What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is about using states of deep relaxation to align your unconscious mind with your goals in life. Hypnosis is a natural state of focused attention and heightened awareness, where you are able to open your mind to beneficial suggestions. This makes Hypnotherapy a powerful tool for smoking cessation, weight management and healing.
For many decades, the use of hypnosis in medicine, psychotherapy and education has produced powerful positive results. Hypnotherapy is a way to access the vast power of the mind to bring about positive and beneficial changes. Each session is an inspiring and relaxing experience and the purpose of hypnotic relaxation is to help you enter a state where your mind is more flexible, more able to deal with problems and to develop solutions.
What does it feel like to be hypnotised?
A hypnotic trance is a pleasant, relaxing and tranquil experience during which the client is not asleep, but not fully awake either. It is rather like being in a daydream and the client is always comfortable and in control.
How is Hypnotherapy different to other therapies?
Hypnotherapy is a brief strategic therapy. It is aimed specifically at finding a resolution to your problem as quickly, safely and efficiently as possible. More often than not, what you are experiencing as a problem, whether emotional, psychological or psychosomatic (i.e. actually producing physical symptoms) is a surface EFFECT of a deeper underlying mental/emotional CAUSE. It is at these deeper levels of consciousness that a hypnotherapist works with you, to bring about change in the way you feel, think and behave.
A skilled hypnotherapist will always work with your co-operation and in the most caring and nurturing manner. Hypnotherapy can improve your life for the better on a daily basis including the way you feel about both yourself and the world around you.
Hypnotherapy to treat menopausal hot flushes
Hot flushes are caused by a lack of estrogen in the body, so the most co way to treat them is by replacing the hormone.
However, women with breast cancer very often have estrogen-sensitive tumors that may come back if they take hormone-replacement therapy.
As a result, they must endure the hot flushes, which significantly impact their quality of life.
The study, which took place in 2008 out of Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, examined the effectiveness of hypnosis, or hypnotherapy, versus medication as relief from hot flushes, and was the first study to compare complementary therapy with medication for this purpose.
According to the study’s abstract, Dr. MacLaughlan concluded that her project provides evidence supporting the use of hypnotherapy for the treatment of hot flushes and emphasizes the need to perform further studies aimed at defining evidence-based recommendations for CAM (Complementary and alternative medicine therapies).
Hypnotherapy to help with IBS
Hypnosis may help some people with stubborn cases of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) find some relief from their symptoms, a new study suggests.
A number of studies since the 1980s have found that “gut-directed” hypnosis can help some people with IBS when standard treatment fails. The new study is different in that patients were treated by therapists in their communities rather than at highly specialized medical centers.
So, the researchers say, the findings give a better idea of how hypnosis might work for IBS in the “real world.”