The goal of medicine is to heal - which may include remission of disease, control of the disease, relief of symptoms, or comfort.
One of the premises of Somatic Hypnotherapy is that the mind and body have an innate ability to heal themselves. The mind knows how to find spiritual and emotional balance and achieve serenity. The body knows how to rebuild broken bones, heal wounds, repair or eliminate diseased cells, restore physiological processes, fight infections, and preserve vitality.
The goal of this approach is to trigger these inborn healing processes. But here's the catch! Although these healing processes are natural self-healing mechanisms, they are energy intensive and therefore cannot occur while you are so emotionally drained that all you can do is fight for survival. By releasing stress, anxiety, traumas, and pain, you regain your vitality. Thus, the body creates a positive feedback loop through the autonomic nervous system, which can trigger a healing process that can lead to significant improvements in the state of mind and symptoms of various medical conditions.
Even though healing is a self-healing process triggered by removing or correcting the causes of your problems, healing cannot go against your will or your beliefs - whether it is healing bones or your mind. It is up to you to understand, make sense of, and nurture your ongoing healing process, or at least welcome and protect it. When it comes to a broken bone, once the fracture has been assessed, the best your orthopedist can do is line up and immobilize the broken parts of the bone in a cast and let it heal. Wanting to heal and understanding that you have to avoid straining the limb with the broken bone while it heals, is your job!
When it comes to emotional and behavioral issues, rather than heaving as for the fractures bonds a one size fits all model, we are dealing with 82 different scientific models. I believe that the harsh emotional reality you are facing is most likely due to an unintentional projection of your negative emotional buildup into the background of your daily life emotional reality. Therefore, this approach aims to help you uproot your piled-up stress, anxiety, traumas, pains, and whatever others disturbing feelings you accumulated during your life. Unfortunately, living with negative emotional patterns is like walking with stones in your shoes. In the long term, it will probably end up hurting your feet, and healing those deep wounds cannot happen overnight!
The above assumptions were the guiding philosophy behind the whole process of identifying and uprooting the top layer of negative emotional buildup made up of your worst memories, a process we completed during your first therapy session. Not only did we remove the unpleasant emotional feelings associated with your worst nightmares, but near the end of our meeting, we tested twice to make sure all those disturbing feelings were gone for good. Right after your session, you will be surprised to find that when you mentally review the once stressful, anxious, or traumatic events we worked on, your emotional reality has already shifted.