The mind body benefits of hypnosis therapy are widespread. This popular and sometimes misunderstood method of holistic healing helps you create positive results in all aspects of your life.
If thoughts of being hypnotized conjure up images of someone dangling a pocket watch in front of you while chanting, "You are getting sleepy", you may want to give this well-documented technique another look. This therapy has the potential to help you release excess weight, stop smoking, improve self-esteem, reduce stress and a achieve whole host of other goals you may have. Medically, it is used to help people recover from surgery with less pain, to speed healing, and to ease the side effects of chemotherapy.
During hypnosis therapy you are guided into a relaxed state so that your subconscious mind is open to accepting new suggestions and programming.
As you relax, brain waves slow. This is one of the main benefits of hypnosis. With slower brain waves come a heightened state of concentration or focus. You are very aware of the visualization and suggestions being made and are highly receptive to them.
A state of focused awareness feels as though you are more of an observer of thought and images instead of a part of them. Suggestions are able to bypass the ever vigilant amygdala, or gatekeeper, at the entrance to the subconscious and superconscious where they are delivered to these levels of consciousness directly.
These suggestions, implanted as images and words, help you let go of old negative or limiting patterns, beliefs and feelings, some of which you aren't even aware of, and replace them with positive and affirming suggestions that are aligned with what you want. It is much like overwriting an outdated computer program.
Working with the superconscious mind in this way also opens you to new insights and creative ideas.
Hypnotherapists may regress patients into childhood and past lives in order to find the cause of present day troubles and belief systems. Some people want to experience regression because they are curious about their forgotten pasts. Even if you don't believe in reincarnation, what comes up during a session may serve as a metaphor for what is causing you to think and behave in certain ways.
If you had a traumatic early life or have mental health concerns, do not regress except under the personal guidance of an experienced medical hypnotherapist. Medical hypnosis is recognized by the American Medical Association as an effective alternative medicine modality.
There is a lot of myth around being hypnotized. Some people fear it because they think they will lose control and they will do something they don't want to do. They envision barking like a dog or telling someone they married the man on the moon with no memory of the event. We can thank stage hypnosis for these common beliefs.
Stage hypnosis is done for entertainment using highly suggestible volunteers. My son, the eager to please extrovert, volunteered once. He doesn't remember the experience, but from what his friends told us his actions were good for a few laughs.
For hypnosis benefits, the entrancement we are talking about happens at common alpha level of mind we all experience throughout the day. When you are lost in a daydream while driving, you are basically mesmerized. You enter a deep hypnotic state daily as you fall asleep and just as you wake up.
The next time you are deeply engrossed in work or a movie, notice how you are aware of nothing else. This is the light alpha state. In order to achieve the benefits of hypnosis, you must be in alpha or an even slower brain wave frequency.
Another myth is that someone hypnotizes you. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. You are fully in charge of the experience whether you are using self hypnosis techniques or working with a therapist in a live session. You cannot be entranced against your will.
You may allow yourself to enter deeper levels of mind as you gain trust in the process and the practitioner. As you gain confidence and trust in the process and the person you are working with, it becomes easier to enter a hypnotic state quickly.
When you are in a state of deep suggestibility, you are also in a state of deep concentration. What is suggested bypasses the intellectual barriers of the left brain and make their way into the creative right brain. When your brain absorbs what the hypnotist says, the words will begin to guide your behavior.
You can end a session any time simply by opening your eyes.
Another common misperception is that you only have to be hypnotized once to make permanent changes. Sometimes this is the case, but for lasting positive changes, hypnosis suggestions need to be repeated several times until your mind accepts and runs the new programming. Clients often get audios after a session so they can continue to experience further benefits of hypnosis therapy at home.
A session usually consists of three parts.
The induction consists of words, phrases and imagery that guide your attention into focused awareness of your inner world. Although relaxation isn't essential, you may be asked to visualize a relaxing scene. This is where the progressive relaxation and the familiar ten-to-one count down occur. If you are working with a hypnotherapist, a touch may be used to deepen the induction.
The second stage is the hypnosis experience itself. It is at this stage that you have access to the subconscious and superconscious mind as appropriate and where the benefits of hypnosis are gained. You will listen to statements and may be asked to visualize, or go through guided imagery meditation. Your attention may be directed to a part of your body, an issue or a memory. How long this stage lasts and what is said or done will vary based on the purpose of your session.
The last stage is emergence, a simple five-to-one count with direct suggestions that guide you to your normal conscious state. The emergence is usually quite brief.
These are the three parts of a hypnosis script. Scripts are also often used for guided visualization, imagery, relaxation and meditation, but these techniques may not include all three stages.
If you are interested in trying self hypnosis techniques, choose a written script or write your own. Written scripts geared to your specific benefits of hypnosis therapy are readily available on-line at reasonable prices and sometimes for free.
Be sure the script includes all three stages. Write the affirmations you will instill in your subconscious to be read in the second stage. Read the script into a recorder using a calm, steady drone-like voice. Then, find a quiet place to sit or lay down, relax and close your eyes. Play back your recording.
You may have success using your own voice, but generally people respond better when guided by a trained professional.
One of the benefits of hypnosis therapy from an expert is that whether live or by audio, they know how to guide you and modulate the voice to enhance your experience. They know how to craft and play with words in a way that makes them more likely to affect your subconscious mind the way you want them to.
Many reasonably priced hypnosis audios are available on-line in a great variety of topics. Try out free or low-priced downloads from different sources to see who you is the best match for you.
Purchasers of Dr. Rick Levy 's book, Miraculous Health, get free access to professional hypnosis downloads conducted by him. The sessions correspond to t lessons about using mind power, hypnosis for healing, and scripts in the book. This is a real bargain.
I have to admit that the first few times I listened to the recordings, I had control issues and did not go very deep. I was aware that I could have opened my eyes at any time and wasn't feeling open to suggestion. I thought hypnosis wasn't for me.
It was a pleasant surprise to realize this wasn't true. Once the doctor earned my trust and I became familiar with the self hypnosis techniques, the process became comfortable and it was easier to quiet my monkey mind and accept his instructions. I now find it quite enjoyable to experience the benefits of hypnosis through audios.
I highly recommend that if you are mentally healthy you give audio hypnosis therapy from a reliable practitioner a try. You are likely to be pleased with the positive changes hypnosis helps you achieve.
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