Hypnotherapy

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About Hypnosis

Hypnosis also referred to as hypnotherapy and is an altered state of consciousness. It is a state of deepened physical relaxation and heightened concentration of the mind in which the learning process is greatly enhanced.  The purpose of hypnosis as a therapeutic technique is to help you gain more control over your behavior, emotions or physical well-being.

When you’re under hypnosis:

  • Your attention is more focused
  • You’re more responsive to suggestions
  • You’re more open and less critical or disbelieving

Hypnosis creates a state of deep relaxation and quiets the mind. When you’re hypnotized, you can concentrate intensely on a specific thought, memory, feeling or sensation while blocking out distractions. You’re more open than usual to suggestions, and this can be used to change your behavior and thereby improve your health and well-being.


What to Expect?

A hypnotherapist leads you into hypnosis by talking in soothing tone and describing images that create a sense of relaxation, security and well-being; or stimulate your imagination by suggesting specific mental images for you to visualize.  When hypnotized, most people feel physically very relaxed, and emotionally calm and peaceful.  You will be aware of what is going on at all times.

Medical Hypnosis utilizes positive suggestions in the treatment of both physical and emotional disorders. Medical Hypnosis is dynamic, short term, and directed. It follows a medical model of psychotherapy aimed at resolving the underlying unconscious causes responsible for the physical or emotional symptoms, negative thinking and unwanted behavior. It is extremely helpful in determining the origin/root cause of a person’s problem, because it reaches regions of the mind that cannot be easily reached in the normal waking state. As a result individuals experience changes in sensation, perception, thought or behavior corresponding to his or their mental or physical health needs.


Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Can anyone be hypnotized?

Everyone can be hypnotized to some degree. Some people find it easier to relax than others. Some people are able to go into hypnosis more quickly and more deeply than others. Most people can go into at least a light trance and can benefit from hypnotherapy to some extent.

  1. Can I be hypnotized against my will?

Nobody can be hypnotized against their will. The goal of hypnotherapy is to work together with the client toward empowerment to create change in his or her life. Nobody can be forced to do anything against their will. The ‘control’ misconception appears to originate from stage hypnosis.

  1. When you’re under hypnosis can the hypnotherapist control your mind?

You do hypnosis voluntarily for yourself. A hypnotherapist only serves as a knowledgeable guide or facilitator.

  1. What if I do not come out of hypnosis?

Everyone comes out of hypnosis. People go into hypnosis willingly, and come out of it easily. Since the hypnotist keeps the person under hypnosis, with the person’s realization that the hypnotist’s voice is no longer heard, the person will return to the present.

  1. Will I remember anything after the session is over?

You will remember mostly everything except those things that the hypnotherapist  has valid reasons to delay until a later time when it will be helpful for you to remember. Usually, you will remember only what you are ready to remember. You may be asked to describe images or sensations, people, places, or sounds as they come to you. You will be encouraged to avoid explaining or making any sense out of these impressions- but it is not the time to make any sense out of them.


MEDICAL HYPNOSIS

Pain Management

Medical hypnosis proves to be helpful for acute and chronic pain. Hypnosis can also work to program the mind to direct attention away from pain. In this way individuals will perceive far less discomfort. Also, hypnosis pain management programs can help our mind realize and understand that the pain is there, but does not allow us to suffer from it. With help of endorphins, the brain is capable of inducing analgesia, which is a mild anesthesia, and can also create full anesthesia (numbness). During hypnosis, the conscious part of the brain is temporarily tuned out as the person focuses on relaxation and lets go of distracting thoughts. When hypnotized, a person may experience a slowing of the pulse and respiration, and an increase in alpha brain waves. The person may also become more open to specific suggestions and goals such as reducing pain. In the post-suggestion phase, the therapist reinforces continued use of the new behavior.

  • Reduces frequency and intensity of headaches
  • Manages back and muscle pain
  • Controls pain during dental and surgical procedures
  • Relieves symptoms associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Insomnia

The process of treating insomnia in order to fall asleep and have peaceful sleep can easily be achieved through hypnosis.  Hypnotherapy can be used to learn relaxation techniques, and to train the mind to slow down when your body is getting ready for sleep. When you go to sleep expecting a relaxing night and good dreams, it is more than likely that you will get them. Hypnotherapy can also help you understand some of the underlying causes of insomnia which are often stress, depression or anxiety. Many people who suffer from insomnia don’t understand why or how it’s happening, and need help understanding the motives behind their anxiety and distress. Hypnotherapy can help

  • Re-educate the mind when it comes to sleep.
  • Detach one from life’s overwhelming concerns, and  train the mind to slow down when your body is getting ready for sleep
  • Pull your mind away from negative thoughts and focus on positive, soothing thoughts
  • Redirect your mind away from the raging thoughts of everyday strife

IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME (IBS)

Hypnotherapy is widely used treatments for IBS, and can offer sufferers a drug-free solution to symptoms of diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain and bloating. In “gut directed hypnotherapy” the general techniques of hypnotherapy are applied them directly to the abdominal pain and digestive symptoms.


CANCER

Hypnosis has been used successfully in treating the side effects of chemotherapy, resulting in significantly less pain and an increased duration of survival reported less pain, nausea, fatigue, and discomfort after surgery. It is also known to reduce pain, recovery time, and the need for medications after surgery. Hypnosis reduces stress and anxiety, Results can increase confidence, self-image and to more easily accept the restrictions of a chronic condition, or to even help manage end of life transition.

  • Minimizes pain
  • Relieves nausea and vomiting

FERTILITY AND PREGNANCY

Hypnotherapy is a way to deal with any stresses or fears and tension that may be getting in the way of getting pregnant or having a successful pregnancy.  Utilizing relaxation techniques along  with your medical team’s reproductive strategies allow you to feel  calm and comfort during procedures and let your fertility medications work for you even more effectively.. Hypnosis is in itself a state of relaxation, which is both normal and natural. Hypnosis allows contact with your inner mind; it allows communication with deep physiological functions.


Weight Control & Smoking

Hypnosis is highly effective in treating eating and smoking addictions. Exploring the unconscious relationship with how food or cigarettes may be a coping mechanism for dealing with emotional distress, the stress can be eliminated through changed behavior and thought patterns resulting in healthier eating patterns. Hypnotic suggestions can also make the act of smoking or eating certain foods become repulsive, via foul tastes or other physical unpleasantness known as “extinction.”

  • Motivation to stick to your diet and exercise plan.
  • Control cravings for particular food items or snacks.
  • Reported 95% success rate

Stress Management

Hypnosis for stress reduction allows you to relax your entire mind and body, and requires a high level of relaxation.  This form of self-hypnosis helps relax your body muscles and mind, lets stress hormones subside and distracts your mind from unpleasant thoughts. Too much strain and tension in your life can be damaging, leading to exhaustion, anxiety, depression and physical illness. Trying to manage the symptoms is often the most common response to stress, but this does not address the cause. Hypnosis can uncover the subconscious reasons for why you are stressed and help you change them.

  • Recognize and deal with stress and be more relaxed
  • Develop new coping mechanisms and keep you from getting as stressed.
  • Learn new and healthier responses to stress