How hypnotherapy changes our perceptions
What makes hypnotherapy work so efficiently?
The practice of hypnosis processes for enjoyment has left quite a few people feeling sceptical over the years, and you might be wondering does it work? In fact, studies have indicated that hypnosis has a considerable effect on the brain.
Stanford University carried out a study with volunteers who were placed in hypnosis and told they were looking at coloured objects. Whenever they were looking at the objects, there was a boost in blood flow to the part of the brain that registers colour, although the objects were actually monochrome (black and white). This was as a direct result of hypnosis, providing scientific evidence to support the concept that hypnotherapy does indeed work when it comes to having an effect on the relevant parts of the brain in order to gain constructive results.
This breakthrough research strongly supports the use of hypnotherapy strategies for individuals who need to be able to manage their own pain, anxiety, panic or other medical conditions in a way that complements mainstream medical treatment. This study helps to confirm that hypnotherapy can be used to produce change at a physical level to improve the effectiveness of therapeutic change.
Lots of other case studies have made outstanding changes following hypnosis treatment. Thought processes can be completely altered and, in the process, it is possible to enrich life beyond measure. Almost all fears and worries stem from thoughts and feelings that the sufferer knows are irrational. With the support of hypnotherapy, people get back a positive mindset and lift the restraints that they place on themselves. Hypnotherapy approaches can also assist people that need help with sleeping disorders, presentation nerves or perhaps IBS. Today it is scientifically acknowledged that hypnotherapy techniques can safely make changes to the mind that initiate great enhancements to the way people live their life.
So for men and woman that have been sceptical of the idea of hypnosis and seen it merely as a form of amusement, the data set out by the team at Stanford University can reassure them that hypnosis really does work. Groundbreaking results obtained from expert research enables people to acquire a true understanding of hypnosis and more people could benefit from this powerful treatment, resulting in substantial improvements to many lives.
A hypnotic approach can now be endorsed as a technique that can truly create constructive changes to health issues and improve feelings of well-being. When hypnosis is carried out by professionals making use of advanced techniques, it is actually one of the best behavioural change treatments available. It may, in fact, be said that this scientific evidence has altered the course of history for hypnotherapy and hypnotherapists throughout the world.
A final note. It is essential to make sure that you choose a knowledgeable, well qualified and skilled hypnotherapist as the standard of expertise varies enormously. Here in the UK, hypnotherapy is subject only to a voluntary regulation agreement; this essentially means there are regulations and guidelines about how hypnotherapists should work but they are not compulsory and not all therapists follow them. I've been following the voluntary regs since they were introduced around 2010, and am guided by the codes of ethics of the General Hypnotherapy Register, and other professional bodies to which I am affiliated. I would be happy to help you.
Stanford University: see http://news.stanford.edu/news/2000/september6/hypnosis-96.html
Debbie Waller is a professional hypnotherapist, specialising in stress, anxiety and related issues. She also offers EMDR which is used for trauma, PTSD, phobias and OCD and publishes hypnotherapy-for-ibs.co.uk for those interested in using hypnotherapy to relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
Debbie owns a multi-accredited hypnotherapy school, Yorkshire Hypnotherapy Training and offers further training for qualified therapists via CPD Expert. She is the author of Their Worlds, Your Words, editor and contributor to the online magazine Hypnotherapy Training & Practitioner, and co-author of The Hypnotherapy Handbook.
For more information on any of these services, phone 01977 678593.
Researcher & drafter: Rachel Waller.