Hypnosis For Healing
Healing can take place on the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual levels and hypnosis can be the bridge to enhancing the healing process.
If I were to ask you what you do to relax, the chances are that you would tell me that you like to read a book, potter around in the garden, watch a good movie, have a glass of wine, play a game of golf etc. This is a question I often ask my clients and the responses are almost always the same, they are always engaged in an activity of some sort. These are some of the things we do to enjoy ourselves and are indeed, a form of relaxation. However once a client has experienced the deep physical and mental relaxation that is produced when he/she is in the state of hypnosis, they will almost always comment that they have not felt that depth of relaxation before. This is because the hypnotherapist generally induces hypnosis by engaging that part of the autonomic nervous system (the parasympathetic nervous system) that balances the mind and body between stresses and promotes homeostasis, which in turn promotes healing. Being in this type of altered state of consciousness (hypnosis) can be extremely beneficial for ones sense of health and wellbeing – even without any further suggestions being given by the hypnotherapist. Of course it is whilst in this deeply relaxed state, and with the application of therapeutic techniques during hypnotherapy, mental, physical, spiritual and emotional healing can be facilitated.
Psychoneuroimmunology is the study of ‘mind body healing’ or ‘mind body medicine’. It is the investigation of the ‘Pathways’ connecting the mind and body. It can be further defined as how emotions, attitudes, perceptions and beliefs are processed by the body and which in turn, create physiological or biochemical change. There has been a rapid advance in scientific understanding of the immune system over the last 20 years. Prolonged negative type thoughts, emotions, perceptions and stress can inhibit the body’s immune system function to the point of a person becoming more vulnerable to disease or ill health. Conversely positive type thoughts, emotions, perceptions and positive stress can strengthen and bolster the immune system thereby decreasing vulnerability to disease and ill health and/or promoting healing. The use of hypnosis for assisting the healing process has been around for hundreds of years, however as more and more research has been carried out, more evidence has been revealed to suggest that we humans are a mind with a body and not a body with a mind. The two are one when it comes to health and healing.
There is much evidence to suggest that belief’s, and the meaning that one attaches to the experience of a health challenge can have either a positive or negative influence upon the outcome. Often, we may not be consciously aware of a negative or perhaps false belief that may be hindering the body’s immune system to operate at its optimum and thus affecting the healing process. Conversely, a positive belief and attached meaning may assist and even quicken the healing process.