What is Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy through the use of hypnosis induces a deep relaxation state of body and mind and then uses this state of mind to introduce ideas or images into the sub conscious mind. This is also referred to as being in a deep trance like state or deep “sleep”. This deeply focused state is unusually responsive to an idea or image in its otherwise contrary form. However it is not possible to take control of the individual’s mind and free will at any given time.
How Hypnosis Works
Thoughts and feelings are usually associated with the responses remembered and learnt as a result of a particular event. These are then stored in the brain, only to be repeated automatically when the identical or similar scenario presents itself. Hypnotherapy is an exercise which can manipulate these thoughts by adding or suggesting a different response to the event. All this has to be done on an individual in a deep state of relaxation or trance.
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This is a very useful tool, when an individual has gone through a very traumatic experience and is unable to get over it. It also helps to separate and change perceptions of things and people, while separating the memory from the information linked to it. This is then replaced with healthier thoughts and feelings as opposed to the original negative
What is Hypnotherapy and How Does it Work
In most legitimate hypnotherapy sessions the body is brought to a relaxed state and the thoughts become more focused. Certain changes in the brain wave activities occur
during this state of hypnotically induced trance. Though now fully relaxed physically, the state of the mind is fully alert and highly responsive to suggestions and ideas. It should be notes that some people respond better and faster to hypnotic suggestions than others.
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Types of Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis
Medical procedures do not always have to involve scientifically acknowledged medicines, treatments, and doctors. Sometimes other styles of treatments are also acknowledged as medically approved practices. Hypnotherapy is one of the few alternative treatments that have been accepted by the medical fraternity as a viable way to treat many conditions.
There are basically two main categories of hypnotherapy, Suggestion hypnotherapy and Analytical hypnotherapy. Both are explained as follows:
Is the practice where a therapist will induce a trance like state in the patient and then make or suggest simple and easy ideas or instructions to follow. These suggestions, instructions or ideas are positive in nature and are introduced into the patients mind with the intention of correcting any negative situations, characteristics, etc. this kind of therapy is useful to help people who have trouble with weaning of undesirable habits like smoking, taking controlled substances, repetitive unnecessary actions and many more.
In the treatment session the therapist will suggest to the patient the follies and encourage alternatives. Unfortunately because the patient is not required to be in a totally deep trancelike state for this type of hypnotherapy, the effects though seem initially to be successful may eventually wear off in time.
This type of therapy requires a deeper and more committed state of mind. In this style of hypnotherapy the therapist will probe deeper into the mind of the patient to find the exact cause and effect of a particular problem.
People who have experienced traumatic situations that have left and unshakeable impression usually seek this kind of redress. The aim is to treat the physical problem that is the product of the psychological distress.
The success rate of this style is quite good and fairly long term. The patient is able to understand the reason for the reaction brought on by the trauma and thus address it in a more suitable suggested manner. However, several sessions may have to be conducted before this ideal is reached.
The Secret of Successful Hypnosis
It’s important to first acknowledge that hypnosis is a natural state of being, which we all achieve daily without being consciously aware of it or giving it a name. The bridge between being awake and being asleep is what we call hypnosis.
That answers the question of who can achieve hypnosis. We all can, and we all do. But it’s the degree to which we can benefit from this altered state which varies tremendously, as well as the concept of being able to achieve that state at will.
Some people are naturally more suggestible than others. This contributes to the varying depths of susceptibility that we see regularly. The degree to which we will accept hypnosis, and the depth of the altered state that we can reach, will depend on our natural susceptibility to suggestion. Some people are more likely to take suggestion on board, consciously or not, and apply it in their inner world.
Level of Susceptability
I agree with a point often made by other experts in the field, who state that our level of susceptibility, and our ability to achieve a deep state of hypnosis, are not that relevant in terms of being able to benefit. In other words, there is no level of failure in hypnosis. We can all benefit to a degree that is entirely dependent on each of our own individual factors. These factors of course include things we cannot control, like our individual characteristics. But aside from these natural differences, the more important variables really come down to each person’s motivation and their level of commitment.
Individuals who are regularly able to make the time to listen to their self-hypnosis recordings or go to their hypnotherapist will experience a greater degree of benefit than anyone who only half-heartedly commits to it. If you don’t motivate yourself to the use of self-hypnosis, then there is no benefit. Hypnosis is not magic; it requires a level of commitment, however small, to make positive changes in your life. This is true of any type of therapy.
Your attitude plays a large influence on the effects of hypnotherapy. If you seek to disprove the theory of hypnosis, you will certainly not enter into hypnosis with the open mind that is required to achieve higher susceptibility. Or if you are overly focused on analyzing the results rather than enjoying them, you will put up unnecessary barriers which will certainly impede the process and influence the degree of benefit that you can possibly achieve.
