Tom was an expert on back pain. Over the last seven years he had been to four different doctors, had tried many prescriptions and over the counter medicines but the result was always the same. It would work for a period of time and then bit by bit the nagging pain would return. More pills and higher dosages didn’t do the trick. He knew the next step was surgery. When he sought out hypnosis he saw it as his last resort before going under the knife. At the end of his eight session program he was feeling good, sleeping better and had cut his medication by more than half. This time the pain stayed away longer and there were no side effects like an upset stomach.
Whether it is for pain, allergies, erectile dysfunction or insomnia or other conditions, many Americans are like Tom and take more medicines than they might like. Since the American Medical Association approved hypnosis in 1958, millions of people like Tom have been assisted by this powerful holistic tool. The results often are quite dramatic and without side effects.
How Hypnosis Works
Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of focused attention. While in this state of mind, people are more in touch with innate resources. It is not so different from the state people experience while daydreaming but when working with a hypnotherapist, it is used to accomplish a specific purpose.
Learned optimism is a key aspect of hypnosis as many of us have been taught to feel helpless. When we have a problem we are conditioned to believe that the answer is to be found outside of ourselves. This is false. Hypnosis is something everyone has within them already. Everyone knows how to talk to themselves and make pictures in their head. The problem is usually those words and pictures are negative and focus on our past mistakes and future worse case scenarios.
Hypnosis for Eliminating Bad Habits
Although hypnosis has a variety of applications, most people associate hypnosis with smoking cessation and weight loss. Hypnotherapy offers unbeatable results in these areas especially when the approach is tailored to the individual and their specific triggers and motivations. Hypnosis is one of the most powerful non-chemical approaches to breaking bad habits.
Often diet information and access to a gym is not enough to help most people lose weight and keep it off. Anyone can join a gym and pick up a book and learn what to eat, how much to eat and how to prepare it. What diets and gyms do not address are the emotional and psychological reasons people overeat. Hypnotherapists can work hand-in-hand with nutritionists and personal trainers to help clients follow the regimens they have been given. Hypnosis engages the mind, heart and spirit so individuals can change beliefs and carry out new behaviors.
Benefits of Hypnotherapy
The body is a temple and as more Americans internalize this concept, hypnotherapy is becoming the choice of many individuals. It has been successfully used for decades to help addicts break free of alcohol and drugs, as well as to help individuals reduce or eliminate prescription medications as well. Health conscious people are turning to hypnosis more and more as they seek help to strengthen their resolve to make additional dietary changes like removing gluten, refined sugar and processed foods from their diet.
Hypnosis is not a panacea. It cannot solve every problem. Some medications are vitally important and should be taken. However, when the body is less burdened by stress, excess weight, negative thinking and toxicity, it often needs less medication. A successful candidate for hypnotherapy is intelligent, creative and motivated. Write down all your motivations for change and learn about the hypnosis process. There are many different techniques for creating relaxation and numerous kinds of suggestions that can be offered once you are mentally and physically relaxed. That is where the experience, skill and flexibility of the hypnotherapist make a difference.
Ajamu Ayinde is a local certified medical hypnotherapist and hypnosis expert who has taught at hospitals, medical schools and complementary medical seminars around the country as well as Canada and the UK. He was the 2012 NATH Outstanding Transpersonal Contribution award recipient and the 2004 IACT Therapist of the Year. He offers sessions via Skype. For further information contact 240-6470 or visit HarnessTheAdvantage.com.