The Difference between Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis
Hypnosis uses focused attention and deep relaxation to achieve a heightened state of awareness. This is a natural phenomenon that occurs when you focus intensely on a single object or topic and ignore other distractions.
People often use the terms interchangeably, but they are different. While they both refer to a state of focused awareness, there is an important distinction. You may experience hypnosis naturally any time you are highly focused, such as when you are daydreaming or engrossed in a movie, but without the therapeutic suggestions offered by a hypnotherapist, you will not necessarily experience any benefits or changes in your health or behavior.
At Renewed Edge, our hypnotherapist designs therapeutic plans to target specific issues or health concerns. This means crafting careful suggestions to guide your subconscious thinking. You will never be forced to do anything you do not want to do or made to act in ways that are uncharacteristic. Your therapy can be completely customized according to your needs to uproot long-standing behaviors, phobias, compulsions, addictions, dependencies, or other serious problems.
How Hypnotherapy Works
The process has long been shrouded in mystery and sometimes mysticism, but science is uncovering more of its secrets everyday. Thanks to brain scans, we know that numerous brain functions are involved. When you are in a state of focused awareness and deeply relaxed, activity in the part of your brain that is associated with motor control and cognition decreases. Meanwhile, connectivity between the parts of the brain processing and controlling what happens in the rest of your body increases. Finally, the part of your brain that is aware of your actions becomes less active.
Your brain’s activity is just a small part of the big picture, however. The real-world applications are another part, and these applications are many. Once you can tap into the state of focused awareness and bypass your conscious mind, you can begin to address the complex, deeply rooted issues that may be guiding your behavior and preventing you from moving forward in your life.
Many of our unhealthy or unwanted habits, from stress eating to smoking, are deeply entrenched in the subconscious mind, which means we must access the subconscious to remove them. By working with a hypnotherapist, you can set up new foundations for a better and happier life.
With the right support, you can rebuild your mental and behavioral framework from the ground up, creating a new mindset to support healthier habits and better behavior.
How can Hypnotherapy Help?
People often underestimate how much their physical and emotional health is affected by stress, anxiety, and worries with roots that stretch far into their past. Our bodies cannot help but be affected by our minds because the two are intimately and inextricably connected. Taking control of your stress and overcoming negative mindsets might just be the key to unlocking better health and happiness.
At your initial appointments, your hypnotherapist will spend more time learning about you and your health or behavioral concerns as well as any potential thought patterns and mindsets that are causing or contributing to the issues. You will work closely with your therapist to develop a treatment strategy to:
- Isolate the issues
- Develop a framework for change
- Reframe and correct unhelpful beliefs and thought patterns
- Reinforce new behaviors
When used alone or in conjunction with more conventional therapies, hypnosis can help you analyze underlying issues and change unhelpful behaviors or unwanted sensations.
Many people turn to a hypnotherapist to help them manage common health issues such as:
- Anxiety and phobias
- Stress and post-traumatic stress disorders
- Grief and loss
- Bad habits
- Pain management
It is not magic but rather a gentle reprogramming of your brain. By separating the subconscious motivations from your actions, you can begin to create new habits in your life. You can reframe past experiences and see things from a whole new vantage point. You can even incorporate new coping skills so that you no longer have to rely on unhealthy habits or compulsions to manage stress or worry.
Key Benefits of Hypnotherapy
The subconscious uses automatic patterns to streamline our lives. In other words, by creating patterns and habits, we use less mental energy in the course of our day. We do not have to spend time thinking about and planning our various choices and behaviors. We simply do what we need to do.
Most of the time, this works well for us. We move our hands away from hot pans, step out of the path of a speeding vehicle, and cover our coughs without wasting precious moments that could potentially put us at greater risk. Unhealthy habits can be just as deeply ingrained, which is why you might drink excessively when stressed or reach for unhealthy foods when depressed.
Working with a hypnotherapist can help you overcome these damaging behaviors and unhealthy habits through targeted subconscious suggestions.
The therapeutic technique is particularly beneficial for:
- Compulsive behaviors such as overeating or stress eating
- Addictions, such as smoking, alcohol misuse, or binge eating disorders
- Fears and phobias
- Stress management
- Anxiety and depression
- Self-confidence and self-esteem
By changing your mindset and thought patterns, you can more easily change your behaviors. You are not constantly fighting an uphill battle against your own mind but rather gently guiding your mind towards the behaviors and choices you want to make.
What Does the Research Say about Hypnotherapy?
Although used for hundreds of years, hypnosis has only been formally recognized by modern medicine for about a century. In that time, hundreds of scientific studies have been performed to better understand the phenomenon and learn more about its benefits and uses.
Through the use of imaging technology, we know that different areas of the brain light up when experiencing this highly focused state and that it can be remarkably effective for managing a wide range of health issues.
Research shows that it can help patients prepare for surgery by reducing their pain and anxiety and can help decrease procedure time, cost, and need for medication. It can promote healthier sleep by helping you get to sleep faster, spend more time in deeper sleep, and stay asleep longer. It can help people kick bad habits such as smoking.
Perhaps one of the most important things it can do is help us manage stress. Uncontrolled stress can take a heavy toll on our physical and emotional health, decreasing immune response and leaving us more vulnerable to heart disease, diabetes, obesity, sleep disorders, and sexual dysfunction. Studies have demonstrated that the process can help reduce exam-related stress and boost performance and reduce the risk of burnout while increasing a sense of well-being.
Experts recognize that the process can help you re-examine your health and your life. As you address stress, calm anxiety, and overcome depression, you can improve your function and restore your health.
Visit Renewed Edge today to learn more about how you can harness the power of your mind for healing or to schedule an appointment with our hypnotherapist.