Clinical hypnosis is a simple and pleasant approach that guides the person into deep relaxation and high concentration to re-focus the subconscious mind. This technique can activate the natural healing processes that are already present in the body. Clinical hypnosis can also be used to improve performance, eliminate unwanted habits, and improve overall well-being. The only requirement for getting therapeutic results is that the person has a conscious desire to change, or in other words, is in agreement with the suggestions.
What can clinical hypnosis be used for?
Hypnosis is an excellent complement to modern medicine to:
- Decrease stress, panic attacks and anxiety
- Find relief from Irritable Bowel Syndrome and gastrointestinal problems
- Smoke Cessation
- Weight loss and to maintain a healthy body
- Lower high blood pressure and cardiovascular disorders
- Increase self-confidence and spark creativity
- Experience relief from fibromyalgia
- Sleep well, rejuvenate and energize your body
- Break through pain: headaches, migraines, back and shoulder pain, etc.
Do people do things under hypnosis that are against their morals or values?
No. Hypnosis cannot detach the ego. As a general rule, if a client were given a suggestion he or she did not agree with, he or she would simply refuse, laugh at it, or regain normal awareness. In stage hypnosis, the volunteers have come to the show for the purpose of relaxing, acting silly, and have a good time, therefore, they are easily encouraged to do so.
Can a person’s memory be erased?
No. If the person undergoing hypnosis wants to remember he or she will. In some cases, if the client wants to forget something, amnesia can be produced with a post-hypnotic suggestion, but it wears off as quickly as the subject wishes. However, a certified hypnotherapist can help a person transform a memory, which may be causing problems. The mind contains unconscious memories, which generally are responsible for our decisions, attitudes, feelings, and behaviors.
Can everyone be hypnotized?
Yes, provided one has normal physiological and psychological functioning, and therefore the ability to concentrate and/or relax. As long as the person is willing, he or she may undergo hypnosis. Insusceptible people are not willing to be hypnotized. There is a positive correlation between one’s willingness to relax and concentrate and the ability to undergo hypnosis.
Do people under hypnosis go to sleep or become unconscious?
No. One should not expect to go to sleep! Hypnosis is a hyper-state of awareness that feels very relaxing. One is completely aware of everything that is occurring in the surrounding environment as well as that which is happening in the inner mind. Hypnosis is a state of consciousness located somewhere between awake and sleep. Some fatigued people may go out of hypnosis by falling into natural sleep, simply because they were tired, but then they may need to be awakened; if a person is trying to recall a memory under hypnosis, he or she can’t do so while sleeping. On the other hand, if a person is listening to a self-hypnosis CD and he or she falls out of hypnosis into sleep, the suggestions will likely still be effective.
What can be treated with hypnosis?
A qualified clinical hypnotherapist has the capabilities to help alleviate or transform a multitude of symptoms and problems. Many hypnotherapists carry credentials on other fields and therefore utilize hypnosis within the context of their specialty areas. The person seeking hypnosis would benefit from asking the hypnotherapist questions about his or her educational background, specialization, and the context of treatment program in order to make sure the client and the hypnotherapist are a good match.
IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT HYPNOSIS
- Hypnosis is not a “sleep” state or a state of unconsciousness. Rather it closely resembles the waking state.
- Intelligent individuals usually make the best subjects.
- The subject’s will is NOT surrendered.
- A hypnotized person does not lose control or reveals intimate material unless he or she wishes to do so.
- Susceptibility to hypnosis is not related to gullibility or submissiveness, it is more like a gift.
- Hypnosis can be terminated readily by either the subject or the hypnotherapist.