Hypnosis. It has a bad rap. Hypnosis (we will use hypnotherapy going forward) is one of the most widely misunderstood and controversial treatments out there. The myths and misconceptions widely stem from people’s ideas about stage hypnotism. I get it. I too was once in an audience where individuals were hypnotized to quack like a duck. However, stage hypnotism is essentially a performance and has as much in common with clinical hypnotherapy as movies have with real life.
You are getting very sleepy…This answer is not an easy one. It really depends on YOU as to whether or not you are hypnotizable. Individuals need to be open to the process (not unlike therapy) and trust the Hypnotherapist. The average person enters a hypnotic state at least twice a day. For example, when you are driving and you are so deep in trance that you miss your exit. Or, amidst a flurry of activities around you still manage to binge watch your favorite show.
Hypnotherapy is useful in many ways. It helps people break bad habits like smoking, alcohol abuse, and eating disorders. It is useful for pain management, anxiety, traumatic histories and the list goes on and on.
Hypnotherapy has been approved as a valid treatment by the American Medical Association since the early 1960’s. The positive suggestions given to people under hypnotherapy are considered post hypnotic suggestions because they are intended to take affect after the person emerges from the trance.
The suggestions are an important part of hypnotherapy; so important that you receive an audio recording of your session to take with you when you leave. This recording is for you to listen to daily, at the beginning stage of treatment. These suggestions, through the subconscious, are thought to germinate and take root resulting in new behavioral and psychological changes.
Contrary to popular belief, people under hypnotherapy are in complete control of themselves and would never do anything they would normally find off-putting. Moreover, individuals can stop the process at any time.
You can easily practice self-hypnosis by: finding a comfortable environment, lying down, closing your eyes, and breathing in and out slowly. Next, say some optimistic things to yourself like, “I am brave and I do want my lungs to feel clear and healthy in the future.” You can picture a relaxing environment that will showcase you succeeding with your goal. Stay trance formidable in your quest!
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