The mind body benefits of hypnosis therapy are widespread. This popular and sometimes misunderstood method helps you create positive changes in all aspects of your life.
Positive changes hypnosis helps you achieve are weight loss, smoking cessation, relaxation and stress relief. It is used to help people recover from surgery with less pain, to speed healing, and to ease the side effects of chemotherapy.
Hypnosis therapy works by relaxing you so that your subconscious mind is open to accepting new suggestions and programming that will support your goals.
One of the main benefits of hypnosis is that when you in a relaxed hypnotic state, your brain wave frequencies slow down. You achieve a heightened state of concentration or focus so you are very aware of the visualization and suggestions that may be part of your session.
A state of focused awareness almost feels as though you are more of an observer of thought and images instead of a part of them. This allows you to bypass the 'gatekeepers' at the entrance to the subconscious and superconscious. Once you are passed the gatekeeper you can access these levels of consciousness directly and your brain is much more receptive to suggestion.
Suggestions, or programming, help you let go of old patterns, beliefs and feelings that no longer serve you and replaces them with suggestions that are positive and affirming.
Working with the superconscious mind can open you to new insights and creative ideas.
Some hypnotherapists regress patients into childhood and past lives in order to find the cause of present day troubles.
Some people want to experience regression because they are curious about their forgotten past.
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 the idea and practice of hypnosis. Some people fear hypnosis because they think they will lose control and someone will make them 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 extrovert volunteered once. I wasn't there to see it but he was no worse for the experience and from what I hear the silly things he did brought more than a few laughs. He doesn't remember it.
The hypnosis we are talking about is a common state of mind we all experience throughout the day. When you are lost in a daydream while driving, you are in a moderate hypnotic state. You enter deep hypnosis daily as you fall asleep and just as you wake up.
Next time you are deeply engrossed in work or a movie notice how you are aware of nothing else. This is the light hypnosis alpha state that most of us enter often throughout the day. In order to take advantage of the benefits of hypnosis, you have to be in a slower brain wave state.
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 hypnotist in a live session. You cannot be hypnotized against your will.
You may allow yourself to enter deeper into hypnosis as you gain trust in the process and the hypnotist. 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 bypass 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.
A 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 hypnosis 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 necessary for hypnosis, 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. How long this stage lasts and what is said or done will vary based on the purpose of your hypnosis session. You may be guided to a part of your body, an issue or a memory. It is at this stage that you have access to the subconscious and superconscious mind as appropriate. You may be given direct suggestions related to your goal and/or asked to visualize or be taken through a guided imagery meditation to guide you to make the positive changes or gain the information you desire. The second stage is where the benefits of hypnosis are realized.
The last part of the hypnosis experience is the emergence. Generally this is a simple five-to-one count with direct suggestions that guide you to your normal conscious state. The emergence is usually quite brief.
These three stages make up a hypnosis script. Scripts are often used for guided visualization, imagery, relaxation and meditation purposes although these 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 the specific benefits of hypnosis therapy you want are readily available on-line at reasonable prices and sometimes for free.
Be sure the script includes all three stages. Write any affirmations you want to instill in your subconscious to be read in the second stage. Read the script into a recorder using a calm, steady drone-like voice. Find a quiet place to sit or lay down, relax and close your eyes. Play back your recording.
You can hypnotize yourself this way, but generally you will respond better to someone else's voice.
One of the benefits of hypnosis therapy from a trained professional, whether live or by audio, is that they know how to guide you through a session and modulate the voice to enhance your experience. Expert hypnotists 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.
There are many hypnosis series available on-line. These audios are very reasonably priced and are available for just about any topic you might want. You may want to order free or low-priced downloads from a few different people to see who you feel comfortable with and respond best to.
Purchasers of Dr. Rick Levy 's book, Miraculous Health, get free access to professional hypnosis downloads conducted by him. The sessions correspond to the lessons about using the power of the mind and hypnosis for healing and scripts in the book. This is a real bargain.
I have to admit that the first few times I was hypnotized I did not go very deep and was very aware that I could have opened my eyes and popped out of it any time. I do not like to feel that I'm not in control and wasn't very open to suggestion so I thought hypnosis wasn't for me.
It was a pleasant surprise to learn that this wasn't true. Once I started working with the self hypnosis techniques and downloads I became very comfortable with the process and now find it quite enjoyable to experience the benefits of hypnosis
Expert hypnotists 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 therapy at home.
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