1. Hypnotherapy makes otherwise difficult changes feel more manageable.
Habits are a product of repetition as well as triggers in the brain’s “reward” centers, and therefore parts of the brain work against you when you try to change. However, according to Dr. Roy Baumeister, a psychologist at Florida State University, willpower is like a muscle and when you practice using it, you strengthen your ability to break unhealthy habits. Dr. Russell Poldrack, a neurobiologist at the University of Texas at Austin, maintains that one effective way of doing this is visualizing tempting situations and practicing the use of willpower in these imagined scenarios. Hypnotherapy utilizes techniques that naturally help you build up willpower and break down subconscious obstacles to change.
2. Hypnotherapy helps you understand and utilize your subconscious mind for your greater good.
The mind is very complex and there is still much to uncover about our mental processes. However, the concept of a subconscious mind is universally acknowledged. The subconscious mind is believed to house all of your memories, associations and experiences, even those that you don’t consciously think about. Most importantly, it houses 80% of your total mind power, which means it has more control over your decision making abilities than your conscious mind does. When you undergo the process of hypnotherapy, you learn how to apply this new information about the way your subconscious mind works to your daily life. This gives you more control over your decisions, habits and reactions.
3. Hypnotherapy is a mind-body therapy that has no side effects and can be tailored to the needs of the individual.
It’s amazing how many of our problems can be solved with the old adage, mind over matter. Our mind creates our perception of the world around us. Learning to control the way we perceive the world can also lead to significant influence in the way we physically respond to it. Psychologist Stephen Kosslyn lead a study at Harvard University in which hypnotized participants saw grey shapes when in actuality the shapes were brightly colored, showing that our brain function does change when under hypnotic trance. St. Luc University Hospital in Brussels utilizes hypnosis in surgical procedures. Compared to general anesthesia, those who experience hypnosis feel more secure post op, they tend to feel normal quicker, their scars heal faster and they require less pain medication. The best part? Because hypnosis is a natural state of mind akin to sleep, meditation or daydreaming, it is non-addictive and poses no side effects. An experienced hypnotherapist will further be able to tailor the treatment to the individual ensuring a stronger likelihood of success.