Although the subject of hypnosis has been often misunderstood it is now a well established method for treating many psychological and minor medical disorders.
Most of the misunderstandings and prejudices around the use of hypnosis as a medical treatment have been dispelled with the creation of Clinical Hypnosis techniques. However, the uses of this wonderful “mind tool” go far beyond health issues.
For many decades now people all over the world have been taking advantage of the trance state to change their inner and outer worlds. Hypnosis has shown to be a highly effective method of self improvement. It is one of the best ways to make changes in order to improve your life and, of course, your health.
Although the human mind still remains mostly a mystery to us many years of investigation have uncovered some very interesting aspects to the brain, our thoughts and emotions and how they all tie into our health. Scientists have spent many years studying how the mind affects the body and their discoveries have shown that our emotions very strongly influence our health.
Doctors know that the human mind plays a major role in the functions of the body. For a long time the medical establishment has know n that a person’s attitude toward their physical disorders determines, to a high degree, the prognosis of their condition; if a person is upbeat and optimistic about their situation then healing occurs much faster in the body!
The use of hypnosis as a healing tool really started with psychological disorders – disorders of the mind. As hypnosis can be used to alter our internal structure and world view it was not surprising that this psychological tool was so effective at the treatment of mental disorders.
However, when it was discovered that hypnosis could be used to alleviate the symptoms of many physical disorders it s use as a physical treatment was taken more seriously. Warts and skin conditions were the first to be successfully treated through hypnosis and soon other applications, as regards health, were being investigated!
As you may know the human mind is generally divided into two parts – the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. Hypnosis works by gaining access to the subconscious mind because it is here that we store all our automatic behaviours, thoughts patterns and beliefs. The subconscious mind also holds the blueprint for the body which it follows when replacing cells in the body. It is in this part of the mind where most of our problems have to be solved.
Hypnosis is a therapeutic method in which the patient finds himself in a trance state that is usually induced by the hypnotherapist. In this state, the patient focuses on certain thoughts, feelings, motivations and behaviours, in order to make some changes at a subconscious level.
In spite of the common misbelief that hypnosis is a tool for manipulation this could not be further from the truth. In order for hypnosis to be effective a subject must be willing to go into trance and hand-over a certain amount of responsibility and power to the hypnotherapist – without trust this will never happen!
Hypnotists have shown that no-one can be forced into doing anything they do not want to do while under hypnosis. It is still possible to refuse any suggestions given that compromise your social, ethical or personal views and go against your values. In respect to health, hypnosis is merely a very effective therapeutic tool which must involve cooperation from both the patient and the therapist in order to get the desired results.