How Does Hypnosis Work And Where It Can Help You

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You have heard of Hypnosis before, but you wonder how hypnosis works and how it can help you. Learn how you can benefit from it!

The scientific foundation of hypnotherapy is more resilient than people may realise, as it can be utilised to help address numerous psychological or physical health concerns. Nevertheless, there are still multiple misunderstandings and untruths surrounding this treatment option. These notions have been shaped over the years due to inaccurate yet captivating portrayals of hypnosis in literature, theatre, and film. When considering hypnosis, some may picture a hypnotist swinging a clock or a comedic performance where a hapless volunteer is coerced into humiliating public confessions under the hypnotist’s commanding gaze.

What Hypnosis Is

Hypnosis, also known as hypnotherapy, hypnotic suggestion, or hypnotic affirmation, is a form of mind-body medicine.  It induces deep relaxation and focused concentration. During hypnosis, a person experiences heightened suggestibility and intense focus.

The hypnotized individual appears to heed only the communications of the hypnotist and typically responds in an uncritical, automatic fashion while ignoring all aspects of the environment other than those pointed out by the hypnotist. In a hypnotic state, an individual tends to see, feel, smell, and otherwise perceive by the hypnotist’s suggestions, even though these suggestions may be in apparent contradiction to the actual stimuli present in the environment. The effects of hypnosis are not limited to sensory change; even the subject’s memory and awareness of self may be altered by suggestion, and the effects of the suggestions may be extended (post-hypnotically) into the subject’s subsequent waking activity.” [Encyclopædia Britannica]. 

And the American Psychological Association Division of Psychological Hypnosis provides a more detailed definition for: 

  • Hypnosis: A state of consciousness involving focused attention and reduced peripheral awareness characterised by an enhanced capacity for response to suggestion.
  • Hypnotic Induction: A procedure designed to induce hypnosis.
  • Hypnotizability: An individual’s ability to experience suggested alterations in physiology, sensations, emotions, thoughts or behaviour during hypnosis.
  • Hypnotherapy: Using hypnosis to treat a medical or psychological disorder or concern.

How Hypnosis works

The concept of hypnotherapy is captivating and has caught the attention of both scientists and individuals. This practice involves delving into the deepest parts of our minds, where our thoughts, beliefs, and behaviours reside. By calming our conscious mind, we become more open to change. This enables us to discard negative or outdated beliefs and adopt positive and empowering ones.

With the assistance of a hypnotherapist or self-hypnosis recordings, we can tap into our full potential and accomplish the goals we have set for ourselves. The possibilities are limitless, and we possess the power to bring about the changes we desire.

Who benefits from Hypnosis

Hypnosis can be beneficial for anyone who is motivated to try it. To remind you, each person’s capacity to be hypnotised is distinct, and any worries or worries should be discussed to get the best outcome. The efficacy of it can differ depending on the individual and the ailment being addressed.

Where Hypnosis Can Help

Hypnosis and other therapies and treatments are usually part of a complete treatment plan. The decision to use hypnotherapy in a clinical setting as a sole treatment or as an add-on treatment in psychotherapy or traditional medicine is made in consultation with a qualified professional trained in hypnotherapy’s use and limitations.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, hypnotherapy may help treat any medical conditions in which psychological factors influence physical symptoms.

Common mental health uses include:

  • Stress and anxiety, especially before medical or dental procedures; panic attacks; and post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD)
  • Phobias, Anger Management
  • Grief
  • Behavior control issues, including losing weight, giving up smoking and enuresis (bedwetting)

Standard medical uses include

Insomnia, Asthma, hot flashes during menopause, gastrointestinal disorders (including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)), Pain control, including after surgery, childbirth, cancer, fibromyalgia, burns and headaches (migraine and tension), skin conditions, including warts and psoriasis, side effects of cancer chemotherapy or radiation treatment, including nausea and vomiting.

hypnotherapy continues to be explored for use in these and many other medical conditions.

Process of Hypnosis

In a hypnotherapy session, there are four stages of hypnosis: Induction, Deepener, Suggestions, and Emergence. 

Each stage has a specific purpose: to help you unwind, concentrate, and eventually achieve genuine change in how you think, feel, or behave. During the session, your hypnotherapist will assist you in exploring the power of language and imagery to tackle your symptoms, whether related to memory, thought, perception, sensation, emotion, or behaviour. As you come out of the session, you will return to your usual state of consciousness, feeling strengthened and prepared to face any obstacles that come your way. 

The number of sessions required may differ, but each is a move closer to your personal development and well-being.

Let Hypnosis Support You

We at MY NU WAYS! Programs are qualified and trained Hypnotherapist and Hypnosis Coaches (modern Eriksonian hypnotherapy).

Let us support you in your development! We are combining Coaching with Hypnotherapy, Hypnotic Suggestions and Affirmation in some of our Online Coaching Programs in our o achieve more effective outcomes for our clients.

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