Benefits of Using Hypnosis as Therapy
. It usesyou think of hypnosis and hypnotherapy, the first thing you’ll probably think of is people being controlled and told to do funny and bizarre things in front of an audience for their amusement.
The way hypnosis is portrayed by the media may make it seem like it’s all a bit of fun, but there are surprisingly many benefits of using hypnosis as a form of therapy (hypnotherapy).
It’s been proven that hypnotherapy is really good for a number of different conditions such as depression, anxiety and PTSD—it’s also a really good supplementary method of quitting smoking or losing weight.
The great thing about hypnotherapy is that it can be done face to face or online. Online hypnotherapy has the same success rate as face to face hypnotherapy. It may even work better sometimes because people naturally feel more comfortable in their own homes, and being comfortable is one of the vital parts of hypnotherapy.
Are you feeling anxious? That’s because your brain produces chemicals associated with fear. Anxiety, though, is a function of the human survival strategy, and it’s purely instinctive. It’s one of the things that prevented our ancestors from getting eaten alive by a lion.
Using hypnotherapy techniques can help to ease anxiety by encouraging your body to naturally activate its relaxation response through the use of a phrase or nonverbal cue, which slows breathing, lowers your blood pressure, and instills a sense of overall well-being.
Hypnosis may also help if you struggle with a phobia—spiders, heights, clowns, anything you can think of can be treated during hypnotherapy sessions.
Using hypnotherapy as a treatment for depression works on a subconscious level.cIt uses techniques to identify and get to the root of the cause while offering positive suggestions to break any negative thinking patterns.
Once the cause has been established, suggestion techniques will be given to promote a more positive mindset and a much healthier way of thinking.
Another way hypnotherapy can help treat depression is by helping people focus on a brighter future.
For the right patient, hypnosis can be really effective at treating depression. The ideal candidates are those that are easily absorbed in books. This also includes those that are adept at visualization, and those that are open to hypnosis.
When you’re hypnotized, you’re put into a trance-like, hypnotic state. This ‘state’ feels similar to being asleep, except you’re fully awake and aware of your surroundings. You’re able to relax and shut off from everyday life.
During this hypnotic state, your hypnotherapist will guide you into safely accessing your memories, which allows them to better understand your trauma and the emotions attached to those memories.
Scientifically, it’s been proven that hypnotherapy can be more effective than Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for PTSD and the anxiety, dissociation, and trauma that comes with it.
4. Sleep Issues
If you’re experiencing bad sleeping patterns, insomnia, or sleepwalking, hypnosis can help you fall asleep more easily.
Hypnosis can train your mind to wake you up when your feet hit the floor. This helps you avoid sleepwalking escapades and increases the amount of sleep you get.
If you want to sleep better, hypnotherapy can help with that as well. Learning hypnosis techniques can increase the amount of time spent in deep sleep (the sleep you need to wake up feeling refreshed in the morning).
5. Chronic Pain
Hypnotherapy can help with chronic pain, the type of pain that’s experienced after certain surgeries, recurrent migraines and headaches, fibromyalgia, and arthritis. It can also help with sickle cell disease and cancer.
How does it work? Hypnosis can help you train your mind to cope with pain and gain more self-control over how your brain processes pain. Studies have indicated that hypnosis can help very effectively for long periods of time.
If you’re a sufferer of chronic pain and want to feel some relief, give hypnotherapy a try. It’s an effective, non-invasive method of tackling pain long-term.
Hypnotherapy can also help people with their bad habits. Nail biting, smoking, drug use, eating, and any other bad habits you can think of.
For this, it’s best to have a one-to-one session with a hypnotherapist so that they can tailor the session to your individual needs and lifestyle.
In order for hypnosis to help you quit smoking, you really need to want to quit smoking. There are two different ways of using hypnosis effectively. The first way is to help you find an effective replacement. Then guide your subconscious towards that habit, instead of picking up a pack of cigarettes. This could be something like taking a stroll or chewing some gum.
The second way is to train your mind into associating smoking with unpleasant feelings such as a bad taste in your mouth, feeling sick or queasy, or disliking the smell.
When you’re hypnotized, your attention is very focused and your mind is open to suggestions from your hypnotherapy. This allows them to suggest positive behavioral changes into your subconscious mind such as encouraging healthy eating or getting more exercise. Because you’re in a hypnotic state you’re more likely to listen and respond to these suggestions.
Habits like nail biting are created by your subconscious, to help with issues like anxiety, stress, and boredom. The problem with this habit is that the effects are negative. If you bite your nails you may become self-conscious about them, which makes you want to bite them more. It’s like going round in circles.
When people bite their nails, they may be in a trance-like state, or in a world of their own. Their attention is focused. They may not even realize they’re doing it until they look down and most of their nail has been bitten off.
This actually makes nail biters more responsive to hypnotherapy as they’re used to going into this trance. Hypnotherapists can tap into this and make suggestions to turn this negative habit into a good one, by using the habit mechanism and changing its content.
If you’re suffering from any of the conditions mentioned here, hypnotherapy is definitely an option for you to explore. The success rates and results from using hypnotherapy are very high. If you’re open-minded and looking for positive reinforcements in your life then it’s highly recommended for you to try it.
About the Author
Andrew Newton is a hypnotherapist with over 40 years of experience. He’s hypnotized over 62,000 people and is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine. He originally taught Paul Mckenna before his fame and is a Senior Lecturer in hypnosis at Hypnoseakademiet, Europe’s leading hypnotherapy training school in Norway.