Hypnotherapy, or hypnosis, is a natural state of conscious relaxation at varying levels that many people experience throughout the day. It’s a state in which your subconscious mind is active, while the conscious mind rests, also at varying levels. Some may experience hypnosis as a very light trance, kind of like getting sucked into a really good movie. And some may experience hypnosis at a very deep level in which the body and mind relax completely.
I believe all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. Even though you may have a guide, it is really only you who can hypnotize yourself. Hypnotizability depends on your imaginability and your willingness to let go. Imaginability is your ability to imagine, day dream, and let go of what is going on around you so you can deeply and fully focus your attention on yourself. By fully and completely focusing on yourself, you are giving yourself the attention it needs to feel better in every way.
The Link Between Hypnotherapy and Imagination
Essentially, hypnotherapy works by you using your imagination to visualize images when provided suggestions of relaxation by a guide. The more you use your imagination to visualize the images of relaxation given to you, the more you will be using the power of your mind to relax, or hypnotize, yourself. The more you deeply relax, the easier it is to respond to suggestions.
Hypnotherapy works directly with the subconscious mind. By progressively relaxing the conscious mind into a deeply relaxed state, the subconscious mind is active and open to suggestions. Accessing the subconscious mind enhances your ability to imagine, create, remember, and respond to suggestions for your highest good.
Purpose of a Hypnotherapist
A hypnotherapist, or guide, simply helps you block out distractions by focusing your attention on the sound of the guide’s voice so that you may go to a deep level of relaxation. As your guide, I also help by showing you how to train your mind to relax. By guiding you through a progressive relaxation, I help you learn self-hypnosis techniques. Eventually you will become comfortable practicing self-hypnosis and master the techniques to be used anywhere, anytime, and in any situation.
What You Can Expect
As your guide, I will also ask questions and listen to help understand what you are feeling now and how you would like to feel in the future. I act as a sounding board helping you understand what you need to feel better in every way. I help by connecting a path for you in your mind from one state to another. I provide suggestions for your subconscious mind that are specific and customized to your needs. I believe all the answers and resources we need to be our best are within us, they just need to be tapped.
Benefits of Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy can help change habits, mental thought patterns, and self-limiting beliefs, also known as ANTs (automatic negative thoughts). Hypnotherapy can also help manage stress, alleviate fears and anxiety, and reduce pain and other physical symptoms. Hypnotherapy has also successfully been used for anesthesia for medical procedures such as surgery and dental work.
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