Clinical Hypnotherapist
Certified Master Hypnotist
Handwriting Analyst

Just recently I went on a three day cruise with my wife to attend her high school reunion. While there I talked with many people about hypnotherapy, and analyzed many of the attendees handwriting. Everyone enjoyed the analyses and a great time was had by all.

One of the attendees had suffered a stroke some 5 to 6 years ago and had lost all feeling and movement in her right arm and leg. She had felt during the handwriting analysis that there was a connection made with me and she wondered if hypnotherapy may help her to regain feeling and use of her non-functioning limbs.

I thought about this and said that there would be no harm in trying, particularly if she was willing to do so with the understanding that if there were no positive results that she would not think that hypnotherapy was useless hokus pokus. She was willing to accept these terms.

I thought that there may be some positive result, and that I needed to see if there was any improvement in her condition while she was in hypnosis. I needed to determine if there was a real physical cause (obviously there was) and if the subconscious was able to find a way to move the limbs as well as restore feeling.

I have had clients who complained of various tics in various places on their bodies, and, when in hypnosis I instructed them to create their tics and then stop their tics. In each case they were able to do this, so once they had realized that they had control over the tics, the tics went away and were no longer a problem for them. I felt that this same principle may work for the stroke victim, but in all honesty, never having tried this before I was uncertain as to the outcome.

In any event, she came to visit me in my cabin and I set about hypnotizing her after gaining a more detailed background as to her condition.

While in hypnosis I asked her to attempt to move her limbs and to visualize this occurring. At one point she had tears in her eyes as it was clear to me that she could see and feel herself moving her limbs, and that these were tears of joy as she truly believed her limbs were moving.

In reality, when I asked her to move her arm, it moved, but, only a fraction of an inch, and then rather than go up and down, she did move her arm backwards and forwards. The same with her leg. I felt that this was an excellent start, and, so did she.

Most importantly, when she came out of hypnosis, she said that for the first time in years she actually felt part of her arm, and was extremely amazed at this small success. Unfortunately the feeling did not last for long, but, we felt that there was hope.

She felt excited and wanted to explore hypnotherapy further, with the clear understanding that in the end she may be physically no better off than she currently was.

It is my understanding that when a stroke occurs pathways that were used by the brain to create the movements we need to make are damaged and thus the movement ceases.

It is my belief that the subconscious has learned to move our bodies and sends the signals to the brain to have the movements occur, and so we walk, talk, tie our shoelaces, write, eat all without any conscious thought.

Using this as a basis, I instructed the sub conscious to now attempt to find new pathways within the brain to accomplish the movements that until now were not possible. I also wanted to wait a week or two to see if the subconscious had made any progress with this task. As yet the two weeks have yet to pass, but, we are meeting again to see if there has been any progress.

If the subconscious is able to find a new pathway, she could well gain movement and/or sensation again. If this occurs, then stroke victims all over the world could well have significant new hope.

I recognize that this may be “pie in the sky” thinking, but the client and I are excited at the prospect of it working and realistic in our understanding if it does not.

We shall see, and I will keep you informed.

Post Script

Two weeks have now passed and I have had a second visit with this client. I am happy to report that there has been significant improvement in her functioning since I last saw her. In addition to this, five days after my second visit, she called me to say that she still has feeling in her arm which, unlike the first session, is not diminishing.

Both the client and I are extremely encouraged by these results and the therapy is ongoing.
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Author's Bio: 

Nicholas Pollak CHt
Clinical Hypnotherapist, Certified Master Hypnotist,
Handwriting Analyst
Since 1991
CALL: 310.204.3321

Nick is a Motivational Speaker, Published Author and is Located in Los Angeles, California, and may be contacted by email at:
or by phone at 310.204.3321.

I received my certifications in August of 1991graduating with honors from the Hypnosis Motivation Institute, Tarzana, California, the first and only nationally accredited school for hypnosis in the United States.

The Hypnosis Motivation Institute requires over 600 hours of accelerated education for certification. I am also a Certified Master Hypnotist.

I was born and raised in London, England. I left England and traveled extensively in Europe, followed by 2yrs in Israel, 8 yrs in Australia and, as of now 26 yrs in America.

I have been A Customer Service manager in 2 different companies in Australia, achieving these positions as a result of my hard work from entry level positions.

I was Top salesman of the year, two years in a row with GTE Australia, Yellow Pages. Winning a total of 15 major sales awards.

Top Marketing representative responsible for sales income of $12.5 mill to FHP (A medical Insurance Company) here in California.

A videotape editor and technician for CBS Television City for 13 years. Having worked numerous live shows, such as Big Brother, The Price is Right, American Idol as well as being the technician responsible for rolling prime time pre-taped shows, and formatting the shows for air.

My work experience has been wide and varied, which emphasises the fact that any one can enter a field of which they have no knowledge and create their own success within it, as my results have constantly shown.

In 1994 I had a severe and debilitating back condition which required major surgery. My recovery time was significantly faster than the Doctor’s had anticipated and my expected side effects of weakness and loss of feeling were significantly less than the Doctors had anticipated.

Both the Doctor and I absolutely attribute the great recovery to my self-hypnosis.

That same year I also had a major heart condition, which in fact left me clinically dead for 3 minutes.

Again my recovery time using self-hypnosis was much faster than the doctors anticipated.

I am always amazed at what people can do as a result of a little Hypnotherapeautic "push" to assist anyone to resolve their issues.

Becoming a Hypnotherapist in 1991 was the best thing that I ever did, as it allows me the continual opportunity to be of service to others and to help and to motivate people.

I have also had excellent results in general practice dealing with any and all issues presented to me by my clients.

I have had great success in assisting people to understand their behaviors, assisting them with habit control, panic and Anxiety, weight loss, nail biting, positive visualization, motivation, as well as many other issues.

People are amazing and can do absolutely anything they set their minds to, and I am always thrilled to be a part of that discovery.

By applying the techniques learned at The Hypnosis Motivation Institute I have helped many clients from wide and varied walks of life to a happier, more healthy and successful life.

My practice is based on my assisting YOU to gain the vocational or avocational changes YOU want.

Servicing Culver City, Mar Vista, Santa Monica, San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, Mar Vista, Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles