"Who is hypnosis for?
Hypnotherapy has the potential to help relieve the symptoms of a wide variety of diseases and conditions. It can be used independently or along with other treatments. For example, it's one of several relaxation methods for treating chronic pain that has been approved by an independent panel convened by the National Institutes of Health.
According to preliminary studies, hypnotherapy may be used to:
Change negative behaviors, such as smoking, bed-wetting and overeating
Reduce or eliminate fears, stress and anxiety
Treat pain during childbirth and reduce labor time
Control pain during dental and surgical procedures
Relieve symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Lower blood pressure
Control nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy
Reduce the intensity or frequency of headaches, including migraines
Treat and ease the symptoms of asthma
Hasten the healing of some skin diseases, including warts, psoriasis and atopic dermatitis
Hypnosis is as old as humanity.
The old myths and misconceptions about hypnosis have given way to proven, scientifically sound applications. Today the use of hypnosis is seen in a variety of fields including: medicine, dentistry, education, professional sports and law. Most people have a limited understanding of the positive results that can be achieved in a professionally controlled hypnosis session. I would like to dispel some of the myths and answer the most frequently asked questions about hypnosis.
How does hypnosis work?
Our minds work on two levels: the conscious and the subconscious. We make decisions, think and plan with our conscious mind. In the subconscious mind is our habits, our conditioning, our fears, and our positive and negative associations. The subconscious controls 95% or more of our feelings and behavior In the relaxed state known as hypnosis, we can communicate directly with the subconscious mind to release feelings, break or create habits, and change associations and programming. This is why it is so quick and easy to change your life with hypnosis.
While it appears that almost anyone can be hypnotized, hypnosis does not always bring about good results. It is unclear why hypnosis does not work for everyone. Some researchers believe that a person is born with character traits that allow hypnosis to work, while other researchers believe that the ability to be hypnotized is a learned skill.
Hypnosis may seem magical, but it is not magic. Hypnosis is a collection of methods that allow therapist and patient to find the best and safest way to use the mind-body connection to bring about the medical benefits of hypnosis.