Many people are familiar with hypnosis because of what they see on television and movies. Hypnosis is often portrayed by performers using a pocket watch and swaying it in front of another person, while reciting some chants until that person zones out and falls under a spell.
Hypnosis can also be used as an application to assist in all kinds of therapeutic and transformative work too.
Since the 18th century, hypnosis has been used in the medical sphere. People who needed to undergo amputations and other forms of surgery relied on hypnosis for severe pain relief. Nowadays, it is used as a complementary medical service in many healthcare facilities.
Hypnosis is done by a certified hypnotist or hypnotherapist who will guide you as you enter a trance-like state of deep relaxation. During this state of focus and relaxation a therapist will give you suggestions on how to achieve certain specific changes.
Hypnosis is one of the useful methods to help people recover from conditions such as pain, stress, and insomnia. It is an effective tool you can try if you want to refocus your mind, change your lifestyle, improve yourself, and rethink your overall well-being.
As you enter a heightened state of focus during a hypnotherapy session, your mind will be more able to comprehend and process information. It is unclear how hypnosis can make the brain reach an intense level of inner concentration and focus but according to research, the areas of the brain responsible for thought process and body control show greater activity compared to the area responsible for awareness. This can explain why the brain can concentrate well since the thought process is at a higher level, or more active than usual.
Even though hypnosis is an effective way to address certain body conditions, not everyone can experience the same level of hypnosis. Every person has different hypnotic abilities.
Based on studies, only an average of 10 to 15 percent of people are “highly hypnotizable” or those who can easily respond to hypnotic suggestions. The same percentage applies to “low hypnotizable” or people who don’t respond much to hypnotic suggestions. The remaining number falls under the medium level. Most all work done in the practice of hypnotherapy can be easily achieved in the medium level of hypnotic trance.
The results of hypnosis also vary for different people. Some might experience side effects while they are undergoing sessions. This however is rare, and most people experience hypnosis as a very positive and life affirming experience.
If a person experiences any of these effects in their body, it does not mean that hypnosis is harmful. It only shows that there are changes in the brain that are still being processed. It will take a while for these effects to fade, but after it, you will have noticeable changes mentally and physically.
Regardless of the misunderstanding among healthcare professionals in recommending hypnosis or not, it is a genuine and effective therapeutic tool that serves as a great treatment for both psychological and physical conditions.
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