A state of focused, concentrated attention which leads to increased openness to suggestion. Just as when a person is daydreaming, though aware of other activities going on, he or she is mentally off somewhere else in the imagination.
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis.
The individual is in complete control of his or her thoughts, feelings, decisions and actions. The hypnotherapist is a facilitator, guiding the individual with questions and offering suggestions that assist them in reaching goals and solutions. A person will not accept suggestions that are against his or her values or belief system.
Used in the area of health and medicine to enhance wellness in body/mind and spirit.
Clinical Applications of Hypnosis
- Child birthing & high-risk pregnancy
- Cancer treatment & recovery issues
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Life transition issues Acute & chronic pain management
- Performance anxiety - students, musicians and athletes
- Stress-related illnesses & conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Headaches, Insomnia, et al.
- Menopause and Fertility issues
- End of life issues
- Pre & post-surgical procedures
- Lifestyle changes
- Grief and loss issues
Some of the evidence-based benefits of hypnosis and imagery include:
- Reduces stress, Increases sense of calm, peace of mind & positive energy
- Balances the immune response
- Manages acute and chronic pain
- Reduces chemotherapy side-effects
- Reduces blood loss & complications from surgery
- Speeds healing and recovery time
- Promotes sleep Reduces fear and anxiety
- Improves fertility
- Improves personal empowerment and self-mastery
- Improves creativity & problem-solving
- Enhances child birthing experience