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People respond to hypnosis in different ways. Most people report that they were NOT asleep, but instead, felt very relaxed and could hear everything the hypnotist said. Some people describe hypnosis as a state of focused attention, in which they feel very calm and relaxed. Others describe the experience as being one in which they feel detached and deeply inwardly focused. Still others describe the experience as one in which their sensations and perceptions feel heightened and more vivid.
Hypnotherapy Been on yo-yo diets for as long as you remember and STILL carrying the same weight? Do you curse your partner while he/she sleeps peacefully and then go back to counting stars, sheep or even the squares on the ceiling? Are you generally listless, unmotivated, shy or plain chicken about many things? If the answer to one or more of the above is yes, my next question would be: Do you want to change? If you are tired of the „old you‟ and want to bring a positive change in your life, hypnotherapy may just open the doors of change for you. From losing weight to chucking addictions, from curing migraine and sleep disorders to tackling indigestion, you will be amazed at just what is possible through hypnotherapy. Technically, hypnotherapy refers to the application of hypnosis to treat conditions related to one‟s state of mind. In other words, hypnotherapy is using hypnosis for therapy. Hypnosis - or simply put, the power of your mind over your body – has long been used to remedy maladies like ego, anxiety, stress, phobias, addiction, pain and obesity. The roots of hypnotherapy lie in the dancing and singing rituals of ancient societies in Egypt and India. While they used music and dance to induce trance, modern hypnotherapy uses more sophisticated methods like eye fixation or progressive relaxation. Hypnotherapy is not magic, though hypnosis has enough negative connotations to make one doubt its powers. Hypnosis is not sleep either. It is a state of altered consciousness. It is almost like meditation where the body and the conscious mind are relaxed but the sub- conscious mind is in a state of heightened awareness. Why is hypnotherapy so powerful? Practitioners of hypnotherapy believe that when a client enters or believes that he has entered a state of trance, his subconscious mind is more receptive to change. Deep seated fears, mental blocks or behavior patterns can then be corrected using positive suggestions. Most negative traits have their seat in the subconscious mind. Ironically, it is this part that wields more control over our behavior by directing the conscious mind. Since the subconscious mind is inaccessible to a person, hypnotherapy works by putting the client in a state that is somewhere between sleep and wakefulness. By silencing the constant babble of the conscious mind there is a heightened awareness of existing problems and their causes. The hypnotherapist „conditions‟ the subconscious mind to think and behave in a more positive and effective manner. Once the subconscious mind accepts the suggestion, change is inevitable. Hypnotherapy can be divided into two aspects: “Putting in the good stuff” – most people are aware of this as the positive suggestions, ideas and thoughts that are planted in the client‟s mind. “Taking out the bad stuff” – removing historical stumbling blocks that obstruct us from achieving goals. Clinical hypnotherapy works only if the patient believes that he/she can change. “If you can think yourself sick, you can think yourself well too”, says Dr. Nate, a leading psychotherapist. Hypnosis helps change attitudes and hypnotherapy garners the power of hypnosis to plant positive suggestions in the patient‟s mind. Who does it work on? While it works on just about anyone, hypnotherapy used on young persons between the ages of 13 to 21 often produces amazing results. This is because the mind is very open and flexible at this stage. As we grow older and begin to question or fear it, hypnosis becomes increasingly difficult to achieve. Some people never reach the state of trance. Hypnotherapy has found a place in psychotherapy, medicine, dentistry and even pregnancy problems. Once a person has enjoyed the benefits of hypnotherapy, he or she will agree that as a holistic, non-invasive and totally painless form of therapy, nothing can beat hypnotherapy. All it takes is the willing mind.
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