Hypnosis is a powerful tool to change unwanted habits. It has been shown to be very effective tool to change unwanted habits. It can offer almost unlimited potential for personal improvement and self-confidence. Hypnotherapy unlocks the healthy, complete individual that you have inside. Hypnosis is a powerful tool to unlock the potential of the mind.
Extensive research continues to demonstrate that hypnosis can effect the mind and the body in positive ways. Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of mind. When the subconscious is spoken to directly, it may be possible to reprogram old behavior patterns and introduce new ideas and positive suggestions. These positive suggestions may then be used to help make the changes you desire. Hypnosis can only accomplish that which the client desires. Hypnosis cannot make someone do anything that they do not want to do.
Hypnosis (the Greek word for sleep) is widely accepted as an excellent method by which patients may access their inner potential by addressing their subconscious mind while in a relaxed state. This calming and powerful tool enlists the power of the persons own imagination and may utilize a wide range of techniques from storytelling, metaphor, direct suggestion or symbolism toward a beneficial change. It is an experience that is similar to when you drift off to sleep, not fully asleep, but also not fully awake.
It is generally considered helpful if the client is personally motivated to change. Disregard your assumptions of what you think it feels like to be hypnotized. Often, if any individual has observed stage hypnosis, it can become confusing when experiencing hypnosis in a private setting. Stage hypnosis is completely different from clinical hypnosis. Stage hypnosis works well on very few people and the suggestions are strictly for entertainment purposes.
Hypnotherapy has been shown to be very effective for helping with the following issues:
- Improved Sports Performance
- Smoking Cessation
- Overcoming Sadness and Worry
- Past Life Regression
- Overcoming Physical Discomfort
- Weight Loss
- Improved Academic Performance
What a Hypnotherapy Session is Like
Hypnotherapy is done through relaxing the conscious mind so that we can speak directly to the subconscious mind. After an initial time spent on determining your goals for the session I’ll proceed to take you through progressively deeper levels of relaxation until the conscious mind is relaxed. I then use ideomotor or as I say let your fingers do the talking to locate the experiences or events that have caused the conditions that you’d like to address. By working with the subconscious mind we resolve those experiences and events so that they no longer control or affect your life in any way. I will also use some ego strengthening scripts to help reinforce the work that was done leaving you feeling wonderfully refreshed and energized.
Hypnotherapy can also be accomplished by the patient himself, by means of a sort of self-hypnosis. A well-qualified hypnotherapist can make a recording, customized to help patients resolve a particular issue, and the client can then sit back, relax, and listen to the audio — as often as it takes to see results.
Symptoms and Conditions That Hypnotherapy Can Help
Hypnotherapy focuses on the issue at a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level. Common conditions and areas in which hypnotherapy can be of benefit include:
- Trouble Feeling Grounded
- Low Energy
- Lack of Purpose
- Sense of Powerlessness
- Lack of Vitality
- Difficulty Staying Present
- Reduce Stress
- Chronic Illness
- Numbness to Emotions
- Unhealthy Connection to any Person
- Watching Life from the Outside
- Unwanted Behaviors
Hypnotism puts you into a state of “focused concentration,” during which you’re vaguely aware of your surroundings — you just don’t care about them. There are different stages of hypnosis, some deeper than others. But when you’re in any of them, your imagination is open to suggestion.
The suggestions made to you while you’re hypnotized are part of hypnotherapy. Web MD notes that this term, sometimes used interchangeably with hypnotism, simply describes the stuff that is suggested to you while you’re hypnotized to help make you better after the session is over. Often the suggestions are images — picturing your arm going numb, picturing yourself relaxed — rather than orders to “stop hurting.”
Over the years, hypnotism has had a rather seedy reputation. This bad rep can be traced back to the late 18th century, when Franz Mesmer, the man who introduced hypnotism into medicine, got himself kicked out of France for his fraudulent healing practices. Hypnosis was soon discovered to have genuine healing potential, but it was exploited by enough crackpots and vaudeville magicians to stay associated with superstition and evil for a long time.
Today, though, hypnosis is about as mainstream as an alternative therapy can get. It has been recognized as a valid medical therapy since 1955 in Great Britain and since 1958 in the United States. Many mainstream doctors (particularly anesthesiologists and surgeons) are trained in hypnotherapy, as are a good number of dentists, psychotherapists, and nurses. Like meditation or reiki, hypnosis can even be performed on pets such as dogs.
So why is hypnosis still considered alternative? Partly because it doesn’t work for everyone. But largely because no one really can explain how it works. Experts even debate whether hypnosis produces an altered state of consciousness at all. Right now, investigators are scrambling to get some of these answers, and already a few theories are floating around. But for now the whole business is still pretty much a mystery.
Even so, many mainstream health practitioners are willing to accept (and use) hypnotherapy because it happens to help their patients. They rest their case on many solid studies that show what hypnotherapy can do — even if researchers don’t yet understand how.