Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is a type of alternative medicine in which hypnosis is used to create a state of focused attention and increased suggestibility during which positive suggestions and guided imagery are used to help individuals deal with a variety of concerns and issues.
Hypnotherapy is guided hypnosis, or a trance-like state of focus and concentration achieved with the help of a clinical hypnotherapist. This trance-like state is similar to being completely absorbed in a book, movie, music, or even one’s own thoughts or meditations. In this state, clients can turn their attention completely inward to find and utilize the natural resources deep within themselves that can help them make changes or regain control in certain areas of their life.

What is hypnotherapy used for?
Hypnotherapy can be used to treat anxiety, phobias, substance abuse including tobacco, sexual dysfunction, undesirable spontaneous behaviors, and bad habits. It can be used to help improve sleep, learning disorders, communication, and relationship issues.

Does hypnotherapy really work?
While hypnosis can be effective in helping people cope with pain, stress and anxiety, cognitive behavioral therapy is considered the first line treatment for these conditions. Hypnosis may also be used as part of a comprehensive program for quitting smoking or losing weight. Hypnosis isn’t right for everyone, though.

What happens during hypnotherapy?
During hypnosis, a trained hypnotist or hypnotherapist induces a state of intense concentration or focused attention. This is a guided process with verbal cues and repetition. The trance-like state you enter may appear similar to sleep in many ways, but you’re fully aware of what’s going on.

What is the success rate of hypnotherapy?
In fact, a study analysis from 1970 found hypnosis to have a 93 percent success rate, with fewer sessions needed than both psychotherapy and behavioral therapy. “This led researchers to believe that, for changing habits, thought patterns, and behavior, hypnosis was the most effective method,” Friedmutter says.

Do you talk during hypnotherapy?
When person is asleep, and you or even the greatest stage hypnotist make a suggestion – the person will continue to be asleep – they will not be acting on the suggestion. Yes people can talk while in trance.

Be prepared for the four Stages of Hypnosis
Stage 1 – Absorb Attention. In order to absorb attention, you simply want to capture the attention and focus of your client.
Stage 2 – Bypass the Critical Faculty.
Stage 3 – Activate an Unconscious Response. 
Stage 4 – Leading the Unconscious To Desired Outcome. 

How long will hypnosis last?
The time your hypnotherapy session will last can vary. How long it is will depend on your issue, your ability to go into trance and your therapist. Generally, the appointment will be fifty to sixty minutes, although could last up to two hours.

Can hypnosis rewire the brain?
During hypnosis, we’re able to access our own neural networks and neurons, and let the subconscious know we don’t need a particular habit anymore. We can communicate to ourselves what habit we would like to create instead; neuroplasticity allows us to do this, rewiring the neurons.

How does hypnosis work on the brain?
“You do shift into a different kind of brain function when you go into a hypnotic state,” he says. “It helps you focus your attention so you’re not thinking about other things, you have better control what’s going on in your body, and you’re less self-conscious.”

What part of the brain is affected by hypnosis?
The insula is a small region of the cerebral cortex that plays a significant role in pain perception, social engagements, emotions, and autonomic control. This is described by the lead researcher of the study as a kind of “brain-body connection” that helps the brain process and control what’s going on in the body.

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