What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis, also known as hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion, refers to a semiconscious state of mind in which you may seem to be asleep and to have no conscious control over your behaviors, but actually you do have control over your thoughts or actions, have heightened focus and concentration, see and hear things, and respond to other people’s commands. During hypnosis, you feel calm and relaxed and are more open to suggestions.
Hypnosis is usually done with a therapist’s help. Accordingly, he uses verbal repetition and mental images to guide or lead you.
Why do you need hypnosis?
A hypnosis is used to:
- Help people regain their control over unwanted behaviors
- Help people cope with their pain, stress or anxiety
In particular, conditions that hypnosis can help include:
- Pain management. This method is effective for coping with pain associated with cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, temporomandibular joint problems, dental procedures and headaches.
- Hot flashes. For women suffering from hot flashes associated with menopause, hypnosis can be beneficial .
- Behavior change. Hypnosis seem to have good effects when used as a part of treatment plan for insomnia, bed-wetting, smoking, obesity and phobias.
- Those who experience fatigue associated with radiotherapy (especially people undergoing breast cancer treatment) can find relief with hypnosis.
- Quitting smoking or losing weight. Hypnosis can help people in reaching these goals.
What are the side effects of hypnosis?
Hypnosis is considered a safe alternative medical treatment. However, it does have some side effects, although it’s rare.
Possible side effects of hypnosis include:
- Strong emotions and creation of false memories (if age regression is used)
What to know before deciding to undergo a hypnosis?
Hypnosis does not work on everyone.
Hypnosis is not appropriate for people with serious mental illness.
Make sure your therapist is professionally trained and qualified enough to perform hypnosis.
How is the hypnosis done?
Before the session:
The therapist explains the process
He also reviews your wish or purpose of calling for the hypnosis
During the hypnosis :
The therapist uses a gentle, soothing tone to describe images and talk to you. He tries to build in you feelings of relaxation, security and well-being.
Once you are in a receptive state, the therapist helps you achieve your goals by giving suggestions to eliminate your burden (the pain or cravings to smoke). He will alsodescibe wonderful images of you when accomplishing the goals.
After the session:
When the process is over, you can end the trance-like state on your own or therapist helps bring you out of hypnosis.
Unlike what is seen in the movies, during a hypnosis, you are hyperattentive, aware of and do remember what happens.
Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Review Date: October 9, 2017 | Last Modified: September 11, 2019