What is Hypnosis? Posted on 12 Feb 15:38 , 0 comments
Have you ever been totally absorbed
while reading a book, cooking or watching a film? Did you zone out to the point where you didn't notice what else was going on around you? If so, you've experienced a type of trance-like state or focused attention that's similar to what happens to you during hypnosis.
Hypnosis, when provided by an experienced practitioner, helps with a variety of health conditions. These range from helping to control pain to easing emotional distress after trauma.
Hypnosis, also referred to as hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion, is an altered state of consciousness. This state of consciousness is usually achieved with the help of a hypnotherapist and is different from your everyday awareness.
When you're in hypnosis:
Your attention is more focused, you are more responsive to suggestions, and more open and less critical or disbelieving. The purpose of hypnosis as a therapeutic technique is to help you gain more control over your behaviour, emotions or physical well-being.
There is much scientific research being undertaken to bring a clear understanding of how it works. Presently researchers suggest that it appears to affect how your brain communicates with your body through nerve impulses, hormones and body chemicals, such as neuropeptides. As a practitioner I know, for many subjects, hypnosis creates a state of deep relaxation and quiets the mind. When you're hypnotised you can concentrate intensely on a specific thought, memory, feeling or sensation while blocking out distractions. You're more open than usual to suggestions, and this can be used to change your behaviour and thereby improve your health and well-being.
Who is hypnosis for?
Hypnotherapy has the potential to help relieve the symptoms of a wide variety of diseases and conditions. It can be used independently or along with other treatments. For example, in the USA it’s one of several relaxation methods used for treating chronic pain and has been approved by an independent panel convened by the National Institutes of Health. According to preliminary studies, again in the USA, hypnotherapy may be used to change negative behaviours, such as smoking, bed-wetting and overeating, reduce fear, stress and anxiety, eliminate or decrease the intensity of phobias, treat pain during childbirth and reduce labour time, control pain during dental and surgical procedures, relieve symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), lower blood pressure, control nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy, reduce the intensity or frequency of headaches, including migraines, hasten the healing of some skin diseases, including warts, psoriasis and atopic dermatitis.
In the UK hypnosis
is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to manage IBS symptoms. Hypnosis in the guidelines is classed as a psychological intervention, not complementary or alternative medicine. Hypnosis for IBS has many years of successful research behind it – see my IBS Audio Program 100 which has been helping IBS sufferers around the world since 1998.
Although hypnosis has the potential to help with a wide variety of conditions, it's not a magic effect.
For some conditions such as IBS it can be used as a stand alone treatment, for others it can be part of a broader, more comprehensive treatment plan.
Before any hypnotherapy sessions there is the initial consultation which is an information gathering process, as it helps build rapport and aids understanding between client and therapist. In my practice you are never asked to make a decision to proceed at the initial consultation; in my view it is important before any hypnotherapy sessions are taken that you take time to reflect on what has been discussed and feel comfortable with the therapist.
If you cannot get to my practice visit my site www.healthyaudiohypnosis.com for a rage of self-help audio programs for conditions such as IBS in Adults and Children, Anxiety, Confidence and Self-Esteem, Stress and many more.