Achieve Changes in Your Life
The best advice I give to anyone who is interested in using self-hypnosis to achieve changes in their life, is to just relax and go with the flow. Let it all happen naturally and don’t challenge it. The more conscious effort you make the less response you’ll get from your unconscious mind. It really is as simple as that.
As a hypnotherapist who uses hypnosis, and witnesses its effects daily, I can say with confidence that I see no reason why anyone can’t benefit from self-hypnosis to some degree. And it’s that degree that is ultimately entirely up to each of us. If you make the effort to use hypnosis and have an open mind, then the possibilities are endless. Your attitude is the key to successful self-hypnosis.
Make Your Self Hypnosis Better
For those of you that have already learnt the art of Self Hypnosis, I want to put together my top tips for getting the best out of the process. I personally have practiced it for many years and must say that without Self Hypnosis, my business and my personal life would not be as successful as it is today! Self-Hypnosis really helps to give you direction and also to keep you motivated and driven at those all-important times. With Hypnosis on your side you can truly achieve the impossible. Now I will show you how you can ‘super hone’ your skill to reap the greatest benefits!
You may want to use all of the following tips or you may wish to mix and match to get the best result for you.
1. Self-Hypnosis is best practiced in the morning! This is because it sets you up for the day. Make a list the night before of everything that you need to achieve the next day. Circle the things that don’t motivate you and then use your Self Hypnosis time to boost your motivation to achieve these goals. Don’t practice just after you have woken up though as you may fall back to sleep – take a shower or have some breakfast first.
2. Use Self Hypnosis daily and you will soon see the results! By setting aside fifteen to thirty minutes a day to practice your Self Hypnosis, you will be on top of your goals before you know it. Choose a slightly different induction though as to vary it a bit for your mind. Also use it to get benefits in different areas or your life and not just the same one. I work on as many as ten goals at any one time as to give my subconscious mind a bit of variety.
3. Use every facet of your imagination and do some suggestibility testing while in Hypnosis! I like to imagine myself on a hot and sunny beach and imagining all of the things that go with it. I imagine the sun warming my back, the feeling of the sand between my toes and the sound of people playing volley ball. After doing this I can actually feel the warmth, which allows me to understand that my mind in responding to the suggestions that I am giving it. I sometimes like to imagine being in a snowy field as well and experiencing the cold.
So there you have it… three great tips that will boost your Self Hypnosis success. I hope that you enjoy them and put them to good use!
Laws of The Mind Essential for Effective Hypnotherapy
Learn how four laws of the mind dictate how you react to everything around you.
To make your hypnotherapy effective you need to be aware of certain principles. If you are not aware of the following laws of the mind, then you may end up creating the opposite of what you desire with your self-hypnosis practice.
1. Every thought affects the body as well.
In other words, although the mind and the body are understood to be separate in practice it doesn’t work that way. Mental stress can create knots in your back or even give you ulcers. Therefore, be aware of your thinking. If you are negative all the time to yourself or about your surroundings it will affect your life in an unpleasant way.
2. What you expect tends to be realized.
If you wake up telling yourself that you will have a bad day you probably will. In other words, your expectations drive your results. Negative expectations are the same as negative hypnotherapy.
3. Imagination is stronger than knowledge.
You ‘know’ that ghosts and monsters do not exist. Yet hearing ghost stories at night will create fear. Especially if sitting around a campfire in a forest. There is no contest. Imagination will always win. Another point for the importance of positive thoughts and visualizations in your practice of hypnotherapy.
4. What you resist the most stays with you.
Have you ever had to stop doing something and found that its more difficult than you realized? Maybe you have had occasion to go on a diet and suddenly foods that you couldn’t have cared less about start looking very appetizing? Maybe there was/is someone who irritates you and you know there is no reason to. So you try to keep the irritation away but it gets to you even more?
I could go on and on with examples. Basically, when you resist something it tends to stick. This happens because when you resist you have to think of the very thing you are trying to resist, so it’s continuously on your mind. It’s as if someone told you that they would give you a $1000 if you don’t think of a pink elephant all day. I’m sure you don’t spend your time thinking of something as random as a pink elephant. However, trying to resist that image of a pink elephant with a $1000 on the line would be impossible.
What you resist tends to stay with you. Which means that in focusing on an affirmation for hypnotherapy you have to phrase the affirmation in the positive. I.e. affirm what you want to achieve and NOT on what you don’t want. Follow these four laws of the mind and your day to day thoughts will be more guided in a positive direction. Of course, your thoughts create your internal emotional states which is the same with hypnotherapy. So you have to be aware of your thoughts to create the state of being that you desire.