top of page



Effects of a Brief Mindful Hypnosis Intervention on Stress Reactivity: A Randomized Active Control Study

Effects of a Brief Conscious Hypnosis Intervention on Stress Responsiveness: A Randomized Active Control Study Elizabeth E. Slonena and Gary Elkins

Abstract: A new form of brief intervention, mindfulness hypnosis (BMH) performed by audio tool, to reduce stress responsiveness during the Trier Social Stress Test (TSST) has been investigated. Fifty-five students with high stress were randomized to receive BMH or an active control cognitive training (CT) condition. Participants were subjected to either a BMH session or a CT session and downloaded the recorded intervention for daily home use. About 1 week later, participants received their second BMH or CT session and then completed the TSST. The results indicated that BMH produced effects, ranging from significant to medium, in reducing stress reactivity and weekly stress, and increasing mindfulness with a large increase in immediate relaxation over active CT control. BMH exhibited excellent adhesion and received a high rating for satisfaction, ease of use, perceived benefit and likelihood of future use. This study highlights the first empirical support that BMH is superior to an active control intervention in reducing stress responsiveness, while dramatically increasing mindfulness and relaxation.


President-Elect of the European Society of Hypnosis


Sleep Issues

Quiet your mind, get deeper restorative rest, and feel more refreshed

 Click the purple button in the bottom corner of this page to schedule your FREE Hypnosis Strategy Session by phone to discuss your goals and set a plan of action for your success!  



While slow-wave sleep (SWS) is fundamental for maintaining health and well-being, it is typically reduced with stress or age. The authors have previously reported that hypnotic suggestions before sleep increased SWS duration and slow-wave activity (SWA) during a midday nap in hypnotizable younger and older women. To test generalizability, they investigated this effect across 8 hours nighttime sleep in 43 healthy young French-speaking subjects (19 males) of high and low hypnotizability. In accordance with their previous results, listening to hypnotic suggestions before sleep was followed by higher amounts of SWS in highly hypnotizable subjects and higher SWA power compared to a control condition. The effects were most pronounced at the beginning of the night. Further studies are needed to examine whether hypnotic suggestions can deepen sleep also above non-intervention nights. The findings provide a basis for the examination and potential application of hypnosis to improve sleep in clinical populations.

International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

Published online: 8 Jan 2020

Unwanted Habits

Rapidly condition your mind and body for healthy new behaviors

 Click at the bottom of this page to schedule your FREE Hypnosis Strategy Session by phone to discuss your goals and set a plan of action for your success!  

Current neuroscientific research database findings of brain activity changes after hypnosis

Using multi-modal brain imaging techniques we found pronounced changes in neuronal activity after hypnotic trance induction whereby state changes seem to occur synchronously with the specific induction instructions. In clinical patients, hypnosis proved to be a powerful method in inhibiting the reaction of the fear circuitry structures. The aim of the present paper is to critically discuss the limitations of the current neuroscientific research database in the light of a debate in defining relevant hypnotic constructs and to suggest ideas for future research projects. We discuss the role of hypnotic suggestibility (HS), the impact of hypnotic inductions and the importance of the depth of hypnotic trance. We argue that future research on brain imaging studies on the effects of hypnosis and hypnotherapy should focus on the analysis of individual cross-network activation patterns. A most promising approach is to simultaneously include physiological parameters linked to cognitive, somatic, and behavioral effects.

American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis

Published online: 17 May 2021

 Click the purple button at the bottom of this page to schedule your FREE Hypnosis Strategy Session by phone to discuss your goals and set a plan of action for your success!  


business logo
bottom of page