You are getting Sleepy..!!! You can only listen to the sound of my voice!!! How often have we seen a hypnotist say such words in a movie or play and dismissed it as some kind of a hoax. Most of us, thanks to such kind of portrayal, associate hypnosis to some sort of magic especially dark magic. But Hypnosis has proven to be much more than that; it has time and again proved very helpful in medical conditions.
Let’s find out more about hypnosis or hypnotherapy. Hypnosis is a guided relaxation technique with intense concentration and focused attention in order to attain a heightened state of awareness like in a trance. When in such a state, the person is so focused that he blocks out everything around him. This helps the therapist suggest and explore the subconscious mind. Hypnosis acts as an aid to psychotherapy. Hypnosis is usually done by the therapist using verbal repetitions and mental images. Under hypnosis patients are usually very calm and open to suggestions.
People have been entering into hypnotic trance for thousands of years in different religions and culture. But the scientific concept of hypnotherapy wasn’t until the 1700’s. In conventional hypnotherapy, you approach the suggestion of the therapist or your own as if they are real. For example, if the therapists suggest that you are a bird, you think of yourself as a bird and start chirping like a bird. Essentially, you are playing pretend at a very intense level. In this state we are uninhabited and relaxed maybe because we block out our surroundings including our worries and problems and only listen to what is suggested by the therapist.
Though Hypnotherapy is a controversial subject, most therapist agree that it can used as an effective technique towards wide range of mental health conditions such as anxiety, mood disorders, depression, sleep disorders, phobias, fears, stress ,post trauma anxiety, grief and loss etc. Since it can be used to change one’s perception and sensation, it becomes an effective method in dealing with pain. As people under hypnosis are open to change, we can use it to modify behavior like quit smoking, nail biting, over eating, bed wetting etc.
Certain dermatological conditions can also be helped by hypnosis as it taps into the autoimmune system of the body which controls the blood flow, breathing, digestion and the body’s immune system. It is also used to manage pains of chemotherapy in patients suffering from cancer.
Hypnotherapy is also used as an analytical tool for mental health. It can be used to explore causes for some disorders or symptoms which have been subconsciously suppressed .It could be a trauma or event which is hidden from her conscious memory. Once the trauma is ascertained, it can be then addressed in psychotherapy
Under hypnosis, the doorway between the conscious and the sub conscious mind is open and hence access to certain stored memory can be approached and negative imprints reframed. So, it becomes an effective mental health tool. Lot many times it is used as a tool to understand the root cause of the physical ailment which the client has been suffering. This helps the practitioner to heal the cause and speeden the recovery of the physical ailment
Hypnotherapy is one of the most respected forms of alternate therapy for both the mind and the body. We now see many therapists, medical doctors, psychotherapists recommending hypnotherapy to their patients in conjunction with mainstream medicine.
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