Mention the word hypnotherapy and many people immediately think of this as a way to lose weight or stop smoking
Indeed hypnotherapy can indeed help with weight loss, but it may also provide a host of medical benefits, including chronic pain management, stress reduction, improved sleep habits, decreased anxiety, to name a few.
Christine Hannah, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, and owner of Napa Hypnosis, reports that in addition to weight loss and smoking cessation, hypnosis may also successfully addresses irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and Lyme disease.
But more important, regardless of the physical or emotional difficulties, hypnotherapy can help the person see permanent, accelerated change, she says. “It’s more than just counseling. It’s a way to relax the busy mind and reduce worry and stress.”
Steps to healing
At the initial intake, Christine listens carefully to the client and takes note of keywords that will help as she guides the person toward healing. These words represent what’s most important to the client and provide a gateway for her to access the client’s unconscious mind.
For instance, a person who wants to quit smoking might mention that her mother died from lung cancer. “I tap into the unconscious mind of the person and find their motivation,” she says. “The answer is inside of them. I help to bring it out and allow the true essence of the person to emerge.”
During a session, Christine test the client’s focus and ability to concentrate. The client is free to relax and calm their mind, before they go into the final state of hypnosis. Once in hypnosis profound healing takes place.
Because hypnotherapy comprises a mind-body connection, Christine partners with other healthcare professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, and chiropractors, Medical Doctors, accu-pressure, acupuncture, and Holistic practitioners.
“When there is stress, the mind releases hormones that then affect the physical body. The patient gets high blood pressure, diabetes or other injuries.”
Hypnotherapy is not recommended for individuals with many issues, for example anxiety, stress, fears and phobias.