Discover Your Power with Self-Hypnosis

 

Self-hypnosis is a trance-like state characterized by increased suggestibility, extreme relaxation, and heightened imagination. If you can put yourself into a hypnotic state) of consciousness at will, then you can get the benefits of improved mental power and well-being. Self-hypnosis refers to a situation where you intentionally put yourself in this relaxed state without the help of anyone, not even a hypnotherapist.

Self-Hypnosis improves the power of the mind because it induces a state of increased suggestibility and extreme relaxation to treat a host of physical and mental conditions. This technique is medically recognized, and it uses innate powers to promote all kinds of physical and mental improvements. Some health care professionals are trained in hypnotherapy — chiropractors, nurses, doctors, dentists, and psychotherapists. However, with self-hypnosis, you don’t have to rely on someone else to guide you into this powerful mental state – it is something you can do on your own.

But how does self-hypnosis feel? If you’ve ever found yourself entranced or mesmerized by ripples in a pond, ocean waves, or a crackling fire, then you’ve experienced self-hypnosis. These experiences make you feel profoundly relaxed and lost in your thoughts; you become temporarily unaware of the world around you – just like someone absorbed in a novel or a movie.

Hypnosis can help alleviate anxiety and other stress-related disorders. It helps with situational anxiety such as fear of taking exams or of public speaking. Self-hypnosis is also useful if you have a medically related concern such as that experienced before or during chemotherapy, surgery, a dental procedure, or other medical treatments and tests.

It can minimize the symptoms of panic attacks and generalized anxiety disorder. Medical experts have used it successfully for a long list of chronic diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, high blood pressure, asthma, migraines, tension headaches, fibromyalgia, eating disorders, chronic pain, and bruxism. It also helps those with dementia, Tourette syndrome, sexual problems, post-traumatic stress disorder, memory issues, insomnia and sleep disorders, epilepsy and depression.

You can use hypnosis to improve all areas of your life. It is most commonly used for weight loss, to sleep better, quit smoking, or for general stress relief. Hypnosis is used to increase concentration, focus, and productivity, improve self-esteem and confidence, and enhance relationships. You can use self-Hypnosis to make you whatever you want to be —healthier, happier, and more successful.

Since the 1950s, many medics have acknowledged hypnosis as a valid medical therapy. It is therefore not surprising that a wide variety of healthcare professionals have integrated it into their practice.


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Can Hypnosis Help Relieve the Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis?

Loudoun County, Virginia (PRWEB) May 06, 2015

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Can hypnosis be used to help the symptoms of multiple sclerosis? Two Dragons Hypnotherapy is pleased to release the results of a year-long case study on the effects of hypnosis on the symptoms of multiple sclerosis for MS sufferer Kristen.

Kristen was 24 when she noticed her vision was a little blurry. She didn’t think it was a big deal, but swung by the optometrist across from her office for a quick check-up just in case.

Kristen didn’t need glasses. The doctor told her she was likely suffering optic neuritis – widely considered the first sign of multiple sclerosis (MS), a nerve disorder with no known cause or cure.

“I said, Oh my God.” Kristen tells us. “That’s when I started to freak out.”

Affecting an estimated 350,000 people in the U.S., MS can lead to blindness, loss of hearing and even paralysis. There are medications that slow the progression of the disease but they far from guarantee a good quality of life. Enter Mind Body Medicine (MBM) therapies like yoga, acupuncture and hypnosis. Widely used by the American public, NIH funded studies have begun to reveal MBM therapies are effective in improving quality of life, anxiety, and pain intensity for a variety of conditions. There is preliminary evidence to suggest these techniques may affect coronary artery disease and cancer.

Kristen leads a healthy lifestyle and until she connected with Cynthia Chauvin, a family friend, her approach had been traditional. A certified hypnotherapist in Northern Virginia, Chauvin had been using her techniques for over ten years to help patients battle stress or break unwanted behaviors. She’d wanted to explore other medical applications for hypnosis, ones with measurable physical results.

“I’ve been interested in seeing if hypnosis could be used to help someone literally heal themselves,” explained Chauvin. “But it needed to be the right person.”

It had to be someone who truly believed the technique could work. After a couple initial conversations, Chauvin decided Kristen was the perfect candidate for hypnosis.

