In hypnosis, there is an altered state of consciousness. The person in hypnosis will find himself in a relaxed state, trance-like state or focused attention. Other names for hypnosis are hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion.
Under hypnosis, a person is more responsive to suggestions, has more focused attention, and is more open and less critical. The hypnotic state can be achieved with the help of a hypnotherapist.
Hypnosis can be used as a therapy to assist the patient in gaining control over behavior, emotions or physical well-being.
Hypnosis works because there is a certain state wherein the brain is open to suggestions. Through hypnosis, a person could focus deeply on a specific memory, thought, feeling, or sensation.
He can do this while tuning out distractions at the same time. Because of this, hypnotizing a person in order to benefit his health and well-being is very effective.
There are still several other uses to hypnosis. For example, hypnosis can be used to lessen one’s fear, stress, and anxiety. It can be a tool to alter one’s negative behaviors such as bed-wetting, overeating, and smoking.
It has a great possibility of decreasing or completely terminating phobias. It can lower blood pressure and can even control pain during surgical or dental procedures.
Nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy can be prevented through hypnosis. Hypnosis is also effective in reducing the intensity of headaches and migraines. Some have been treated for pain during childbirth using hypnosis.
In the same way, the length of labor is reduced. Asthma and its symptoms, as well as skin diseases such as warts, psoriasis, and atopic dermatitis, have been found to respond well to hypnosis.
It must be clearly understood, however, that in order for hypnosis to be effective in healing or reducing symptoms, it must be delivered as a comprehensive therapy. The same with all types of medicine and therapy, hypnosis works on other people and may also fail in some.
There are different types of hypnosis. The approach is usually different depending on the purpose and the personal preference of the person. A hypnotherapist could hypnotize a patient by talking in a gentle, soothing voice and creating a relaxing atmosphere by describing images.
However, standard for hypnotherapy sessions are: session length of 30 to 60 minutes, being out of hypnotic state after the session, and resumption of normal daily activities after each sessions.
Sometimes, hypnosis can have physical side effects such as headaches, dizziness and nausea. These are usually due to poor technique. If one does not choose his hypnotherapist properly, he might land one who might possibly implant false memories inside his head.
Otherwise, hypnotherapy conducted by a respected and trained hypnotherapist is painless and considered very safe.
It is best if you get recommendation from someone who has gone to a hypnotherapist, especially if you it would be your first time to avail of the therapy.
Once you have found your hypnotherapist, it does not hurt to have a little background check, simply by asking about professional experiences, credentials, among others.