We usually associate hypnosis with magic tricks, putting people to sleep and doing various things with them during stage shows. Meanwhile, hypnotherapy is used in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, unwanted behavioural and emotional states. Hypnotherapy is a safe method of alleviation of undesired symptoms – if we only ‘submit’ ourselves to a qualified and experienced hypnotherapist who has mastered suggestion skills and knows how to solve various psychosomatic problems.
Altered state of consciousness…
Hypnosis is a state in which our consciousness is partially turned off, lies between reality and ‘sleep’, and is characterized by increased susceptibility to suggestion. Certain results can be achieved in both deep and low levels of hypnosis. Getting out of this state is not difficult at all and client is able to come out of the hypnotic at any point of the hypnosis. Hypnotist will make sure that you know how to come out of hypnosis by yourself safely (especially if he teaches you a self-hypnosis). Hypnotherapy sessions usually begin with the use of a variety of verbal relaxation techniques. At this point, the client is sitting in such a way that he is comfortable and usually for the benefit of the therapy he is asked at some point to close his eyes. His attention is directed to internal mental and bodily processes. E.g. “You enter the state of expanded awareness by counting down, imagining yourself going down stairs or by looking for a place…” where the client will feel comfortable. Knowing the client’s problem, the hypnotherapist addresses his needs and talks about his own therapeutic possibilities, and he should adapt the hypnotherapeutic techniques to his current reactions.
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Exposing the problems…
Hypnotherapy is most often used as one of the methods by which various psychosomatic disorders can be diagnosed and treated, such as neurosis, depression, phobias, stress, insomnia, alcoholism, low self-esteem, PTSD, and others. Thanks to an altered state of consciousness, it is possible to reach the subconscious mind and alter the negative emotions and states in it. This is often done through the positive suggestions of the hypnotherapist. It is, in a way, “insight” into memories, reacting to emotions and their transformation. Hypnotherapy, or treatment under hypnosis, is to help discover the causes of various disorders that lie in our subconscious. In this way, you can face conflicts that have not been worked out and that have been perhaps pushed out of your consciousness.
Hypnotherapy – a way to deal with various problems?
Hypnotherapy is a state in which you can relax deeply, reduce muscle tension and improve your overall well-being. Sometimes hypnotherapy is given to a client who want to reduce their pain before surgery or has the fear of going into the hospital/Dentist appointment or in more recent days wearing a mask or interacting with a person who had a Covid.
Hypnotherapy is also used to:
- speed up the recovery process,
- learn more efficiently,
- improve memory and concentration,
- overcome eating problems
Little more…, hypnotherapy also:
- works extremely well with children and the problems they are facing
- alleviate side effects of the hemotherapy in cancer patients
- help with pregnancy – hypnobirthing
- helps with performance (sport, work- public speaking, personal)
- helps with stress, anxiety, anger, depression, low self-esteem, nail biting, stuttering, tinnitus, tics and more…
- The hypnotized client ALWAYS has a choice – whether he wants to be hypnotised and accepts therapy structure, and a solution. Hypnotherapy is a very individual matter – some people will need just one or a few meetings; others may need much longer. Virtually anyone can enter into hypnosis – except for some individuals for whom it can be more difficult going into the trance (very young children or elderly), those for whom hypnosis would not be the best treatment option (E.g.: people with severe psychiatric disorders, delusional/hallucinatory disorders such as schizophrenia and psychoses of varying types, Individuals suffering from dementia). Hypnosis may be contraindicated for individuals with certain medical problems, or who are *actively abusing drugs or alcohol. The main reason in all contraindicated cases is the inability to properly interact and establish effective rapport.
- *there hypnosis can work only as a ‘side treatment’ along their main medical treatment and under supervision of their main medical professional.