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: half an hour 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 which 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 running around, trying to fit everything in and 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; staying in a toxic relationship. Stress can also be having negative beliefs about your health, which can therefore 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 your body’s self-healing mechanism. In those circumstances, relaxation can be the best medicine of all, and the deepest relaxation one can reach is through clinical hypnotherapy, deeper even than meditation.
When you release your stress, and focus only on the positive elements of your life, you allow your body to start the healing process straight away. Just going into a hypnotic state is extremely good for the body, even if no particular messages are sent to the subconscious.
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, and therefore clinical hypnotherapy, 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 to name but a few conditions.
For sufferers of PTSD, relaxation techniques are invaluable as the path to restore equilibrium to the body and the mind.
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