Popularly, hypnoses sparks images of a mysterious man who puts you into a deep slumber with a pocket watch, and then proceeds to control your mind. However, this image is far from the truth. Hypnoses are powerful tools that, far from putting the mind to sleep, create a state of hyper-awareness and attentiveness. It has even been said that a person who is concentrating on an everyday task like reading or driving, is also in a state of hypnosis.
Using this tool, it is possible to speak to someone at an unconscious level and use that to help them improve their lives through hypnosis therapy. Fighting bad habits, overcoming phobias, and helping people to relax are just some of the positive applications of various kinds of hypnoses. It allows the mind to focus on one clear goal, clearing out all distractions and altering how an individual perceives certain things in their lives.
Induction and Suggestion
Hypnoses are usually preceded by hypnotic induction. This is almost a trance-like state where the client experiences a heightened expectation of what’s to come. Their attention becomes focused and their mind is prepared for the next stages. This may be achieved through classic techniques such as eye-fixation and muscular relaxation. The intention is to make the client feel as comfortable as possible.
Next comes the stage of suggestion, where a client’s mind is led to focus on a single idea. This is where the therapy actually begins. The body is completely relaxed, allowing physiological function and stimulus to become reduced. The subject is then prompted or “suggested” to focus on the problems that are to be targeted. These can vary from quitting a habit like smoking, to overcoming irrational childhood fears.
In this state, the mind is more susceptible to suggestion, and can often be guided to improvement or betterment in the client’s conscious state. Multiple sessions and conditioning lead to great results over time. Those who experience hypnosis therapy usually find that they are more calm, collected, and better at solving problems.
The Conscious and Unconscious Mind
Hypnoses are said to be so effective and so powerful because it allows the therapist to speak directly to the client’s subconscious or unconscious mind. Different scientists throughout history have had different takes on this subject. Psychologists such as Milton Erikson and Sigmund Freud believed that speaking to the unconscious mind was what hypnosis was all about. Erikson would use indirect suggestion through stories and metaphors to influence the client’s thinking in their conscious state.
Victorian pioneers in the field considered that they were still speaking to the client’s conscious mind and that direct suggestion was sufficient. As various understandings and studies of the mind have been made, the understanding of hypnotism has grown. Today, Hypnosis is seen as simply a way of bypassing the client’s inhibitions and suggesting them to focus on the subject in question.
Applications of Hypnoses
There are many applications to hypnoses in all its forms. Although it is often used for entertainment in public demonstrations, it is a great tool for therapists everywhere. In the hands of a good hypnoses practitioner, it is an undeniable asset to helping others get the most out of life. Here are some of the things that modern hypnotherapy can for:
• Clinical hypnosis or cognitive-behavioural hypnosis
• Age regression therapy
• Fighting phobias and fears
• Controlling addictions
• Reducing bad habits
• Pain management
• Increased relaxation
• Soothing pre-surgery patients
• Improvement in sports performances
• Helping those in weight-loss programs
Hypnoses are also used in the fields of sports, forensics, physical therapy, rehabilitation, educations, and the military. Studies are beginning to show that it can even be used to fight irritable bowel syndrome and reduce labour pains.
There are also many applications to self-hypnosis. Using autosuggestion, you can use this tool to increase your motivation for exercising, quit bad habits like nail-biting, and relax in stressful situations like exams or before stage performances. Some people who use self-hypnosis need assistance, while others do not find it necessary.
At Let’s Live Coaching, we want to help you unlock your true potential through the powers of hypnotherapy. Let go of your worries and stress, open your mind, and let yourself experience that everything life has to offer.
Francois Janse van Rensburg - Let's-Live Master Coach - South Africa
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