Hypnosis is a powerful tool that allows one to experiences the hypnotic state and heal the psychological damage that has went through traumatic experience. Hypnosis unlocks one’s inner potential to empower one to achieve their goal in a safe and natural manner. Warmly lit decorated environment is best suited for hypnotherapy session with a comfortable reclining chair to allow client to enter into trance easily feeling comfortable and relax. Hypnotherapy is effective for mental and physical healing that helps to remove the toxic symptom and fill in the space with positive suggestions. This technique effectively help client to better understand and identify their problems that has suppressed in them in their long forgotten memories as well as kicking off bad habits, removing or reducing fears and anxiety. In clinical hypnosis, it also aids in improving immune systems, pain management and used as an anesthesia method in dentistry and childbirth surgery. In 1845 a book was published by James Esdaile MD called ‘Hypnosis in medicine and surgery’ in which he describes a method of production of anesthesia by the use of hypnosis. Holroyd, Jean (1996) reviews recent controlled clinical studies in which hypnosis compares favorably with other interventions; links advances in understanding endogenous pain modulation to a neurophysiologic view of hypnosis and hypnoanalgesia; relates the neurophysiology of hypnoanalgesia to management of chronic pain; challenges the view that hypnotic pain control is only for the highly hypnotizable patient; and raises issues about how people learn to control pain with hypnosis. Training in hypnotic analgesia may usefully enhance nervous system inhibitory processes that attenuate pain.
Therapist will need to gather information from client and access the history so those objectives can be set in place to allow clients to have some positive expectation. It is essential to explain and demystify the myths with client to allow them to feel at ease before entering the process so that greater result can be achieved efficiently. Most importantly, hypnosis cannot make anyone do anything that is against their morals or values and they are always in control to accept or reject any suggestion that the hypnotist has given. You need a certain amount of letting go and openness during the hypnosis. With the guide of the hypnotist’s soothing, calm and confident voice, it allows you to go into a relaxation trance state with your eyes close to center your thoughts. As you continue to relax even further, gradually the hypnotist’s voice seems to distant away and soon you may experience a strong or light sensation in your body and your mind starts to drift away. The hypnotic voice who is speaking to you will bring you back to the past and unfold the hidden memories that reside in your subconscious mind. The hypnotherapist doesn’t provide the client’s answers; they are guided into their subconscious mind that leads to their Higher Consciousness for problem solving and getting their own answers. Albert Einstein (1940) quoted; great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.
Somehow you enter into the trance state and it feels as if you are in a movie theater and are watching your very own show. You are slowly guided by therapist to see the event that created the strong emotions in you that house your long term memories of emotions and feelings. You feel as if you are right there back in the scene experiencing the total wonderment of emotions of what you think, imagine or recall and sometimes you may be watching your own movie as in another person’s perspective. The scene and things in the movie may be amplified and sometime you may not be able to see any event and while you are recollecting back the memories, you are given time to sink deeper and continue with your movie. You are guided with each step slowly in decision making and building your awareness on every stage of your movie and you get benefitted as long you are willing to go along with the suggestion from the hypnotist. Therapist acts like a coach in helping you to achieve the result and answer of your own which in fact you are doing your own work all this while. Andre M. Weitzenhoffer (1976) cited; Erickson believed that the unconscious mind was always listening, and that, whether or not the patient was in trance, suggestions could be made which would have a hypnotic influence, as long as those suggestions found some resonance at the unconscious level. As the last show is coming to an end, you will be brought to a safe place of yours to be rejuvenated and feel balance before you are awake from your hypnotic state of trance. Some may feel totally relaxed in their own movie that allows them to slip into an ordinary sleep and when that happens, you can have a nap and some may takes a little while to wake up from hypnosis. This is very common in hypnotherapy which shows that the client has entered into the trance state.
Whether you are hypnotizable, as long you have your 5 senses (smell, taste, hearing, feel and see) functioning well, able to day dream and ever absorbed yourself feeling all the tensions and emotion into a good movie or TV show, you are hypnotizable. Erickson maintained that trance is a common, everyday occurrence while waiting for buses and trains, reading or listening, or even being involved in strenuous physical exercise, it’s quite normal to become immersed in the activity and go into a trance state, removed from any other irrelevant stimuli. These states are so common and familiar that most people do not consciously recognize them as hypnotic phenomena (Erickson & Rossi, 1976).
Hippocrates (460-377 BC) the Greek physician considered the “Father of Medicine” and whose oath all graduating physicians must take was referring to hypnosis when he said: “The affliction suffered by the body, the soul sees quite well with the eyes shut”.
Albert Einstein (1940), in a letter to Morris Raphael Cohen, professor emeritus of
philosophy at the College of the City of New York, defending the
appointment of Bertrand Russell to a teaching position (19 March 1940)
Andre M. Weitzenhoffer (1976) Introduction/forward in Hypnotic Realities Erickson
Erickson & Rossi: Two-Level Communication and the Microdynamics of Trance
and Suggestion, The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 1976
Reprinted in Collected Papers Vol.1
Holroyd, Jean (1996). Hypnosis treatment of clinical pain: Understanding why
hypnosis is useful. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental
Hypnosis, 44 (1), 33-51.
Mabel Ang from The School of Positive Psychology