By The Social Worker
A.WHAT IS HYPNOSIS
Even though hypnotherapy is 100% natural and safe, it remains one of the most controversial forms of therapy, due to media and stage interpretation.
During hypnosis our ability to enter a unique state of consciousness opens the gateway to numerous possibilities, such as healing, self-exploration and changes in our thoughts feelings and behaviour. Hypnosis is used in the treatment of pain, depression, anxiety, stress, habit disorders and many other psychological and medical problems.
According to Dr Hilary Jone’s book, “A Doctor, What’s the alternative?” Hypnosis is not a state of deep sleep. It does involve the induction of a trance like condition, but when in it, the patient is actually in an enhanced state of awareness, concentrating entirely on the hypnotist’s voice. In this state the conscious mind is suppressed and the subconscious mind is active.
Hypnotherapy aims to re- program patterns of behaviour within the mind, enabling irrational fears, phobias and negative thoughts to be overcome.
B.WHAT FORM MIGHT THE HYPNOTHERAPY TAKE?
Firstly, any misconception a potential patient may have about hypnosis should be dispelled. The client should be informed that the hypnotherapy technique does not involve putting the patient into a deep sleep. The patient cannot be made to do anything they would not normally do. They remain fully aware of their surroundings and situation. The important thing is that the patient wants to change some behavioural habit or addiction and is highly motivated to do this.
HOW CAN A TREATMENT AIMED AT YOUR MIND AFFECT YOUR BODY?
The body responds physically to thoughts. For example, when you are frightened, you experience an increased heart rate, shortness of breath, butterflies, muscular rigidity, sweating, shaking and so on. Likewise, pleasurable emotions reduce heart rate and introduce a state of relaxation.
Hence we observe that the autonomic nervous system responses impact on the body functioning during hypnosis. An individual is open to suggestion that can enhance positive physical reactions and diminish negative physical reactions.
A COMMONLY ASKED QUESTION, WILL I LOSE CONTROL OF MYSELF WHEN HYPNOTISED?
No. You will not lose control. Hypnosis allows clients to become focused and less distractive and more skilful in using their own ability. In fact it makes you feel more in control. In order to gain from the benefits of hypnosis, you need to select a qualified professional. It is recommended that when you select a professional to assist you, choose a professional who is properly trained and registered with the South African Institute of Hypnosis.
MY MOTIVATION FOR WRITING THIS ARTICLE.
In 1990 I became very ill and was diagnosed with a grade 2 brain tumour in the cerebellopontine angle of the brain. I was extremely ill and placed in intensive care and high care. I later moved to a general ward and later received radium treatment. Simultaneously I visited a psychiatrist for depression due to my illness and was taught self-hypnosis known as hetero hypnosis. The results were amazing and I made a very quick recovery. At the time of my illness 24 years ago I promised myself that one day, I would assist other cancer patients, particularly those with brain tumours. The years went by and I admit that while raising my children and working I neglected to fulfil my commitment. However, recently I decided to attend an International Hypnotherapy School and completed my training. I am committed to assist people and will be in practice by December 2014. I can be contacted at the following cell number-082041406865.