Thursday, September 8, 2011

How Hypnotherapy Works

The hypnotherapy refers to the use of hypnosis for therapeutic purposes, especially for a behavior change or the attitudes of a patient, as well for a number of diseases: anxiety, diseases associated with stress, pain control and personal development (evolution).

Although the word hypnosis comes from the Greek word “Hypnos” meaning sleep, the hypnosis is actually a deep state of relaxation, which may have different levels. In fact, even during a very deep trance, the person always remains aware of what happens.

Most psychological theories say that many personal and relational problems originate in the subconscious, where hundreds of thousands of data is stored which controls a big part of our existence. The family and cultural norms, for example, can be assimilated so powerful by our subconscious giving birth to behaviors that influence the decisions we make daily without us being aware of this thing.

The hypnotherapist invites the patient subconscious to give up on the bad ideas and to replace them with others that benefit the patient. During a hypnosis session, you can create some suggestions that can be reactivated if necessary. For example, a person who wants to quit having snacks between meals may, during the hypnosis, associate the word “stop”, followed by deep breathing with a feeling of fullness and calm.

For the hypnotherapy to be successful the patient must be voluntary (willing to be hypnotized) and to trust the person who hypnotizes. Any suggestion that does not correspond with his values can be rejected immediately and the person would get out of the hypnotic trance. Therefore, the mental faculties of the subject can not be controlled.

How Does It Work?
In the state of hypnosis, the subconscious is in the center of attention, leaving the conscious that is generally hyperactive dormant. Because of the hypnotherapy techniques, the resources that are rarely access by the brain can be exploited activating for example the self healing power (function).

With some simple techniques, a properly trained person may induce a state of hypnosis to almost anyone. At least 80% of people can be hypnotized, some easier than others.

In the first session, the hypnotherapist asks the patient about his medical and psychological history, and then discusses with him the problems that need to be treated. An average session lasts 50 -60 minutes. Most people get the first results after 4 sessions. Children are generally easier hypnotized, change is often found after just one or two sessions.

The state of hypnosis is pleasant and can be compared with what we feel in the morning when we wake up do not want to open our eyes, but all the perceptions are very clear. In the state of hypnosis, however, the reality and the images created by the brain tend to be confused.

In general, the hypnotherapy has beneficial effects on:
  • Reducing stress and anxiety
  • Phobia control
  • Asthma prevention
  • Reducing migraines and insomnia
  • The treatment of neurosis, hysteria and behavioral disorders
  • The treatment of the eating disorders: anorexia and bulimia
  • Curing the substances dependence: alcohol and tobacco
  • Decreasing depression
  • The emotional addiction treatment
  • The timidity treatment
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