E.WagnerHolisticHealth: February 2013
Hypnosis can improve your health in countless ways. It can aid relaxation and sleep quality, help
with weight loss, smoking cessation, and with the discipline of regular exercise. Hypnosis can also help make one’s perspective
more positive, increase self-confidence, reduce muscle tension and stress,
lower blood pressure and pulse rate, lessen or eliminate pain, and more.
Scot Giles, one of my teachers many years ago, works in a program called ICan,
which is designed specifically for cancer patients at La Grange Memorial
Hospital. These patients are given a therapy
such as chemotherapy, radiation and/or surgery, given supportive counseling,
and receive hypnotherapy sessions with instruction in self-hypnosis which they
use daily. The length of long-term
survival for attendees is at least twice that of similar people who have not had hypnosis instruction.
of oneself as healthy while in a state of hypnosis can help the immune system
even more powerful, vivid sensory input can be imagined, such as the taste of
lemon or the texture of rough tree bark.
Another way to make hypnosis suggestions go deeper is to anchor them in
the body. Two examples of anchoring are
counting backward from ten to one while blinking with each number, and touching
thumb and index fingers together while imagining oneself in a peaceful or
Positive emotions such as joy, love, enthusiasm, trust, confidence,
peace, respect, kindness, gentleness, and sincerity can also help deepen
hypnosis when used in a session. Problematic emotions, such as grief, anger, fear, worry, jealousy, or
hysteria can interfere with hypnosis; i.e. visualizing oneself as healthier while at the same instant worrying about recovery from an illness may undermine positive suggestions and result in even more worrying.
Biofeedback also can help deepen hypnosis. A few inexpensive options are the Basic GSR2 Biofeedback Relaxation System
by Thought Technology, Thought Stream USB
by Mind Place, and Stress Thermometer.
Make sure to share this blog with others. This month’s offer: pay for five hypnosis sessions at your first session and receive a
sixth free of charge. Hypnosis can be used by the same person or couple anytime within the next twelve months.
Elaine J. Wagner, D.C.6355 N. Broadway, suite #29Chicago, Illinois 60660(773)274-6827
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