Healing Hypnosis: The Mind Body Connection to Self-Hypnosis
I would say healing hypnosis falls under the therapies with a strong
mind-body connection. According to the NIH, mind-body medicine focuses on
treatments that may promote health, including relaxation, hypnosis, visual
imagery, meditation, yoga, and biofeedback. Over the past 20
years, mind-body medicine has provided evidence that psychological factors can
play a major role in such illnesses as heart disease, and that mind-body
techniques can aid in their treatment.
Clinical trials have indicated mind-body
therapies to be helpful in managing arthritis and other chronic pain
conditions. There is also evidence they can help to improve psychological
functioning and quality of life, and may help to ease symptoms of disease.
Medical science is finding new evidence that the mind and body are strongly
connected, especially with respect to healing and preventing medical conditions.
From controlling pain to overeating, healing hypnosis can be an effective tool
to change your life in a long-lasting positive way. Whether it’s bad habits you
want to replace with good ones or a severe illness you want to better control
or eliminate, practicing healing hypnosis techniques can be your go-to strategy.
Sometimes, because of old myths and misconceptions associated with
self-hypnosis, it’s difficult for physicians to convince patients to use
hypnosis. Unfortunately, when people hear the word “hypnosis,” images of
swinging watches and clucking like a chicken come to the minds of many.
hypnosis we’re discussing here is for therapeutic applications, rather than
stage entertainment. As more studies are provided, self-hypnosis is likely to
become a well-accepted practice for many doctors and patients.
Make Your Mind and Body Talk to Each Other
There is a deep, present connection between the subconscious mind and
the body. During healing hypnosis, you’re given the opportunity to make the
mind and body listen to each other and respond how you want them to. Self-hypnosis has now become a legitimate method of helping to ease pain, fight
the side effects of cancer treatment, reduce stress and anxiety, and help with
a host of other disorders.
The process of self-hypnosis is demystified as you come to know more
about how the process works. Much has been written about self-hypnosis methods
and studies are being conducted. It’s a fact that any medical condition, mental
condition, bad habit or disorder that you want to correct can be helped by the
power of self-hypnosis.
During the “altered state of consciousness” that self-hypnosis brings to
your mind and body, you have the innate ability to maneuver and mold your idea
or image into anything you want to become or correct.
Some Medical Uses...
- IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) – Much
research and studies have been conducted on the use of self-hypnosis for the
treatment and relief of IBS and the results have all been positive.
- Replace bad habits – Some
bad habits, such as smoking, alcoholism and others are very bad for your
health. Through self-hypnosis you can learn to replace these habits with ones
that are more conducive to health.
- Psycho-physiological issues – Bed-wetting
or thumb-sucking in children can be addressed through self-hypnosis as well as
eating disorders, such as bulimia and anorexia.
- Stress and anxiety – These
maladies can wreak havoc with your health, but with the help of self-hypnosis,
they can be controlled effectively.
- Pain – Any type of pain, ranging from
migraine headaches or chronic illnesses such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or as
a result of a surgical procedure can be alleviated with self-hypnosis
- Seizures and Rheumatoid Arthritis – These
two debilitating disorders can be helped very effectively with self-hypnosis.
As you learn to control the messages you send to your mind, you’ll experience
less pain and problems.
- You start by putting yourself into a relaxed state.
2 - You tell yourself (aloud or
in your head) the relaxing messages that are helpful to you. Visualize how you
feel or what your goal may look like.
You can place yourself in a relaxed state in
various ways, such as progressive muscle relaxation and diaphragmatic
Here is a really simple self-hypnosis technique for you to try today!
- 1. Before getting started, reduce
distractions. Turn off the TV, phone, etc.
- 2. Sit or lie down in a
- 4. Take a deep breath in.
- 5. Exhale slowly and say
"25" in your head.
- 6. Take another deep breath in.
- 7. Exhale slowly and say
"24" in your head.
- 8. Continue this breathing pattern
as you count backward from 25 to 0.
- 9. When you reach 0, tell yourself
a calming message and visualize your goal.
- "I feel a wave of relaxation
go through my body. I feel relaxed from my head to my toes. I am in
control of my relaxation and can call upon it at any time. I feel relaxed
especially during work meetings. " Imagine how this feels. Visualize
your body relaxing. Maybe you’re picturing at the meeting feeling in
control and relaxed.
Repeat this message (or mantra) a couple of
- 10. Take a deep breath in.
- 11. Exhale slowly and say
"0" in your head.
- 12. Take another deep breath in.
- 13. Exhale slowly and say
"1" in your head.
- 14. Continue this breathing
pattern as you count from 0 to 25.