Hypnosis is one of the most popular alternative healing practices in the United States. Hypnotherapy advertisements ensuring weight loss, bolstered self-esteem, smoking cessation, and more can be found on billboards lining highways and advertisements alongside Google search results. Hypnosis’ healing capacities are often sensationalized as an exotic and mysterious. However, a look at the processes at work during hypnotherapy leads to better understanding of how psyche and soma integrate seamlessly in our daily lives.

In the West, most children are introduced to hypnosis through shows that amuse as audience volunteers cluck and strut like chickens across a stage. Kids leave the auditorium amused by and intrigued with hypnosis and grateful that they did not raise their hands to volunteer!

Hypnotists do make great entertainers. But how do they do their work? Are their methods as “all powerful” as they might seem? And how is this tool used in a healing practice?

What is the Hypnotic Trance?

Subjects in a hypnotic trance are not “slaves” to their “masters.” Giving that impression adds drama to a stage show, but the truth is that participants have absolute free will. So what are the characteristics that make up the hypnotic trance?

  • Hyperattention
  • Suggestibility
  • Relaxation
  • Heightened Imagination

A state made up of these characteristics is not uncommon in our everyday lives. Think of a time when you were caught up in a daydream. You were fully conscious in that moment, but your thoughts were so intently focused on the subject in your mind’s eye that you were able to tune out most of the stimuli in your environment.

The effect is also similar to what happens when you watch a movie. The imaginary movie world is able to fully engage your emotions so that you may find yourself crying or laughing along with the characters and tuning out your own worries and doubts.

How does Hypnosis Help?

Thousands of years ago ancient healers were able to incorporate this natural trance state into their healing arts. Today, hypnosis is recognized as a way to access a person’s subconscious mind directly. While your conscious mind is busy sorting out your daily schedule, reviewing the grocery list, and calculating the time it will take to commute to your Uncle’s house for a family meal next weekend, your subconscious mind is taking care of your “automatic” activities.

The subconscious mind regulates activities from respiration to processing the numerous physical sensations your body receives on a given day. The part of your mind that hypnosis is able to tap into is responsible for most of your thinking and decisions! Hypnotism works to subdue your conscious mind so that you and the hypnotist may work directly with the subconscious.

The subconscious mind is the source of imagination and impulse. When your subconscious mind is in control you fell freer and more creative, because your conscious mind is not blocking access to memories, sensations, and emotions all of which are seated in the subconscious. Hypnotherapy taps into these aspects of the subconscious for their healing potential.

Acupuncture and Hypnosis

Hypnotic treatments may be combined with Classical Chinese Medicine to enhance healing effects. By working with both the psyche and soma, healing can take place in a bi-directional and interactive relationship. The application of acupuncture alongside hypnosis is an example of such treatment.

It’s been found that a combined treatment of hypnotherapy and acupuncture for the treatment of chronic pain in children produced significant improvements with no side effects.

Healing with Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy can be applied in an array of treatment modalities. Patients suffering from depression and anxiety, seeking smoking cessation, weight reduction, or freedom from phobias have benefited from hypnotherapy offered at Integrative Med Solutions. We’ve also been able to provide pain management and mend digestive imbalances like Crohn’s disease and IBS as well as foster forgiveness, self-esteem, and confidence through hypnosis.

Our hypnotism sessions are held directly, in a one-on-one setting. In this safe and relaxing atmosphere underlying issues are able to yield themselves to conscious consideration. Fears, memories, and repressed emotions can be addressed and clarified so that resolution can come about. Contact Dr. Lisanti for more information.

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