What is Hypnosis?
- is a century-old and scientifically proven form of therapy to treat certain mental, physical and psychosomatic disorders
- promotes the self-healing process, the individual responsibility and the creative abilities
- is a verbal and non-verbal form of communication
- uses the patient’s own resources
- improves the ability to relax and letting go
How to get into a hypnotic state
Hypnosis is simply a state of focused attention and relaxation, which occurs naturally in everyday life.
- day-dreaming, or
- this state of being in thoughts during a monotonous activity, e.g. driving for a long time on an uninteresting highway
The perception changes and is more intense. During a hypnosis session, the therapist (hypnotist) helps the patient to go into a hypnotic state, and use this trance state to work on a therapeutic goal.
What are the advantages of medical hypnosis?
- Cost-effectiveness: Hypnotherapy is considered a kind of brief therapy (Simple problems can be treated within an timeframe of a few sessions.).
- Compared to medication: freedom from adverse effects, interactions, addictive risks, drug withdrawal.
- Improves patient’s sense of self-control and self-efficacy.
- Self-hypnosis allows the patient to maintain skills learnt in therapy.
- Better rapport and treatment adherence
- Increased suggestibility
- Reduced resistance to treatment
- Allowing for better access to unconscious material
- Can be easily combined with other therapies (for example cognitive behavioral therapy or solution-focused therapy)
- When combined with other therapies (e.g. psychodynamic), it can shorten the treatment duration and strengthen their effectiveness
- Imagery is more experience-like and vivid
What kind of issues can be improved with medical hypnosis?
- Weight management: overweight, and obesity
- Management of chronic stress, helping to relieve tensions
- Improvement of performance in education and sports
- Nail biting
- Bed wetting
- Overcoming anxieties, such as exam or test anxiety
- Posttraumatic stress disorder
- Sleep problems
Psychosomatic disorders and stress related issues
- Functional gastrointestinal disorders: Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Migraine, tension headaches
- High blood pressure
- Asthma and hay fever
- Teeth grinding (bruxism)
- Control of chronic pain
Physical problems, pain control
- Preparation for a medical or surgical intervention
- Management of pain associated with cancer
- Allergies, eczemas
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