A recent body of scientific evidence is beginning to strongly support hypnotherapy as an effective treatment for many common ailments. What does that mean, and why should this matter to you?
Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis have been around for quite some time. Historians have shown that it originated all they way back to ancient India and Persia circa 980 AD. It has been passed down throughout various cultures worldwide and was used more formally in conjunction with modern science and medicine as early as the 1490’s. Throughout the past 60-70 years, it has become somewhat of a forgotten therapy.
Hypnotherapy is simply a means by which you can access your subconscious mind. Is it mind control? Is it dangerous? Absolutely not. In fact, it is a highly legitimate medical-scientific method. It is a therapy used to access the subconscious mind to make positive lasting changes in your life. You generally experience the hypnotic state at least twice a day, every day. When you first wake up in the morning and right before you fall asleep (sometimes it happens more often, i.e. daydreaming). That deep state of relaxation you feel during those times is very similar to being in a self-induced state of hypnosis. Recent scientific research shows that it is actually quite effective at treating a lot of common issues people face in their daily lives. This article will take you through 5 common issues most people experience in their lives and how hypnotherapy can help deal with them effectively.
1. Stress & Anxiety
Hypnotherapy is a very effective method for managing your daily stresses and anxieties. Using techniques such as progressive relaxation and positive suggestion can efficiently calm yourself and release much of what is causing your discomfort. You can initially visit a hypnotherapist to help you learn how to achieve a self-induced hypnotic state. Hypnotherapists typically use positive suggestion to reinforce ideas and beliefs that help to subside any negative self-talk occurring in your mind. Practicing self-hypnosis at home is a great way to maintain results, especially during heightened periods of stress that might be occurring in your life. Your hypnotherapist will gladly give you more information and resources to safely practice self-hypnosis at home.
2. Fears & Phobias
Hypnotherapy can also effectively manage many common fears and phobias and create lasting positive results for many. Fear of flying, fear of spiders etc. and many other irrational fears that might be holding you back in your daily life can be efficiently managed with a properly trained hypnotherapist. A lot of these issues are formed throughout life and by uncovering the root cause within your subconscious mind you are able to “re-frame” the problem and look at it in a more positive way. This leads to lasting changes that are permanent for the majority of individuals that seek treatment.
Have you ever wished you could just walk into a room and own the crowd? Have you ever had to give a presentation and felt really uncomfortable about it wishing it could come more naturally? Most of our confidence comes from subconscious belief systems we acquire and develop throughout our lives. Sometimes we don't even know we might have developed a belief that is holding us back from being more confident. There may be a part of you that is holding you back. A trained hypnotherapist will be able to effectively use parts therapy or other modalities to help resolve the root cause of problem. Increasing your self-confidence improves so many aspects of your life whether it’s for personal or more career oriented reasons.
Like confidence, motivation has its ebbs and flows throughout life. We all have a tendency to get very excited about the prospect of a new diet, exercise routine, work project etc. As the initial excitement wears off, many of us have a hard time keeping our motivation consistent, long enough to see actual results. This can be really frustrating, as you want to see results, but something deep down is holding you back. Hypnotherapy can efficiently find the root cause or causes that lie deep within your subconscious mind. Memories and beliefs that were created long ago might be holding you back. You would be surprised at what you consciously think is holding you back has absolutely nothing to do with the root subconscious cause.
5. Exam Performance & Memory Recall
Many students experience performance issues around exam time. It’s normal to feel pressure to perform and retain vast amounts of information, in fact it can be overwhelming for most. Hypnotherapy is a very effective way of helping students cope with these stresses far more effectively. The hypnotherapist will build self-confidence and help “re-frame” emotional triggers that make students “blank-out” or not perform as well as they should on exam day.
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Written By: Sebastian Di Cesare PhD, CHt - a research scientist & practicing clinical hypnotherapist located in Vancouver, Canada.