Kristen has a form of MS called “relapsing remitting,” as opposed to the more serious “progressive.” She can have an attack and then go back to normal. Doctors have told her that she will likely reach progressive, where attacks lead to lasting damage and symptoms worsen. Wanting to postpone that day for as long as possible Kristen was open to anything.

“Sure,” she said. “I’ll give it a shot.”

Hypnosis comes in two flavors. There’s the stage variety, where hypnotist showmen use the power of trance to “suggest” behaviors in participants for comedic effect.

“Sing in Martian, believe that a belt is a snake or fall in love with a complete stranger.” said Chauvin. “It’s all in good fun. But it’s also a clue as to what’s possible.”

In hypnotherapy, the practitioner also uses the power of trance to suggest behaviors in his or her clients. But instead of getting them to think they are talking to their imaginary friend, the, hypnotherapist may help a person un-learn a smoking habit, for example. Chauvin calls her technique “trance-based learning.”

Medicine has known about the “relaxation response” and the “placebo effect” for many years. But Chauvin believes something else is going on and she wondered if hypnosis could literally help someone heal themselves.

Last June, Kristen settled into her first 90-minute session. At that point, Kristen’s symptoms included numbness and a consistent and a sandpapery feel in her hands. In six sessions, over a six week period, Chauvin would put Kristen in a trance, and then directly and indirectly told her body to repair the connections that MS was breaking down.

“We’re visualizing building bridges and getting the body and nerves talking again, something that multiple sclerosis literally interferes with,” explained Chauvin. “I don’t think this is just about changing her body to a relaxed state; I suspect we’re actually re-wiring her system on some level.”

And there was never any discussion of MS.

“I don’t talk about the malady at all,” said Chauvin. “The entire session is about connectivity, working with Kristen’s deepest innate abilities and letting her body do the rest.” Cynthia adds, “I never use the words healing, it infers disease. I only refer to the body establishing a healthy balance on a cellular level.”Hypnotherapy

Cynthia describes the sessions plainly. “Each session is pretty simple. I put her into a deep relaxed state and using a basic structure I have developed, I improvise the session from that point.”

Once a point of derision within the medical establishment, mind-body medicine techniques such as yoga, meditation, tai chi and hypnosis are now recognized as having real positive effects on certain conditions. Large medical schools including Harvard University and Georgetown University have launched programs on the mind-body connection and the National Institutes for Health is actively funding complementary medicine studies through the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

“Since its establishment 16 years ago, the center has funded thousands of important research projects. Without this work, the American public would lack vital information on the safety and effectiveness of many practices and products that are widely used and readily available,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.”

Cynthia’s experiment was not an actual scientific experiment. It was just one young woman. But after two sessions, Kristen said the rough feel of her hands had vanished. And an MRI done 12 weeks later found that the lesions in her brain had gone from inflamed to stable. One of them was completely gone.

It could be an anomaly, but Kristen doesn’t think so and while Kristen leads an active lifestyle, does yoga and is under a doctor’s care, she attributes her progress to her work with Chauvin.

“I’m a lot more grounded, not as much mind chatter,” she said. “Things don’t bother me as much as they used to. I’ve reduced my stress level, and I don’t react the same way to things, my body doesn’t react the same way.”

That’s good for MS.

Chauvin is now starting to use the techniques on other clients with chronic issues, and said she’s seeing the same anecdotal progress.

There is no hard proof; that would require extensive and expensive double-blind trials with many participants. But for Kristen, whose symptoms went from daily to non-existent, it’s proof enough.

“I would recommend Cynthia for any physical ailment you’re trying to move past,” said Kristen. “Especially if you’ve been told you have something chronic and incurable. Before you get stuck in that mindset, I would definitely recommend Cynthia’s work with hypnotherapy because I think it will make a big difference.”

Chauvin puts it more pointedly: “Those that believe they can be healed, can be healed.”

Kristen gained access to hypnotherapy at Two Dragons Hypnotherapy in Northern Virginia. After six weeks she reported relief from her symptoms. She was provided service starting in June of 2014, and continues to see Two Dragons Hypnotherapy as she continues to benefit.. She is under the care of a neurologist.

