The Healing Power of Hypnosis

There are many reasons why one would choose hypnosis to improve emotional or physical health. The most important reason that comes to mind is safety. It seems that if you visit the doctor for anything these days, they will most likely give you an expensive prescription medication that could come with a series of potentially serious side effects. Not everybody needs this type of rigorous and stressful treatment. Sometimes the path to the greatest amount of healing can be found by becoming deeply in touch with your subconscious mind.When your mind enters a state of deep relaxation, such as hypnosis, the healing begins immediately as your brain releases a higher amount of endorphins and serotonin, which relieve stress and create that “pleasant feeling” that you usually feel after doing a rigorous workout. In fact, hypnosis is truly a workout of the mind, forging healthy new habits and ending destructive cycles of thought.

Hypnotherapy has been used for quitting smoking, weight management, and relaxation. While this process is useful for all of those, the most critical use of hypnotherapy is healing. Anybody suffering from psoriasis, asthma, cancer, eating disorders, or depression can find treatment and comfort through time tested hypnotherapy techniques. When you experience the self-empowerment that healing hypnotherapy offers, you will realize the hundreds of possibilities that hypnotization can offer you on the quest to better yourself.

True Secrets of Understanding and Healing Cancer With Hypnosis

Many folks have the mistaken impression that cancer is a dangerous enemy that rarely strikes, but when it does so, it attacks with rapid and lethal power. In fact, researchers agree that cancer cells emerge in our bodies all the time, and are the result of simple errors in the reproduction of normal body cells. In most cases, cells of the immune system, which are well programmed to spot such aberrations, destroy these cancerous cells before they have time to do lasting harm.

Scientists believe that a cancerous cell becomes dangerous only when physical irritants like cigarette smoke in the lungs create a large number of distorted and polluted cells, similar to scar tissue, and sometimes called squamous cells. The immune system cells in this mess of scar tissue and smoke cease to recognize the first cancer cells in this toxic clutter, and in time it’s too late for the immune system to destroy them without medical help.

Unfortunately, many cancer treatments, especially chemotherapy and radiation, because they target all of the body’s cells that are reproducing, are very destructive to the immune system, because immune cells are constantly reproducing and dying out as they fight infection and destroy tumors. So paradoxically, many cancer treatments damage the very system the body needs to recover from cancer.

Fortunately, great progress is being made in refining these treatments. Dosage reductions, aiming radiation and chemotherapy more precisely at the tumor mass, even hormone based chemotherapy, all have made these treatments safer and more effective than ever.

Even greater strides can be made in cancer treatment, however, can be made if patients are willing to explore and clear the underlying cause of their tumor from the subconscious mind. Hypnosis is obviously the ideal medium for this exploration, because it can be experienced by most people easily, and helps us safely connect to subconscious motivations.

There are three problems however, that are inherent within this process. First, the client must be willing to accept that at least part of the cause of their condition lies in their own subconscious mind. This is a tough journey for many Americans, who are accustomed to taking no responsibility for their health, and might even be offended at the suggestion that something they did may be the cause of this condition.

Empathy requires the health professional to treat these feelings as delicately as possible. I reassure my clients that “YOU didn’t do this. Rather this disease is a product of feelings and experiences and beliefs from your distant past, which have become stored in your body. Hypnosis can help us to access these programs and clear them, freeing your immune system to work with your treatment program to stop this cancer.”

The final problem is finding medical doctors who are willing to recommend these methods to their patients. It’s easy to understand their skepticism. Most doctors have little or no training in psychological causation. And where have the skilled practitioners been whom they could recommend. Should they send their dangerously ill client to some new graduate of a cheap training program who specializes in smoking cessation? No, they need to know someone who has the background and gets results. Meanwhile, don’t wait for your physician’s endorsement. As one of my former breast cancer patients said to me, triumphantly, “I knew I could heal my breasts and not lose them when I started taking responsibility for my body. I decided that my body and I had made this disease together and we could fix it together!”

Hypnosis can also be used to rebuild the immune system, and to counter the other effects of chemo, like anemia, nausea, hair loss, etc. Hypnosis can also increase the success and reduce the recovery time from surgery. I’ve also written on hypnotic anesthesia and surgery. If you are facing the challenge of cancer, only your doctor knows what medical procedures are best. But whatever your Doctor says, use hypnotherapy with a skilled and well trained practitioner and you will vastly increase your chances of not just surviving cancer, but thriving again in a healthy active life. Good luck in your recovery!

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Relaxation Techniques – Hypnosis, Binaural Beats, Yoga, Meditation

There are several different relaxation techniques you can use to induce a state of relaxation. These relaxation techniques can be used to produce a psychological change or increase the bodies well being through mild exercise. You can also use these relaxation techniques just to unwind at the end of a busy, hectic day. Relaxation techniques are synonymous with stress management, as you relax you reduce stress along with all the health benefits associated with it.

Hypnosis – Hypnosis is an easy and effective way to place yourself in a relaxed state. Basically all that is required is a quality hypnosis recording and a little time by yourself to listen. Hypnosis is also a learned skill that will induce a more relaxed state, the more you listen to the recording. An added side benefit of hypnosis is you can work on issues and problems in your life while getting the full benefits of this relaxation technique. Hypnosis is also considered safe for pregnant women and people with other medical conditions.

Meditation – Meditation is a well know relaxation technique with countless volumes written on the subject. There are several different methods and practices that can be used to achieve relaxation. One simple relaxation technique known as progressive muscle relaxation is where the practitioner will sit comfortably in a quiet room. They then tense a set of muscles such as there calves and hold for 20 seconds. They then release and exhale at the same time. It can also be helpful to say mentally that all stress is flowing from the body and they are becoming more and more relaxed. This can be repeated throughout the entire body using different muscle groups. With a little practice a person can become very good at this. They will also be able to use this simple meditation technique will driving a car or sitting at the desk in the office.

A slightly more advanced meditation relaxation technique is the use of a mantra. One can also concentrate on the breath or chant silently. This meditation relaxation technique will take a little practice, but is an extremely effective way for reducing stress and relaxing. If you use a mantra, silently say the word over and over in your mind while giving complete attention to the word. Do not worry, your mind will wonder, just bring it gentle back to the mantra and continue. A period of 15 – 20 minutes can be very effective. When practicing meditation it is best to sit with the spine straight, not rigid in a comfortable position.

Yoga – The practice of yoga involves postures (asanas) and specific breathing exercises. The yoga asanas are designed to release the flow of energy (prana) in the body while strengthening the muscles and creating flexibility. Yoga is concerned with the total organism which includes body, mind and spirit. The practice of the asanas tends to be a little more difficult then they look. These asanas can be mastered with tremendous benefits if consistent steady practice is used.

Binaural beats – Binaural beats are another effective way of producing a state of relaxation. Binaural beats are also simple to use, only requiring a set of headphones and something to play the recording on. What binaural beats do is create a certain frequency in the brain that corresponds to delta or alpha range. The listener is gentle brought to this frequency range where the body and mind can relax.

Research – There is overwhelming evidence from controlled, randomized trials that show these relaxation techniques have incredible health benefits. They are known to reduce anxiety, stress levels, help with insomnia, pain control, asthma, IBS and a host of other problems.

Whatever relaxation technique or combination of relaxation techniques you decide to use for relaxation, you will receive tremendous benefits. With regular use and practice stress levels will fall and your overall health will improve.