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Alternative Remedies: Modern Uses of Hypnotherapy

What does the word “hypnotherapy” bring to mind? Do you imagine a man swinging a stop watch all the while repeating the same words over and over? If so, you are not wrong, but there is much, much more to hypnotherapy and this is not method that is generally used. The truth is that hypnotherapy is used to treat a wide variety of conditions and it involves more than hypnosis and repetition.  

Hypnotherapy is basically any type of therapy that is performed during a hypnotic state. It can be used as pain relief during child birth or surgery. It can be used to reveal blocked memories that may be causing emotional distress. It is often used to treat addiction, anxiety, stress, pain and can help promote personal development.

There are numerous techniques that are used in hypnotherapy. These techniques are applied after a hypnotic state has been achieved. Just how the state is achieved will vary from person to person and from therapist to therapist. The level of consciousness needed for treatment to be successful will also very.

The following are common techniques used in hypnotherapy:

•    Visualization – In the visualization technique the patient is asked to imagine or visualize what they would like to see happen. This makes it much more likely that their goal will occur in reality.
•    Direct Suggestion – In this technique the therapist directly states what goal he or she would like to patient to reach. For example: If a patient is trying to stop smoking, the therapist might say, “You are a non-smoker.”
•    Age Regression – Age regression therapy puts the patient in the state of mind that they experienced at a younger age. This could help them feel healthier, younger and more determined to combat life’s problems head on.
•    Repetition – This technique is pretty much self explanatory. During this technique the therapist repeats the same idea over and over so it will be accepted and acted upon by the patient.
•    Hypnoanalysis – This is the technique that recalls past emotions and memories. Once the memories have been recalled it is believed that they can be confronted and that pent-up emotions regarding these memories will be released.
•    Guided Imagery – In this technique the therapist guides the patient through a relaxing experience so that they will awaken and feel refreshed and motivated.
•    Post-hypnotic Suggestion – This is the technique commonly depicted on television during which the therapist will say “You will do…” or “You will feel…” when you wake up.

If you are thinking about hypnotherapy as an alternative treatment course, be selective when it comes to choosing the person who will treat you. All therapists using hypnotherapy should be licensed to do so.

Remember; you will be in a highly suggestive state while you are hypnotized. You do not want just anyone giving you suggestions when you are vulnerable.



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