Positive Thinking Has Tremendous Benefits

By: Ron Bradley

We’ve all heard about the pessimist / optimist test of “is the glass half full or half empty.” Don’t be so concerned with the glass, be more concerned about how positive thinking has tremendous benefits. These benefits positively affect your attitude, relationships, career, immune system and overall mental and physical health. In short, life can be better using the power of positive thinking. But there may be a bit of work to make it happen.

Especially now in our push button, instant gratification society, impatience and an ‘I want it now  attitude’ prevents most people from doing what has always been necessary for any type of healthy, positive change in life. In a word it’s application. Some people think of it as doing the necessary work to get the results you desire. However, it doesn’t have to be a struggling challenge nor take lots of time. The beauty of creating a positive attitude is it’s:

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  • Fun
  • Natural
  • Safe
  • Immediately accessible
  • Quicker than you think

 

The fastest way to start creating a positive attitude is to take short amounts of time in a day to step back and just see things from a different view. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, “When you change the way you look at something, what you look at changes.” In a word that’s perception. What’s great is that we have the ability to interact with how we perceive situations, people and all areas of our life. Meditation is a great way to create a more positive way of thinking. And there are more ways available too. Visualization, hypnosis, yoga and even eating healthy all lend to feeling and thinking more positive.

 

Positive Thinking Has Tremendous Benefits

 

Indeed, some studies show that personality traits like optimism and pessimism can affect many areas of your health and well-being. The positive thinking that typically comes with optimism is a key part of effective stress management. And effective stress management is associated with many health benefits.

Positive thinking doesn’t mean that you keep your head in the sand and ignore life’s less pleasant situations. Positive thinking just means that you approach the unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. You think the best is going to happen, not the worst.

 

Positive thinking has tremendous benefits and the bottom line is, nothing is going to get better with a bad attitude and thinking negatively. Even the real challenges and worse situations we may experience are going to happen, but what happens after that is going to matter as to the way we think. There is power in thoughts. All results and outcomes had to start as thoughts.

What about you? Do you… or are you ready to reap the benefits of positive thinking?

 

7 Key Factors that Cause High Blood Pressure

9 out of 10 people with high blood pressure (hypertension) have what’s called primary or essential hypertension. Although, there is no clear medical cause it is known that some lifestyle factors can contribute.

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  1. Smoking
  2. Family history
  3. Obesity (being very overweight)
  4. Drinking a lot of alcohol
  5. Lack of exercise
  6. Your diet (especially salt)
  7. Stress

Hypertension is called the silent killer. Blood pressure can increase without any symptoms and can cause a stroke or heart attack. Hypnotherapy for high blood pressure is very effective for all of the causes, hypnotherapy helps clients with high blood pressure deal with many of the factors that cause and maintain high blood pressure.

Clients that are diagnosed with high blood pressure are told to stop smoking, lose weight, reduce alcohol and reduce salt consumption, to increase exercise and reduce the effects of the stressors in their lives. For most people that is easier said than done. But Hypnotherapists can help clients achieve these goals.

If you have high blood pressure you already know that to continue smoking is like pointing a loaded gun at your head. Certified Hypnotherapists, can tackle the most common emotional and lifestyle factors in an easy and fun way.

The reason hypnotherapy for high blood pressure works is because we use the power of your subconscious mind to change your thinking processes, making it very easy to stop. Normally people will use their will power to try to stop. This creates irritability, mood swings, bad temper, cravings and possible weight gain. Hypnotherapy was proven to be the best method of Stopping Smoking by New Scientist magazine. Their findings were as a result of an in-depth study of all methods of stopping smoking.

It looks at lifestyle factors such as:

  • Childhood events
  • Social beliefs and expectations
  • Conditioning and traumatic events
  • Releasing inappropriate beliefs
  • Fears
  • Family pressures

 

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Stress is the number 1 causes of disease. It is triggered by an event or episode. Hypnotherapy teaches you to learn to recognize your stress triggers, and then you can learn to introduce new, alternative behaviors when you start to experience a stress trigger, thereby stopping the cycle of building triggers that contribute to high stress. While in the hypnotic state you are able to see alternative perspectives and behaviors in stressful situations. You can learn to reprogram your thoughts and actions while in a trance state to help you develop new behavior in the waking conscious state.  Continue reading

Debunking the Myths Around Hypnosis

hypnosis clientThe technique, when used correctly, can help people overcome a host of life challenges

By Rob O’Flanagan

GUELPH — You are getting very, very … no, not sleepy. In fact, just the opposite: More awake, more aware of the inner impulses that drive you. The stereotype/myth of the hypnotist as a kind of magician that puts a person, or groups of people in a trance and makes them do what they wouldn’t normally do, continues to taint the practice of hypnosis. But that’s not really what hypnosis is all about.

