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What is somatic hypnotherapy?

    Hypnosis is a particular state of deep relaxation of the body and high concentration of mind, commonly known as hypnotic trance.

Hypnotherapy is a brief therapy used to facilitate rapid change in the form of new perceptions, new attitudes, new behaviors and new emotional responses.

This therapy uses verbal cues as specific tools and requires the client to be in an induced hypnotic state of mind while the therapy is performed. These days, hypnotherapy benefits from a return to grace, not only among dentists and psychiatrists, but within hospitals where hypnosis provides a therapeutic response to a wide range of health problems.

Somatic hypnotherapy is a holistic, empiric and very pragmatic approach to health. Judging from its excellent results, this original and innovative approach to health and well-being is all but an ordinary hypnosis therapy. The practice of Somatic Hypnotherapy emerged from traditional hypnotherapy by integrating several visionary scientific models of human behavior, particularly the somatic marker behavioral model developed in the early '90s by the American neuroscientists Prof. Dr. Antonio Damasio and Prof. Dr. Joseph LeDoux, the somatic psychology and Dr. Bruce Lipton’s deterministic epigenetic model.

By integrating the Dr. Antonio Damasio's somatic marker behavioural model, the somatic hypnotherapy has shifted the therapeutic focus from the cognitive component of emotions to the somatic component. This therapeutic approach is focused on feelings  and is based on the physiological and neurological models rather than on the cognitive psychological model. As your state of mind and your feelings determines the content and the quality of your thoughts, this therapy will focus on what you feel about what has happened rather than what you think about what happened.

From this biologic and neurophysiologic perspective emotions are at the heart of life's regulatory processes of all living creatures, regardless of whether we are talking about emotions that are genetically determined or those that are somehow the result of a cognitive process. When they occur, emotions cause a change in the state of your brain, your mind and your body. Therefore, you can control your emotions only to the extent that you can change the state of your body that caused or has been caused by that emotion, or change the way you feel it.

According to these models, the behavioural response is modulated rather by the perception than by the observation of the objective reality. For instance, someone terrified by a tiny spider is overreacting because of his perceived irrational fear of spiders, not because he really thinks that a tiny spider can harm him. Human behaviour is driven by what we feel rather than by what we think. Yet, for as long as strong emotions do not tangle, it is most likely that people will act logically and rationally. According to this biological approach, decision making in your daily life is much more about habits, emotion-driven desires and rewards than about rational choices.

For as long as your good emotions are driving your life on the path of happiness, you assume this is the expected result of your rational good choices. Only when your life starts taking the burden of your bad decisions you realize that your emotions have a powerful grip on your decision-making processes. Once there, if you want to regain the control over your life, you have the option to invest yourself in a long process of educating your rational brain on how to better negotiate your decisions with your emotional brain, or to take the somatic hypnotherapy shortcut, with instantaneous good results.

Apart from relaxation, the induction of hypnosis by itself does not bring any particular health benefits. It is the suggestion inside a hypnotic framework which leads to changes and it represents the hallmark of each type of hypnotherapy. Unlike conventional hypnotherapy approaches that focus on adding a fresh layer of positive feelings on top of your lasting fears and traumas, the somatic hypnotherapy is all about releasing the past by rearranging the present reading of your past traumatic experiences. This therapy works with your model of the world and you are getting involved in your therapy process, so that changes are easily accepted and long-lasting.

The somatic hypnotherapy is a particular type of hypnotherapy which can help you enhance your life through positive changes. This intuitive and very effective therapy can help clear your fear and your negative emotions, it can help winnow away all sorts of pains and painful feelings, it can help release addictions and unwanted behaviours, it can help increase confidence and self-esteem, and it can help you be the person you always desired to be.*According to this approach, you don't necessarily need to learn how to cope with your overwhelmingly unpleasant feelings. You have to winnow them away before they become persistent and part of your life.

This therapy does not rely on the speaking ability of your hypnotist, but on his ability to understand how the subconscious mind actually works. The somatic hypnotherapy is about helping people to use the inward-focused attention to discover their own subconscious abilities to identify and resolve what lies beyond the conscious control level of their emotional, behavioural or somatic issues. 

The hypnotherapist cannot take any credit for your healing as he is definitely not the one who heals you. His work consists mainly in guiding you to trigger your inner self-healing resources. Yet, it is the talent and the passion of the therapist that can make the difference between endless sessions and a brief professional therapy, with constant good results.

Whatever your fear, pain, or other issue may be, don't allow it to cripple your life.

The "No Cure - No Pay" principle applies to all my therapies.

Contact me and book your appointment today! Let this be the most exciting experience of your life, and I will be happy to help you on your journey.

Disclaimer: The above content is intended for general informational purposes and does not constitute any psychological or other medical professional advice. I don't diagnose conditions, nor do I interfere with any treatments given by your medical professional.

*The results may vary from person to person.

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