Hypnotherapy is now used by doctors to calm their patients, ease pain during medical and dental procedures, aid in the delivery of babies, aid in the conception of babies, improve the outcome during surgery as well as the recovery process. Great strides have been made since the 1950s for the medical world now embraces the idea of hypnotherapy by using hypnotic techniques as well as referring patients to hypnotherapists for assistance with weight loss, stress reduction, and chronic pain, just to name a few.
Hyponotherapy has gained the interest of neuroscientists recently. The University of Oregon’s Professor Michael Posner, professor of neuroscience, recently researched the brain using imaging techniques and found that the brain demonstrated profound changes in how it processed information when acting on suggestion once it was susceptible. “The idea that perceptions can be manipulated by expectation,” according to Posner, “is fundamental to the study of cognition” (Herald Tribune 11/24/05). Neuroscientists have learned much about how our brains construct reality and how reality is based on experience which serves as a “top-down processing” and “feedback loop.” This feedback loop stands ready to interpret information according to the experiences. Top-down means that the brain wins out no matter what is happening down below.
To make a long story short, in the end “what you see is not always what you get.” Things are interpreted according to one’s perception and experiences. This can be a good or bad thing. For instance, if you were told you were ugly your whole life, you most certainly would believe you were ugly no matter what you looked like to others. Your reality is created around what you were told and that forms your perception. So, hypnotherapy is helping neuroscientists understand how thoughts are constructed. With this understanding, clients and hypnotherapists can use hypnotherapy as a tool to make positive, healing, and constructive change by recreating perception and learning new, helpful, ways to think thus, creating a better future.
Some Areas of Interest for Hypnosis to Improve your Life:
- Weight Loss / Weight Management
- Habit Control
- Fear of Flying
- Concentration Enhancement
- Improving Learning Experiences
- Stress Reduction
- Treating Phobias
- Natural Childbirth
- Enhance Patterns of Relating
- Improving Self Esteem
- Post Trauma Relief
- Health Problems
- Pain Management
- Public Speaking
- Enhance Creativity
- Loss and Separation
- Surgery / Preparing for Surgery and Post surgery
- Test Anxiety
- Sports Performance
- Finding Lost Objects
- Help with Life Changes
What The Researchers Are Saying
Havard University: By William J. Cromie. HARVARD GAZETTE
In a recent article entitled, Hypnosis helps healing, Dr. Carol Ginandes of Harvard Medical School, explained that, “Hypnosis has been used in Western medicine for more than 150 years to treat everything from anxiety to pain, from easing the nausea of cancer chemotherapy to enhancing sports performance.”
Ginandes continued to explain, “All these functional uses may help a person feel better,” Ginandes continues. “I am also interested in using hypnosis to help people get better physically. That means using the mind to make structural changes in the body, to accelerate healing at the tissue level.”
The article was published in the Harvard Gazette. To read the full article, follow the link below:
Hypnosis Helps Healing – harvard.edu:Surgical wounds mend faster Read the article: www.hno.harvard.edu/gazette/2003/05.08/01-hypnosis.html
Learn more: How does hypnosis work?
Using Hypnosis To Fight Financial Angst
In a recent article by the Wall Street Journal, hypnosis sessions were suggested to be a good solution for dealing with the stresses and angst associated with the turmoil in the financial markets. “Hypnosis has been used for years to help clients quit smoking, lose weight or sleep better. But recently there has been a surge of business from people who want help dealing with the stress of market turmoil, according to Dwight Damon, president of the National Guild of Hypnotists.” The article went on to explain that Hypnosis and Psychology share many attributes and although the research for Hypnosis isn’t as developed as that of Psychology, the field is growing rapidly and many new findings are documented to reveal its numerous benefits.