The therapeutic technique, which has been around for several hundred years, has grown in popularity, and respect, in recent times, while its applications have broadened. “An area where hypnosis has had all its myths come about is in stage hypnosis,” said Jacques Gouws, a clinical psychologist based in Hamilton, and past-president of the Canadian Society of Clinical Hypnosis. “This is the stuff where someone gets on a stage and calls people up and makes them look silly.” Playing around with hypnosis is actually dangerous, Gouws said. Someone with a particular mental health problem, an emotional sensitivity, or a specific trauma can have a psychological door opened through hypnosis that can cause a serious mental crisis.

But there are many ways in which hypnosis can be used as a tool to try to change habits, eliminate phobias, foster a sense of inner peace, and overcome a host of life challenges. Habits are deeply rooted in the subconscious mind, and accessing that part of the mind is where hypnosis has its power.

Phil Naylor runs the Glen Tara Centre for Hypnosis and Wellness in Guelph, a growing hypnosis practice that aims to help clients with anxiety, panic, phobias, pain management, and overall wellness, among other things. His business offers counselling, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy. Hypnosis is not mind control, he said, but there is a general misconception that it is. Those under hypnosis are fully conscious and aware during the process. For the most part, hypnosis is very safe.

“There are not many people that do hypnosis in Guelph,” Naylor said. “Part of the issue with hypnosis is that people don’t understand it. There needs to an education process because people don’t think about hypnosis for the things they might be dealing with. It is certainly not part of the mainstream vocabulary of health or mental health.” People seek hypnosis at his office for depression and anxiety, pain management, and anger management. If you grind your teeth at night or have an unusual phobia, a practitioner like Naylor may be able to help.

Say you want to be a more confident person, someone who feels more capable of succeeding at what you put your mind to. Perhaps something within your subconscious, a fear or a negative belief, is acting as an impediment to self-assurance. Hypnosis can help get to the bottom of it, according to certified hypnotist Angela McClenahan.

McClenahan recently moved her hypnosis practice from her home in Burlington to a modern office building at 848 Gordon St. Her Guelph Hypnosis Works specializes in serving people working to achieve smoking cessation, weight loss, stress management and greater confidence. It can also help enhance academic and sports performance, and manage pain, she said.

“We help people break habits, break patterns and find new ways to cope,” she said. “It’s amazing how the unconscious mind works, and it (hypnosis) can work very, very quickly. People can be stuck in patterns that they’ve been doing for years, and we can help them get out of it within minutes. It’s amazing to watch people make all these changes and to be able to help them do that.”

McClenahan said if you want to quit smoking, change eating habits, gain control over negative impulses and attitudes, hypnosis can help by essentially giving you better access to the subconscious processes that influence your behavior. We may not always know why we do what we do, she said. Hypnosis can help access the underlying motives behind our behavior.

McClenahan demonstrated one method of instilling a kind of a mental anchor that helps reorient the mind. In this example, she was helping instill an anchor for self-confidence. Close your eyes and picture a circle on the floor in front of you, she instructed. The circle could be a hula hoop, a rope, a painted line, or a series of stones.

Then, think of someone who embodies the qualities you want to instill in yourself, she said. Identify those good qualities in your mind. Once you have them identified, place those characteristics in the circle and step inside.

Now, envision absorbing those characteristics up through your feet to the top of your head until they are fully embodied in you, at least on the level of thought. Then step back out of the circle and make a fist. The making of a fist will be your trigger in situations where you want those admirable, self-assured qualities to come to the fore. During a test to determine if a subject was susceptible to hypnosis, Naylor asked the subject to hold a pendulum over a piece of paper that had a circle on it. The circle had a vertical line and a horizon line across it.

He instructed the subject to relax, to watch the pendulum and imagine it going back and forth in one direction. The pendulum moved in that direction, apparently without any movement in the fingers of the subject. When asked to imagine it stopping, it stopped. A succession of suggestions made the pendulum go up and down, and in both clockwise and counter-clockwise directions, with stops between each new direction. The subject was clearly susceptible.

