Hypnotherapy is perhaps one of the most misunderstood and controversial methods of treating ailments. Time and again, hypnotherapy has helped many individuals improve their lives positively and achieve their desired goals. Despite that fact, many still have their doubts about it. This is mainly because their idea of hypnotherapy stems from stage hypnotism and from what they see on Hollywood films and television shows. The truth is, stage hypnosis are essentially a theatrical performance and Hollywood’s portrayals of hypnosis are mostly false.


The truth about hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is simply a form of therapy under a relaxed, focused state of awareness. Studies show that during hypnosis, the brain enters into a specific state. Brain scans of people undergoing a hypnotherapy session show that the brain wave activity during hypnosis changes to take on a state similar to just before falling asleep which is called the “alpha state.” It is at this state that the mind is more open to positive suggestions. While at the “alpha state”, the mind is also very receptive to visualizing and creating a profound sensory experience which leads to a heightened awareness.


What are post hypnotic suggestions?

Post hypnotic suggestions are powerful tools to create change. They are simply uttered words but they can yield permanent results. Post hypnotic suggestions refer to the positive suggestions that are given to people during a hypnotherapy session. They are based on the individual’s desired goals and are intended to take effect after he or she emerges from the state of hypnosis.


Post hypnotic suggestions are an integral part of hypnotherapy. Many people do not accept or respond to an up-front, direct suggestion, but under hypnosis, suggestions seem to penetrate a person’s mind easily. It’s as if suggestions enter the subconscious through a “back door.” Once inside the mind, they often germinate and take root to create behavioral changes.


The effectiveness of hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is a proven way of overcoming bad habits and addressing various life issues. It works effectively on most people but there are some who are not susceptible to hypnosis. To be hypnotized, a person must want to undergo the process voluntarily and to experience results, he or she must believe that hypnosis can help them achieve their desired goals. Both of these qualities increases a person’s capability of being hypnotized but even then, it may take a long while to experience results. While some people claim to have felt the effects of hypnosis as early as one session, a single session of hypnotherapy does not usually produce lasting results. Often, a person will have to undergo a series of sessions to ensure permanent changes.


The uses of hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy helps with a wide range of issues and life situations, not just problems with mental health. If you are feeling unsure about how to change or face something in your life, look up local hypnotherapists and see how they can help you. Be certain to inquire about what areas they specialize in. Hypnotherapists have specific areas that they are most effective and experienced in. Always be sure to look them up, check their services and talk to them before committing to therapy.


Some of the areas where hypnotherapy may help include:

  • Personality and behavior issues, such as anger and frustration, anxiousness, obsessive compulsive behavior, bad or unwanted habits
  • Addiction behaviors such as smoking, substance and gambling
  • Relationship issues such as jealousy and patterns of co-dependent relationships
  • Sleep issues
  • Fears and phobias
  • Pain management (i.e. during childbirth)
  • Baby Blues
  • Low self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Stress management
  • Different kinds of trauma
  • Weight issues
  • Eating disorders