Hypnotherapy – What It Is And What It Can Do For You!
The term “hypnosis” comes from the Greek word hypnos, meaning “sleep.”
Hypnotherapists guide the person to bring about deep relaxation and an altered state of consciousness, also known as a trance. A person in a deeply focused state is unusually responsive to an idea or image, but this does not mean that a hypnotist can control the person’s mind and free will.
On the contrary, hypnosis can actually teach people how to master their own states of awareness. A person has to alter the state of consciousness to do something new.
Hypnosis not only facilitates this but it allows us to minimize or remove the impact of past experiences and to create and install in their place newer, more useful, and more appropriate states.
By doing so, they discover choices and explore them. They can affect their own bodily functions and psychological responses.
To know more about the benefits associated with hypnotherapy, read this article.
How Does Hypnosis Work?
When something happens to us, we remember it and learn a particular behavior in response to what happened. Each time something similar happens, our physical and emotional reactions attached to the memory are repeated and becomes ingrained in us. Sometime these reactions are unhealthy.
The hypnotherapist guides you back to the event that led to the first reaction, separate the memory from the learned behavior, and replace unhealthy behaviors with new, healthier ones.
During hypnosis, your body relaxes and your thoughts become more focused. In this relaxed state, you will feel at ease physically yet fully awake mentally and may be highly responsive to suggestion.
Your conscious mind becomes less alert and your subconscious mind becomes more focused. At this state, you become more suggestible, more ready to accept the changes that the hypnotherapist helps you to change. Change for the better.
There are several stages of hypnosis:
- Reframing the problem
- Becoming relaxed, then absorbed (deeply engaged in the words or images presented by a hypnotherapist)
- Dissociating (letting go of critical thoughts)
- Responding (complying with a hypnotherapist’s suggestions)
- Returning to usual awareness
- Reflecting on the experience
Effectiveness of Hypnosis Versus Other Modalities
|Psychoanalysis||38% after 600 sessions|
|Behaviour Therapy||72% after 22 sessions|
|Hypnotherapy||93% after 6 sessions|
Data Source: Medical Recognition of Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy Magazine (Vol. 7, No. 1, Alfred A. Barrios, PHD)
In 1955 the British Medical Association issued a report stating that hypnosis was a valuable medical tool.
In 1958 the American Medical Association recognised hypnosis as a viable scientific modality.
In 1962 the American Psychiatric Association recognised that hypnosis was a viable modality to treat some psychological problems.
Hypnotherapy is not necessarily effective for everyone, but the treatment does hold a lot of promise when it comes to helping people improve their quality of life. These claims have also been founded by several studies and experience for several years. It is not the sole solution, but a conjunctive therapy. The results of the therapy may also vary.
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