Hypnosis as a Stress Management Technique; Does it Really Work?

Hypnosis as a Stress Management Technique; Does it Really Work?

Also called hypnotic suggestion or hypnotherapy, it is simply a trance like state in which a person has a heightened concentration and a heightened focus. Hypnosis is usually done with the assistance of a knowledgeable and skilled therapist who utilizes mental images and verbal repetition. When under hypnosis, an individual typically feels relaxed, peaceful, calm and very open to suggestions. Apart from being used to gain control over unwanted behaviour, hypnosis can also in the management of pain and anxiety. Contrary to popular misconception, hypnosis does not cause you to lose control over your mind and behaviour. What it simply does is make a person more open to suggestion they would dismiss when fully conscious.

It is exaggerated and fictionalized in movies which seem to suggest it can be used to alter brain functioning. Even today, hypnotic suggestion still remains one of the most fascinating phenomenons; the sheer ability of the human mind to enter into a unique state of consciousness makes the possibilities virtually endless.

When you are in a state of hypnotism you can use your abilities, talents and experiences in ways you cannot use when fully conscious. In a nutshell, hypnotherapy is an elevated state of human consciousness that involves reduced peripheral awareness. It helps you to focus on a specific thought or subject while completely blocking out any other possible distractions. It is a powerful way to acess the human mind and it requires a person’s full and willing participation.

What can hypnosis help me to do?

I know at this point it may sound like a work of fiction or sorcery right? Well research by multiple reliable sources coupled with experiences from our satisfied customers reveals that hypnosis plays a key role in promoting and promoting physical health. Some scientifically backed benefits of hypnosis include;

Hypnosis is effective in helping restore normal sleeping patterns

Hypnotherapy enables your body and your mind to start relaxing and this helps you release everything else and you end up falling into a super relaxing state. This way your body and mind are able to fall into a comfortable state, that allows you to enjoy sound and uninterrupted sleep.

The more you master the basics of hypnosis and engage in regular hypnotherapy sessions, the more your body and mind becomes accustomed to sleep. When you practice regular hypnosis sessions you will begin falling to sleep faster and faster. Sleep is extremely important for both the body and mind; hypnotherapy is a great tool that helps you restore your normal sleep patterns.

 It can ease the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome is a serious health condition that makes the bowel very sensitive. This condition causes recurring pain and extreme discomfort in the abdomen. The muscles and the nerves do not work as they should. Hypnotherapy is very effective in helping reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Hypnotherapy at its core is simply an effective relaxation technique that helps you attain a state of mind that can impact your physical well-being. Hypnosis is an effective way to promote positive thinking and develop coping strategies to deal with the tension, anxiety and stress that accompanies irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Many reliable studies have unequivocally proven that hypnosis for IBS is an effective treatment regimen. Some suggested benefits include improved quality of life and improved well-being as well as reduced bloating, abdominal pain, constipation and diarrhoea. Our hypnosis sessions will help you manage and treat irritable bowel syndrome in the following ways:

  • Every session will help you learn to cope with any fears or worries that contribute to IBS
  • Our hypnosis sessions will help you master the basics so that you can continue having your sessions at home
  • We can customize our hypnosis sessions to meet your particular needs. Our sessions will help you set realistic objectives ; you may be encouraged to visualize hoe healthy you will be without IBS
  • Hypnosis sessions customized for the treatment of IBS include suggestions and visualizations that aim at decreasing the sensitivity of the gut.

Very effective in pain management

Hypnotherapy is astonishingly effective in the reduction and even in the complete removal of pain responses. Hypnosis has several tools in its armory to support individuals suffering from chronic pain. It all depends on te phrasing of the hypnotic session. There are four main ways hypnosis helps reduce pain

Distraction

When in a hypnotic state you begin to direct all your attention from the pain and start focusing on a particular subject. Seems easy right? Distraction is enormously powerful and only works if you get deep into a hypnotic trance. Distraction helps you focus on non afflicted parts of the body or can also be used to regress to a time when the pain was absent.

Reframing

This simply means turning the sensation of pain into more a pleasant non-painful sensation. Since hypnotherapy makes you more open to suggestions you will be able to control how much pain you feel by attempting to replace the pain sensation with a less hurtful sensation. Reframing requires mastering of the hypnosis basics.

Numbering and dissociation

These two pain relieving techniques happen naturally and spontaneously when one is in a hypnotic trance. A natural hypnotic process of numbering and dissociation work by helping your mind control pain levels. In a trance the body and mind connected meaning you have the ability to control your body using your mind.

