Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness characterized by deep relaxation, heightened suggestibility, and focused attention. The word hypnosis is of Greek origin, hypnos, which means sleep. However, in hypnosis you are not asleep. You have complete control over your mind and body; you are in a heightened state of suggestibility and awareness, which allows the subconscious mind to be open to receive positive suggestions in order to make the desired changes.
Hypnosis can be helpful in overcoming fears and phobias such as fear of public speaking, test anxiety, and sports performance; also useful in stop smoking, weight control, memory and concentration, confidence building and pain control. In fact, in 1985, the American Cancer Society and Dr. David Spiegel, M.D., printed a professional education publication, entitled, "The Use of Hypnosis in Controlling Cancer Pain". Within this publication Dr. Spiegel states, "Persons in the hypnotic state are not controlled by the hypnotist. They are open to having their experience structured by the hypnotist". This is achieved by cognitively discussing what the client hopes to achieve during their session. In the conclusion of this publication, Dr. Spiegel says, “It is ironic that a technique long associated with fantasies of losing control should be so helpful in enhancing it. The intense concentration, interpersonal sensitivity, and mind-body control that characterize hypnosis make it an empirically grounded, practical tool for use with cancer”.
Hypnosis happens to most people everyday. For instance, driving down the freeway, the road you take almost daily, and you are driving along and all of a sudden, you realize you have missed your exit, lost in thought, this is a form of hypnosis. While sitting in a class or office situation and you have things on your mind, and all of the sudden the class or meeting is over, and you realize you have not heard a thing that has been said, also a form of hypnosis. Most people go in and out of hypnosis several times a day without realizing it. In other words, hypnosis might not be as foreign of a state or feeling as some might think. Hypnosis is no magic wand, nor can you be led to say, do, think or feel anything that you do not already believe. You are in control of yourself at all times.
What is a Hypnotherapist?
Much like traditional therapy, a hypnotherapist takes time to work cognitively with their client; together, the hypnotherapist and the client discuss what the focus will be for any given session. The trained hypnotherapist will be able to ask a series of questions to learn how the client takes in information, how they process what they see and hear. In doing this, the hypnotherapist is able to speak the language in which the client is most suggestible and that allows for the positive changes the client is seeking. A hypnotherapist partners with their client in order to assist in behavior modification.
Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool that can change your life in so many positive ways. I hope you will give it a try and find out for yourself, because it just might be what's been missing in your life! What do you have to lose?
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