Naylor said subjects who respond well to hypnosis are not gullible. Instead, they tend to be people with a good imagination, who can fully visualize things suggested to them. A good rapport between the hypnotist and the subject is also important.

The key to the success of any hypnosis is the client’s openness to it, their willingness to be helped by it, and a solid commitment to change, McClenahan said. “You can-not hypnotize anyone who does not want to be hypnotized,” she said. “It’s a choice.”

Hypnosis has long had a presence in the world of entertainment, the kind of stage hypnosis that has been popular at different times. In some ways it has given hypnosis a bad name. It has provided an impression it’s a form of mind control or mesmerism that alters the state of mind and puts people in a trance that renders them vulnerable to suggestion and control. “Even in stage hypnosis they can’t make anyone do anything that they don’t want to do,” McClenahan said. “You are still aware of what is going on.”

The state of hypnosis, she explained, is similar to the state we find ourselves in just before falling asleep or in those few moments after waking. It is a very relaxed state of mind in which we are still aware of our surroundings but not really thinking about them. It is not uncommon to enter such a state while doing ordinary things. One can move into a kind of hypnotic state while driving, finding they have travelled some distance without fully remembering the details of the route or without noting the amount of time that has passed.

“We experience hypnosis-like states all the time,” McClenahan said. “It’s a natural phenomenon. What we do here at Guelph Hypnosis Works is we use that relaxed state of mind to help work with your unconscious mind to make the changes that you’re looking to make.”

Individual human beings are made up of various parts, go through numerous stages of life, and perform many roles, Gouws said. Things happen in different parts and at different times of our lives that we may not understand or be aware of, but which affect us over the long term.

“Some of the stuff that happened to us may be so threatening that we can’t really face it, in the same way that I am not going to have a root canal while I am wide-awake, without freezing,” Gouws said. “Hypnosis is a tool that allows the therapist access to deal with those particular things that happen in the subconscious mind.”

McClenahan said many of her clients are taught the techniques of self-hypnosis. With smoking cessation, those techniques are relatively straightforward and don’t take long to learn. But things such as stress management or weight loss are a longer process, the root of the problems running deeper. Single hypnotic sessions are not offered at Guelph Hypnosis Works, but, rather, programs are offered involving varying numbers of sessions, at various costs. The nitty-gritty details, or the deeper secrets of a problem, needn’t be revealed to a hypnotist, McClenahan said.

“We just help you access states of mind that will help you get beyond your issue,” she said. “We need to get them to level with themselves, to realize on a conscious level that they are doing this. And then you can help them change those patterns.”

Challenges such as weight gain are symptomatic of deeper, often subconscious fears, anxieties or traumas. The weight gain is a symptom of an emotional/psychological issue that must be accessed to get to the root of the problem.

McClenahan referred to the work of family therapy pioneer Virginia Satir, who identified a number of “coping stances” that influence our behavior and can get in the way of healthy relationships and lifestyles.

Some of us are placaters who are always trying to please others — always focused on others as opposed to themselves. There are blamers who always blame someone or something else for their problems, distractors who constantly distract themselves from their problems and thinkers who overanalyze.

“Sometimes people get stuck in these stances, and we help them get out of them,” McClenahan said. “They are coping mechanisms that we all use at some time or another. When you get stuck in any of them, we help you get out of that rut and level — to actually be able to see what you do, recognize it and change it.” Being in a hypnotic trance allows one to see in much the same way as dreaming while asleep, Gouws said. “The hypnotic trance allows one to work with those issues in a way that they can-not in a wide-awake state.”

Unless the trance experience is particularly threatening, or if there is a posthypnotic suggestion not to remember the experience, a patient will remember everything that happened while under hypnosis. Some people are much more susceptible to hypnosis than others, and are able to go very deeply into their past experiences and see them as though they are watching a movie, Gouws said. Many are able to regress back to infancy. But regressing back to times of abuse and trauma, he reiterated, is potentially risky.

