If you want to give up smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, if you want to eliminate stress, tiredness etc. and you are tired of the usual treatments, resort to a therapy that solicits your inner capacities of healing: hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy is the treatment through hypnosis, i.e. through a partial sleep state artificially induced through suggestion by the hypnotherapist.
Hypnotherapy works two ways
[ special thanks to Georgia Walby from Hypnotherapy Cardiff for this hypnotherapy article] Hypnotherapy has a pretty recent use. Its first use isn’t precisely known, but it was mentioned in the American publications after World War II (hypnotherapy). Today it is very often used. The term hypnotherapist, just like hypnotherapy doesn’t denote anything precise. In the opinion of J.A. Malarewicz hypnosis isn’t a therapy itself. It’s one of the instruments the therapist can use in a specific situation, depending on the experience, peculiarity of the situation and the wish of the patient. The study of the hypnotic phenomena doesn’t allow the elaboration of a theory than can be used as ground at their hypnotic use.
Means and instruments used in psychiatry
In spite of its fragile grounds hypnotherapy tends to represent a freestanding discipline. It disposes of useful practical means and instruments in therapeutics, especially in psychiatry.
Hypnotherapy oscillates between two poles:
- instrument of knowledge and truth, granting access to patient’s subconscious psychical mechanisms
- instrument of influence, permitting the doctor to influence the patient and to guide him towards healing
Hypnotherapy is a meeting place between patient and therapist where the therapist – through the suggestions he gives to the patient – permits the patient to get healed by himself. There is no dominant/ dominated, the relation represents only collaboration. Hypnosis is a natural state of mind. It isn’t about anything artificial or supernatural. Everyone owns a natural capacity to respond to hypnosis.
Hypnosis, altered state of consciousness
Hypnosis is the moment between the wakeful state and sleep, the moment when – almost asleep – you aren’t completely awake or asleep. The patient under hypnosis finds himself in a state of physical relaxation and mental concentration. He can explore his inner resources, physical and mental capacities and can see things differently from the normal conscious thinking. One can say as well that it’s a state of consciousness altered by a trance carried out by the therapist or even by the patient himself.
Hypnotic trance doesn’t mean sleep
In spite of its original name, from the Greek hypno, that means sleep, and opposed to what the majority of people think, the hypnotic state doesn’t have to do anything with the usual sleep; it’s about a state of relaxation that reaches different levels of depth. In fact, the person is always conscious of what happens to him, even during the deepest trance. The person arbitrarily limits his state of attention. The therapist does never exert its control over the patient, since the patient is the one who voluntarily produces the trance, being only prompted by the hypnotist. Any hypnotherapy session starts with an induction, i.e. through the creation of a state of relaxation that allows the patient to fall in trance. In hypnotic trance we cannot talk about sleep as – unlike sleep – in hypnotic trance one can clearly hear what it is said around him, the patient keeping constant communication with the therapist in this respect.
Communication with the subconscious
The patient in trance manifests a selective consciousness. The body and soul are in a state of passivity which allows him to reach a higher level of communication with his own subconscious. The therapist doesn’t exert a pressure on the patient whatsoever, working with him in a communication-based reliable relationship, in order to solicit his own capacities of healing and problem solving. The modern hypnosis is collaboration between patient and therapist. A patient will never be requested to do something contrary to ethics or to his wish.
We experience hypnosis every day
Did it ever happen to you to drive a car, to reach destination without noticing the time passing by? The explanation is that your conscious spirit was absorbed by your thoughts being confident that your subconscious will drive carefully. Have you ever thought of a problem without solving it then find that you found its solution only by looking out the window and dreaming about something else? Then you were in trance. The same phenomenon is produced when you are so absorbed by reading a book or watching television so that you lose count of time and you don’t hear what the others around say to you. It’s an altered state of consciousness. Hypnosis allows us to discover the inner power of the subconscious mind which exists in each and every of us. Everyone is sensitive to hypnosis on the condition that he obeys it.
