The decision to turn a lifelong interest in a career in massage therapy seemed only natural to Bob. Bob had always worked well with his hands, and all his friends said that he gave the best back rubs around. Yet, once in massage therapy school, Bob's dream became a nightmare. As his courses progressed, Bob found that a large amount of memorization required to pass the tests was becoming more and more challenging for him. He saw his dream slipping away as he fought harder to master the material while his grades, nonetheless, were increasingly dropping. He knew he had to do something fast.
Bob's friend, also a massage therapist, shared an office with a hypnotherapist. He suggested that Bob try hypnosis for test taking anxiety. Bob agreed to give it a try. Bob didn't know what to expect during his first visit but the hypnotherapist quickly put him at ease and explained the process of hypnotic suggestion. She answered all his questions and put to rest any concerns that he had about "e; losing control. Quote: She told him that he would, in fact, be in control of the process at all times. She explained that she would simply help him to obtain a state
of deep relaxation from which he could arouse himself at any time if necessary. While in this altered state of awareness, Bob's innermost (subconscious) mind would be more available to
listen to and accept any suggestions or ideas that he perceived to be useful or helpful. His mind would automatically reject any suggestions that went against his own values and beliefs.
Relaxing in a recliner, Bob quickly entered a state of light hypnosis while listening to the soothing voice of the hypnotherapist instructing him to release tension from every part of his
body, bit by bit. After a few more minutes of deep relaxation, Bob was ready to receive the mental suggestions that he hoped would end his problems with memorization and test anxiety.
The hypnotherapist had Bob mentally visualize himself in his study area, picturing his desk, books, papers and even any beverages he would normally have on hand to drink. Once fully
quoted there quote in the scene, the hypnotherapist had Bob re-experience his study habits, suggesting that his mind would be relaxed and receptive and that he would remember fully and easily the information that he read or studied.
As Bob re-experienced each phase of his study routine - reading over notes, repeating information out loud, even taking rest breaks - the hypnotherapist repeatedly stressed that he was
fully retaining all the information easily and effortlessly. The hypnotherapist further instructed Bob that when a question about the material that he was studying was put to him, either verbally or on a test, his mind would immediately bring the information up to a conscious level, making it instantly available for full recall. He was instructed to envision himself in class, taking a test. He was told to see himself relaxed, confident, and feeling great. He was to see himself confidently answering the test questions while visualizing this study period when he had full and easy recall of the test material. He was reminded to remain relaxed, confident and assured of success.
After visualizing himself confidently taking the test, Bob was instructed to see himself later receiving notice of his test results. He was instructed to feel the excitement and sense of self-
esteem that came from scoring well on the test. He was even told to visualize the positive comments of his teacher and the slaps of congratulations from his friends.
Once Bob had fully visualized the success, he was more certain about his chances to make his vision a reality. With a few follow-up visits and practice of self-hypnosis at home for
reinforcement, Bob's soon made his new vision a reality. Bob's dream really did come true after all. He graduated in the top of his massage therapy class, thanks to a little help (and some good advice about trying hypnosis) from his friends.
If you are someone you know suffer from test-taking anxiety or trouble with studying and memorization, hypnosis might be the answer for you too. When choosing a hypnotherapist, it is important to be sure that he or she is qualified. Pierre Benoit, CHt, RCCH, is a member of the Association of Registered Clinical Hypnotherapists of Canada (ARCH) and of the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association (IMDHA) and can be reached at (514)472-3535.
Mr. Pierre Benoit is the owner and operator of Hypnotherapy and Counselling Clinic (Clinique d'hypnothérapie et de relation d'aide). Mr Benoit worked as a Specialized Educator and Child and Family Counselor from 1977 to 1998. He worked at the following agencies:
From 1996 to 2004 Mr. Benoit opened the Institut International de Formation et de Ressourcement Inc. where he taught, in different agencies and companies throughout Quebec, intervention techniques to handle verbal and physical aggression. His programs were also accepted by cégeps where he taught his program such as Cégep de St-Jérôme, Cégep Marie-Victorin, LaSalle College.
Through his need to better himself, he was certified as a Neuro-Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner and started learning hypnosis as a modality for change to help his clients better themselves. He decided to specialize in hypnotherapy and, in 2004, he opened the Clinique d’hypnothérapie et de relation d’aide where he has been working full-time helping people reconnect with their potential for success.