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Hypnotherapy as Treatment for Parkinson’s Symptoms

My name is Steve Frison and I’m a certified clinical hypnotherapist serving the Portland Metro area specializing in supporting my client’s medical and clinical needs. One of my clients with PD told me about the work Parkinson’s Recovery Group is doing and the program you’re hosting in Vancouver this March. In particular she mentioned your focus on how thoughts impact illness, which is one of the areas we work with in hypnotherapy.

I’m working with two clients who have a diagnosis of PD and are using hypnotherapy as an adjunct therapy to their doctor’s treatment plan. Both clients have experienced benefits from our work together that they attribute to hypnotherapy. Don’t take my word for it, here’s what one of them had to say…

“A year ago I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and have been exploring multiple methodologies to alleviate the symptoms. I ‘ve had several sessions with Steve and have been very impressed with his listening skills, his ability to guide me into deeper places of my consciousness, his willingness to hold Presence for me if I need to process an emotion that has been deeply buried for years, and his general attitude of compassion and acceptance. A very special bonus is that following each session, Steve creates an MP3 especially formatted with the client’s personal hypnotherapy suggestions, providing an invaluable tool to further the work. The results I’ve experienced after two sessions include improved posture, increased mobility of shoulders, increased motivation to exercise and do yoga, increased strength and vitality and I feel more calm, content, and trusting.

I just had my second session with my chiropractor who has been working for months to open up my shoulders and upper thorax in order to improve my posture. She reports that since I’ve been receiving hypnotherapy, she feels like she’s working on a different body. Today we were able to stretch in ways that have eluded me for the past two years and I think I left her office about 3 inches taller. This is directly related to the subconscious re-programming experienced through the hypnotherapy and I’m really excited about this work. My results have been so good I’ve recommended Steve to my Parkinson’s support group.”

Judith Kahealani Lynne, Portland OR

Last November I spoke to the Supplemental and Alternative Therapy Support Group about the use of hypnotherapy as an adjunct therapy for PD. I taught everyone self-hypnosis to improve relaxation and reduce stress and provided a free self-hypnosis CD to everyone containing suggestions that:

  • Reaffirm that they are not their diagnosis
  • Improve mental acuity and decision making
  • Feel more passionate, joyous and motivated about their life
  • Move freely and easily with confidence and comfort
  • Remember how to move the way they did before the onset of the disease
  • Improve the depth and quality of their sleep
  • Reduce and relax their muscles
  • Balance and return their neurotransmitters to optimal levels
  • Strengthen the immune system and improve its ability to differentiate between the body’s cells and viruses, bacteria and abnormal cells.

Steve will be offering the same session for free at the Parkinsons Recovery Summit March 7th. Why is he doing this for free? Here is his answer:

First of all, one of my friends has PD and I’ve watched her struggle with the disease. Her courage and resilience has touched my heart and it’s motivated me to help. Secondly, I spent most of my life as a high-tech executive making money for others and it’s time to give back. Sure there is a chance that some people may want to continue with private sessions but frankly, I don’t care whether they do or not. Over the past 5 months I’ve offered my services pro bono to more than 60 clients. Like I said, it’s not about the money.

You can find for more information about hypnotherapy and Steve’s practice at

Steve Frison will be offering free self-hypnosis training sessions at the Parkinsons Recovery Summit on Monday, March 7th.  Don;t miss this one in a lifetime opportunity!

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Parkinsons Recovery

Hypnotherapy and Parkinson’s

I tried hypnotherapy about a year ago based on some other theories, but found everything in your broadcast consistent with what I learned.  With only a couple of low-cost sessions, I regained some abilities I had lost.  Whether this is solely attributable to hypnotherapy, I cannot prove (as I did some other things simultaneously, such as removing metalic dental amalgam), but I am satisfied that it has helped me control the “fear”-response (as your guest described what we otherwise call “stress”) better than in the past.  That is one of the beauties of this therapy. It is short term and does not require a great deal of effort to practice, but the results are sustainable.

Thanks for this program. It has helped confirm my belief that a great deal of PD symptoms are bio-emotional, or psycho-somatic, if you will.  When I take an enjoyable vacation, I have found my symptoms to be remarkably reduced, to the point where I require little or no medication for days on end.  Likewise, when I experience even mild emotional trauma (or fear of such), my symptoms present themselves regardless of any level of medication.  This is easy to miss in our modern feverish lifestyles, but it is often noted that whenever a PD person immerses or loses themselves in an enjoyable activity, they tend to “forget” their symptoms until they return once again to a “normal” state of mind.