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Some of you may envision lying on a long couch in a trance as you relive past events. Others may recount experiences of friends who have lost weight or quit smoking after undergoing hypnotherapy. And I’m sure there are some of you who are picturing an exotic man waving a pocket watch in front of your eyes and instructing you to behave like a chicken (go on, admit it, that’s what you were thinking).


But seriously … simply put, hypnotherapy is an alternative healing method where hypnosis is used to treat a variety of conditions. Think of hypnosis as “A pleasant detached state of parallel awareness”, you are placed in a state of consciousness where you are responsive to suggestion. So basically, in therapy, hypnosis can be used to modify thoughts, attitudes, behaviours or feelings.


Now to some people that might seem a bit scary, seriously who wants to lose the power of free thought? But in reality there is no such thing as mind control, under hypnosis you are only suggestible because you are so willing to embrace the ideas presented (having already agreed upon them before hand with your practitioner). So you never lose control and at any moment you can choose to ‘snap out of it’ so to speak.



Here are the top 7 health benefits of hypnotherapy:


  1. To help with treatment of addictions


Hypnosis can help you kick a variety of habits including food, alcohol, drugs, smoking or gambling. With the help of hypnosis you can regain control of your thoughts and actions so you make the right choices. And of course it can also be used to alleviate the physical symptoms of addiction.



  1. To help you lose weight and keep it off


So we mentioned treating addictions to food. Well, one of the key benefits of Hypnotherapy is it can help you lose weight and eliminate food cravings. And it is a great tool for people who overeat due to psychological reasons.


  1. To help manage chronic pain



If medication and diet have not helped you manage your condition why not try Hypnotherapy combined with meditation? Often intense pain can be better controlled using self-hypnosis as it can greatly reduce the frequency and length of episodes. A skilled therapist can work with you to explore how your pain may be a signal of something underlying that needs to be acknowledged and addressed. Hypnosis can be an exceptional aide in this process. Assisting you to be comfortable and pain free as much as possible.


  1. To help reduce stress


When you live with stress in your life your body is constantly in a state of high alert. Hypnotherapy combined with meditation can change your life by bringing your stress levels under control. By putting you in a deep state of relaxation Hypnotherapy gives your mind and body a chance to recuperate and heal.



  1. To treat Anxiety and Depression


Hypnotherapy can be an effective, drug free method to eliminate the triggers, calm anxiety and treat the symptoms of depression.



  1. To help treat sleep disorders


Hypnotherapy can help remedy the psychological issues that cause sleep disturbance while putting your body in a deeply relaxed state that helps with the rejuvenation of your body and mind.



  1. To help deal with childhood issues



Sometimes the issues and problems you experienced as a child can still be impacting you today, causing you to make bad decisions or not take proper care of yourself.  Hypnotherapy has been used by some therapists to help work through childhood issues.





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