Hypnosis forms the foundation of hypnotherapy. During hypnosis, the body of the subject relaxes and his or her thoughts become more focused. In this relaxed state, one will feel at ease physically yet fully awake mentally, and may be highly responsive to suggestion. Some people respond better to hypnotic suggestion than others.
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.
With hypnotherapy, the hypnotherapist can regress the client to childhood to discover certain patterns and change them deep within the subconscious mind.
Hypnotherapy is a kind of psychotherapy that utilizes the power of positive suggestion to bring about subconscious change to our thoughts, feelings and behavior. It aims to alter our state of consciousness so as to relax the conscious part of the mind while simultaneously stimulating and focusing the subconscious part. This heightened state of awareness, reached through skilled relaxation techniques, allows the therapist to make appropriate suggestions.
Hypnotherapy is widely endorsed as a treatment for habit breaking, stress related issues and for a range of long-term conditions. Hypnosis has the capacity to work for the majority of individuals but some are more susceptible to suggestions than others. It is important to remember that one must be fully committed to the process and have trust in the hypnotherapist as any skepticism may subconsciously dampen one’s susceptibility.
Uses of hypnotherapy –
Hypnotherapy can be an effective method for coping with stress and anxiety. In particular, hypnosis can reduce stress and anxiety before a medical procedure, such as a breast biopsy. Hypnotherapy has been studied for other conditions, including:
• Pain control – Hypnotherapy may prove to be beneficial for pain associated with cancer, fibromyalgia, temporo-mandibular joint problems, dental procedures and headaches.
• Gastro-intestinal disorders – It may help in ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, and Crohn’s disease.
• Dermatologic disorders – Dermatologic disorders in which it may help include eczema, herpes, neurodermatitis, pruritus (itching), and psoriasis.
• Allergies – It may also be beneficial in asthma.
• Hot flashes – Hypnotherapy may be helpful to relieve symptoms of hot flashes associated with menopause.
• Behavior change – Hypnotherapy has been used with some success in the treatment of insomnia, bed-wetting, smoking, obesity and phobias.
• Fatigue – Hypnotherapy has been used to treat fatigue associated with radiotherapy in people with breast cancer.
• Sleep disorder – It can effectively be employed in many people suffering from sleep disorders.
• Grief and loss – It can help an individual to overcome grief as a result of loss of a beloved one.
Hypnotherapy conducted by a trained therapist or health care professional is considered a safe, complementary and alternative medical treatment. However, hypnosis may not be appropriate in people with severe mental illness.
Hypnosis might not be appropriate for a person, who has psychotic symptoms, such as hallucinations and delusions, or for someone who is using drugs or alcohol. Hypnosis also poses a risk of creating false memories in some persons usually as a result of unintended suggestions made by the therapist. For this reason, the use of hypnosis for certain mental disorders, such as dissociative disorders, remains controversial.
There is a scientific basis for hypnosis, which is unequivocally accepted by the experts. Hypnotherapy is now increasingly used by many as an adjunct in the treatment of some diseases. Besides that many experts of the modern medicine who deny its usefulness, it can effectively be used in pain control, hot flashes associated with menopause, behavior change, fatigue, sleep disorder, and anxiety and tension to the benefit of the person. On the contrary, hypnotherapy has a controversial role in the treatment of people with severe mental illnesses. Therefore, hypnotherapists must take due precautions in instituting hypnotherapy in patients suffering from mental illnesses in order to avoid precipitating their unnecessary symptoms.