Hypnotherapy or hypnosis is a type of treatment that uses channeled relaxation and focused attention to achieve an amplified state of awareness which is sometimes called trance. The person’s attention is so focused during the hypnosis that anything going on around the person is temporarily blocked out. Hypnosis is performed under the guidance of a trained therapist where a person may focus on his or her sub-conscious state of mind.
During a hypnosis session, the person may undergo a process that helps them relax and focus on their mind. This state is similar to sleep, but their mind will be focused and more able to respond to suggestions. In this state, it is believed that the person is more willing to focus on their subconscious mind. This allows them to explore some of the deeper issues they’re dealing with.
Hypnotherapy sessions may be used to:
- Discover repressed memories, such as abuse
- Inculcate a desire for healthy habits that can lead to weight loss
- Help to relax and reprogram an anxious brain
Benefits of Hypnotherapy against Anxiety
Do you know that anxiety is the most common mental illness in the US, affecting 40 million American each year? Although hypnotherapy isn’t considered as a popular treatment for curing mental issues like anxiety, researchers and scientists have been studying the effects it can have on anxiety and depression. A hypnotized brain experiences changes like focused attention, greater physical and emotional control, less self-consciousness and improved functioning of the brain.
How does hypnosis work?
Let’s suppose that a person has a fear of flying. During a hypnotherapy session, the therapist can provide them with what’ s known as a ‘posthypnotic suggestion’ while they are in a trance-like state. The mind becomes more open to suggestions during this state. This allows the therapist to suggest and inculcate the confidence of flying in their brain. During the state of anxiety, we feel symptoms like shortness of breath, increased heart rate, muscle tension, nervous stomach, and irrational fear. Therapists and Psychologists say that hypnotherapy must be used as complementary to CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). When used alone, hypnosis can show similar effects like those of medications.
In a nutshell, hypnotherapy to treat anxiety is considered very safe, as long as you are seeking the treatment from a licensed and trusted professional. Hypnosis helps in overcoming the automatic thoughts that trigger your anxiety. Don’t hesitate to seek help. Start today!