By Jeni Miller
I remember as a child feeling the physical sensations of a cold coming on and imagining a silvery-white substance flooding my body and flushing the germs out of my system. I would close my eyes, take a deep breath, use my imagination, and make it so, just like magic!
Little did I realize I was really on to something—I was harnessing the power of my mind to remain healthy and cold-free. Years later in a psychology class, I read about the “placebo effect” and how people could reverse their symptoms or illness by believing they were taking medicine, when in fact, they were taking nothing more than a sugar pill. I was fascinated and these experiences helped ignite my curiosity about and exploration of consciousness and the mind-body-spirit connection.
Everything is energy including your thoughts, emotions, cells, organs and body. Volumes of research have demonstrated that thoughts and emotions directly affect our health and well-being. Because your mind and body are intimately linked, it is possible to influence the consciousness of your body and make profound and lasting change that supports health and harmony.
One of the most powerful ways to impact your body’s consciousness is through hypnotherapy. Hypnosis has been used for healing purposes since ancient times and throughout many cultures worldwide. In 1958, the American Medical Association recognized the benefits of hypnotherapy. Today, medical support hypnotherapy is used more and more as an adjunct to conventional and alternative care.
Results of using hypnosis as a therapeutic tool are so remarkable many physicians, dentists, hospitals and healthcare practitioners use hypnosis with their patients. Many medical providers find that integrating adjunctive hypnotherapy reduces healthcare costs, shortens recovery time, reduces complications, increases the efficacy of their prescribed treatment plans, and empowers their patients. Uses for medical support hypnotherapy are numerous. Here are just a few:
Accelerate healing of illness, injury, or disease
Reduce pre-procedural anxiety
Surgery preparation and management
Speed up post-surgery healing
Pregnancy symptom relief
Regain normal sleep patterns
Chemotherapy/radiation prep and management
How does hypnotherapy work?
The subconscious mind controls most of your body functions like your digestive, immune, and reproductive systems, your higher mind and problem solving abilities, and your fight or flight response. Fear and stress can block healing, disrupt the body’s natural state of homeostasis, and create or intensify pain. A prolonged stress state is destructive to your mind and body. In fact, according to the American Institute of Stress, as high as 90% of all doctor’s office visits are stress related.
Hypnosis, when used in a therapeutic context, creates a profound state of relaxation that allows you to access and direct your subconscious mind, which in turn influences the balance of your body. By using hypnosis you can mobilize your mind’s inner resources to accelerate healing by moving from a state of anxiety to one of relaxation.
When deep relaxation is achieved, blood flow returns to normal, muscles relax, digestive and reproductive systems return to healthy functioning, and the immune system is empowered to protect and heal the body. Additionally, with hypnotherapy you can provide the subconscious mind with positive suggestions and imagery to promote health and speed healing.
I teach my clients self-hypnosis as a mind-body technique. It is an invaluable self-care strategy to create ongoing wellness and a healthy lifestyle. Easily learned and practiced regularly, the benefits of self-hypnosis are extensive and accumulative. I invite you to add self-hypnosis to your toolbox to aid you if you are currently facing a health challenge, for stress reduction, preventative care, and to awaken the magic within!
Jeni Miller is a Medical Support Clinical Hypnotherapist and childbirth hypnosis educator. Her clients achieve radiant, vibrant health through mind, body, Spirit integration. Her approach is compassionate, intuitive, grounded and practical. Call her at 360-647-3726. Visit www.HeartHarmonicsHypnotherapy.com to receive a free Relaxation