Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy: The Mind/Body Connection
In the recent training I attended, the Mind/Body Connection and the “possible” emotional connections to dis-eases were explored. If thoughts and feelings have corresponding reactions in the body, those thoughts and feelings can present as physical symptoms, including dis-eases. Along with that, the “gates” along the pathways to the nervous system can actually block the passage of painful impulses, allowing a person to focus on something instead of the pain he/she might otherwise feel. In addition, the endorphins that can be released into a person’s system act as opiates, thus inhibiting the transmission of painful impulse. The subconscious mind has the ability to control all involuntary body functions, which then makes it possible, through hypnosis, for the body to create more endorphins, focus on something other than the pain, and use hypnosis to address issues that may appear physical but which may have a basis in the emotions.
Pain management, tension headaches, vision improvement, dental applications, asthma, allergies, arthritis, TMJ . . . the list goes on. The premise previously has been that we need to treat the cause instead of the symptom. Also, the practice most of the time is to treat the symptom in isolation rather than holistically. However, with the use of hypnosis, one can resolve the symptoms looking at methods that combine the physical and psychological, identifying the emotional hurt that may actually be the source of the ailment. Often this requires accessing the visceral memories, with a mind/body treatment, and then allowing the client to call upon his/her ego-state, the strong adult part of himself/herself to then heal.
Unresolved traumas, many not even in conscious awareness (conception trauma, birth issues, etc.), may all be addressed using hypnosis/hypnotherapy. The “imprints” that happened early in life have become the scripts, the patterns that influence daily living in the present. Many of these traumas may now appear as physical manifestations, dis-eases, ailments, or general symptoms. By using regressions in hypnosis, a client can be taken back to the early memory, be empowered to speak and act, thus using a verbal and physical release instead of holding it in, using some kind of substance to numb, taking it out on others, or somaticizing it by turning it into an illness or pain. This then allows the client to extinguish the emotion, making it easier to move forward in a more healthy fashion. “Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy incorporates several elements to meet these ends – namely the facilitation of altered states of regression to reveal core trauma experiences; the release of repressed material; the identification and modification of maladaptive conclusions; and the integration of corrective emotional experiences. (Zimberoff and Hartman, 1998).
Many people live with the results of the patterns that have been set in previous years. Using the hypnotherapy to return to the trauma that set the pattern allows the person to move through and release the emotion, change the conclusions and set new behaviors, and correct the memory with the present knowledge. The hypnotherapist actually becomes the facilitator, letting the client direct the session with the regression information shared by allowing the subconscious knowing to come into the conscious knowing, allowing for procession and ultimately changing the perception of what previously happened.
We are currently offering hypnotherapy in both offices, addressing the mind-body connections, with regressions sessions available. While these sessions may be longer (90-120 minutes) the amount of healing done in that time make them well worth the time and energy.
Zimberoff, D., & Hartman, D. (1998). The Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy modality defined. Journal of Heart-Centered therapies, 1 (1).Tags: hypnosis, hypnotherapy, mind body connection with hypnosis, thoughts and feelings can present as physical symptoms, unresolved traumas
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner
Licensed Professional Counselor
Advanced Clinical HypnoTherapist
- Deb England began working part-time for Wholeness Healing Center in September 2004 and began full-time in May 2005. Deb practices primarily in the Broken Bow office and one day a week in the Grand Island office. Previously she had completed her practicum and internship at Morning Star Alliance, working in the Broken Bow and Grand Island offices.
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