Hypnosis for health
Hypnosis is a state of focused concentration during which you become
less aware of your surroundings. Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis
to treat physical or psychological conditions. It is thought that during
a hypnotic state, or trance, people are better able to accept suggestions
that can help change their behavior.
Hypnosis is, by no means a new healing tool. The first uses
of hypnosis by health professionals occurred more than two hundred years
ago. In its early days, clinical hypnosis was used to treat hysterical
conditions, and was also very useful for the induction of anesthesia
in surgery in the days before anesthetic drugs. For example, James Esdaile,
a Scottish physician working in India in the early part of 19th century
performed over three hundred and forty major operations, including amputations
and removal of large tumors, with hypnosis as the only anesthetic. Around
the turn of the 20th century, Sigmund Freud used hypnosis extensively
in the first years of his psychicatric practice, but abandoned it in
favor of psychoanalysis, a slower but more meticulous method of mental
healing. In the first half of the 20th century, hypnosis was often viewed
as an exotic or fringe method in medicine and psychology, but slowly
gained respect as a potent clinical tool. It finally earned formal recognition
as a valuable tool in health care in 1958, when the Council on Mental
Health of the American Medical Association recommended that instruction
in hypnosis be included in medical school curricula. Hypnosis was similarily
embraced several years later by the American Psychological Association.
Studies show that techniques such as relaxation, hypnosis, and guided
imagery can improve quality of life, and also can ease the nausea and
vomiting caused by chemotherapy.
Many people prefer self-hypnosis, because they are alone throughout
the exercise and are in control of all suggestions made during the hypnotic
WARNING-Stress is highly addictive! People will give you stress for
free. Usually, you'll get paid more money for taking on more stress,
can make us feel important, respected, needed, and more alive. But stress
is truly the "silent killer". Silent, because operating in
high stress mode is like flying in a jet airplane; even though your body
hurdling through space at almost 400 miles an hour, once you get used
to it, you feel like you are standing still. High stress mode then becomes
the status quo for your body and your lifestyle. And you usually don't
realize this until your body revolts with a stress-related symptom.
|"I was literally shocked at how easy it was to lose weight
and control it once I stopped beating myself up about failed willpower
and started using self-hypnosis"
To more effectively deal with stress your subconscious needs to literally
be shown with guided imagery what you wish to accomplish; you'll need to
vividly imagine yourself in a relaxing place. The more you can really imagine
yourself there, the more your body's biochemistry will respond in kind.
By applying relaxation techniques at the sub-conscious level, eventually
you condition your body to respond to the same stress with a relaxation
response instead, and can free yourself from your nervous habits, too.
You can gain control of your biology!
What does being in hypnosis feel like? How will I know if I am in hypnosis?
Hypnosis is just a deep feeling of mental and physical relaxation. Take
it from an over-analytical person like me who spent the first five months
of her hypnosis experience trying to analyze what I was feeling and if
I was any different. It's like being in love! You are not different but
you are not the same either. It is a pleasant state but the more you force
it the less you get it (just like love again!). Imagine that you are trying
to catch a feather falling from the sky. If you force it and move your
hand vigorously, you will only have the effect of pushing away the feather.
If you relax and open your hand, the feather will land right in your hand
effortlessly! Hypnosis is the same, you just have to allow it and it happens.
What if I do not wake up again? Not to worry. Only in movies and bad novels
do people get stuck in the hypnotic state. In the real world, it happens
only very rarely that people cannot be immediately brought back into the
ordinary waking state at the end of a hypnosis session. When that happens,
it may simply takes a little longer to come to, or they slip into
ordinary sleep and have a nap, and then wake up. In either case, there
is no reason
Can hypnosis be dangerous to my mental health? The state of hypnosis is
generally very safe and free from complications - probably no more disturbing
to your mind than ordinary sleep. However, in rare cases, people who suffer
from mental problems to such degree that they are struggling with their
grip on reality may get worse due to the disorientation which is a part
of hypnotic experience. Also, hypnosis involves enhanced contact with unconscious
material. Individuals hiding something very uncomfortable or traumatic
from themselves may therefore occasionally feel agitated after hypnosis
as a result of coming too close to their secrets under hypnosis. For most
people, however, the experience of hypnosis is pleasantly relaxing and
refreshing. The only aftereffects you are likely to experience are possible
drowsiness and disorientation for the first few minutes afterwards, and
possibly stiff neck or (rarely) a minor headache. All these side effects
are transient and harmless.
More Scientific Proof of the Power of Suggestion
Self Hypnosis is effective in treating a range of disorders,
Fears and phobias
Giving up smoking
High blood pressure
In dermatology, suggestions given during
trance have been found to help decrease psoriasis and intervene in psychosomatic
aspects of the skin diseases. Studies show a very high recovery rate with
hypnosis treatment of psoriasis; facts that prove that hypnosis can cure
Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions
Behavior Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions
Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery after 6 sessions
Self-hypnosis is considered safe, even when done by inexperienced people.
But it should not be performed while you are driving a vehicle or in any
situation where you need to be alert or be able to respond quickly.