Guiding the Mind and Body
What is hypnosis?
The word “hypnosis” is a derivative of the Greek word hypnos, meaning “sleep.” The hypnosis practitioner uses exercises that bring about deep relaxation and a deeply focused state that allows an individual to be unusually responsive to an idea or image, but this does not mean that the hypnosis practitioner can control an individual’s mind or free will. Inversely, hypnosis actually can educate an individual how to master his or her own state of awareness. By doing this, the individual can affect his or her own bodily functions and psychological responses.
How does hypnosis work?
We, as human beings, remember and learn specific behaviors in response to our life experiences. Every time a similar experience occurs, our physical and emotional responses connected to that memory are repeated. In many situations, the reactions are unhealthy. In some instances, the hypnosis practitioner can assist a person to remember an event that led to the first reaction, separate the memory from the learned behavior, and substitute the unhealthy behavior with another healthier one.
During hypnosis, relaxation is experienced and thought processes become more focused. Hypnosis lowers blood pressure and heart rate, and changes brainwave activity. In the state of relaxation, an individual experiences feelings of being physically at ease, while fully awake mentally and responsive to suggestion. The conscious mind becomes less alert whereas the subconscious mind becomes more focused.
What illnesses or conditions respond to hypnosis?
Hypnosis is utilized in many areas of healthcare from pre-op preparation to post-op care, within the dentist’s office and even in the home care setting. Clinical studies suggest that hypnosis may improve immune function, increase relaxation, decrease stress, and ease pain and feelings of anxiety.
Hypnosis can decrease anxiety and fear that some people experience before medical or dental procedures. Studies have demonstrated that dental patients who used hypnosis had a higher threshold for discomfort than those who were not. Hypnosis may also improve recovery time and reduce anxiety and pain following surgery. Clinical trials on burn patients suggest that hypnosis decreases discomfort which, leads to decreased pain medicine or even elimination of it.
Hypnosis can also assist with management of chronic illness. Self -hypnosis helps to enrich a sense of control, which many times is affected when someone is experiencing a chronic illness.
Studies have also shown that hypnosis when used with children in emergency treatments can also reduce fear, anxiety, and discomfort.
Other problems that have responded to hypnosis are:
- Tension headaches
- Swallowing difficulties
- Respiratory difficulties
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Sleeping difficulties
- Anger management
- Bed-wetting (Enuresis)
- Labor and delivery
- Skin disorders
- Adverse effects from medications
- Cancer discomfort
- Injury related discomfort
- Post-operative discomfort
- Weight related difficulties
“You will soon realize that you are master of your mind and that you will create your mind in any way that you want.
To become master of your mind, you must realize that understanding is only fifty percent of control of the mind.
You have to work at it as an accountant works to balance his books or as a musician works to master his instrument.”
- The Power Within