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Welcome to The International Hypnosis Research Institute Web site. Our intention is to support and promote the further worldwide integration of comprehensive evidence-based research and clinical hypnotherapy with mainstream mental health, medicine, and coaching. We do so by disseminating, supporting, and conducting research, providing professional level education, advocating increased level of practitioner competency, and supporting the viability and success of clinical practitioners. Although currently over 80% of our membership is comprised of mental health practitioners, we fully recognize the role, support, involvement, and needs of those in the medical and coaching fields. This site is not intended as a source of medical or psychological advice. -- Tim Brunson, PhD

Tactile massage and hypnosis as a health promotion for nurses in emergency care--a qualitative study



BACKGROUND: This study explores nursing personnel's experiences and perceptions of receiving tactile massage and hypnosis during a personnel health promotion project. Nursing in a short term emergency ward environment can be emotionally and physically exhausting due to the stressful work environment and the high dependency patient care. A health promotion project integrating tactile massage and hypnosis with conventional physical activities was therefore introduced for nursing personnel working in this setting at a large university hospital in Sweden. METHODS: Four semi-structured focus group discussions were conducted withvolunteer nursing personnel participants after the health promotion project had been completed. There were 16 participants in the focus groups and there were 57 in the health promotion intervention. The discussions were transcribed verbatim and analysed with qualitative content analysis. RESULTS: The findings indicated that tactile massage and hypnosis may contribute to reduced levels of stress and pain and increase work ability for some nursing personnel. The sense of well-being obtained in relation to health promotion intervention with tactile massage and hypnosis seemed to have positive implications for both work and leisure. Self-awareness, contentment and self-control may be contributing factors related to engaging in tactile massage and hypnosis that might help nursing personnel understand their patients and colleagues and helped them deal with difficult situations that occurred during their working hours. CONCLUSION: The findings indicate that the integration of tactile massage and hypnosis in personnel health promotion may be valuable stress management options in addition to conventional physical activities.

BMC Complement Altern Med. 2011 Oct 1;11:83. Airosa F, Andersson SK, Falkenberg T, Forsberg C, Nordby-Hörnell E, Ohlén G, Sundberg T. Unit for Studies of Integrative Health care-Karolinska Institutet, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Division of Nursing, Huddinge, Sweden. fanny.airosa@ki.se

Holistic Language for Nurses: The Power of Suggestion



by Ron Eslinger, RN, CRNA, MA, APN, BCH

The language of nursing was first mentioned by Florence Nightingale in her book Notes on Nursing when she stated that, "words are great tools." It is well understood that verbal patterns can either interfere with or enhance effective patient communication. Nursing 101 impresses the need to establish patient rapport. In doing so, we significantly impact patient cooperation, understanding and outcome.

Nurses communicate through facial gestures, body language, written, visual and verbal communication. We differ from other species in our ability to use verbal communication. Rudyard Kipling said, "Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind." Often nurses forget that words are just as important as antibiotics, pain medicines, surgery and other medical treatments. The purpose of this article is to describe the difference in therapeutic and toxic language in nursing.

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Nursing and Hypnosis – A Perfect Combination



by Ron Eslinger, RN, CRNA, MA, APN, BCH

In her book, Notes on Nursing, published in 1859, Florence Nightingale said, "Volumes are now written and spoken upon the effect of the mind upon the body." She discussed in detail how nurses should help patients vary their thoughts. Florence Nightingale was more in tune with complementary therapy in 1859 than most nurses and physicians are today. She spoke at length in her book on the benefits of music, color, aroma, physical activity, fresh air, and exercise. She understood the power of words and how using hypnosis to help patients change their thoughts helped them heal.

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