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How does it work?

Somatic hypnotherapy is a very brief but efficient systemic therapy and it is the therapy of choice to ease a large variety of emotional, behavioural and somatic issues.

Although hypnotherapy seems complicated to understand, it is so beautifully simple to experience. The fact is that hypnotherapy works, and it is so effective that it is known to be a powerful tool for rapid health improvement and positive life changes. The sensational responses to hypnosis are striking examples of the powers of hypnotic suggestion in shaping our perceptions, beliefs and behaviour.

You are fortunate to be gifted with a powerful mind, able to shift smoothly between the consciously driven rational behaviour mode when you are in a calm and emotionally detached state of mind, and the subconsciously driven emotional behaviour, when you are emotionally aroused. In fact, many studies suggest that your life is as much as 85% subconsciously driven by your behavior patterns.

According to contemporary scientific models, emotions are complex experiences leading to coordinated changes across mental, somatic (physical), physiological (hormonal release) and behavioral response systems. Since these manifestations are coherent, you can control your emotions by controlling either the physiology (chemistry) of your brain, the thoughts that caused or have been caused by the emotion, or by controlling the emotional feelings.

Your mind learns and memorizes your emotional and somatic responses to new situations that you experience. Whenever something similar happens, your already learned emotional reactions, as well as the behavioural pattern related to that situation, are repeated and thereby reinforced at each repetition. Thus, you develop your habits, which are behavioural programs stored in your subconscious mind, in that part of your mind that contains your memories and your emotions. Therefore, bad habits are very difficult to access or reprogram by way of cognitive understanding or by rational willpower alone.

An emotional responsive pattern always has a bodily feeling, called a somatic component,  a chemical (hormonal) component and a cognitive component, which is the meaning your mind makes of your bodily feelings. The somatic components of your emotions (your emotional feelings) are sort of a physical presence in your body. You feel them as physical sensations, including butterflies, heart palpitations, sweating, dizziness, shortness of breath, knots in your stomach, chest pressure, body tightness, body pains, smothering sensations, restlessness or a sense of impending doom.

If not addressed in a timely manner, your negative feelings will gradually detach from the causal root and will become persistent and part of your daily life. You will work, sleep and live with these feelings on a daily basis. And I’d bet that you won’t be able to ease or rid yourself of a negative emotion until you ease or clear the associated unpleasant body feelings. The aim of somatic hypnotherapy practice is to help you uproot the unhealthy learned habits, pain and whatever other unpleasant or negative feelings that are preventing you from feeling and living the way you wish to feel and live.

While cognitive approaches are focused on the cognitive content of emotions (the thoughts that have induced or have been induced by an emotion), the somatic hypnotherapy approach is focused on emotional feelings. From this neurophysiological perspective, emotions are at the heart of all living creatures’ regulatory processes, regardless of whether we are talking about emotions that are genetically determined or the result of a cognitive process. When they occur, emotions cause a measurable change in the state of your brain, your physiology, and your body.

Therefore, as soon as an unwanted emotion has been awakened, you can control it only to the extent that you can control the physiology (chemistry) of your body by taking psychotropic medicines, controlling the thoughts that have induced or have been induced by that emotion through psychological approaches, or controlling your emotional feelings (the somatic component of emotion), through hypnotherapy. When clearing away the feelings (the somatic component) associated with an unpleasant emotion, the cognitive reading and the associated negative behaviour will change as well.

Contrary to a popular misconception, hypnotherapy is not a magic spell and it does not control or reprogram your mind. A hypnotherapist will use his talent and insight into the workings of the human mind to change the mind's perception of the emotional content of past events. It's like a magician who uses his talent and advanced knowledge of how the human vision works to change not the factual reality or the functioning of your vision, but only the perception of reality. Because they are both based on science, knowledge and talent, magic tricks and somatic hypnotherapy sessions are always reproducible experiences with predictable results.

Once you've seen with your eyes the magician pulling the rabbit out of his hat, no matter how many times you replay that image in your mind, you will always see the same thing, because the magician has convinced your mind that it has happened. By analogy, once the hypnotherapist has convinced your subconscious mind of a new emotional reading of an uncomfortable situation, no matter how many times your conscious mind replays this situation, the associated emotional content would be changed, although the factual content is unchanged. This is how, once your subconscious learns that there are no more painful feelings related to your last separation, your conscious mind permanently accepts this new reality, and you feel, think and behave accordingly.

A somatic hypnosis therapist guides you in remembering the event that led to the unhealthy reaction, separating the factual memory from the learned negative emotional response, and to winnowing away the negative emotional response. With somatic hypnotherapy, you won't "undergo" a passive script therapy; instead you’ll be involved in the process, overseeing your own therapy. Essentially, my role is to induce and maintain your therapeutic hypnotic state of mind and to assist and guide you throughout your therapy journey. Your induced hypnosis will provide the access needed to perceive your pains and your negative feelings.

Thus, you will identify and evaluate your unpleasant feelings, your pains and your traumas, as you perceive them. Once you identify them, I’ll guide you through easing and clearing them. And you can't go wrong, as your body and your soul know how to use its own resources to heal itself. You'll always be in control of the situation, the master of your state of mind, and you'll retain vivid memories about the entire process. All this time, I will be beside you and at your disposal to help and guide you throughout your process of change.

The above process is not a kind of scientific explanation of how somatic hypnotherapy works, or why things happen this way; this is all about how it will most probably happen if you decide to give it a try. I can assure you that my hypnotic trance and guidance will empower you to be able to winnow away whatever pains, or negative feelings you don't want in your life anymore. Following your somatic hypnosis therapy you'll feel as if your heart has forgotten the stressful, anxious, traumatic or painful component of the unpleasant events of your past, while your cognitive memory keeps intact the factual details.*

The particularity of the somatic hypnotherapy is that this technique is oriented towards the solution rather than the cause of the problem. Thus, the details of what happened in your past are not of great interest to a somatic hypnotherapist, as they are not essential to helping you solve your problem.

Your subconscious knows the precise reason for each of your problems and is able to implement sustainable change and solutions adapted to your own resources. Thus, even if you might not always get complete symptom remission, significant improvement in most issues is a feasible reality after a single session of therapy.

Whatever your problems or your sufferings, don't allow them to cripple your life.

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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.

If you are already under the care of a doctor or under medical treatment, follow the advice and treatment recommended by your doctor. For any medical emergency, call the Info-Santé service by dialing 8-1-1

*The results may vary from person to person.

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