Traci Rosen Blank, Tracing Your Path Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy is set to be an emerging trend in 2017. Every year, more and more people are seeing the benefits of altered states such as meditation. While this trend continues, people’s minds are also continuing to juggle a million things, making it difficult to concentrate on clearing the mind. Hypnotherapy gives people the benefits of the meditative state while giving their mind things to do while in this state.
In 2016 more studies were conducted looking into the efficacy of hypnotherapy. In July, a study out of Stanford definitively concluded the hypnosis leaves “a significant mark on the brain” (https://www.statnews.com/2016/07/28/hypnosis-psychiatry-brain-activity/).
Since then more studies have come out linking hypnosis to success in IVF, reducing anxiety, and most recently palliative care.
As studies conclude the benefits of hypnosis in the medical arena, more medical practices and hospitals are adding hypnosis to their patient’s treatment plans.
Hypnosis is a natural, yet altered state in which we access the subconscious mind. In hypnotherapy, we utilize this state to reprogram the mind for what we want to happen. Everyone enters the state of hypnosis naturally every day when we are doing a task out of habit and our conscious mind does not need to pay attention — like when we are driving home through a route we are comfortable with, or reading a book and shutting out the rest of the world.
Our mind has the conscious level — that’s the running monologue in our heads we are aware of, including analysis, reasoning, logic, will, volition, etc. We also have the subconscious level, which includes memories, emotions, imagination, automatic functions of the body, programming and so on. In between these two is the filter, called the critical factor.
This factor develops between the ages of 7 and 11; after that time, when an idea comes in, it checks the subconscious programming to see if this idea “fits.” If the idea does, it allows it in to reinforce our beliefs. If it does not, then it kicks it back to the conscious for more analysis. In this way, our mind only allows into our subconscious what “fits” with our programming, making it difficult to change thought patterns, behaviors, and more.
During hypnosis, the critical factor is relaxed, giving us direct access to the subconscious. We use this state to put in positive suggestions (called suggestion therapy) or to analyze and change why we have the programming we do (called analytical hypnotherapy).
You can look up self-hypnosis guides or follow an audio recording, but the best way to utilize hypnotherapy is to find a certified medical support clinical hypnotherapist in your area. Look for someone who is trained by medical professionals in a classroom setting.
You want someone who knows a variety of different processes and inductions that will allow them to help anyone with any problem. You may also want to discuss their specialties and ensure they are in line with your goals. Lastly, as with all forms of therapy, you want to work with someone with whom you feel comfortable.
Source and further information available at: http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/life/wellness/2016/12/26/healthwise-hypnotherapy-emerges-trend-2017/95138128/