The Expanding Role of Hypnotherapy for Healing Changes
By Tom Nicoli, BCH, CI, OB
Hypnosis, what a reaction the word still elicits from the average person who still knows none of the truths and is still caught up in the myths and misconceptions reinforced by Hollywood B movies, books of fiction and blind assumption. The truth is the word was termed in a book in 1843 by Scottish surgeon, Dr. James Braid, Neurypnology; The Rationale of Nervous Sleep. It appeared that people in a deep hypnotic state were "asleep" and Hypnos is the Greek God of sleep, therefore the terms hypnosis, hypnotism and hypnotist were coined by Dr. Braid. However, the state referred to as the hypnotic state is not sleep at all.
Before and since the time of Dr. Braid's book, hypnosis / trance induced states, have been used for healing throughout time and by cultures around the world. Not only was hypnosis effective for types of healing during tribal rituals but in medical hospitals as well. In the mid to late 1800's Scottish surgeon Dr. James Esdaile reportedly used hypnosis as the means to achieve natural anesthesia in patients in 345 major operations, before the discovery of chloroform. But what about in today's society? Truth is, it's always been used, people are just becoming more aware of the safe, natural and effective benefits of hypnosis.
Here is a piece from an article in the Harvard (University) Gazette - May 8, 2003:
"Hypnosis has been used in Western medicine for more than 150 years to treat everything from anxiety to pain, from easing the nausea of cancer chemotherapy to enhancing sports performance," Ginandes says (Carol Ginandes of Harvard Medical School).
A list of applications she provides includes treatment of phobias, panic, low self-esteem, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, stress, smoking, colitis, warts, headaches, and high blood pressure.
Ginandes continues. "I am interested in using hypnosis to help people get better physically. That means using the mind to make structural changes in the body, to accelerate healing at the tissue level." From the Department of Internal Medicine and Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Jacksonville, Fla.
Hypnosis became popular as a treatment for medical conditions in the late 1700s when effective pharmaceutical and surgical treatment options were limited. In our present case studies patients treated with hypnosis experienced substantial benefits for many different medical conditions.
As you can see, hypnosis has been used throughout history in ways for physical healing and it continues to this day. But... there is yet another way hypnosis is used for healing in a different manner... emotional healing.
First, let's look at the definition of healing as seen in Merriam Webster dictionary:
a: to make sound or whole b: to restore to health
Healing happens on many levels, in many ways and for many reasons. It is becoming more common for people to seek the services of an experienced and qualified Certified Hypnotherapist, a.k.a. Consulting Hypnotist. The increase in the use is because hypnosis is the way to access the subconscious mind in order to get to the emotional root of a person's issues at hand in order for true healing to take place. And it is a natural process with no negative side affects. It's important that people learn it's not a matter of what they are doing but more why they do it. The why is the emotional reason, motivation or driving force or subconscious need for the behaviors that cause negative outcomes.
There are many different approaches a hypnotherapist may use with a client. Direct suggestion, indirect suggestion, goal imaging and in my experienced opinion the most effective, age regression. Age regression allows the client to access a time in the past, guided by an experienced hypnotherapist, to the initiating cause to the present issue. Along with age regression, emotional release is equally as important for deep healing. We all understand the powerful impact emotional release has.
Imagine you have been holding in some bad news, maybe something you said or did and it caused you emotional problems. This internal emotional stress doesn't just cause thought and emotional issues but lends itself to physical complications. But then you finally had to opportunity to let it out. You "got it off your chest" or "came clean." Any time any of us had this happen we immediately felt so much better. We were holding in a lot of negative energy and the release was like opening the dam and letting the water flow. But… it's not always so obvious.
Many of our initiating causes to present issues are deeply repressed and consciously we may never retrieve them. This is why hypnotherapy is so important. It is THE way to access the phenomenal store house of information at the subconscious level and let the healing begin… once and for all. Imagine how it will feel to have your personal freedom and increase your emotional, spiritual and physical health.