Benefits of Hypnotherapy
When you hear the word hypnosis, you tend to think of those movies where there is a sinister person holding a pendulum or a pocket watch on a chain, swinging it in front of another person’s eyes and uttering the word you will go to sleep now. And then that hypnotist takes control of his victim and makes them do whatever he wants.
This couldn’t be farther from the truth! So, let’s find out what hypnosis actually is, and what the benefits of hypnotherapy are.
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a practice where the conscious mind put into a relaxed state so that the unconscious mind can come into a heightened state of awareness which then becomes more open to positive suggestions from the hypnotherapist.
To put it simply, it’s like when you’re concentrating so deeply on something that everything fades away into nothingness – except the thing you’re concentrating on.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is using hypnosis to help in the healing process through positive suggestions.
Before beginning the process, the hypnotherapist has a detailed discussion with the client about their medical history, what problems they have, and what they hope to achieve through hypnotherapy.
What are the Benefits of Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is not a parlor-trick, but a serious clinical procedure that is used to support other medical treatments you may be undergoing. Here are some of the medically proven benefits you can get from hypnotherapy:
- Better Sleep
Swiss researchers monitored the brain activity of patients with sleep problems after undergoing hypnotherapy. The results of the study showed that those who responded well to hypnosis spent 80% more time in the deep, restorative sleep called slow-wave sleep. What this means is that hypnotherapy can help you sleep much better than any sleeping pill.
- Eases IBS
A 2003 study showed that 71% of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) patients who underwent hypnotherapy for their condition reported a reduction in their symptoms, after 12 once-a-week hour-long sessions with a hypnotherapist. And 81% of the patients who went through this study stated that the effects of the therapy lasted for as much as 6 years after they went through it.
- Suppressing Hot Flashes
In 2013, a study was conducted on post-menopausal women to assess the impact of hypnotherapy on their hot flashes. On average, these women reported a minimum of 50 hot flashes per week. After hypnotherapy, that number went down by a whopping 74%! In contrast, the women in the study who attended weekly clinician and not hypnotherapy sessions, only saw a 17% improvement in their hot flashes.
- Pain Relief
One of the most obvious benefits of hypnotherapy is pain relief. Those suffering from cancer, fibromyalgia and arthritis reported that hypnotherapy helped lower the levels of pain their experienced due to their disease.
- Treating Mental Conditions
Hypnotherapy is also now being used to treat mental conditions such as depression, anxiety, stress, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and addictions and bad habits.
There is still research being done on how hypnotherapy can improve sports performance, control allergies, weight-loss and improve people’s self-esteem and confidence. And while there is no scientific evidence to back these benefits, there is a lot of anecdotal evidence of how hypnotherapy has benefited people with these conditions.