Hypnosis is a great way to relieve stress

Hypnosis just like any other relaxation technique is effective in stress and anxiety management. Here are two ways hypnotherapy can help reduce stress and anxiety;First and foremost hypnotherapy will get you into a deep relaxed state where you will be able to successfully fight off tension and trigger relaxation responses. Once the relaxation responses set in motion you are able to let go of all stress factors and achieve inner peace and serenity. The other way hypnosis will help you manage stress and anxiety is by helping you achieve healthy lifestyle changes that can effectively reduce the amount of stress you encounter on a daily basis. For instance, you can use hypnosis sessions to help you stick to a healthy exercise regimen and a great diet.

Hypnosis is a reliable way to get rid of destructive and detrimental behavioural patterns

If you are trying your best to recover from the effects of a past trauma such as an abusive childhood to eliminate some behaviours that you developed as a defence mechanism then you could definitely use hypnosis sessions. Rather than subconsciously indulging in a bad habit, hypnotherapy makes you mindful of what you are doing. Once your bad habit becomes a behaviour, it is deeply embedded in your subconscious making it hard for you to control yourself. How does hypnosis help? Simple! It makes you aware of what you are doing even before you start doing it. Keep in mind that it is much easier to quit a bad habit when you are aware that you are doing it or about to do it. Habit reversal will require self hypnosis as well as regular hypnosis sessions.

Are you struggling to shed off those extra pounds? Research proves that hypnosis sessions can help you?

How hypnosis for weight loss works-it can come in handy in helping you lose weight since it specifically works on the levels of feelings, unconscious motivations and patterns. A hypnosis session will actually make you feel like you want to eat healthy; it will no longer be a simple rhetoric. Our hypnosis sessions will help you tap into your will power and this will fuel your motivation to adhere to a strict diet and a well-thought out exercise regimen.

 

  • Does hypnosis really work?

Contrary to popular misconception hypnosis is not actually a deep state of sleep. Unlike common belief it does not actually involve the induction of a trance-like condition. When hypnotized, you are in an enhanced and elevated state of awareness and your concentration is entirely on the hypnotist voice. In the hypnotic state, the conscious mind is suppressed and your subconscious mind is revealed. As with most brain phenomenon, scientist have no exact idea how hypnotism works but recent research shows they are getting close to a more definitive answer. EEG scans of hypnotized brains are quite telling, in fact they unequivocally show that meditation and hypnosis have very similar neurophysiological profiles.

The EEG scans show that during a hypnotic session, there is slow wave activity and focus increases unlike in the conscious state where there is fast wave brain activity which correlates to processing and thinking.Are you still sceptical? Well I wouldn’t blame you considering how movies have fictionalized and demonized hypnotism. The fact is that subjects in a hypnotic trance are not slaves to their ‘masters’ hypnotherapist; in a hypnotic session you have absolute free will.

According to numerous recent studies that use modern brain imaging techniques, the connections in the brain are different when a person is under hypnosis. The area that showcase a prominent difference are those involved in decision making and those involved in monitoring the environment.; these two area of the brain also show a strong connection when a person is in a hypnotic trance.

  • Does everyone respond to hypnosis and are some people more easily hypnotized as compared to others?

The truth is that some people are more easily hypnotized than others although scientifically speaking the reason is not entirely clear. Hypnotic responsiveness does not in any way correlate to personality traits such as imagery ability or gullibility as many people assume. Research proves that hypnotic responsiveness actually improves as you learn to master the basics of focus and concentration. The more hypnotic sessions you practice, the more responsive your body and mind become. Research has actually ascertained that there is a link between hypnotism responsiveness and ability to focus and concentrate for long periods of time.

Several reliable studies have actually suggested that persons who become very engrossed and focused in day-to-day activities such as music and writing can easily be hypnotized.  Hypnotherapy actually has the capacity to work on a large percentage of the population. Keep in mind that for hypnosis sessions to be productive and beneficial you will need to be fully committed to the process. You need to entirely place your trust on the hypnotherapist and try as much as you can to solely concentrate on what the hypnotist is saying. Additionally, be open minded and avoid being sceptic or you subconsciously dampen your vulnerability to hypnosis.

  • Can I really be hypnotized?

Absolutely, reliable research has proven that hypnosis works for most people. It will depend on how motivated you are, how willing you are and your ability to focus and concentrate. Don’t be deceived that hypnosis only works on weak minded individuals. According reliable sources hypnosis works best on a focused and strong minded individual who are determined to reach particular goal.

Quick Tip: other relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation will boost your ability to concentrate and increase your hypnosis responsiveness.