When it comes to hypnosis, pop-culture has painted a picture of this therapy as a type of stage antic, mind-control or manipulation that can put you into a suggestible state, rendering you helpless to the hypnotist’s commands.
We often think of the swirling spiral that makes us get “very sleepy“, the Svengali persona from Trilby, or even Kaa putting Mowgli under their spell in Disney’s rendition of The Jungle Book.
However, these unfortunate stereotypes deter from the true power of this healing modality. Hypnosis is certainly a type of “mind control”, but not in a negative sense!
Our thoughts are extremely powerful, and through hypnosis we are able to learn how to better control our thoughts, so that we can live a happier, healthier and more fulfilled life.
SO, what is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural state of selective, focused attention, and, even though it is 100% natural and normal, it remains one of the most fascinating phenomena of the human mind. Our ability to enter this unique state of consciousness opens the door to countless possibilities for healing, self-exploration and change.
During hypnosis, a person is said to have heightened focus and concentration. Hypnotised subjects are said to show an increased response to suggestions. Hypnosis usually begins with a hypnotic induction involving a series of preliminary instructions and suggestion. The use of hypnotism for therapeutic purposes is referred to as “hypnotherapy“, while its use as a form of entertainment for an audience is known as “stage hypnosis,” a form of mentalism.
Hypnosis for pain management “is likely to decrease acute and chronic pain in most individuals” although meta-studies on the efficacy of hypnotherapy show little or no effect for some other problems such as smoking cessation. The use of hypnosis in other contexts, such as a form of therapy to retrieve and integrate early trauma, is controversial within the medical or psychological mainstream. Research indicates that hypnotising an individual may aid the formation of false memories, and that hypnosis “does not help people recall events more accurately.”SOURCE: Wikipedia
Here are 8 Powerful Health Benefits of Hypnosis
Hypnosis Can Help Reduce Stress
Stress is never fun to deal with, which is why The Wellness Institute cites hypnotherapy as an alternative treatment for stress and anxiety.
It’s a good option to explore for someone who isn’t interested in taking medicine, but still wants to rewire bad mental habits, like cyclical thinking or obsessing.
Hypnosis can adjust your thought process and help you cultivate a more relaxed attitude.SOURCE: Little Things
It Can Treat Chronic Pain
Research shows that medical hypnosis can help with both sudden (acute) and long-term (chronic) pain from cancer, burns, and rheumatoid arthritis. It may also ease the anxiety some people feel before surgery.SOURCE: WebMd
Promotes Healthy Sleep
Sleep hypnosis involves listening to verbal cues from a hypnotherapist that are intended to draw you into a trance-like state through the power of suggestion. Hypnotherapists use different approaches to induce relaxation, such as focused attention, symptom control, and guided imagery. Someone who is being hypnotized might hear phrases such as “relax,” “deep,” “easy,” and “let go.” These words are intended to encourage someone drift off to sleep.SOURCE: SleepFoundation.org
Treatment of Depression
There are several compelling arguments for the use of hypnosis in the treatment of depression. For example, the editor of this special issue, Michael Yapko, has proposed that hypnosis has relevance to the treatment of depression because hypnosis can help build positive expectancy regarding treatment, address numerous depressive symptoms (including insomnia and rumination), and modify patterns of self-organization (such as cognitive, response, attentional, and perceptual styles) that contribute to depressed thinking and mood (Yapko, 2006).SOURCE: US National Library of Medicine
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Treatment for Generalized Anxiety Disorder
The tremendous volume of research provides compelling evidence that hypnosis is an efficacious treatment for state anxiety (e.g., prior to tests, surgery and medical procedures) and anxiety-related disordersSource: TandFOnline.com
May Help with Irritable Bowel Syndrome
In a 2003 study, 71 percent of 204 irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) patients reported improved symptoms after 12 weekly hour-long hypnosis sessions, the APA reported. Of those who reported improvements, 81 percent continued to feel better up to six years after the hypnosis treatment had ended, according to the study. In a 2012 study, 85 percent of IBS patients who reported improvement after hypnosis still felt better up to seven years later. “The conclusion is that hypnotherapy could reduce both the consumption of healthcare and the cost to society, and that hypnosis therefore belongs in the arsenal of treatments for IBS,” researcher Magnus Simrén said in a statement.SOURCE: HuffPost.com
Helps You Lose Weight and Keep it Off
There isn’t a ton of recent, randomized research available on the subject, but what is out there suggests that the method could be plausible. Early studies from the 90s found that people who used hypnosis lost more than twice as much weight as those who dieted without the cognitive therapy. A 2014 study worked with 60 obese women, and found that those who practiced hypnobehavioral therapy lost weight and improved their eating habits and body imageSOURCE: OprahMag.com
Break your bad habits for good
With hypnosis, you can conquer any bad habit by changing your entire mindset.
When this happens, the subconscious triggers that once drove your bad habits will fade away, so you can start living the life you’ve always desired.SOURCE: SuccessMinds.com