Hypnosis is the original mind/body medicine. For centuries it has gone in and out of vogue. Now, in the twenty-first century, there’s finally sufficient scientific evidence, real hard data, that proves its effectiveness.
Hypnosis is a bridge to the subconscious mind, which houses the emotions, imagination, memories, habits and intuition. It also regulates our autonomic body functions and is the part of the mind that dreams.
Within a therapeutic setting, hypnosis is often induced through various methods of relaxation. As a result of this process the critical factor of the conscious mind is bypassed, giving the hypnotherapist and subject direct access to the deeper mind, the subconscious, which has been called the other 90% of the mind. Hypnosis is essentially a way of relaxing and setting aside the conscious mind while at the same time activating the subconscious, enabling the subject to act on positive, life-affirming suggestions with ease and efficiency. Generally the most well-known characteristic of hypnosis is increased suggestibility.
Within the field of hypnotherapy, there are a great variety of ways to harness the power of the subconscious mind to affect change. It is used in areas such as chronic and acute pain control or affect the psychological associations of pain. It can be effective to improve confidence, concentration, motivation, achievement, recall, focus, health and stress management. Hypnosis can help overcome addictions, habits, eating disorders, insomnia, fears, phobias and negative thought, emotional and behaviour patterns. It can also tap people into the utilization of their full potential in endeavours like work, sports and art.
In 1958, the Council on Mental Health of the American Medical Association formerly accepted hypnosis and recommended its inclusion in the curriculum of medical schools and post-graduate residencies. The British Medical Association had previously recognized hypnosis for psychiatric and surgical use.
Today, thousands of dentists, physicians, psychologists and other health professionals receive training in hypnosis. Hypnosis has emerged as a valuable tool in medicine and psychotherapy and is fully recognized and utilized by many scientists.
Article by: Frederick Stander CHT
Holistic Hypnotherapist & Wellness Counsellor at NewAge Center