Hypnosis is a particular state of deep relaxation of the body and high concentration of mind, commonly known as hypnotic trance.
Hypno-therapy is a brief therapy used to facilitate rapid change in the form of new perceptions, new attitudes, new emotional responses and new behaviors.
Hypno-therapy has nothing to do with the stage hypnosis and it is not a magic trick either. Hypnotherapy is based on a set of specific skills, but primarily this approach relies on a solid understanding of the functioning of the human mind and on the talent of the practitioner. Because, negotiating with your subconscious mind the changes that you wish to experience, is an art.
Although hypnosis is used by various health professionals as an integrated tool in different approaches, between hypno-therapy, psycho-therapy and allopathic medicine, there is no similarity, or very little similarities in their philosophies, assessment protocols and therapeutic protocols. Therefore, despite their great diversity, proven efficacy and increasing popularity, no form of hypnotherapy is approved as a first line therapeutic approach for any psychological, allopathic or psychiatric treatment. Yet, as described by Dr. James Braid, hypno-therapy is a therapy in itself with a distinct ancestral philosophy, a symptom-oriented holistic approach and a multimillennial tradition.
According to contemporary scientific models, emotions are complex experiences that manifest themselves at the mental, somatic, physiological, and behavioral levels. When they occur, emotions cause a change in the state of your physiology, your mind and your body. Therefore, you can control your emotions only to the extent that you can change the physiology (chemistry) of your body, change the thoughts that have induced that specific emotion (change the way you think), or change the perception of the emotion, by changing the emotional feelings.
Although health professionals agree that emotions have a powerful grip on our life, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach to emotional issues. When dealing with overwhelming negative emotions, we have the choice between three medically recognized approaches based on three different scientific concepts. Each approach focuses on improving or eliminating the negative thoughts, the unpleasant feelings and the unwanted behavior induced by the negative emotions, through easing or eliminating the physiological (chemical), mental or somatic manifestations associated with the targeted unwanted emotion.
The approach in psychiatry is based on the core concept that negative emotions stem from a cerebral malfunction, induced by physiological (chemical) imbalance of the brain. That's why, to correct negative emotions, psychiatrists recommend approved psychoactive chemicals that change the way people think, feel and act.
The approach in psychology is based on the core concept that negative emotions stem from negative harmful thoughts. Thus, psychologists focus on thoughts and use various psychological approaches and homologated psychological therapies in the effort to correct the harmful thoughts that have generated the unwanted negative emotions and thus change the way people feel and act.
Hypnotherapists believe that, regardless of whether emotions are genetically, chemically or cognitively determined, the fastest way to control unwanted emotions is to control the way emotions are perceived. Because, as soon as you won't feel anxious anymore, your thoughts and behavior will naturally change and follow your new emotional reality. That's why hypnotherapists always focus on emotional feelings using hypnotherapy as the only approach.
The holistic or mind-body concept of healing the human being as whole rather than curing diseases in themselves, is not new. What is now called “Hypnotherapy” has been known to exist in almost all ancient societies. Although the term “hypnosis” has been used only since the 1840s, many priests, shamans, healers and medicine men began using this technique, or some form of it, centuries earlier. There are written records about hypnosis going back 5,000 years in Mesopotamia and Egypt, and 2,500 years ago in ancient China and Greece.
This healing practice has been kept alive by many traditional healers, priests and shamans, as well as by famous practitioners such as the Persian physician Avicenna, the Swiss physician Paracelsus, the charismatic Austrian physician Franz Anton Mesmer, famous physicians and hypnosis enthusiasts Dr. John Elliotson, Dr. James Esdaile and Dr. James Braid who coined the term “hypnosis” and described the Traditional Hypnotherapy as medical approach in 1841, the famous Dr. Sigmund Freud, Dr. Gustav C. Jung and Dr Milton Erickson, the founder of Ericksonian Hypnotherapy.
The practice of somatic hypnotherapy emerged from the traditional hypnotherapy of which it inherits a time-tested ancestral approach to health, adding to it the rigour of the scientific methods of several visionary scientific models of human behaviour that it integrates, in particular the somatic markers theory, developed by the American neuroscientists Prof. Dr. Antonio Damasio and Prof. Dr. Joseph LeDoux, and the Dr. Bruce Lipton’s deterministic epigenetic model. This therapeutic approach is focused on feelings and is based on the physiological and neurological models rather than on the cognitive psychological model.
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. 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 hypnotic suggestion inside a hypnosis therapy 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 ease or clear 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.
Even though it uses verbal cues as specific tools, this therapy does not rely on the speaking ability of your hypnotist, but on his ability to understand how the subconscious mind actually works. Somatic hypnosis has nothing to do with the stage hypnosis and it is not a magic trick in itself either. Those who practice it do not have the slightest supernatural power over you. Their only "magic" is to know how to put their techniques, their talent and their passion at your disposal, to allow you to access the immense resources of your subconscious, so that you can use them as you like.
The hallmark of somatic hypnotherapy is a process of neuro-linguistic modulation that consists in speaking to your subconscious mind in a very particular way, by using a metaphorical language that nevertheless would appear to be a regular conversation, clearly understandable and very precise in his intentions.
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.
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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.
*The results may vary from person to person.
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