According to ConsumersReports On Health, Sept. 2016; When you think about hypnotherapy, it's probably in the context of a swinging pocket watch and a voice repeating, "you are getting very sleepy." However, neither watches nor sleep are part of clinical hypnosis. This is what research suggests and what you probably don't know about this complimentary therapy.
You are aware and in control during hypnotherapy. The practitioner will use words to help you relax deeply, then offer suggestions through stories or mental images for coping with your health concerns. You are totally aware of what's happening around you and you are actually hyper-focused, like being engrossed in a great book or movie. You are always aware of where you are and what is going on around you and will remember what happened in the session.
Clinical Hypnosis can be uses for a wide range of issues. Medically it seems to be most effective at easing involuntary symptoms such as chronic pain. However; I have had positive results in assisting clients to stop smoking, if they have readiness to change.
Some of the additional reasons for using hypnotherapy are as follows; breaking bad habits, personal development, communication skills, personal skills, interpersonal skills, fears and phobias, relaxation techniques, self confidence, social anxiety, stress management, critical thinking skills and overcoming indecision to name a few.
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