Conscious and subconscious
The human spirit is divided into two parts: conscious and subconscious. The conscious allows us to make decisions, to reflect, to choose our daily activities, to make comparisons or suppositions. It contributes to the accomplishment of the reasoning of analysis and synthesis. The subconscious is the tank of everything that has been registered from birth, experiences, even of the ones we don’t remember any more. It isn’t based on reasoning like the conscious; in fact it is at its disposal. It’s the source of dreams, intuitions, inspirations and solutions that we imagined.
It is said that on an average we use between 3 and 5 percent of our brain for our daily activities, the rest is an subconscious potential, a great labyrinth in which our conscience hides. We can find solutions if we eliminate the disturbing noises and the limits of the usual behavior. In order to be understood by the subconscious, we have to be concise, clear. The thoughts have to be positive because they are reflected in our actions. The conscious is the one that guides the life of a well-balanced person. During a psychological disorder the conscious partially gives up its priorities for the benefit of the subconscious. The orders – thoughts – are in this case badly transmitted, and the role of the hypnotherapist is to help his patients to solicit the resources of the subconscious to fix his own problems.
The dialogue is important, even at the beginning
The first hypnosis session starts with a dialogue with the patient in which he explains his problems, their evolution, but his entire life too. This first closeness allows the practitioner to demystify hypnosis and then to block the problem and to use the most suitable induction technique to make the patient to fall in trance. The suggestions are made depending on the reason of consultation/ medical advice; they are oral, visual, clear, easily understandable and repeated many times. The session ends with the patient’s waking up, a posthypnotic communication so that the learning of auto hypnosis will allow him to use his own capacities to heal and to solve his problems. The duration of a session is approximately of an hour. The number of sessions varies depending on the problem that has to be treated. Hypnosis, through its dynamic is a concise therapy. As I said above every hypnotherapy session is based on the trust between patient and therapist. Otherwise, the reception of the suggestions wouldn’t be good at all. It’s impossible to hypnotize a person without confidence in the therapist, without the patient’s consent and without the minimal necessary collaboration. Thanks to hypnosis, the patient is capable of recognizing the suggestions that he considers to be good to him. The results can become visible immediately or in time, depending on the problem that is healed, the patient becomes – without being aware of it – more creative from a specific psychological point of view; this means that he can surprisingly discover the solution to his problem or a new attitude with regard to a grief (he can see things from another angle).
The most frequent problem in case of the majority of the patients resorting to hypnotherapy is negative auto hypnosis, i.e. negative, powerful, conscious or subconscious autosuggestion that initiate emotional, behavioral and psychosomatic disorders. It isn’t recommended that the number of necessary sessions finish earlier because everyone has his own rhythm which is important to be respected.
In what fields can hypnotherapy help you
Along our life we are subjected to a series of events over which we have more or less control. The events happen so quickly that sometimes they overstep a few times our capacity for adaptation. We are subjected to all kinds of tensions: family problems, marriage problems, emotional and sexual problems etc. The more tensions we suffer the more different symptoms appear. They can be manifested under the form of inexplicable tiredness, extreme irritability, obesity, excessive alcohol and medicine consumption or under the form of violence etc.
Hypnotherapy can help you give up smoking, get rid of headaches and fears and to regain self-confidence; it stimulates your sport performances, intelligence and inspiration, it adjusts blood circulation, it gets you rid of obesity, depression, intoxication, sexual dysfunctions, tics and manias, complexes, concentration difficulties, learning difficulties, behavioral disorders, different neuroses, asthma, problems related to excessive alcohol consumption, constipation problems, stress, anxiety, simple or multiple phobias, timidity, insomnia etc.
Hypnotherapy is the therapy under hypnosis that helps people to recover. The purpose of the therapy is to contribute – through relaxation – to the elimination of tension and to the re-establishment of the person’s control over his life. The hypnotic state is one of total relaxation which encourages the reception of the suggestions, aiming entirely at the regain of the control over your life. In this way you can have a healthier, more harmonious and happier life!