How does hypnosis work?
Hypnosis is a natural state of heightened awareness. A hypnotic state is acquired when a person’s brain waves are slowed from a Beta state (14-30 cycles per second) to an Alpha state (9-13 cycles per second), or an even deeper Theta trance state (4-8 cycles per second). When in hypnosis, the critical analytical level of mind is bypassed for a deeply focused and relaxed state that facilitates the acceptance of suggestions, directions, and instructions desired by the client.
Is hypnosis safe?
Hypnosis under the guidance of a trained hypnotherapist is considered a safe and comprehensive treatment. Hypnotherapy may also be used as a complementary treatment by healthcare professionals. Hypnotherapy may not be appropriate for all individuals, in particular, those with severe mental illness.
Can you use hypnosis for pain?
Hypnosis has been used successfully for moderating both chronic and acute pain. More common uses of hypnosis for pain management include childbirth, dental procedures, muscle spasm, and emergency care. For chronic pain, a hypnotherapist may elect to teach clients tools for managing pain through self-hypnosis.
Can you use hypnosis for surgery prep and recovery?
Hypnosis can be beneficial before, during and after surgery. A personalized protocol can help the patient remain calm and focused on the benefits of the procedure while also providing pain relief. Additionally, hypnosis has been clinically proven to promote a quicker recovery.
How would hypnosis be used for medical conditions?
Hypnosis can be used to address the many facets of, or factors contributing to, a disease or illness. Deep relaxation and altering perceptions help in pain management, while addressing long standing emotional blocks and the repetition of positive suggestions can support healing.
How many sessions do I need?
A series of 4-6 one-hour sessions are recommended for changing any habit or deep-seated issues. Typically the first session will include a thorough interview and initial hypnosis session, followed by deeper and change-supporting sessions.
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