Amy Marsh, Sexologist & Hypnotist

Supporting Your Sexual Human Rights & Quest for Pleasure

Applied Hypnotic Relaxation

For General Wellness and Stress Relief

Some clients come to me for problems which are not sexual in nature. They may seek stress reduction or support for their wellness goals. For these clients, I offer sessions which focus on Hypnotic Relaxation (HR). Most people experience Hypnotic Relaxation as a pleasant, restorative experience. All you have to do is relax and listen to the sound of my voice. However, you’ll also learn self-hypnosis so you can use it at home!

With Hypnotic Relaxation, you are given suggestions to achieve an inward-focused awareness in which it is possible to reduce stress, manage pain, or respond to suggestions to achieve greater control over behavior or symptoms.

You experience physical and emotional changes in real time. Your breathing slows and deepens, your brain waves slow down too, you are able to access personal insights and perspective that may not have been available to you otherwise. You’ll learn to use your mind and thoughts to manage emotional distress and worry, to cope with unpleasant physical symptoms, and/or help you to change certain habits or behaviors in order to promote greater wellness. The goal is your own self-empowerment.

Hypnotic Relaxation is also a part of my clinical model for dealing with sexual concerns.

Scientific research has shown that the following conditions may respond well to one or more Hypnotic Relaxation sessions:

Worry and sadness


Sleep problems


Menopausal hot flashes

Childbirth preparation and post-partum stress

Sexual problems (as discussed elsewhere on this site)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome


Anticipated surgical or medical procedures

And more.

But remember, Restorative Hypnotic Relaxation is not a substitute for medical or mental health care from a licensed provider. HRF should be used as a complement to other health services.

Session plans for Applied Hypnotic Relaxation are based on the Hypnotic Relaxation Therapy methods created by Dr. Gary Elkins. Some of the language used on this page is adapted from his suggested brochure language (Hypnotic Relaxation Therapy, 227-230).

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