The therapist induces a deep hypnosis, where the conscious mind steps aside giving control to the subconscious mind, which has tremendous powers. Under hypnosis our sensory faculties become more acute. The healing is actually done by the person himself /herself, the therapist only helping in the process by appropriate verbal suggestions.
A hypnotized person retains his/her control, even though his/her suggestibility increases manyfold and he/she becomes more open to verbal suggestions. So he/she visualize or imagines as guided by the therapist through suggestions and these images become real to his/her mind. As an example , a person may visualize the pain being washed away by the waves as he/she stands on a beach and this becomes real to the mind; as a result, on being awakened the person realizes that the pain has disappeared; and this feeling becomes reinforced when the same process is repeated in a couple of sessions. But some problems like depression may need more than simple suggestions and more number of sessions. What is done is positive changes are brought about in the perception regarding the problem in the mind of the patient. Once the mind accepts it, the change is incorporated and the old negative feeling /perception is replaced by the new positive one.
As a result, next time the person encounters the same or a similar problem, his her reaction is changed to a more positive one under the influence of the changed perception.
Hypnosis produces deep relaxation, releases tension and stress, and promotes neurosecretions that control the moods in a positive way. Actual measurements in laborites have shown that certain neuro-humors like serotonin and norepinephirne (pleasure hormone) are enhanced during relaxation.
A general hypnotic session can be divided into three parts:
I Induction of hypnosis: Different methods are available for including hypnosis. Hypnosis can be induced by progressive relaxation through suggestions or using devices like pendulum, etc, along with verbal suggestion.
II Treatment /giving suggestions: Desired change is effected through suggestions given under deep hypnosis. Guided imaginary (imagining that the changes suggested by the therapist are actually happening) is also being used; for example, for improvement in performance (e.g. sports, interviews, examination, etc).
III Bringing out of hypnosis: Afterwards the person is brought out of hypnosis, by appropriate suggestion. Most of the time, on waking up, the person is able toremember everything that is said during the hypnotic state. Since hypnosis relaxes the body and mind, he/she will good and relaxed on waking up.
Most problems treated under psychiatry/ psychology are amenable to hypnotherapy the results are faster and more lasting it is used successful in the following areas:
Areas amenable to hypnotherapy
Most problem treated under psychiatry psychology are amenable to hypnotherapy: the results are faster and more lasting. It is used successfully in the following areas:
- Anxiety, depression, insomnia:
- Antisocial behavior in children stealing, telling lines, fighting creating tantrums
- Eating disorders- anorexia bulimia overeating nausea vomiting
- Fears and phobias fear of animals spiders etc, fear of darkness of closed spaces of flying of heights of water etc.
- Pains: migraine and other headaches, joint pans hack pain menstrual pain pain from cancer, arthritis surgery dental extraction piles fractures burns and other injuries
- Ease child birth
- Induce anesthesia and analgesia in surgery: tooth contraction etc.
- Pediatric problems head wetting nail biting stammering timidity etc.
- Students problems increase concentration and memory improve study habits and performance in exams overcome examination fear stage fear etc.
- Build self confidence and self image, personality development improve sports performance social interaction public speaking skills.
- De addiction: smoking and other tobacco habits drug abuse alcoholism
- Solving marital discords
- Coping with bereavement loss of status and position failure in business
- Relief from chronic diseases e.g. asthma diabetes etc.