Cleveland Clinic Children’s hospital opens Center for Integrative Medicine

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Cleveland Clinic Children’s is opening a Center for Integrative Medicine at its Hospital for Rehabilitation, bringing together complementary and alternative medical treatment methods such as yoga, acupuncture, reiki, biofeedback, and therapeutic touch in order to better treat kids with pain, anxiety and chronic medical conditions. (Lonnie Timmons III, The Plain Dealer)

The Plain Dealer By Brie Zeltner, January 19, 2015 at 10:29 AM,

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Children receiving care for chronic conditions such as anxiety, arthritis, nerve and muscle pain and even post-traumatic stress disorder will now be able to access complementary and integrative medical techniques to help them heal at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s new Center for Integrative Medicine.

A team of pediatric rehabilitation specialists will offer acupuncture, biofeedback, guided imagery, hypnosis, reiki, relaxation and breathing strategies, therapeutic touch, yoga, and other treatments.

Dr. Benjamin Katholi, who will lead the new team, said the center will work in tandem with a patient’s traditional doctors — not as a replacement — to provide better care.

“We certainly hope to provide evidence-based care at our center and also to ensure that patients are maintaining relationships with their traditional medical providers,” he said.

According to the most recent data gathered by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, about 12 percent of children use some form of complementary medicine, including natural products, chiropractic and osteopathic treatments, deep breathing, yoga, massage and diet-based therapies, among others. More than half of children with chronic medical conditions use some form of complementary health approach, usually along with conventional care.

Many of the children Katholi treats have post-concussive symptoms, juvenile arthritis and nerve-related pain, he said. Other children who use integrative services have chronic headaches, back pain, anxiety and other complex medical problems.

Cleveland Clinic Children’s has offered many of these services to patients for several years, Katholi said, but did not have a centralized space for kids to receive care. That space will now be at the Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Cleveland.

“The hospital has a lot of medically complex patients who are referred here for inpatient or outpatient care, so it made sense to have the center here to help enhance the quality of life for those patients and to help enhance their recovery.” Katholi said.

The center will also begin research on several integrative treatments — acupuncture, reiki and a form of low-intensity electrical stimulation called frequency-specific microcurrent therapy — to figure out what their potential benefits are for kids.

“We’re not hoping to replace any traditional medical therapies, but rather to enhance the care existing here,” Katholi said. “I think that there are a lot of misconceptions about what can be offered. We don’t see ourselves as an alternative to care.”

What is Hypnotherapy?

What is hypnosis?                                                                                        

There is no debate as to whether hypnosis exists or works. Science simply cannot agree on what it is and how it works, although The British Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis states:

“In therapy, hypnosis usually involves the person experiencing a sense of deep relaxation with their attention narrowed down, and focused on appropriate suggestions made by the therapist.”

These suggestions help people make positive changes within themselves. Long gone are the days when hypnosis was seen as waving watches and controlling people’s minds. In a hypnotherapy session you are always in control and you are not made to do anything. It is generally accepted that all hypnosis is ultimately self-hypnosis.

A hypnotist merely helps to facilitate your experience – hypnotherapy is not about being made to do things, in fact it is the opposite, it is about empowerment.

Definition of hypnotherapy

Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not a state of deep sleep. It involves the induction of a trance-like condition. When in it, the patient is actually in an enhanced state of awareness, concentrating entirely on the hypnotist’s voice. In this relaxed state, the conscious mind is suppressed and the subconscious mind is revealed. The therapist is then able to suggest ideas, concepts and lifestyle adaptations to the patient, the seeds of which become firmly planted.

Hypnotherapy is the practice of promoting positive development or healing. Hypnotherapy aims to re-program patterns of behavior within the mind, enabling irrational fears, negative thoughts and suppressed emotions to be overcome. As the body is released from conscious control during the relaxed state of hypnosis, breathing becomes slower and deeper, the pulse rate drops and the metabolic rate falls. Similar changes along nervous pathways and hormonal channels enable the sensation of pain to become less acute, and the awareness of unpleasant symptoms, such as nausea or indigestion, to be alleviated.

Four extracts from Dr. Hilary Jones’ book, “Doctor, What’s the Alternative?” provide an accurate and accessible description of what hypnotherapy is, how it works, and how hypnotherapy can help you change and grow:

How does it work?

Hypnosis alters our state of consciousness in such a way that the analytical left-hand side of the brain is turned off, while the non-analytical right-hand side is made more alert. The conscious control of the mind is inhibited, and the subconscious mind awoken. The subconscious mind is a deeper-seated, more instinctive force than the conscious mind this is the part which has to change for the client’s behavior and physical state to alter.

