Hypnotherapy is a state of deep relaxation in which the subconscious mind is extraordinarily receptive to positive thoughts and suggestions.
Hypnotherapy is a state of deep relaxation in which the subconscious mind is extraordinarily receptive to positive thoughts and suggestions. It is not something a hypnotist does to you, but it is something you give to yourself.
History of Hypnotherapy:
Hypnotherapy is a state of deep relaxation in which the subconscious mind is extraordinarily receptive to positive thoughts and suggestions. It is not something a hypnotist does to you, but it is something you give to yourself. Nobody can make you do something you don’t want to do or have the desire to do. Through hypnotherapy, your behavior can be modified to benefit you.
Dating back from 2600 BC to the present, different methods of hypnotherapy have been used. Wang Tai, the father of Chinese medicine, used medical procedures that were of hypnotic nature. There were many other people and scientists that used various forms of hypnotherapy, but the most influential of them all was Frank Anton Mesmer. He is remembered for the term “mesmerism” which is a process of inducing a trance through a series of passes he made with his hands and magnets. Working with a person’s psychic and electromagnetic energies, he performed mesmerism on many people across the world, and taught his students of his works. Many of his students got greatly involved in the study of mesmerism and other types of psychological subjects. He was admired, and scientists followed his example and came up with their own ideas.
Another influential person in the field of hypnotherapy is James Braid. He opposed mesmerism originally, but soon he became interested in the subject and began studying it. He said cures were not due to psychic and electromagnetic energies, but to suggestion. He developed the eye fixation technique of inducing relaxation which became known as hypnotherapy, after the Greek God of Sleep Hypnos. He characterized hypnotherapy as deep concentration by a person in a single dominant idea. He realized that ideas could be implanted while in the hypnotic state. He could not explain it, but he knew that it was the most amazing thing he had ever seen. As other scientists researched the aspect of hypnotherapy, they discovered that not only could it be used to induce relaxation, but was also beneficial in treating other ailments, both physical and mental.
How does one feel?
When you are hypnotized, you are in a tranquil state of relaxation. While in this state, your mind is permitting profitable and productive suggestions to be accepted. You are fully aware of what’s going on around you and you respond only to suggestions that are right and benefit your beliefs.
Relaxation is the first and most important step of hypnotherapy. Your eyes are closed; you breathe deeply at a diaphragmatic, laggard pace, and be unfettered of any jewelry or any other accessories that would cause uneasiness. When you are relaxed, tension is released in your muscles, nerves, and blood vessels. This also reduces the blood circulation which puts your body at well-being. Relaxation is the key to overcome a fear, habit, and many other symptoms. An experience a young woman had with the fear of going to the dentist was overcome because of the relaxation methods her dentist used. While she was being prepped to have her tooth drilled, her dentist had told her to stay relaxed and imagine something that she would rather be doing. She thought it would be difficult to concentrate in the situation she was in, however, she tried it. With her eyes closed, she imagined herself to be at her favorite vacation spot, and before she knew it, the dentist told her that he was done working on her teeth. She was puzzled at how she didn’t seem to feel a thing, and how she wasn’t frightened. He explained to her that he had learned a technique of hypnotism. When you are relaxed and have your mind on other things, the pain and fear seems to go away. She was in awe of her experience.
How does Hypnotherapy Work?
Before you can concentrate on goals and enrichment, you must clear the mind’s passageways. When relaxed, suspend all conscious thinking, postpone decisions and judgments, make no demands of your mind, but concentrate on peace of mind. If a negative thought enters your mind, just let it go.
Stay at the state of tranquility your body desires, then you can concentrate on other things. When you are concentrating on an everyday basis, the mind focuses on a problem from the outside. During hypnotically concentration, your mind is focused on an issue from the inside. Using your mental and emotional powers, concentrate on goals that will give you the spirit you need to reach your destination. While in the deep state of concentration, your mind is clear of other thoughts that might have been troublesome or irritating. This is valuable and necessary when conscious reasoning must be performed, but fatal to the success of suggestion.
A new kind of reality is created with suggestion. It puts a positive image in your head to replace any bad thoughts. Any suggestion given to you, while in the hypnotic state, will have an effect on you because it is impossible to separate the body from the mind. Therefore, they are dependent on each other. The mental element is always dominant and our physical organism is governed by it, so that we actually make or break our own health according to the ideas at work in our subconscious. We can freely implant whatever ideas we desire in the subconscious. Suggestion has always been and always will be the keystone to hypnotherapy, and it plays a significant role in nearly every aspect of medical treatment.
Pain begins and ends with the brain. If we constantly have our mind on a broken finger, headache, or anything else that might be causing pain; it will hurt worse than if we think about other things. As long as we keep our mind distracted from the pain, it will be lessened. The major components of pain are stress, fear and anxiety, so people who suffer from chronic pain illnesses, which can be caused and or aggravated from stress and anxiety, can decrease their pain with the power of the mind.
