--both subliminal and overt--that have both positive and negative impact. Ethical Empowerment presents an argument for becoming aware of this preconditioning and a means by which we can learn to think beyond it in the light of wisdom. See my blog, Philosophic Perspectives, for continuing conversation.

For my ongoing thought and writing concerning philosophy, hypnosis and related areas of interest please visit My Blogs, My Amazon Book Reviews, My YouTube Channel or

Discussions, Groups, Seminars
Group Hypnosis sessions that are open to the public are available.  Click Here  for information.

Corporate and organizational group sessions are available for weight reduction, smoking cessation, motivation for exercise and general wellness. Motivation, creativity and peak performance are also prime areas of focus. Seminars may include both group hypnosis and philosophically oriented discussions intened to inspire, motivate, and clear the muddles and conflicts that can interefere with the wellness of both the individual and the organization as a whole! Please click here for more information on groups, discussions and seminars.

Social Philosophizers Club spornsors philosophy discussions and study groups in the Greater Boston area, most generally in either Newton, MA or Watertown, MA, and can complement private hypnotherapy and philosophical counseling sessions. These meetings are entertaining, stimulating and fun opportunities for the exchange of ideas. It is a club that is based on the principle that intellectual mingling is the best form of social mingling, and is for anyone who values intellecual communication as an important part of both socializing and social networking. And for those intersted in discussing or exhibiting creative and innovative ideas, check out  the Creativity Expo.
Greater Boston Hypnosis
For an appointment call 617-964-4800
Surrounding Communities
Integral Hypnosis is conveniently located in Newton, MA near the Mass Pike and Route 128 and is within a 1/2 hour drive of the following Greater Boston, MetroWest, North Shore and South Shore communities:
Arlington Bedford Belmont Boston
Brookline Burlington Cambridge Chelsea
Concord Dedham Everett Framingham
Lexington Lincoln Lynnfield Malden
Medford Melrose Natick Needham
Newton Norwood Quincy Saugus
Somerville Stoneham Sudbury Wakefield
Waltham Watertown Wayland Wellesley
Weston Westwood Winchester Woburn

Arthur D. Schwartz

Professional Hypnotist
Hypnotherapy and Philosophical Counseling
717 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02460
(In Newtonville near Newton Corner and Watertown Square)
Tel: 617-964-4800

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