Hypnotherapy is an alternative medical practice that has been used for thousands of years to solve a number of physical, mental, and emotional problems. It is a form of psychotherapy that is applied to a patient while in a state of sleep or unconsciousness called trance. This method is called hypnosis, which is a natural process that a hypnotherapist uses to influence how the patient thinks, feels, and behaves.
The therapy utilises guided relaxation techniques from a trained hypnotherapist to promote intense relaxation, concentration, and focus to achieve heightened awareness. It is used to address and treat a wide range of conditions including:
• Sleep disorders
• Panic attacks
• Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
• Smoking withdrawal
• Weight loss
It is also useful for a number of physical problems such as chronic pain and muscle tension as well as addictive behavioural problems such as smoking, overeating, and over consumption of alcohol.
Depending on a person’s condition or concerns, the styles of hypnotherapy that therapists use are varied.
Hypnotherapy methods fall into two groups: suggestion therapy or regression therapy.
Suggestion therapy focuses on the client’s ability to respond to suggestions while in a state of trance. This method is commonly used to control addictive behavioral problems. It is also used to reinforce positive behavior through self-motivation. Through this process, a hypnotherapist is able to discover the root of the problem such as depression, social anxiety, or trauma.
Regression therapy (aka analysis therapy) is a method used to explore the root cause of a symptom or disorder. The therapist hypnotizes the patient by putting them into a relaxed state and analyses past events in their life. This allows them to explore the person’s subconscious and unconscious memory.
Hypnotherapy has been found to be a useful addition to, or as an alternative to, medical care. And the popularity and recognition of this therapy is growing daily.