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What is Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy and how can it help me?
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is the act of guiding someone into a trance state. Different experts define the trance state differently, but they almost always refer to:
– A deep state of relaxation.
– Hyperfocus and concentration.
– Increased suggestibility.
If that sounds commonplace, it’s because it is. Most of us go in and out of the trance state regularly. If you’ve ever zoned out on your daily commute, fell into a reverie while listening to music, or found yourself immersed in the world of a book or movie, you’ve been in the trance state.
The only difference between hypnosis and these everyday trance states is that, in hypnosis, someone induces the trance state to achieve something: healing, discovery, or stress relief, for example.
What isn't Hypnosis?
What about the part where the hypnotist tricks you into quacking like a duck or doing their evil bidding?
The idea that hypnotists can take over the minds of their subjects and control their actions is, of course, an entirely media-driven myth. In the trance state, you control all of your actions, you can hear everything around you, and you cannot be forced to do something against your will.
In a hypnotherapy session, clients are relaxed, conscious, awake, participating, remembering and completely in control of themselves.
Hypnotherapy harnesses “the power of suggestion” to help the client through whatever they have come to the practitioner to solve.
What is Hypnotherapy?
To understand the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy, think of hypnosis as a tool and hypnotherapy as the use of a tool. In SAT terms, hypnotherapy is to hypnotism as art therapy is to art. The definition of hypnotherapy is clear from the word itself. Hypnotherapy is the practice of hypnosis for therapeutic purposes and has been accepted by the American Council of Medicine since 1958.
The hypnotic trance state is a remarkably flexible tool for solving mental and physical health problems. Here are just a few ways mental health and medical professionals use hypnotherapy:
– Helping people quit smoking or reduce overeating by focusing their minds and suggesting healthier behavior.
– Accessing the mind-body link to relieve chronic and acute pain including during surgery and childbirth. Hypnotherapy has also proven effective against stubborn physical afflictions like irritable bowel syndrome and dermatological conditions
– Diving deep into the subconscious mind to uncover and treat the root causes of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addiction.
You would be surprised how often hypnotherapy is used in modern medicine and psychotherapy.
How does Hypnotherapy work?
The most powerful feature of the trance state is how it connects our conscious minds to our subconscious minds. The conscious mind is like the home screen of our computer where you choose what you want to see.
The subconscious mind to a computer’s file system. Our subconscious is like our hard drive, where we store every experience, emotion, and thought we’ve had.
In the relaxed, hyper-focused state of hypnosis — under the guidance of a hypnotherapist — we can run a Google search on our subconscious, pulling up the repressed memories and buried emotions at the root of our mental health challenges.
Your Hypnotherapist can then help guide you to relief of these buried issues and resolve the erroneous beliefs associated with them.
At Ideal Wellness NW our Certified, Registered Master Hypnotherapist uses a proven, therapeutic approach called 5 PATH (Five-Phase Advanced Transformational Hypnosis®️.) This system is proven and repeatable.