Often the term hypnotism has been associated with deceiving others. People have been classically conditioned to think this way because in the movies every other con artist is seen hypnotizing and then taking advantage of innocent bystanders. Let’s get one myth out of the way; a hypnotized person is not helpless. The participant is fully conscious during the hypnotherapy. Hypnosis is not a form of sleep. Yes, you are asked to close your eyes, but that is to help the client concentrate.
- How does hypnosis work?
The client doesn’t lose his/her control in during the trance of hypnosis. Instead, they enter an altered state of consciousness in which they are more open and agreeable towards suggestions the hypnotist provides. It is a cooperative interaction between the participant and the hypnotherapist. During the whole process, the hypnotist serves as a coach or tutor to help the client in different areas of their life.
- Hypnosis for weight loss:
Hypnotism has more to it than just making people act on your will. More and more people are turning towards hypnosis because this technique helps them in controlling their food intake, make healthier life choices and lose weight. Bear in mind; hypnosis is not the golden key to weight loss. It will not help you shed ten kgs in just a month, don’t fall for scams like that. Weight loss hypnosis is useful, but it’s not a diet. It’s a slow and gradual process; you won’t notice the results immediately.
If you’d like to lose weight quickly, you need to eat healthily and exercise along with the hypnotherapy. Another benefit of hypnotism is not only it helps you in losing weight, but it also helps you to keep it off longer. The reason behind this is because, during the trance of hypnotism, the hypnotherapist uses several techniques such as symbolic imagery, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), etc. Hypnotherapists believe that to lose weight you need to find a balance in yourself because the answer lies within you.
Whenever we want to lose weight, we say negative things such as “Fast Food is my enemy” or “Nobody like a fat person,” which may work for a short period but you will be just suppressing your desire to eat. Hypnotherapists enhance the positive aspect of losing weight. The most famous hypnotic suggestion to lose weight is, “Overeating is damaging my body. I need my body to live. I owe my body protection and respect.” As a result, people can keep off the weight for a longer period because now they see losing weight in a positive light.
“Put that chocolate cake you were craving on a fluffy white cloud and let it fly away from you.” This sentence is an example of Symbolic imagery, an effective technique widely used by hypnotherapists to help people control their food cravings.
- Hypnosis is also useful for:
There are several other benefits of hypnotherapy apart from weight loss. Some of these benefits are medical, and some of them are behavioral. Research suggests that hypnosis works relatively well for:
- Treating chronic pain conditions (such as rheumatoid arthritis)
- Managing stress body related symptoms and nausea
- Controls certain symptoms of ADHD
- Treating phobias, fears, and anxiety
- Post-trauma anxiety
- Sleep disorders
- To treat certain addictive behaviors, etc.
- Celebrities who have used hypnosis:
Several Hollywood celebrities have used hypnosis either for personal growth or to get rid of their addictive behaviors, unhealthy eating habits, etc. The most famous celebrities and their causes for hypnotherapy are:
- Ashton Kutcher, Ben Affleck, Billy Joel, Charlize Theron, Ellen DeGeneres used hypnotherapy to quit smoking.
- Fergie used it for meth addiction and nail-biting habit.
- Orlando Bloom, Sophie Dahl, and Lilly Allen used it for weight loss.
- Mel-Gibson, Albert Einstein, David Beckham, Jackie Kennedy, and Henry Ford have used hypnosis for personal development.
- Kate Middleton used hypnosis for morning sickness.
Whoopi Goldberg used it for her fear of flying.