Hypnotherapy/ Mind Therapy
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is one of the oldest forms of psychotherapy in the western world. It is a therapeutic technique used to take an individual into a deep state of relaxation and then they are presented with suggestions by the therapist for the purpose of healing.
This technique is successfully used to heal many psychological, emotional, mental issues like pain, anxiety, OCD, trauma, addictions, eating disorder, grief, anger, focussing, procrastination, lack of motivation, fears, phobias, depression, self-image issues, relationship issues, etc.
As per research, hypnotherapy can help facilitate healing in many areas of life resulting in benefits in a wide range of physical and mental conditions.
According to Harvard Medical School, patients undergoing hypnotherapy are physically relaxed and are totally awake and alert. It is a completely safe process where an individual is in a deep state of relaxation and alert about everything happening in his surroundings. The patient has total control over his state of mind and body.
Hypnotherapy experience is similar to a daydreaming or meditation experience. You are not distracted by anything outside and your mind experiences a high degree of concentration allowing you to become more open to suggestions.
Hypnotherapy practice has evolved over thousands of years. Today, hypnotherapy is used alongside medical treatments by oncologists, endocrinologists, gastroenterologists, etc for their patients to increase the speed of recovery and quality of healing.
How does Hypnotherapy work?
Neuroscience shows that most of our decisions, actions, emotions, and behavior depend on the 95 percent (or as much as 99%) of brain activity that lies in our subconscious mind. That means we are leading our lives from our subconscious mind. Only 2-5% of our conscious mind is involved in our lives.
In order to alter our subconscious mind, we need to tap into our subconscious mind with this state of deep relaxation and heightened concentration which is reached by the Hypnosis technique. After reaching the subconscious mind, limiting beliefs are released and new ideas that are empowering are planted. Once the subconscious mind accepts an idea, it begins to execute it.
Dr. Max Shapiro (Massachusetts General Hospital), who is one of the leading researchers for hypnosis says- “A hypnotic trance empowers people to activate neural circuits that are otherwise hidden. This circuitry can activate greater comfort for pain relief, the greater mental focus for certain activities, and greater self- esteem.” He believes that the body and thoughts become more focused during hypnosis. In this relaxed state, the mind becomes more alert and the subconscious mind becomes more focused.
The best outcome of a hypnotherapy session happens when the patient is committed to the process of healing.
Benefits of Hypnotherapy
Once the issue is healed from the root cause traced from the subconscious mind, it does not reoccur and is healed forever.
Hypnotherapy shows the results faster compared to any other technique used at a conscious level.
The patient has no homework to do in hypnotherapy healing. The healing happens during the session.
No medication is needed which means no side effects of the medicine.
Hypnotherapy accelerates your healing process in case of any ongoing medical treatment.
Hypnotherapy is used for healing, problem-solving, and achieving your goals.
Misconceptions about Hypnotherapy
- “Patient has no control over their mind and body”- This is absolutely false
Most patients in a hypnotic state have the ability to come out of the trance state at any time. Their conscious minds are completely aware of the surroundings while the subconscious mind focuses on the issue.
“Patients’ actions are controlled by Therapists and they can’t say no.” This is absolutely false.
No one can be hypnotized against their will or do things in conflict with their nature.
Most people can come out of hypnosis when they choose to.
“Hypnosis is dangerous.”- False
Hypnosis is good for you. It helps you to relax and discover and access your inner resources for making positive changes in your life.
“Hypnotherapists have magic powers”- False
Hypnosis is a technique and anyone can learn the technique who wants to certify as a hypnotherapist. Using this technique for fun is not advised.
“Only weak-minded people can be hypnotized”- False
In fact, the reality is the opposite. The more strong-minded you are, the more you will be able to focus on the guided session of hypnotherapy which can help you get better results.
“You can get stuck in Hypnosis.”- False
Entering a state of deep relaxation and trance is similar to meditation which a person can do on its own.
What to expect in a hypnotherapy session?
Generally, a hypnosis session flows in a certain pattern:
The therapist and patient discuss and identify the goal of the session.
The patient is made to lie down or sit comfortably on a recliner or a couch and asked to close eyes and relax. Various relaxing techniques are used by the Therapist to make the patient more relaxed.
The patient is guided by the therapist through words to form certain imagery
The source or the root cause of a problem is identified by the patient and revealed to the therapist
The therapist helps the patient to let go of the critical thoughts which is the root cause of the issue and heals the wounded areas through various techniques.
The patient returns to awareness.
The patient and therapist reflect on the experience.
Duration: 90 minutes
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