Clinical hypnotherapy is, essentially, deep relaxation. One does not need to have a problem or an ailment to benefit from the restorative and recuperative powers of clinical hypnotherapy. In hypnosis, the vibration, or oscillations, of the brain are drastically lowered, allowing the person to experience complete mental and physical relaxation. An interesting fact: 30 minutes of hypnosis is equivalent to four hours of deep REM sleep.
Physiology textbooks actually teach medical students that the body is a self-healing organism. It is brilliantly equipped with natural self-repair mechanisms that kill the cancer cells we produce every day, fight infectious agents, repair broken proteins, keep our coronary arteries open and naturally fight the aging process.
Our autonomic nervous system has two major operating systems — the sympathetic nervous system, which produces the body’s stress response, also known as “fight or flight or freeze” syndrome; and the parasympathetic nervous system, which produces the body’s relaxation response, also known as “rest and digest.” This is our homeostatic state, when the body is in equilibrium.
The body’s natural self-repair mechanisms only fully function when the nervous system is in relaxation response.
Every stressful thought, feeling or belief we have — and most of us can average more than 50 stress responses every day — disables the body’s ability to repair itself!
Many people like to say that they thrive on stress. They think stress is doing as much as they can. But stress can also be social isolation and loneliness; working in a job you hate; pretending to be something you are not or staying in a toxic relationship. Stress can also be having negative beliefs about your health, which can be a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Your subconscious mind can’t tell the difference between: “I’m getting chased by a tiger!” and “Nobody loves me!” or “I’m never going to get well!” As far as the nervous system is concerned, they all signal imminent danger, and spark a stress response which blocks the body’s self-healing mechanism. In these circumstances, relaxation can be the best medicine of all, and the deepest relaxation one can reach is through clinical hypnotherapy.
When you release stress, and focus only on the positive elements of your life, you allow your body to start the healing process straight away.
Relaxation decreases the metabolism; decreases the rate of breathing and the heart rate; lowers the blood pressure; releases muscle tension and therefore pain, and increases brain waves. Relaxation is particularly helpful in the treatment of hypertension, chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia, depression, infertility, premenstrual tension, migraine, self-esteem issues, and cancer and HIV symptoms.
For sufferers of PTSD, relaxation techniques are invaluable as the path to restore equilibrium to the body and the mind.
To experience the healing powers of deep relaxation through clinical hypnotherapy, you can join in The Beat Retreat’s FREE deep relaxation and healing sessions every Monday evening at 7pm (Spanish time), at the clinic in Competa or online worldwide. The session is completely FREE TO ALL. In the interests of your overall health, don’t miss out!