Hypnotherapy makes use of guided relaxation techniques (commonly called an “induction”). The hypnosis practitioner uses these guided imagery techniques to induce a heightened state of awareness that is sometimes referred to as a “trance”. Whilst in this hypnotic state, the patient’s attention is so focused that other things going on around them are blocked out. This is a naturally occurring state; in fact, you have probably experienced this state of consciousness many times in your life without realizing it. If you have ever been driving on the highway thinking to yourself and driven several miles past your exit, you have been in a naturally hypnotic state. When this state is induced by a professional hypnotherapist, you can use this focused attention to make constructive changes in your life.
How is Hypnosis viewed in the Medical field?
Many times, Hypnosis is used as a valuable tool when paired with cognitive behavioral therapy. This is because the induced hypnotic state that hypnosis provides allows patients to tap into the power of their subconscious mind and explore memories they might have suppressed from their conscious mind. The subconscious mind acts as a powerful defense to the body but over time your mind can build up unneeded barriers due to traumatic or stressful life events.
What are the proven benefits of Hypnosis?
The hypnotic state allows a person to be more receptive to change and allows your mind to let go of the things that are holding you back.
Here are some areas where hypnosis has been proven to be effective:
- Sleep Disorders
- Clinical depression
- Anxiety Disorders
- Post-Traumatic Stress
- Fears & Phobias
- Public speaking
And so on.
Is Hypnosis Dangerous?
If you are thinking about using hypnosis to treat your clinical symptoms, you should know that Hypnotherapy is not a dangerous procedure. It is not a form of brain washing and a hypnotherapist cannot force you to do anything embarrassing. Hypnotherapy is an exciting and pleasurable experience.
Who is a candidate for Hypnosis?
Just about anyone is a candidate. Hypnotherapy appeals to people who don’t like to take medicine, those who like holistic methods, and those who have tried more conventional clinical methods and been unsuccessful. If you can follow directions and have a strong desire to get relief from your clinical symptoms, hypnosis will be effective for you.