Nov. 25, 2012
-- Active duty military people have the same health issues as other members of society. So do their families. Even though the military puts a big emphasis on health and fitness, military people are not immune to conditions that affect society at large. In addition to smoking, overeating/obesity, excess stress, etc. military people, especially those deployed to war zones, suffer from PTSD at a higher rate than other people. Hypnosis has been shown to be effective in helping people deal with these or completely overcome some of them.
Not only is hypnosis effective, it usually produces results in a shorter period than many other methods. The result is that people are able to achieve their desired health or life goals sooner and for less cost. Ken Rabon, an RN, hypnotist and the owner of Abilene Hypnosis is very aware of how important this can be, especially to junior military folks. "I remember how tight money was when I was a junior enlisted man in the military. And that was in spite of the fact that I was working very long hours and had little extra time. We worked hard and the military doesn't pay overtime." He adds "it just makes a lot of sense, if you can help someone achieve their goals quickly or slowly and for less or more money, quickly and for less money is the way to go."
To those who are wondering if their problem or situation can be improved with hypnosis, Rabon says the answer is almost always "yes." The reason, he says, is that "the subconscious makes up the majority of the mind and is a major driving force in almost everything we do and experience. With hypnosis we make suggestions that are acceptable to the subconscious of the client to change what we do and how we perceive and react to things." He goes on to add "I typically give my clients a list of almost 150 things with which hypnosis may be able to help. It's amazing, really."
Rabon says it is his experience of military life that has led him to specifically reach out to military people and their families. "I took a look at my practice and realized there was this large group of people who could benefit from hypnosis. As much as I enjoyed my military career" (he retired in 2006) "sometimes there was this feeling of being isolated or separated from the rest of society by the military experience...especially after deployment to a combat zone. Often, I just wanted to talk with other people who could relate because they had experiences similar to mine."
There are a fair number of myths about hypnosis. Rabon says he likes to clear those up right away, either before or at the start of the first session. One of the most common, he says, is that hypnosis is a form of mind control. He points out that "the person experiencing hypnosis is the one in control and has the ability to quit at any time."
Abilene Hypnosis can be found on the web at http://www.abilenehypnosis.com