Hypnosis & Energy Healing Workshop

Conveners Professor John Gruzelier & Dr Deborah Bowden


When: 16 May 2015.

Where: Exeter Golf and Country Club, Countess Wear, Exeter, EX2 7AE.

Ticket price: £65 for members and £75 for non members, including lunch and parking.

(Nb. Your order confirmation email is your ticket - please print it and bring it with you, or bring an electronic copy, or alternatively bring your printed invoice).





10  - 11. 00. Brain and Hypnosis; Immune Enhancement. (JG)

tea break

11.30 - 12.00 Immune Enhancement Hypnotic Visualisation Induction. (JG)

12.00 - 1. 00 Yoga/Meditation - Brain Wave Vibration, plus demonstration (DB)


2.00 - 2.45 Energy Healing - Reiki (DB).

2.45 - 3.30 Energy Healing - Johrei (JG)

tea break

4.00 - 4.30 Johrei demonstration in pairs (JG).

4.30 General Discussion to include Negative Effects of Hypnosis, Hypnotisability, Mindfulness.


Prof Gruzelier's Bibliography

John Gruzelier MA, PhD, FBPS, FIOP, FRSM, FRSA, is Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London. From 1975 - 2005 he headed Psychology As Applied to Medicine at the Charing Cross campus of what became part of the medical faculty of Imperial College London, and at Charing Cross established an EEG laboratory focussing on the psychological significance of brain oscillations, the cognitive neuroscience of schizophrenia and of hypnosis. Controlled studies of immune enhancement with self hypnosis/visualisation in the face of exam stress and herpes, led to invitations to validate Eastern 'energy medicine' interventions such as Johrei, Reiki and Brain Wave Vibration. Over the past 15 years and at Goldsmiths his main focus has been EEG-neurofeedback, and he is recognised as rehabilitating this field through rigorous validation studies, including inter alia applications for creativity and the performing arts, such that neurofeedback is now centre stage in neuroscience. Altogether he has over 350 publications.

Professional awards, editorships, posts in scientific societies include : 1984 - 2004 co-editor of the International Journal of Psychophysiology; 2001- 2012 editor of Contemporary Hypnosis & Integrative Therapy; the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, USA, Raginski award for leadership and achievement in hypnosis; the 2011 Copernicus award of the Polish Neuropsychological Society for interdisciplinary integration; the 2004 International Hypnosis Society Hilgard award for lifetime Scientific Excellence; the 2001 US Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis best clinical paper award for a review of the unwanted effects of hypnosis; President of the Society of Applied Neuroscience. www.applied-neuroscience.org. Formerly - a Governor of the International Organisation of Psychophysiology; Council member of the Royal Society of Medicine Section on Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine, and the British Society of Experimental and Clinical Hypnosis; President for two terms of the British Psychophysiology Society; Vice-president of the European Federation of Psycho-physiological Societies.


Dr Bowden's Bibliography

Deborah Bowden BSc, MRes, PhD, conducted her doctorate in Psychology at Goldsmiths under the supervision of Prof Gruzelier, researching the efficacy of Reiki. She then went on to carry out postdoctoral research with him into the effects of yoga and meditation on mood, health and wellbeing. She is currently involved in research into yoga and power poses at Goldsmiths and working in the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit there, carrying out work for the charity Holistic Support Network in her capacity as Trustee/Director, working as a freelance web designer and writing a fantasy novel.


Some representative journal publications on hypnosis and energy medicine relevant to the workshop include:

Gruzelier, J. (1998) A working model of the neurophysiology of hypnosis: A review of the evidence. Contemporary Hypnosis, 15, 3-21. Updated as: Gruzelier, J.H. (2006) Frontal functions, connectivity and neural efficiency underpinning hypnosis and hypnotic susceptibility, Contemporary Hypnosis. 23, 15-32.

Gruzelier, J.H. (2000) Unwanted effects of hypnosis: A review of the evidence and its implications. Contemporary Hypnosis, 17, (4) 163-193. [2001 US Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis best clinical paper award.]

Gruzelier, JH (2002) A review of the impact of hypnosis, relaxation, guided imagery and individual differences on aspects of immunity and health. Stress. 5, 147-163. [ High ranking amongst current downloads?]

Naito, A., Laidlaw, T.M., Henderson, D.C., Farahani, L., Dwivedi, P., Gruzelier, J.H. (2003) The impact of self-hypnosis and Johrei on lymphocyte sub-population at exam time: a controlled study. Brain Research Bulletin, 62, 241-253. [The strongest, and remarkable, evidence of efficacy.]

Egner, T, Jamieson, G, Gruzelier, JH. (2005) Hypnosis decouples cognitive control from conflict monitoring processes of the frontal lobe. Neuroimage, 27, 969-978.[fMRI evidence.]

Bowden, D, Goddard, L, Gruzelier J.H. (2011) A randomised controlled single-blind trial of the efficacy of Reiki at benefiting mood and well-being. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 1-8. [One of two Reiki trials.]

Gruzelier, J.H. (2011) New and rediscovered insights about the nature of hypnotizability: Exceptional ability and vulnerability. Contemporary Hypnosis & Integrative Therapy, 28, 116-135. [Theoretical provocation?]

Bowden, D., Gaudry, C., Seung Chan An., Gruzelier, J.H. (2012) A comparative randomised controlled trial of the effects of Brain Wave Vibration training, Iyengar Yoga and Mindfulness on mood, well-being and salivary cortisol. Evidence-based Alternative & Complimentary medicine. ID 234713, 13 pages. [One of two BWV trials.]