Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic practise that involves establishing profound relaxation in order to induce an altered state of consciousness (hypnosis) in a person. During hypnosis, the therapist provides recommendations for behavioral adjustments to the person. Hypnotherapy is a complementary therapy that is frequently used in conjunction with cognitive behavioral therapy and medicines.
Hypnotherapy is a completely voluntary process. The patient is always in charge of their activities and has the option to withdraw at any time. A hypnotherapist can’t force a patient to do anything they don’t want to do. Certified mental health practitioners who have received formal training in this form of therapy administer hypnotherapy.
Hypnotherapy is classified as supplementary or alternative medicine, and there is little scientific evidence to support its efficacy. Talk therapy and medicines are the first-line therapies. Hypnosis, on the other hand, may help certain people with mental health, chronic pain, or addiction issues minimize their symptoms or urges.
Hypnotherapy has four main stages:
Hypnotherapists use a variety of approaches to induce hypnosis in their patients.
Induction in four steps
The hypnotherapist instills hypnosis in the person by guiding them through four steps.
- They must close their eyes.
- Assume they are unable to open their eyes.
- Attempt to open their eyes while acting as if they can’t.
- Relax your eyes and your entire body.
Fixation technique for the eyes:
This technique is focusing the sight on a certain item until the eyelids grow heavy and close, and the person relaxes deeply.
The technique of dropping one’s arms:
The person focuses their sight on one of their fingers while keeping their forearm erect until the hand becomes heavy and begins to fall downward. The eyes become heavy and close as the arm is lowered, and hypnosis is accomplished.
The technique of progressive relaxing:
The person sits comfortably, concentrates on inhaling and exhaling, and relaxes their entire body from the feet up to achieve full relaxation.
Imagery entails the person taking a deep breath and envisioning a setting that makes them feel safe and comfortable.
The hypnotherapist deepens the hypnotic level after inducing hypnosis since an individual is more likely to respond positively in such a state. Some of the same tactics used during induction may be used by the hypnotherapist, including the following:
The relaxation that happens through time
- Silence for a while
- Counting and deep breathing