Our mind is powerful, and we can control the pain using only brain power. The brain is the center of pain. We can tap into that area of the mind and create an image of what is causing the pain. Simply picture you’re throwing the source of pain away. This puts the pain in your own hands, and you are in control. Creating images is not the only way to control pain. Focusing your mind on something other than the pain, know as dissociation, has the same effect.
Mind Body Relationship
The mind and body interact with each other, and our emotions affect our biology. The nervous system, the endocrine system, and the immune system are all related to each other. More recently, better understanding of exactly how these various systems interact lead to the newer science of “psychoneurotic immunology.” Psychological factors play an important part in causing diseases of all sorts whether is physical, mental or emotional. Physicians that study in this new specialty have discovered that our health and emotions are closely related. Through the process of hypnotherapy, the mind focuses positively on issues, mental or physical, and eliminates them. Whether the problem is a disease, stress, fear, or any other kind of issue, hypnotherapy can help or cure it.
The immune system becomes weak from stress, panic, negative attitudes, and a pessimistic outlook on things. It is made up of many cells that travel through the body to all organs and glands. These cells work in close contact to the brain which contains neurotransmitters which are like messengers that carry chemical messages to all the organs and glands. These “messengers” serve to activate, instruct, and regulate the immune system.
If a person is in a depressed, stressed, or panicked mood, the brain sends a negative message to the immune system which affects the organs throughout the body in a 6 negative fashion; On the other hand, if a person is in a humorous or optimistic mood, this stimulates the immune system increasing its ability to attack cancer cells, infectious diseases, allergies, and other autoimmune illnesses.
The individuals who can hypnotize themselves have an advantage towards those who can’t. Self-hypnotherapy is the same as hypnotherapy being done by someone else, however when you are doing this by yourself, more seems to come to your mind in a clearer sense than when someone else is giving you suggestions.
When a person learns to hypnotize themselves, they can induce relaxation any time, place or situation. There are few people that have a day go by without being under stress or have a headache from a hard day at work, school, or home, but with the help of self-hypnotherapy, issues such as these can be solved on your own.
Using self-hypnotherapy, you can have a stress-free life. All it takes is the three main components of hypnotherapy which are relaxation, concentration, and auto-suggestion, the process of a person suggesting thoughts to him/her. This reduction of stress will make you a better person, and those around you will enjoy your company
Hypnotherapy is used for many purposes by counselors, psychologists, dentists, and physicians. It can be a powerful tool in behavior control by helping people to cope with many serious issues; whether they are physical or mental.
MYTH: You lose control…
In fact because you are in a relaxed state your mind is free of that 24 hour a day “chatter”, therefore, you are in more control of your thoughts.
MYTH: Morals, Beliefs and Values are compromised…
In a hypnotic trance you cannot be made to do anything against your will.
MYTH: You Go To Sleep…
In fact you will hear and remember everything that I say.
MYTH: A Hypnotherapist can make you do anything…
A Hypnotherapist cannot make you do anything against your ethics, values, or beliefs.
MYTH: You will not come out of trance…
At most you will move into a natural sleep and wake up feeling energized and refreshed.
MYTH: Only mentally weak or sick people are hypnotizable…
In fact the opposite is true. The capacity to be hypnotized is a statement of relative mental health.
MYTH: Women are more hypnotizable than men…
In fact, the sexes are the same in their trance capacity.
MYTH: Symptom removal means a new symptom…
In fact, this is not necessarily so. Any number of troubling symptoms, from skin rash to fear of animals, can be successfully treated with the help of hypnotherapy without the appearance of a substitute symptom. Many symptoms are actually psychological fossils: remnants of earlier emotional times that linger on as habits.
MYTH: Hypnotherapy is dangerous…
In fact, there is nothing dangerous about hypnotherapy by itself. If there were, we would certainly know it. We would have to tell ourselves not to slip into another state of consciousness, not to day dream, not to concentrate deeply, not to become totally absorbed in things of compelling interest.
MYTH: The hypnotist must be charismatic, unique or weird…
In fact, a flamboyant or eccentric personality might well disturb the trusting atmosphere that serves to bring out a person’s trance talent.
Hypnotherapy is useful where you want to alter any behaviour that you consider negative.
Nail biting/Teeth Grinding
Addictions –Food, Smoking, Drinks, Persons
What my Courses and Sessions offer
The first session generally averages an hour and a half.
You are asked to fill out a personal information form and sign my therapy agreement.
Then I ask about your medical history and what you want from a session.
After that you can ask about my work and hypnosis.
I also mention that, if it is their first time being hypnotized that they may wonder if they are indeed hypnotized. I respond to that by saying that after the trance we will talk about your experience and you will know.
I take you to the trance level.
After the trance is complete, we talk about your experience, I give you feedback and you can ask more questions.
And the session is complete.
Generally, what you will feel after the trance, as reported to me by my clients, is an incredible sense of relaxation and an energetic and refreshed feeling. Some even say, after I bring them back, that they liked the feeling so much that they want to stay in that state of relaxation.
The number of sessions that one might need depends upon an individual and a problem.