Hypnosis has been in existence since ancient civilisations and it involves going into trance. The word “Hypnosis” is very mystifying for a lot of people. The impression or misconception people have is that hypnosis is something magical, mysterious or often, dangerous. In movies, television and books, hypnosis is portrayed as some form of scary mind control where people are manipulated to give up control of their minds and themselves and are made to do things that you normally would not do. In actual fact, hypnosis is completely the opposite. People use hypnosis because they want to gain more control in different areas their lives.
Hypnosis is simply a natural state of mental, emotional and physical deep relaxation. At all times, you are completely aware of what’s going on around you. Hypnotherapy is a relatively recent practice. It uses the hypnotic trance to help you achieve a goal, create a positive change, or to help solve a problem. In many ways, hypnotherapy is like counselling, but it is a different approach and produces changes much more effectively and quickly. Hypnosis can help you learn to enter into a relaxed, comfortable, trance state for obtaining specific outcomes. With clinical hypnosis, the therapist can make suggestions designed to help the client re-direct internal processes in the unconscious mind that will lead to mutually-agreed-upon outcomes.
Hypnotherapy is proven and can help people overcome a wide range of habits, from negative emotions and phobias to weight management and stress as well as performance in athletes and students.
Benefits of Hypnotherapy
Let’s analyze more benefits that hypnosis offers:
Hypnosis & Illness
One of the biggest problems people facing today is – STRESS. Stress creates multiple problems – sleep disorders, headaches, and can even increase cholesterol. Hypnosis can help reduce stress, since it is a state of physical and mental relaxation.
Hypnosis & Breath
For a moment, stop reading this and concentrate on your breathing pattern. You’ll be breathing in short quick breaths, this short quick breaths causes stress and tension. It can make you feel dizzy, irritable and foggy. With hypnosis you can learn what deep breath is and feel more relaxed and calm.
Hypnosis & “Feel Good” Chemicals
The brain releases chemicals when you’re in a deep relaxed mood. These chemicals are often short in supply as we rush about our day. Hypnosis helps cause deep relaxation, allowing these “feel good” chemicals to flow and create a sense of control and well-being.
Hypnosis & Good Sleep
Deep breathing, hypnotic state relaxation and feel good factor helps for a restful sleep. It is as if your body “learns” how to sleep more peacefully due to the hypnotic state.
Hypnosis & Immune System
The other problem of stress is that it produces chemicals of the ‘fight or flight’ variety. This aroused state affects the immune system. Regular relaxation can prevent this from happening.
The bottom line:
The bottom line is we all need to live a good life – a life full of happiness, peace and joy, devoid of worries, stress, and illnesses. With hypnotherapy you can achieve your goal, feel stronger, feel more relaxed and be in a better position to handle your life.
Hypnotherapy may not be used in each session. If the underlying causes are not understood, the impact will only be short-term. Hence, sometimes having a conversation within a therapy frame, or doing therapy exercises outside of hypnosis are just as important and effective as hypnosis itself.
The use of hypnotherapy is a pro-active approach, and you will be involved in the entire process.
What is Hypnosis NOT
- Hypnosis is not mind control or brainwashing. People change their minds and actions throughout their lives. When such changes occur as a result of exposure to specific information, it is because this information has been presented through persuasion and influence. A hypnotherapist uses communicative methods of persuasion and influence; so do people who advertise and market goods and services; so do teachers, politicians, lawyers, entertainers, parents, and ministers.
- During trance, you are not immobilized. You know exactly where you are the entire time. You can adjust your position, scratch, sneeze, or cough. You can open your eyes and bring yourself out of trance at any time you wish. During trance, you can still hear sounds around you, like a phone ringing. You can alert yourself and respond to any situation that needs your immediate attention. You remain oriented as to person, place, and time. You can even hold a conversation in trance. You are in total control of yourself.
- Trance is not sleep. Some people get so relaxed that they may fall asleep. This is no problem because some part of the mind continues to listen to the voice of the hypnotherapist. In trance, sleeping subjects can still follow instructions such as moving a finger, taking a deep breath, or awakening themselves when they are told to do so.
- There is no “right” way to experience trance. One person may experience it as a deep, restful feeling, while another may experience it as a light, floating sensation. Some people hear every word spoken by the therapist, while others allow their minds to drift to other thoughts. Some experience vivid imagery, while others do not. Some people remember the suggestions they hear, and some do not. Every person’s experience of hypnosis is unique.
- Hypnosis cannot cause anyone to do something against their will or that contradicts their values. First, a hypnotherapist is ethically required to make only those suggestions that support agreed-upon outcomes. Second, clients are not receptive to suggestions that go against their morals or values—because receptivity is one of the ingredients of success in hypnosis.