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Therapeutic Hypnosis's Health Benefits

Hypnosis Proving to Offer Health Benefits, Studies Say

When I hear the word hypnosis, a man swinging a pendulum in front of a person squawking like a chicken is what comes to mind. Stage hypnosis, performed by entertainers, is vastly different than therapeutic hypnosis, which is used to improve a person's well-being. Over the last 10 years hypnosis has gained more recognition because more and more research shows hypnotherapy can effectively treat medical conditions. A number of studies have discovered that this type of treatment can help alleviate chronic pain, reduce stress and anxiety before surgery, and also lower health care costs since patients using hypnosis have shorter hospital stays.

The hypnotic state has been likened to meditation or daydreaming; when hypnotized, one has a heightened sense of inner focus and concentration. When under hypnosis, people tend to feel calm and relaxed and be capable of paying attention to one specific thought, memory, emotion, or sensation while blocking out any other distractions, making them extremely open to the power of suggestion, although they remain completely aware and in control of their actions. This is why hypnosis is used for weight loss, smoking cessation, pain control, childbirth, dental procedures, anxiety, and gastrointestinal problems such as IBS. It should be noted that one session won't instantly "cure" your ails, so don't expect to instantly despise cigarettes after your first appointment.

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seasideman seasideman 5 years
I have used hypnotherapy to lose weight. After going to my doctor to ask if i could have a gastric band fitted to lose weight and being turned down I thought that i would never lose weight as i have tried lots of different diets that did not work. But I watched a show on television where a woman called Claire Hegarty was on there and she was invited onto the show for being an expert in helping people to lose weight with hypnosis. To be honest i had never heard about hypnosis helping people to lose weight before but after listening to what had been said i thought I would contact claire hegarty and ask her about hypnotherapy for weight loss. She explained everything to me and then a couple of days later i went to see her and thought i would give it a try and i am glad i did. I lost my marriage because i was overweight. After having children i became 21 stone but now thanks to hypnotherapy I am now 13 stone and still losing weight. If you are serious about losing weight then give hypnotherapy a try because if it worked for me then it will work for anyone.
Jenny-Sugar Jenny-Sugar 5 years
I took a hypnosis for birth class and the relaxation techniques helped me give birth naturally. I wouldn't believe it unless I had experienced it, but hypnosis really helped take my mind off the pain, and I instead focused on my breathing and my baby. It was really powerful.
Faylinn Faylinn 5 years
My dad underwent hypnosis in order to quit 40 years of heavy chain smoking. Strangely enough it worked for him. He didn't get intense cravings or withdrawals and he's never smoked since then. In fact, he finds it repulsive. Now it's made me curious about it and possibly undergoing a session to convince me to eat healthier and to exercise more (i.e. weight loss).
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