Health Benefits of Hypnosis Therapy

By Val Silver

There are many health and life benefits of hypnosis therapy. This popular and often misunderstood method of holistic healing and manifesting 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. Hypnotherapy has the potential to help you achieve wellness and life goals. It can help you:

  • release excess weight
  • stop smoking
  • improve self-esteem
  • reduce stress and calm your nerves
  • sleep better
  • ease pain
  • ease symptoms of IBS
  • quell hot flashes
  • achieve life goals
  • explore a repressed past

In a medical setting, the benefits of hypnosis include helping people recover from surgery with less pain, quicker healing, and easing chemotherapy side effects.

How does hypnosis work? 

During hypnosis therapy, you are guided into a relaxed state. As you relax, your brain waves slow. Your brain produces fewer beta waves and more alpha waves. 

With more alpha brain waves comes a heightened state of concentration and focus. You are very aware of the visualizations and suggestions being made. You may feel as though you are more of an observer of thought and images instead of being a part of them. Suggestions are able to bypass the ever vigilant amygdala, or gatekeeper, and be delivered to the subconscious and superconscious mind, which are now receptive to new programming.

In this state of deep suggestibility and concentration, the statements 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.

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. They are replaced with positive and affirming suggestions, creative ideas, and new insights aligned with what you want. It is much like overwriting an outdated computer program with an upgraded version.

Another aspect of hypnotherapy is regression. 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.

Myths about Hypnosis Therapy

There is a lot of myth around being hypnotized. These myths, and the fears they give rise to, convince some people to forego the positive changes hypnosis can help them achieve in favor of playing it safe.

Some people fear it because they think they will lose control and will do something they don't want to do. They envision barking like a dog or saying they married the man on the moon with no memory of the event. We can thank stage hypnosis for these common misconceptions.

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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. 

Another myth is that someone hypnotizes you. Not so. 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 can end a session any time simply by opening your eyes.

Another common misconception 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 implanted several times until your mind accepts the new programming. Clients often receive audios after a live session so they can continue to experience further benefits of hypnosis therapy at home.

Three Stages of a Hypnosis Therapy Session

A hypnotherapy session usually consists of three parts: induction, the hypnosis experience, and 

Stage 1: Induction

Induction consists of words, phrases, and imagery that guide you into focused awareness of your inner world. Although relaxation isn't essential, you may be asked to visualize a relaxing scene. At this stage, progressive relaxation and the familiar countdown often occur. As you relax, you produce more alpha waves and become receptive to suggestions. If you are working with a hypnotherapist, a touch may be used to deepen the induction.

Entrancement is nothing to be afraid of. It happens to you throughout the day. When you are lost in a daydream while driving, you are basically mesmerized. You also enter this hypnotic state 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 alpha. In order to achieve the benefits of hypnosis, you must be in alpha or an even slower brain wave frequency

As you gain trust in the practitioner and the process, you may find that you allow yourself to enter the hypnotic state with more ease, speed, and depth.

Stage 2: The hypnosis experience

The second stage is the hypnosis experience. At this stage, you access to the subconscious and/or superconscious mind. The benefits of hypnosis are realized at this stage. 

In stage two, you listen to statements and may be asked to visualize or go through a guided imagery meditation. Your attention may be directed to a part of your body, an issue or a memory.  You may be told to go deeper and become more relaxed.

How long this stage lasts and what is said or done varies based on the purpose of your session.

Stage 3: Emergence

The last stage is hypnosis is emergence. Emergence consists of a simple five-to-one count with direct suggestions that guide you to your normal conscious state. You may be asked to rub your hands together, to rub your legs, and to look around the room.

This stage is usually quite brief.

Experience the benefits of hypnosis for yourself

If you are interested in trying self-hypnosis techniques, choose a professional audio, a written script, or write your own. Scripts and audios geared to your desired results are readily available on-line at reasonable prices and sometimes for free. Experiment with recordings by different professionals to see who is the best match for you. 

For hypnosis, be sure the script includes all three stages. Scripts are often used for guided visualization, imagery, relaxation, and meditations, but these techniques may not include all three stages.

If you are writing your own session, write down the affirmations you will instill in your subconscious during stage two. 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 using hypnosis audios created by experts is that they know how to modulate their voices and guide you in and out of hypnosis. They know how to craft words in a way that makes them more likely to affect your subconscious mind the way you want them to.

Purchasers of Dr. Rick Levy 's book, Miraculous Health, get free access to professional hypnosis downloads conducted by him. The sessions correspond to lessons about using mind power, hypnosis for healing, and scripts in the book. This is a real bargain.

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.

Not true. Once the doctor earned my trust and I became familiar with the audio, it was easier to quiet my monkey mind and accept his instructions. I now find it quite enjoyable to experience the benefits of hypnosis with the help of professional audios.

If you are mentally healthy, I recommend that you give audio hypnosis programs made by a reliable practitioner a try. You are likely to be pleased with the positive changes hypnosis helps you achieve.

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Benefits of Hypnosis page updated 01/2021

For Educational Purposes Only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or medical condition. Please consult with your health provider before using natural remedies and/or complementary therapies if you are pregnant, nursing, or you are being treated for a medical condition. Be aware that certain herbs and supplements interact with medications.

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