For example, a client who consciously wants to overcome their fear of spiders may try everything they consciously can to do it, but will still fail as long as their subconscious mind retains this terror and prevents the client from succeeding. Progress can only be made by reprogramming the subconscious so that deep-seated instincts and beliefs are abolished or altered.

What form might the treatment take?

Any misconceptions a potential client may have about hypnosis should be dispelled. The technique does not involve the client being put into a deep sleep, and the client cannot be made to do anything they would not ordinarily do. They remain fully aware of their surroundings and situation, and are not vulnerable to every given command of the therapist. The important thing is that the patient wants to change some behavioral habit or addiction and is highly motivated to do so. They have to want the treatment to work and must establish a good clinical rapport with the therapist in order for it to do so.

The readiness and ability of patients to be hypnotized varies considerably and hypnotherapy generally requires several sessions in order to achieve meaningful results. However the patient can learn the technique of self-hypnosis which can be practiced at home, to reinforce the usefulness of formal sessions with the therapist. This can help counter distress and anxiety-related conditions.

What problems can be treated by hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy can be applied to many psychological, emotional and physical disorders. It is used to relieve pain in surgery and dentistry and has proved to be of benefit in obstetrics. It can shorten the delivery stage of labor and reduce the need for painkillers. It can ease the suffering of the disabled and those facing terminal illness, and it has been shown to help people to overcome addictions such as smoking and alcoholism, and to help with bulimia. Children are generally easy to hypnotize and can be helped with bedwetting and chronic asthma.

Fears of all kinds lend themselves well to hypnotherapy, and anyone suffering from panic attacks or obsessional compulsive behavior, and stress-related problems like insomnia, may benefit. Conditions exacerbated by tension, such as irritable bowel syndrome, psoriasis and eczema, and excessive sweating respond well, and even tinnitus can be treated by these techniques.

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnotherapy  Hypnosis is a trance-like deep relaxed state in which you have heightened focus and concentration. Hypnosis is usually done with the help of a hypnotherapist using verbal repetition and mental images. When you’re under hypnosis, you usually feel calm and relaxed, and are more open to suggestions. You are wake and alert and can hear what is said. The conscious mind (analytical mind) is relaxed and the subconscious mind is accessed. The subconscious mind is where all memories and habits are stored.

Hypnotherapy can be an effective method for coping with stress and anxiety.

Hypnosis can be used to help you gain control over undesired behaviors or to help you cope better with anxiety or pain. It’s important to know that although you’re more open to suggestion during hypnosis, you don’t lose control over your behavior.

 

Hypnosis is used for:

  • Pain control. Hypnosis may be beneficial for pain associated with cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, joint problems, dental procedures and headaches.
  • Hot flashes. Hypnosis may relieve symptoms of hot flashes associated with menopause.
  • Behavior change. Hypnosis has been used with some success in the treatment of insomnia, bed-wetting, smoking, weight loss, stress, and fears.

 

Hypnosis that’s conducted by a trained therapist or health care professional is a safe, complementary and alternative medicine treatment. However, hypnosis may not be appropriate in people with severe mental illness.

What happens at a hypnosis session?

Your therapist will explain the process of hypnosis and review what you hope to accomplish. Then the therapist will typically talk in a gentle, soothing tone and describe images that create a sense of relaxation, security and well-being.

When you’re in a receptive state, the therapist will suggest ways for you to achieve your goals, such as reducing pain or eliminating cravings to smoke. The therapist also may help you visualize vivid, meaningful mental images of yourself accomplishing your goals.

When the session is over your therapist helps you end your trance-like state.

Contrary to how hypnosis is sometimes portrayed in movies or on television, you don’t lose control over your behavior while under hypnosis. Also, you remain aware of and remember what happens under hypnosis.

Eventually you may be able to practice self-hypnosis, in which you induce a state of hypnosis in yourself. You can use this skill as needed.

Hypnosis can be effective in helping people cope with pain, stress and anxiety. It may also be effective as part of a comprehensive program for quitting smoking or losing weight.

Hypnosis isn’t right for everyone. For example, you may not be able to enter a state of hypnosis fully enough to make it effective. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis in other words no one can be hypnotized without their permission. Some therapists believe that the more likely you are to be hypnotized, the more likely it is that you’ll benefit from hypnosis.