• Hypnosis Evidence Based and Effective

    By Linda Ritchie, PhD

    For some people, the word “hypnosis” brings up images of swinging watches and swirling spirals. The media misrepresents it.

    This misrepresentation of hypnosis in television, movies and fiction books has significantly contributed to many misconceptions about hypnosis. Hypnosis is not magic or mind control but rather it is a natural state of absorbed relaxed focused attention. Think of being absorbed in a book or movie or driving from your house to work without really paying attention to the road you are on or the construction going on around you.

    Hypnosis is endorsed by the National Institutes of Health because of the extensive research based evidence that it is effective. When used properly, hypnosis has the potential to improve many aspects of a person’s life.

    It is 100 percent natural and normal and is one of the mot fascinating phenomena of the human mind. Our ability to enter this unique state of consciousness opens the door to countless possibilities for healing, self-exploration and change. Hypnosis is most commonly used for treatment of pain, depression, anxiety, stress, and behavior modification such as smoking cessation and weight management.

    Unlike what many people think we never surrenders control when in hypnosis. Quite the contrary, our awareness and our ability to control our thoughts, feelings and behaviors in hypnosis are heighted.

    When we enter into the absorbed state of hypnosis, we can use our thoughts, talents and experiences in ways not usually available to us. With the help of a trained professional, using hypnosis, we are able to develop innate abilities that enable us to make the desired changes in our thoughts, feelings and behaviors possible.

    Our bodies respond physically to thoughts. For example, when we think a scary thought, our bodies respond with an increase in heart rate, sweating and a rapid breathing. When we think a pleasant thought, we can experience a reduced heart rate, deeper breathing and relaxation of the muscles.

    These are autonomic nervous system responses that are involuntary butthrough hypnosis, we are able to enhance the positive and reduce the negative physical reactions. This is why hypnosis is so valuable for pain management.

    Hypnosis allows us to be more focused and use our own mental abilities constructively. By using hypnosis, we can achieve more of our goals and have more control of our personal comfort, health and well-being.