The practice of hypnosis does conjure up images of people on stage being put into a deep hypnotic sleep and with one word form the hypnotist start acting like chickens with their heads cut off. With a finger snap the hypnotist says a few words and everything is back to normal, meaning no one is the wiser or remembers what just happened.
Okay.. so going to a hypnotist sounds way out there but what if you wanted to stop smoking or lose weight and tried everything else. This is an alternative method that does change behaviors and unwanted patterns.
What most people are unaware of is that when put into a hypnotic state of mind a person is not put into a deep sleep but rather a state of deep conscience relaxation and when hypnotized a person will not do anything that is unnatural, threatening or dangerous to their behavior.
How Hypnosis Changes Patterns and Behaviors
The conscious mind is what we all rely on and is the seat of reason. The subconscious mind is where non-reasoning occurs and houses our memories, habits, patterns, dreams, autonomic body functions, and of course all emotions.
hyp-no-ther-apy; the use of hypnosis in treating illness, for example, in dealing with physical pain or psychological problems
Hypnotherapy helps reach the subconscious mind and directs the person to deeply relax the body and mind. While hypnotized the therapist is able to reinforce and plant new positive ideas and concepts to assist in healing the mind-body connection.
When this takes place a person may experience:
- Heightened awareness and concentration
- Deeply focused concentration
- Deep relaxation
- Responsiveness to positive ideas and images and is in control at all times
What Happens When Hypnotized
Often when working with the therapist it is best to be seated or lying down in a very comfortable position. In some cases an object is used to establish a point of focus. The therapist, in a calm tone, communicates to allow the body to drift and feel a sense of deep relaxation while slowly guiding the mind to a super conscious state tapping into the subconscious sate of mind.
At that point a person is responsive to ideas or images, often guided to reveal a location of personal safety and comfort. From there the hypnotherapist works to help remove unwanted patterns and behaviors but at the same time can not control the person’s mind or free will.
Some of us are more receptive to this type of therapy than others and it will always depend on the expertise of the hypnotherapist.
- Results and Improvements: Confidence, Communication, Relationships, Motivation, Achievement, Concentration, Recall, Health and Stress management.
- Overcome Issues: Addictions, Habits, Eating Disorders, Insomnia, Fears, Phobias, Procrastination, Negative thoughts, Emotional and Behavioral Patterns.
- Full Potential: Work, Sports, Writing, Performance, Art, Public Speaking, and Creative expression
- Past Regression Therapy: Past life memories can be blocked by traumatic experiences such as an accident, violent episode, abuse or other life threatening events and can be explored through the use of hypnotic regression. This is a therapy-“hypnotic” or highly relaxed state, and then “regressed” (moved backward) to an earlier point in time.
- Self -Hypnosis Can Be Taught: This is a technique to master ones states of awareness and by doing so affects bodily functions and psychological responses. There are method or exercises to help continue reaching the deep subconscious mind –body relaxation.
A session is usually 1-2 hours and when awakened the sense of being very refreshed and relaxed is common, almost as if a weight has been lifted. The improvements can be lasting and it is best to consult with the therapist on a series of sessions to achieve the maximum results.