The Real Power of Hypnosis
More and more people are turning to hypnosis to solve problems. It is being used for a wide variety of issues. Studies from the University of Maryland Medical Center, Texas A&M University, Ohio State University, University of Iowa, University of Connecticut, Cornell University and many more, show that hypnotherapy is helping people with issues from weight loss, smoking cessation, irritable bowel, anxiety, fear, to negative self talk and other unwanted habits.
A study conducted by Amir Raz, Jin Fan and Michael I Posner from the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology and Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, entitled, “Hypnotic Suggestion Can Reduce Conflict In The Human Brain” finds suggestions given while a person is in hypnosis can create important changes in the brain. Dr Amir Raz, found that “A certain specific form of hypnotic suggestion is capable of targeting focal functional brain areas – something no current drug can do.”
When it comes to losing weight, hypnotherapy is an effective treatment because we are changing old unhealthy patterns located in the subconscious. An example of a pattern may be, “I need something sweet when I am upset because it comforts me.”
If the subconscious believes this because as child your mother/father gave you a sweet treat when you were upset, that is a known in the subconscious. When you want to lose weight your conscious mind understands that sweets are not good to eat. Your subconscious, on the other hand, does not understand this. The reason the subconscious registers it this way is because it thinks: sweet-comfort-good. You then have the conscious mind fighting with the subconscious part of your mind and the winner is usually the subconscious. That is why hypnosis is effective because we can access and change those unwanted patterns that interfere with you losing weight.
A good smoking cessation program can easily help anyone who really wants to stop smoking. I personally put two programs together and added some techniques to assist my clients. It is one 4-hour session. After the session my clients are no longer smoking. The hypnosis part of the session, which is around 50 minutes, is recorded so the client is able to listen to it each day, thus reinforcing these powerful positive suggestions.
Studies show the best solution for irritable bowel syndrome is hypnosis. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/254302.php. It usually takes 6-one hour sessions to resolve the IBS. After the sessions the client is usually symptom free.
Anxiety is what I specialize in, and I love to help my clients resolve this sometimes debilitating problem. Bringing this realization to the client that in certain circumstances he or she repetitively creates fear and worry and alternately could create calm and comfort within instead is critical. As the client is able to successfully move forward in converting the discomfort of anxiety to the comfort of feeling calm and relaxed, the problem is solved. The hypnosis is, of course, key as we calm the mind and body with this powerful and effective technique. Fear and negative self -talk are also tied to this issue and can be alleviated with the right guidance from an experienced hypnotherapist.
The real power lies within us all and using hypnotherapy can be an effective and influential tool to bring positive changes that otherwise may not be detected or resolved.
By Ava Evans, C.Ht.