Do you know these shows with dubious people who pretend to hypnotize someone and seem like they’re able to control them, but then the volunteer can not remember anything afterwards? Like sleepwalking. Guys, that is bullshit and not a real hypnosis. I tell you a bit about the real hypnotherapy.
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state of trance that opens an interface to the subconscious mind. The therapist is thus enabled to ask specific questions or to create images in order to find the root of the problem and be able to directly treat it.
There are quite different approaches, which are individually adapted to the client. For example, behavioural therapy, suggestion therapy, analytical therapy, systemic and deep psychological therapy are used, which is why hypnotherapy can also be used with so many problems.
Application possibilities extend, but are not necessarily limited, and have an effect on:
- Lack of self-awareness
- Acute or chronic pain
- Anxiety disorders / phobias, panic attacks
- obsessive-compulsive disorders
- personality disorders
- eating disorders
- sleep disorders
- smoking cessation
- psychosomatic disorders
- coping with stress
and much more, especially where classical therapy no longer helps.
It is scientifically researched and also medically approved. People who e.g. were unable to tolerate anesthesia due to allergies, could carry out operations without suffering pain due to desensitization of the pain center in the brain.
How can I imagine hypnotherapy?
First of all, you have a (free) consultation. There, the goals are discussed and first the relationship between the therapist and client is determined. Hypnosis works only if the chemistry is synonymous. But we’ll come back later to that.
After the goal setting, the therapist determines the perfect treatment by taking advantage of the available therapy options and, at the chosen place, is applying the best one tailored to the subject. Usually, one therapy form or a mixed type is used per one session.
The trance state can be roughly divided into three types:
- The relaxation trance – stress management, pain treatment, calming nerves
- The body trance- pain therapy
- The consciousness trance, often called “awake hypnosis” – anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsory disorders, weight loss etc.
In general, the client perceives the different trances similarly. It is important to mention that no similarity to a sleeping state should be drawn, on the contrary, one is fully aware and awake and will also remember everything. Only a sense of sluggishness after the treatment is not uncommon.
The length of therapy depends entirely on the problem(s) to be solved. As a rule, the success is between 1-6 sessions approx. 90-120 min, depending on the problem.
You do not have to record the success immediately. Rather, the hypnosis works a few days after and the subconscious mind must still implement the suggestions.
The therapist accompanies the client on his way, sometimes there is also ‘homework’ or specific objectives are determined. You may also receive audio hypnoses and instructions for self-hypnosis.
Finally, the success is reflected and/or further treatment possibilities are discussed.
My hypnosis in detail
My problem: Main reason: chronic pain (gastritis), secondary problems: general imbalance, sleep disturbance, chron. exhaustion
My trance state: body trance and/or consciousness trance
Duration of treatment: 6 sessions
My hypnosis often looked like this
- Sitting in a super comfortable couch, wrapped in a blanket.
- Focusing on looking at a point and slowly falling into a trance.
- Counting down from 100 to 1 and breathing calmly.
- Certain body parts ‘feel’. Trying to ‘feel’ certain body parts.
- Determine a ‘yes’ and ‘no’ finger.
- Surprised that the subconscious mind can really communicate through fingerraising.
- Answering questions from the therapist.
- Creating a safe place.
- Discovering memories like as if you are there and remember the suppressed details. Applying all senses.
- Interpreting the pictures and answers.
- Cleaning the body of ballast.
- Feeling like all the negative feeling are flowing out. If necessary, crying a lot :D.
- Returning to the safe place.
- Awakening from hypnosis. Being in the here and now.
- Talking to the therapist about what was accomplished.
Success after 6 treatments
My sleep problems have improved immensely. From 2-3 hours or almost sleepless nights, disturbances falling asleep or sleeping through up to 6 hours half-way restful sleep and no sleep disturbances. Every now and then comes a night where I have shorter sleep, but it is already a clear improvement.
You have to remember, at the time my energy reserves were at 58% and I did not know the cause of my gastritis yet and could hardly eat anything. Of course, my body was in survival mode then and had to overwork.
I am absolutely balanced now. No more frenzied thoughts, no more black-and-white thinking, more general optimism in all life situations. I have forgiven myself and others who I blamed for repressed feelings from way back in the past. I have resolved unconscious stresses and let go of all negative emotions, such as frustration, sorrow, anger, grief, and learned to deal with the pain.
I have found strength again, learned how to trust myself, to have patience, to accept that my body needs longer to heal, to activate my self-healing powers and to resume old passions. And I have set goals I was afraid to pursue and gave something up, because it was the right thing for me to do.
My mind is pure. Any mental stress I’ve ever had is completely solved. Sure I have a bad day sometimes, but how quickly I can regain myself and how I handle it is completely different.
I would REALLY recommend hypnosis to anyone. Whether it were for smoking cessation, presenting to a large audience or serious diseases. I am completely convinced that hypnosis brings lasting results!
Is hypnosis for everyone then?
Generally, yes, as long as certain conditions are fulfilled. There are certain groups of people for whom hypnotherapy is not advisable. This includes:
- Sceptical people who are not ready to think outside the box
- People who do not trust anything or anyone
- People with alcohol and/or drug addiction
- People with psychotic disorders such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia
- People with personality disorders like Borderline
- People who do not have patience, think there is no hope or have too high expectations (a session does not solve many years of problems)
- People with suicide thoughts
- People who take strong medication which influences consciousness and behaviour
In case of uncertainty as to whether and how an existing problem can be treated, the competent therapist should be asked for advice.
As a client, you must be prepared to accept an unusual sounding treatment and not actively trying to sabotage yourself. The therapist quickly and deliberately assesses whether the client is suitable for said treatment. Even the therapist could say the chemistry isn’t there and encourage the client to look elsewhere.
In addition, there are people who easily adopt to hypnosis and some who do not. This is measured by a device during the first treatment. The device measures sympathetic and parasympathetic signals, thus the nervous system’s response to a particular stimulus.
Sometimes it is advisable not to stay too much in the relaxation state.
What you also have to consider is the cost factor. One session costs around 100-150€ and health insurance companies don’t cover any part of it.
Nevertheless, it is a useful and proven form of therapy, which can be used to treat many different diseases and meet needs.
If you have any questions, leave a comment or write me! Do you want to try hypnotherapy or doyou already have some experience with it? I would be glad to receive some feedback.
*This post is based on research and personal experience. All products (if any mentioned) are bought and tried by myself if not written otherwise.